Hey, why did no one on my friends list mention to me that they just did TV adaptations of Northanger Abbey
and Mansfield Park
! I’d add Persuasion
to the list but both koalathebear
just mentioned it.
I am so full of glee. Am about to watch Persuasion
. Rupert Penry-Jones is much much too gorgeous for words. And while I have cooled down towards Jane Austen considerably (too facile, if that makes sense), Persuasion
remains the exception, her one novel with a lot of emotion in it. I can still quote Wentworth’s famous letter by heart. I mean, how awesome is the below:
"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant.” Etc etc…
I really like the Ciaran Hinds/Amanda Root movie version from ten or so years back, but you can never have too much Persuasion.
I mean, check out the Rupert!
I am almost more excited for Northanger Abbey
though because it’s the most underrated of her books, and so funny, and the only one with no decent adaptation (yeah, there is a horrible horrible movie from the 80s, but I’ll block it out of my mind).
As to Mansfield Park
, it was the first JA novel I read (in Russian translation) and it’s a wonder I read more, as both Fanny and Edmund are hideous bores. The only one I liked was Henry Crawford. Probably one of the very few times (must be fingers on one hand, tops) where I rooted for the uncanonical OTP. The movie version a few years back was not a bad movie but had nothing in common with the book (I didn’t care, the eye candy was awesome), so this can’t help but be more faithful and hey, it’s not a book I am attached to so as long as there are pretty guys and pretty frocks, I am set.
EEEEE! Must obtain these.
P.S. Austen purists on a certain board that shall remain nameless make me laugh. Most purists do (people on the TWOP Tudors thread? Shut the Hell up. Whatever other issues Tudors might have, the fact that JRM is not bulky or not over 6 feet tall does not make the adaptation a sin against God), but the Austen ones? LOL. They are ranting about the fact that…OMG…the adaptations had kissing even though there isn’t any in the book. As far as I can tell, Austen adaptations are closer to the books than a heck of a lot of other adaptations (have you seen what they’ve done to Moll Flanders? And I still liked it) so deal.