- AdministratorAdministratorOctober 12, 2020 at 10:07 am
I just finished “The Haunting of Bly Manor” last night – and wow…. such a great series and psychological thriller. I did a little research on the series and found that it was actually based on a novel from 1898 by Henry James – “The Turn of the Screw”. Actually just ordered this book from Amazon as I want to compare it to the mini-series.
I wanted to share a little background information on the book though just in case anyone found it as interesting as I did:
The Turn of the Screw is an 1898 horror novella by Henry James that first appeared in serial format in Collier’s Weekly magazine (January 27 – April 16, 1898). In October 1898, it appeared in The Two Magics, a book published by Macmillan in New York City and Heinemann in London. Classified as both gothic fiction and a ghost story, the novella focuses on a governess who, caring for two children at a remote estate, becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted.
In the century following its publication, The Turn of the Screw became a cornerstone text of academics who subscribed to New Criticism. The novella has had differing interpretations, often mutually exclusive. Many critics have tried to determine the exact nature of the evil hinted at by the story. However, others have argued that the brilliance of the novella results from its ability to create an intimate sense of confusion and suspense within the reader.
The novella has been adapted numerous times in radio drama, film, stage, and television, including a 1950 Broadway play, the 1961 film The Innocents, a 2020 modern adaptation named The Turning, and the 2020 Netflix miniseries The Haunting of Bly Manor.
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