Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. It goes like this:
“On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Readers and bloggers are invited to join in by creating their own ‘chain’ leading from the selected book.”
Then you head on over to Kate’s blog and link up. Easy.
This is my very first Six Degrees of Separation and it was so much fun to do. I would encourage everyone to join in – you might even learn some weird bookish facts on the way. And there’s very little in the way of rules, which is lucky for me because I think my links are the loosest ones in the history of any chains and are tenuous at best. Oh well.
The starting point for this month’s chain, is Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. Published in 1979, I haven’t read this book, but I have read the most popular book published that year (according to Goodreads, anyway; Flowers in the Attic comes in at number five), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Starring in the film adaptation of that book, Martin Freeman also plays the Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes in TV’s Sherlock, a modern interpretation of the Sherlock Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (just in case you’d never heard of it).
One of the writer’s of TV’s Sherlock, Mark Gatiss, has also written for Doctor Who; as has Ben Aaronovitch, whose ‘Peter Grant’ series, starting with Rivers of London, are the very first books on my book shelf.
The honour of being the last book on my shelf (I alphabetise by author, in case you were wondering), is Stefan Zweig’s The Invisible Collection.
The work of Zweig was the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel, which has Anderson’s typical visual quirks that we also see in his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Fantastic Mr Fox.
The name of Mr Fox’s son in the film adaptation is Ash. The ash tree is, according to Wikipedia, “a genus of flowering plants in the olive and lilac family”. In Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers, the hidden meanings and folklore of flowers are at the heart of the novel (which flowers represent love, death, etc.). The ash, in some regions of England, was known as ‘the widowmaker’ as large boughs would often drop from them unexpectedly (and I guess had the result of killing a few people). In a sort of not six degrees of separation thing, according to its synopsis, the horrible events that occur in Flowers in the Attic begin when a woman is widowed (unfortunately the husband wasn’t killed by a falling ash bough – that would have been too perfect).