User Tag List

First 123412 Last

Results 11 to 20 of 138

  1. #11
    The Destroyer Colors's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    ISTP
    Enneagram
    5x/o
    Posts
    1,271

    Default

    I caught the showing of Persuasion last night. I actually haven't had any other experience with Jane Austen other than this and Sense and Sensibility (the Ang Lee, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet version).

    My thoughts:
    Either romantic comedy storylines haven't changed much, or this adaptation was very reductionist/ made with very modern sensibilities. In the first half the characters meet cute and fall in love. In the second half they struggle to express this and/or realize this in a complicated plot that could generally be resolved by everyone confessing their feelings. Of course, Persuasion is somewhat missing the first half of this equation, and so perhaps it is a failure of this adaptation that I didn't really get to see what Anne and Captain Wentworth love so much about each other. (It's just a given.)

    I wonder if I should read a Jane Austen novel. I don't know which one though! Maybe the shortest.

    It also took me the entire movie to finally get that I recognized the actor who played Captain Wentworth from Masterpiece Theater's adaptation of Casanova with David Tennant and Peter O'Toole. That was genius.

  2. #12
    Senior Member INTJMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    MBTI
    INTJ
    Posts
    5,350

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    Yes, I agree, it was so deeply disappointing. But I am holding out hope that some of the others they present in the next weeks will not be so flat.
    The 5 hours with Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice will be quite satisfying! (I've seen it 3 or 4 times already!)

    I'm not so sure about the new productions though. But like you, I am hoping.

  3. #13
    Senior Member INTJMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    MBTI
    INTJ
    Posts
    5,350

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Colors View Post
    I caught the showing of Persuasion last night. I actually haven't had any other experience with Jane Austen other than this and Sense and Sensibility (the Ang Lee, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet version).

    My thoughts:
    Either romantic comedy storylines haven't changed much, or this adaptation was very reductionist/ made with very modern sensibilities. In the first half the characters meet cute and fall in love. In the second half they struggle to express this and/or realize this in a complicated plot that could generally be resolved by everyone confessing their feelings. Of course, Persuasion is somewhat missing the first half of this equation, and so perhaps it is a failure of this adaptation that I didn't really get to see what Anne and Captain Wentworth love so much about each other. (It's just a given.)

    I wonder if I should read a Jane Austen novel. I don't know which one though! Maybe the shortest.

    It also took me the entire movie to finally get that I recognized the actor who played Captain Wentworth from Masterpiece Theater's adaptation of Casanova with David Tennant and Peter O'Toole. That was genius.
    The part I bolded I believe is correct.
    You will love Austen's writing if you like wit, a little sarcasm and nobility.
    Pride and Prejudice is her best work in my opinion, though the others are good.

  4. #14
    heart on fire
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    8,457

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Colors View Post
    I caught the showing of Persuasion last night. I actually haven't had any other experience with Jane Austen other than this and Sense and Sensibility (the Ang Lee, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet version).

    My thoughts:
    Either romantic comedy storylines haven't changed much, or this adaptation was very reductionist/ made with very modern sensibilities. In the first half the characters meet cute and fall in love. In the second half they struggle to express this and/or realize this in a complicated plot that could generally be resolved by everyone confessing their feelings. Of course, Persuasion is somewhat missing the first half of this equation, and so perhaps it is a failure of this adaptation that I didn't really get to see what Anne and Captain Wentworth love so much about each other. (It's just a given.)

    I wonder if I should read a Jane Austen novel. I don't know which one though! Maybe the shortest.

    It also took me the entire movie to finally get that I recognized the actor who played Captain Wentworth from Masterpiece Theater's adaptation of Casanova with David Tennant and Peter O'Toole. That was genius.

    In my opinion Persuasion is the best of her novels, but don't let this latest version be an example of it.


    I didn't like Casanova much. It seemed somewhat cheesy.

  5. #15
    RETIRED CzeCze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    MBTI
    GONE
    Posts
    9,051

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by heart View Post
    This latest version of Persuasion was lackluster.
    Did you like the previous version where the main characters were older? I find it interesting how in this version the guy was younger and hotter and the main character was much more 'action oriented'...she ran a lot! They even used fake hand held shots with all that shaking and running. I never read Persuasion but thought it was supposed to be 'autumnal'. Wasn't she considered an 'old maid' by the time the story starts?

    I like both versions. There was more angst in this latest one.

    I love me some Jane Austen and Dickens on Masterpiece. My INTP friend is really into period pieces, more than me and I was the only person she knew who might even be interested in seeing that Jane Austen biopic that came out last year.

  6. #16
    RETIRED CzeCze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    MBTI
    GONE
    Posts
    9,051

    Default

    Also, 'Nicholas Nickelby' on Masterpiece is very entertaining. Plus, there is hotness all around.

  7. #17
    Senior Member INTJMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    MBTI
    INTJ
    Posts
    5,350

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    ...
    I never read Persuasion but thought it was supposed to be 'autumnal'.
    ...
    Anne is 27 years old. In her day, she was considered an old maid.

    In Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte was 28.

  8. #18
    heart on fire
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    8,457

    Default

    I was flipping through the channels after being totally put comatose by the first fifteen mintues of Northanger Abbey and the other PBS channel had the Masterpiece version of Dracula. They really did a good job with that one I think, which surprised me. It seems like they are going with the others so politically correct and staid that they drain all the vitality out of them. I saw a review for this version of Dracula calling it:

    Dark, sexy and fresh...

    -- The London Observer

    I have to agree, they did a good job with that one, for whatever reason.

  9. #19
    Senior Member INTJMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    MBTI
    INTJ
    Posts
    5,350

    Default

    So Northanger Abbey wasn't good?
    I couldn't watch it because every tv in the house was being used!

  10. #20
    heart on fire
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    8,457

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    So Northanger Abbey wasn't good?
    I couldn't watch it because every tv in the house was being used!
    I got really bored with it and I am very much into period pieces. However I saw people giving it good reviews on Netflix. Maybe I am hard to please, lol.

Similar Threads

  1. Jane Austen Book Club
    By Grace in forum Popular Culture and Type
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-05-2009, 02:53 PM
  2. Jane Eyre
    By dynamiteninja in forum Popular Culture and Type
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-08-2008, 08:43 PM
  3. Jane Austin
    By tinkerbell in forum Popular Culture and Type
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-08-2008, 12:32 PM
  4. Jane Austin
    By tinkerbell in forum The NT Rationale (ENTP, INTP, ENTJ, INTJ)
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-08-2008, 12:01 PM
  5. Jane Fonda's Monster In Law Character
    By Usehername in forum Popular Culture and Type
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-06-2007, 06:07 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO