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20 gentle books and films

I have been asked to list my favourite gentle-hearted stories. It is a little difficult because I am very narrow in what I read. I don't like modern literary fiction, for example. Also, as I began composing the list, I realised that I kept wanting to list different books by the same author.

I decided to list instead authors whose books could be relied upon to enchant a reader - ie, be engaging, lovely, and probably also provoking but without the use of brutality against the audience. In addition, they might have shadows, but not the cruel sort which will blemish your mind. I don't equate gentle with insipid.

Twenty Gentle Hearted Authors

Louisa May Alcott
LM Montgomery
Anne Bronte
Connie Willis
Jane Austen
Patricia McKillip
Sharon Shinn
Robin McKinley
Megan Whalen Turner
Julia Quinn
Beverly Lewis
Elizabeth Gaskell
Rebecca Shaw
Terri Windling
Sarah Addison Allen
Erin Morgenstern
Richard Bach
Terry Pratchett
Charlotte Bronte
Charles Dickens

Twenty Gentle Hearted Films

Emma, the BBC version starring Romola Garai
Persuasion, the BBC version starring Sally Hawkins
Ever After
The Princess Bride
North & South
Cranford the tv series
The Taming of the Shrew starring Rufus Sewell
Sense & Sensibility BBC version
A Room With A View
Bright Star
Anne of Green Gables series starring Megan Follows
Jane Eyre starring Michael Fassbender
The Secret Garden
Memoirs of a Geisha
While you Were Sleeping
Cyrano de Bergerac

What would you add to these lists?

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