The Great Austenathon

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Elia LePhant, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Juliya Karisu

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    Okay so I watched the 2007 version last night and didn't like it as much as before. I gave it 10 stars before, now I changed it to 6 ...

    For one thing, they really took liberties with the story! For instance, the entire conversation of Harville and Anne about men and women and constancy is a pivotal point in the book, and where Wentworth writes his letter!! And yet, they don't even have that. They changed it to Benwick and Anne, halfway through the movie, and Anne gets the letter randomly at the end after much rushing around. No Wentworth dropping his pen and forgetting his gloves and giving a meaningful look ... it was missed.

    Also, there are so many face close-ups and breathing loudly ... and pale, washed-out colours. It just wasn't for me. And I thought the costumes were boring.

    By the way, I think each version didn't really do Mr. Elliot justice. They made up reasons for why he was worse than in the book. For instance, the 2007 says he's courting Miss Clay at the same time as Anne. Which maybe is implied in the book, I don't know. And the 1996 version says he has no money anymore. I believe in the book, he's just a rotten guy who was super arrogant at one time about Anne's family, and then a bad friend to Miss Smith and her husband, not to mention mean to his wife. Isn't that bad enough? Do they have to make up stuff?

    My verdicts:

    Best version: 1996
    Best Wentworth: 1971 (or 2007 because Rupert P-J is :love, but I think the 1971 was truer to character and less Mr. Darcy-brooding-like)
    Best Anne: 1996
    Best costumes: 1996
    Best sticking-to-the-book: 1971

    All in all, this makes me realize that we are past-due for a longer and more detailed version of Persuasion, one that has more time to fit in everything!! We have Emma, S&S, P&P, and it's time for this one to get some love!

    Also anyone know if there's a Bollywood version of this? :giggle
     
  2. Elia LePhant

    Elia LePhant Aes Sedai Historian

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    Juliya, I agree completely with your assessments! I really want a new full-size adaptation that is true to the books and well done. I think all the Persuasion adaptations have their own drawbacks, and none of them completely satisfy me.

    Any recommendations for the next book or do y'all want me to just choose out of a hat? :look
     
  3. Juliya Karisu

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    I am okay with you choosing, Elia Sedai! :D
     
  4. Alenya Al'Roran

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    Agreed
     
  5. Almira ni'Caldazare

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    The Austen books are on Librivox for free!
    They are in text and audio book format.
    I put the text on my kindle and have the 007 app read to me.
     
  6. Alenya Al'Roran

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    I got her collected works for free on Kindle. All of the books in one volume.
     
  7. Winterdawn Lightheart

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    I wasn't here for the Persuasion read, but I might try to join in for the rest! I've reread Persuasion recently anyway. It's my favorite so far, but I haven't read everything Austen yet.
     
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    Does anyone have suggestions for where to find the Persuasion films? Amazon has the 1995 version, but I haven't had any luck finding the others.
     
  9. Juliya Karisu

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    The 1971 is on Youtube, split into multiple parts. As for the 2007, I got it from my library so not sure how to help.
     
  10. Elia LePhant

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    Okay, it's time! It's time! For our next installment of the Great Austenathon... Northanger Abbey!

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    There are two adaptations to watch for this novel...

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    Now go forth and read one of the cutest gentlemen in Jane Austen - Henry Tilney! ^^

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  11. Juliya Karisu

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    Woohoo!! Henry Tilney!! :yes
     
  12. Ashlyn Sindal

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    Oh, excellent! Northanger Abbey is my favorite. ^^
     
  13. Juliya Karisu

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    I just ordered this from the library so hopefully will start listening to it soon!
     
  14. Elia LePhant

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    Beuler? Beuler? :look

    I started reading again after taking a break. :lol It is so cheeky!
     
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    I will get to this, I promise! I just need to finish the fiction I'm currently reading plus that one for the book club on Monday I haven't even started yet. :look So next week!
     
  16. Juliya Karisu

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    I started listening yesterday and it's so fantastic. I especially love her defense of the novel.
     
  17. Elia LePhant

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    Isn't it great? :D I'm loving how she inserts little cheeky remarks throughout the story too. :giggle
     
  18. Juliya Karisu

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    And I forgot how Annoying Isabella is! :rolleyes
     
  19. Tallan Daar

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    I am doing the thing!

    Right up: what's wrong with the name Richard, Jane Austen? :lol
     
  20. Juliya Karisu

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    Oh man, Henry Tilney is just so funny. Listening to the audiobook while driving and laughing my head off. I was at the part where they *finally* have their walk after so many misunderstandings. Catherine just doesn't get him :lol Although I do find he just likes to confuse her and finds it funny, which I'm not sure I'd like in a real life person :lol