Friday, June 10, 2011

Leave it to Jeeves

If you haven’t ever read a story by P.G. Wodehouse, you are missing out on some really fun stuff.

No deep themes or serious issues, just the comic misadventures of a group of upper class Englishmen and women with too much time and money on their hands, and too little concern for what to do with both.  They’re really quick reads, like a literary snack between novels.

Blandings Castle   Pigs have wings  

Wodehouse’s most popular stories center around Bertie Wooster, the main character and narrator, and his butler, Jeeves.  The basic plotline is always this:  Bertie and his friends have a rather silly problem that they think is incredibly important, and they form an equally silly and elaborate plan to solve said problem.  Something goes wrong, with devastating and hilarious effect, and Bertie runs to Jeeves for help, which turns out to be entirely unnecessary, because it is then gracefully revealed by Jeeves that he has been in complete control of the situation the entire time, always ready to step in and shut things down when he is needed.  They’re really great!

inimitable jeeves   the code of the woosters

So imagine how excited I was when I discovered a television series based on the Jeeves and Wooster stories staring none other than a young Hugh Laurie as Bertie and Stephen Fry as Jeeves!  It’s very true to the original stories with the added visual bonus of beautiful English countryside and 1920’s fashion.  It inspired me to create this:

Jeeves and Wooster

If you read the books, let me know what you think!  I hope you love them like I do.

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