The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is wildy imaginative. Wildy. I feel like “imaginative” is a word that gets overused, but it’s more than called for in this case. Many times, as the tents within the circus were described, I got lost in description and there were a lot of “how did she think this up” moments. Every tent was alive and real with vivid details.
I loved the characters of Marco and Celia, who were committed without their consent to the grand game that is the plotline, by their father figures. They are forced to practice and learn their crafts, sometimes by rather torturous methods, all in order to prepare for the challenge. I found both Celia and Marco, who are the main characters, to be interesting and likable.
The supporting characters were just as enjoyable. I am especially fond the of the twins and their kittens and, of course, Bailey.
The only complaint I really have is that there wasn’t much that happened. There was a lot going on, sure, but not many big moments of conflict. It was more of an emotional, slowly creepy journey than a roller coaster of shocks and surprises. But still, this is a wonderful world to get lost in and to dream in. I would love to spend time in any of these tents!
I hear the movie rights have been sold, and IMDB has it listed as “in production.” Me thinks this will make a gorgeous movie.
It’ll be interesting to see the visual interpretation that comes when this is translated to the big screen. I hope there’s a big budget, because without a ton of special effects, it won’t be the same. But since it was Summit who has optioned the rights, I have very high hopes!
A Bit About Erin
This is her first book (and only published book to date), but she mentioned another book in progress on her site. Find her at her web site, Erin’s Emporium of Discount Dreams & Well-Worn Wonders. Erin is also a frequenter of NaNoWriMo, and early drafts of The Night Circus were written over various Novembers.
My rating: 4 out of 5 = really liked it