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As I realize that 90% of my flist is going 'what?'

I realize that part of the reason I am so smitten with Parade's End is that it's giving me what I wanted from that adaptation of Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga a few years ago - adopting a brilliant novel with a perfect cast and making me feel. Forsyte Saga is one of my favorite works of literature and I got so excited when I heard there was going to be an adaptation, only to loathe the adaptation when it came out - it was appallingly miscast and all the vivid poetry and intense emotion I felt when reading the books was utterly absent.

But the adaptation of PE is fiercely intelligent and a hothouse of emotion. More than that, it's a wonderful adaptation - I am reading PE right now, and how Stoppard managed to convey the spirit of the books is amazing.

Anyway, since I am a MV junkie, have another gorgeous shippy MV:

Speaking of BBC adaptations, I just found out that they adapted one of my favorite novels, Zola's "Ladies' Paradise" into a BBC period drama (transplanted to the North of England) called Paradise. OMFG, I need this in my life. Denise/Mouret 4evah etc (or as they renamed them here, Denise/Moray). Have a trailer:

There is also a MV.

Date: 2012-10-18 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seven-trees.livejournal.com
Oh my god, how did I not know that the BBC had made an adaptation of The Ladies' Paradise. You don't understand, I'd heard some French TV station had been planning on adapting it a few years back and have been obsessing over that even though there hasn't been a peep about it ever since. I'd even considered learning French. The idea that the BBC would adapt it is just like a freaking DREAM. Jesus, you've made my day. I'm gonna go and marathon it before I have to start studying for another exam.

Oh and I also saw Parade's End and loved it. It was so well done on all parts and so beautifully shot. Loved it. Plus, by the end I had a major crush on Rebecca Hall. That woman is absolutely stunning. I was already a fan of BC so this just made me love him more.

Date: 2012-10-18 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Another LP fan! YESSSS! I didn't know anyone else read it, let alone loved it.

Let me know if you need help finding it.

Rebecca Hall is wonderful - she has such a difficult character to play (and one I feel rather sorry for. Sure, she's a waste of a human being, but she is someone who is incapable of happiness and that's not a good lot in life) and does it so well.

ETA: sorry for all the edits. First three eps are out for Paradise. Not sure how many total there are.
Edited Date: 2012-10-18 12:15 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-10-18 12:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seven-trees.livejournal.com
I actually read the book because of a post you made a LOOONG time ago. I adore that book. It's completely different from the type of story I tend to gravitate towards (eh...sci fi and fantasy mostly), but I became so attached to Denise that I would have been devastated if her story hadn't ended happily. And considering the author, I'm kind of shocked that it DID end happily.

I'd never seen RH in anything else so I was just blown away that with her talent and looks she hadn't become bigger. I have no doubt that I would have HATED Sylvia if any other actress had played her. Instead, I was glued to the screen any time she was on.

Date: 2012-10-18 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I've read a lot of Zola and that is the only one I can think of that ends up happily. It's as rare as a unicorn. In any other of his books, she would have probably died of consumption and he married that widow and lost his soul.

Oh, I still hated Sylvia but I also pitied her and found her fascinating. I could totally see why all these men would be obsessed with her. The actress is ridiculously gorgeous...

Date: 2012-10-18 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seven-trees.livejournal.com
I was pretty young when I read it so I learned about Zola through Ladies' Paradise. Lol, I tried looking for other books of his and had to back away slowly when I did because, WOW. Depressing much?

Date: 2012-10-18 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I love love love The Dream, which is pretty much a kdrama, but the ending (heroine dies on the church steps right after the wedding) pretty much screwed me up for life.

Date: 2012-10-18 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seven-trees.livejournal.com
Oh god, that's pure kdrama goodness. I tried reading Therese Raquin once but like four pages, I skipped to the end to see what was coming up and was like "Nope! Nope! Do not want!".

Date: 2012-10-18 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yup, in the Dream, he is the Monsignor's legitimate son (long story) and an aristocrat and she is the adopted weaver's daughter who is actually abandoned child, and their parents forbid it and there is angst angst angst and the parents finally relent but I think she has consumption and only lives long enough to be married by sheer force of will.

