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Freaky Fug Friday: Anna Karenina


Are you ready for a sweeping epic? I ALWAYS am:

THE PRIZE:  The 1977 BBC version of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina — you know, for a little fizzy romance and light shenanigans. Per our friends at Acorn TV:

“Unspooling over 10 luxurious episodes, this Emmy® nominee for Outstanding Limited Series covers all the story lines and characters with the depth and richness that Tolstoy’s flawless tome deserves. The novel has been adapted many times for film and television, but never with such care and attention to detail as this one, which first aired on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre in 1977 and has been a fan favorite ever since .

Set in Imperial Russia in the 1870s, this is an epic tale of passion, betrayal, society, and the search for happiness. Nicola Pagett (Upstairs, Downstairs) stars as Anna—young, beautiful, and trapped in a loveless marriage to the high-minded, much older Karenin (Eric Porter, The Jewel in the Crown). When she meets debonair cavalry officer Count Vronsky (Stuart Wilson, Prime Suspect, The Age of Innocence) on a Moscow train platform, she can’t resist looking back and sealing her fate.”

THE TASK: I am going to pick our winner at random from the comments. For fun, please name your favorite TRAGIC LOVE STORY.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

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Freaky Fug Friday: BIG LITTLE LIES


This is another good one! I’ve got your New York Times bestseller right here:

THE PRIZE: This book — as well as Moriarty’s previous one, The Husband’s Secret — has been recommended by a variety of Fug Nationals, AND Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have just optioned it, and I am delighted to be bringing it to you today, not the least because it involves possible MURDER at a primary school fundraiser, a crime I suspect many parents have wanted to commit. It’s getting great reviews, and I myself am excited to read it. Per Barnes & Noble:

A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

THE TASK: I am going to pick our winner at random from the comments. However! In order to keep it fun, please tell us which Hollywood celebrity is, in your opinion, most often lied to by her stylist. You know, in the form of, “that looks GREAT on you! You should totally wear it.”

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.) FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, (a) I’m very glad you’re here and (b) the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you.

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Freaky Fug Friday: Harry: A Biography


Not to be confused with my actually giving away a dude. That would not be legal. Anyway, today we are giving away a book that has been on my bedside table for a while now, and it’s been a treat to roll over and see this:

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Hello.

THE PRIZE: You’re looking at him. Er, it. Ahem, per Barnes & Noble: “Prince Harry is arguably one of the most recognized faces in the world today, and is never far from the media spotlight—sometimes to the dismay of the Royal Family. Yet in his relatively short life he has seen and done a variety of fascinating and unusual things, from setting up his own charities to serving on the front line in Afghanistan, and embarking upon his first solo tour…This biography covers it all, starting from his early years; the breakdown of his parents’ marriage; the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales; his relationships with Chelsy Davy, his father, and Camilla Parker Bowles; his time at Sandhurst and serving on the front line in Afghanistan; his charity walk to the North Pole; his partying; his first solo tour; and those naked photos from Las Vegas.” (Let’s just give it up for the smart people who wrote that product description for using the words “those naked photos.” You know you’re just in it for discussion of how Ryan Lochte finagled that nudity.)

THE TASK: We have THREE winners this week, and I will pick said winners from the comments by random draw. But to make it entertaining, please tell us your favorite ginger, real or fictional. (Mine is probably Ron Weasley. Sorry, Harry. It was a close call.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.)

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Freaky Fug Friday: The Classic Drama Collection


I think this is right up Fug Nation’s street. This week, the nice people at Acorn TV — who brought us Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries a few contests ago — are giving away a DVD set of their classic drama collection. Look at how young Kate Beckinsale is on the front of the box:

Included are the following swoony tales of hot sad British men (some of whom maybe should have mentioned that they have A WIFE IN THE ATTIC) and the women who love them:

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1997) – Samantha Morton plays ol’ Reader, I Married Him Jane; Ciarán Hinds is the broody and perhaps overly-secretive Mr Rochester.

Jane Austen’s Emma (1996) – Kate Beckinsale takes on the titular role.

The Woman in White (1997) – This is the version that you might have seen on  Masterpiece Mystery, with Tara Fitzgerald and Justine Waddell and James Wilby and Simon Callow — or as I always think of him, Mr Beebe from A Room With a View  — and also Andrew Lincoln.

The Death of the Heart (1987) – Which I am not familiar with, but! Miranda Richardson is involved. Per the press release: “Based on Elizabeth Bowen’s novel, in 1930s London, an awkward 16-year-old struggles to find herself through a disastrous love affair. Starring Robert Hardy (All Creatures Great and Small), Miranda Richardson, and Nigel Havers (Coronation Street).” I LOVE disasterous affairs in 1930s London!

The Lady’s Not for Burning (1987) – Kenneth Branagh must have been VERY DREAMY and young in 1987. That’s not a total non-sequitur; he appears in this. Ahem: “Based on the play by Christopher Fry, a beautiful woman accused of witchcraft (Cherie Lunghi, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Horatio Hornblower) and a world-weary drifter (Kenneth Branagh) are thrown together before their executions.”

SOUNDS FUN! Well, not the executions. But the rest of it!

THE TASK: We only have one winner this week, and I will pick said winner from the comments by random draw. But to make it entertaining, please tell us in which fictional work you would like to awake one morning, were the temporal lines between fiction and reality to dissolve via witchcraft one day. (ANY fictional work, not just the above.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. (US and Canada residents only, unfortunately.)

 

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Freaky Fug Friday: Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey series


I am VERY excited about this giveaway. As regular GFY readers know, we love to talk about books and give book recommendations and complain about certain characters INCORRECTLY MARRYING other fictional people and whatnot around here, and I’ve read a bunch of great books thanks to Fug Nation. (This seems like a good place to note that there is now a quite active GFY Book Club on Goodreads, also; you should check it out!)

Anyway, in the course of said conversations, one (or more) of you recommended Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey series to me, and you were right: They are a complete and total delight. Mysteries Set in Olden Times with a Sassy Heroine are some of my favorite things (along with people having Romantical Problems During Wars, and Hot Sad British Men). So I am very pleased that we have one (1) complete set of all five Lady Julia Grey books –  Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary, Silent on the Moor, Dark Road to Darjeeling, and The Dark Enquiryto give away today, thanks to Deanna herself (we discovered we each read the other on Twitter last week, which is one of the reasons that Twitter is awesome). They will be autographed!

THE TASK: I will pick the winner from the comments by random draw. But to keep it fun, please comment and let us know in which city you would prefer to Solve Mysteries in a Sassy Manner, should that wish be granted for you.

THE PRIZE: Seriously, I just told you.

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.  PS: Just to let you know, if this is your first time commenting here, WELCOME! We are happy and thrilled to have you! Also: everyone’s first comment gets held for moderation, so if that happens to you, hold tight! I promise I will rescue you.

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Freaky Fug Friday: Fugitive Colors: A Novel


It does not escape me that this week’s prize has the word “fug” within its title, but I swear that’s just a coincidence. This week’s prize is called Fugitive Colors, and I think you will enjoy it, and you will understand why when you read the description below (caveat: I have not yet read it myself, but I’m looking forward to starting it). Bonus, the cover is cool:

What is it about? What an excellent question! Behold:

Hitler’s War begins with the ruthless destruction of the avant-garde, but there is one young painter who refuses to let this happen. An accidental spy, an idealistic American artist Julian Klein leaves his religious upbringing for the artistic freedom of Paris in the early 1930s. Upon arriving in the City of Light,  Julian meets a young German artist, Felix von Bredow, whose larger-than-life personality overshadows his inferior artistic ability, and the handsome and gifted artist Rene Levi whose colossal talent will later serve to destroy him. The trio quickly becomes best friends, inseparable, until two women get in the way — the immensely talented artist Adrienne, Rene’s girlfriend with whom Julian secretly falls in love, and the stunning artist’s model Charlotte, a prostitute-cum-muse, who manages to bring great men to their knees.

Artistic and romantic jealousies abound, as the characters play out their passions against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise to power. Felix returns to Berlin, where his father, a blue-blooded Nazi is instrumental in creating the master plan to destroy Germany’s modern artists, and seeks his son’s help. Bolstered by vengeance, Felix will lure his friends to Germany, an ill-fated move which will forever change their lives.”

THE TASK: I will pick the winner from the comments by random draw. But to keep it fun, please comment and let us know what your secret spy name would be, should you need to go undercover.

THE PRIZE: Three autographed copies of the above! (Um, for three people. Not three copies for ONE person. SYNTAX.)

THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Monday. 

 

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