水曜日, 3月 23, 2005

At a small table in Eliot Square's Cafe Paradiso Sunday afternoon, sixth-year doctoral student Lauren J. Willig is sipping a latte and marking up a thick sheaf of papers with red ink. But she's not poring over the rushed contentions of a new batch of undergraduate midterms, or a draft of her dissertation on British history of the Tudor-Stuart period, or even a judicial opinion for her second year at Harvard Law School....The racing, racy historical narrative is driven by plucky characters with dual lives like 20-year-old Amy Balcourt, a.k.a. The Pink Carnation, who abandons a peaceful life in the British countryside to avenge her guillotined aristocrat father. Witty, rapier-wielding Lord Richard Selwick, a foppish Egyptologist at home in England, ventures into Bonaparte's sanctum and dons the dashing mask of The Purple Gentian to save fair Brittania—and win Balcourt's quivering Regency-era heart.

"This wonderful marketing person [at Dutton] came up to me and said, 'So, for Richard, Orlando Bloom?'" Willig remembers. "We toyed with the idea of Anne Hathaway for Amy...We couldn't find a role for Colin Firth, which was distressing."

Forget grad school...this is what I'm going to do after college. :p