Apparently not all Thomas Hardy novels are dismal – who knew!?

Here at Hard Book Habit, we’re not the biggest fans of Thomas Hardy. It’s like he read Elizabeth Gaskell’s work and thought ‘Well, this is far too jolly, I can do better.’ Jude The Obscure is often named in lists of sad or depressing books, along with such cheery staples as Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’ and Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road.’

There is a new ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ film coming out soon, which although still gloomy in my book, has been called one of his cheeriest novels, after ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’, which is apparently lovely and beautiful, and as I have never read this, I have bought it, and will give Hardy a chance.


I’ve never read ‘Tess of the d’Urbavilles’ (but Sarah has), but have seen on the new BBC player that a new-ish four-part adaptation is available to download or stream for £4.99 (25% off with voucher code WELCOME25, I do love a discount). I will be watching that tonight, as I cope better with screen versions of characters suffering, rather than the ones I create myself when reading.