My dear Readers,
These several days past have been filled with buzzing excitement. My sisters and I, along with my dear mother, have been making preparations for the upcoming Christmas festivities. In my spare time I have been reading the delightful quiz of a novel, Northanger Abbey by "A Lady". Also, I stumbled across some moving picture adaptations of Emma, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion* that I had not yet seen. I must add that I thought they took rather preposterous liberties with that lady's manuscripts. That fact aside, they were delightful films in and of themselves.
All of these things were accomplished while, unknown to myself, fellow blogger Miss Dashwood challenged the world to do the very same things during the next fortnight in honour of Miss Austen's 236th birthday on the 16th of December.
* Emma (2009) Mansfield Park (2007) Persuasion (2007). My reflections are as follows.
Emma: Romola Garai, Jonny Lee Miller: All in all a faithful adaptation of the novel. I preferred Miller's portrayal of Mr.Knightley, it being slightly more sarcastic and less temperamental then Jeremy Northam and Mark Strong's portrayal of the same character. Also a point in favor of this adaptation Mr. Elton was less creepy, and just as annoying.
Mansfield Park: Billie Piper, Blake Ritson: Not my favorite version of this story, but it did have a few saving graces. For one, Sir Thomas' character was faithful to the novel. You truly see his affection toward Fanny in the end. I know that in the story, Lady Bertram is supposed to be a sort of sleepy individual, but I liked the way this one ended with her sharp eye and tongue helping the lovebirds along. I liked this Fanny equally as much as I liked the other film's Fanny. Everything else was better in the 1999 version. (Plus, Blake Ritson is much better suited to playing Mr. Elton in the above version of Emma, and I firmly believe he should leave Mr. Edmund Bertrum to Jonny Lee Miller)
Ta for now! and thanks for reading :)