Monday, January 21, 2008

A Northanger Abbey Masterpiece

Well, my fellow Austen fans, this week was better than last week. I must admit that I am not as familiar with Northanger Abbey as I am with Persuasion. I believe I've only read it once - but as soon as I finish Persuasion (again...reading it now!) I will read Northanger again.

The characters seemed well played even if Felicity Jones's mouth was open a bit much. (Side note: what is with these young actresses? CLOSE your mouths!) Tilney and Catherine seemed spot on to me, as well as General Tilney, Eleanor, and the silly Mrs. Allen.

The Gothic romance sections of the movie were over the top for me. The Mysteries of Udolpho would be "bad" enough surely, I doubt Catherine's parents would allow their young, impressionable daughter to read the truly horrendous "Monk". And, this may just be me, but I didn't need to see how badly Frederick Tilney treated the money grubbing Isabella Thorpe.

So, a mixed bag to be sure but much improved over the Persuasion adaptation of last week. Did anyone else see it? What did you think?

This is available on Amazon now:

But read the book first!

(Picture credit: PBS)

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