Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Who keeps you up at night?

Oh, Jane.  You did it again.

I remember our first time.

Mr. Darcy and I stayed up all night and watched the sun rise together.  My husband woke up once, told me I was crazy, and went back to sleep.

Others are also guilty of my sleep deprivation, too.

But get me almost every time.

It's not just your books. It's also the movie adaptations.

Most recently, I watched Emma, the miniseries with Johnny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley.


Mr. Knightley and I did not watch the sun rise, but we did flip the calendar since I watched the entire miniseries after the kids and my hubby were in bed.

I could say I regret those nights Jane took from me.

But I don't.

What about you?  What authors/stories/movies/characters have you willingly skipped sleep for?


  1. Hee! I'm hoping to re-watch that adaptation of EMMA when Michelle is here.

    I've definitely stayed up late to watch NORTH & SOUTH. Once you start the second ep, you can't stop!

    Lately, Steve and I have stayed up too late watching SUPERNATURAL. When we finally go to bed (after 2 or 3 eps) Steve has nightmares while I am blissfully unaffected by all the creepitude.

    (These days it's mainly the OWFI contest that gives me nightmares.)

    1. NORTH & SOUTH was another miniseries I stayed up late watching by myself. I couldn't get past the beginning of SUPERNATURAL. I'm with Steve in the nightmare realm.

  2. When I was young and deeply romantic, I would stay up to finish numerous romance novels. I was hooked on them. Later it was, believe it or not, things like, Jane Eyre, the Arthurian legends, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, ANYTHING to do with the Arthurian legends. Now . . . my how my reading interests have evolved . . . I'm reading simultaneously Power,Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren + Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938 by Stephen E. Ambrose and Douglas G. Brinkley. I pepper my book reading with many excursions onto the internet, especially Wikipedia, to clarify terms or people I don't know much about. I adore reading about conspiracy theories, and I stay up late sometimes playing my guitar. Richard can sleep right through it. Sometimes I go into the bedroom to spare him while I try to master the Bm chord so I can play Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" or some such impossible task since I don't have George Harrison's "monkey fingers." I also torture Richard and the cat by trying to play and sing Bob Dylan. A quote from Dylan's Pay in Blod, "This is how I spend my days . . . " or in this case "nights." I take pills to make me sleep, but I often override them if I'm really into something.
    My liege, and madam, to expostulate
    What majesty should be, what duty is,
    What day is day, night night, and time is time,
    Were nothing but to waste night, day, and time;
    Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit,
    And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
    I will be brief. Your noble son is mad. . .(I would change this to "Your ignoble old teacher is mad . . ." which is why I can't sleep at night. Thank God for books and music.

    1. Ah, yes,life would be dull without books or music.

      I don't think I ever went thought a "deeply romantic" phase. Perhaps there's something wrong with me!

  3. The Thorn Birds, by Colleen McCullough, kept me up reading all night. That was when the book first came out in the 80's. I couldn't put it down. Nowadays, I read best sellers before I go to bed. Then I wake up around 2 in the morning and continue reading.

    1. I like the idea of a nap during late night reading sessions.

  4. Harry Potter, all of them, I lost countless hours of sleep while reading that series.