Or there is Rougon-Maqquart's Career, the OTP of which both get shot, etc etc. They are all sooooo cheerful.

Date: 2012-10-18 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seven-trees.livejournal.com
Wow, if that were a kdrama I would watch the hell out if it and then stop the second before she died and then go on pretending like it had a happy ending. That ending is brutal.

Jesus, Zola sure was a cheerful bastard, wasn't he?

Date: 2012-10-18 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vert-gazon.livejournal.com
Thanks to your recommendation I've found a new show to obsess over. They do look great together as well as having insane amounts of chemistry. Do you know where I can find dl links? Can't find them anywhere :( Thanks!

Date: 2012-10-18 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Do you mean Parade's End or Paradise?

Date: 2012-10-18 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] your-insomnia.livejournal.com
Wow, I thought I was the only person in the world who read Forsyte Saga (and by that I mean, the only person out of everyone I know!) I admit, it started out very slow for me but eventually I ended up falling in love with the language and the setting.

Date: 2012-10-18 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I love it and my Mom loves it - it must be a family thing :)

My favorite of those books is the first one, it's sheer poetry, but all of them are wonderful.

I was SO disappointed with the recent adaptation. Parade's End made up for it but seriously, I was bummed for forever.

(My Mom was in love with the 1960s?/70s? adaptation which she first saw as a young woman so I bought her a set but haven't seen it myself).

Date: 2012-10-18 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] your-insomnia.livejournal.com
It must also be a Russian thing because I've only heard Russian people recommend it to me :) And I've not heard much about it in all of my literature classes in college here in the States.

I think the second book is my favorite. The passage describing the passing of the older Forsyte stays with me to this day "But the thistledown was still as death, and the face of his master. Summer, summer, summer! The soundless footsteps on the grass"
John Galsworthy just has a way of transporting me to that time, place and the mind and the body of the characters he describes...Like you said, it is pure poetry in how sensual and powerful it is.

I never even thought to look into the adaptation of this. I can't imagine television or film being able to do justice to Galsworthy's language (I can be proven wrong of course). Also, after the miserable failure of looking for a good adaptation of Ann of Green Gables I've decided I won't look for adaptations of my favorite books again, unless I just happen to come across it by chance.

Date: 2012-10-18 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Galsworthy is an amazing stylist so any adaptation would have been an uphill battle but this one was so pedestrian - igh (and once again, to compare to Parade's End - FMF is not as poetic as Galsworthy but he is still very lyrical and the adaptation conveys it. So it's possible).

Didn't Galsworthy win the Nobel prize?

Date: 2012-10-18 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirley huang (from livejournal.com)
I marathon'ed Parade's End and it was wonderful! Christopher and Valentine are indeed, another OTP<3!

I'm downloading the first 4 episodes of The Paradise right now....

Date: 2012-10-18 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I did not realize the 4th ep of Paradise was out. EEEE!

I am still only 2 eps in on Parade's End (though deliciously spoiled) because I am watching it with my husband and thus have to wait for him to be available too, but I want to wallow and for it not to end so I don't mind too much. It's so rare for me to have a non-kdrama TV OTP that I am in no hurry for it to end. Plus, seriously soooooo OTP and hitting all my shippy kinks.

Date: 2012-10-18 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
What a coincidence. I just grabbed all the aired epis of The Paradise the other day because it looked like it could be interesting. *g*

I still haven't found time to watch Parade's End. I haven't watched any TV lately as it is.

Date: 2012-10-18 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Heeeee. Enjoy :)

Date: 2012-10-18 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jennyhime.livejournal.com
I haven't yet had the time to watch PE but it's on my must watch list. I've seen the two first episodes of The Paradise and it's okay, definitely not as good as Lark rise to candleford that was done by the same people.
And of course Rebecca Hall is a fantastic actress, I plan to watch The awakening that has her in it. It's set after WW I and is about a woman who is a published author on supernatural hoaxes who works with the police to expose charlatans and debunk supernatural phenomena. It's sounds really good.
Also Downton Abbey is a must even though this third season hasn't been as exciting as the previous ones. (though I loved Shirley MacLaine as the maternal grandmother)
Edited Date: 2012-10-18 03:11 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-10-18 10:53 pm (UTC)


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