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"If people like to read their books, it is all very well, but to be at so much trouble in filling great volumes, which, as I used to think, nobody would willingly ever look into, to be labouring only for the torment of little boys and girls, always struck me as a hard fate; and though I know it is all very right and necessary, I have often wondered at the person's courage that could sit down on purpose to do it." (In other words: rambling analyses, opinions, ideas, views, and comments from an English major, Essay/paper-writing enthusiastic, Austen-loving Master Librarian on, well, Jane Austen...and a whole lot of other things, too.)

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Look at me go!

A new poll already to replace the old one. I'm still on the Period Drama kick, but I decided to focus only on those based on books, and which I myself have seen. The list is by no means exhaustive. There are plenty more that I could add. But it was getting pretty long already, don't you think?

So here's what's up with this poll.
  1. Vote for the ones you enjoyed.
  2. Make a comment here about the ones you did not enjoy--whether it be the storyline, the actors, the acting, the adaptation, or whatever. Actually, you can make similar comments about those you did enjoy. I'd like to hear both, though. Because I hope you will note that I put some up there that I did not end up enjoying.
  3. Make a comment here about ones you thought of but I did not think (or did not bother) to include on the poll.

Polls coming soon:

  • Much-Loved Literature-Based American Period Dramas on Film
  • Much-Loved British Period Dramas (of any kind)
  • Much-Loved American Period Dramas (of any kind)

Those last two will be heavily influenced on the results of the literature-based polls. Keep those votes and comments coming!


Anonymous said...

What about Sense & Sensibility 1995? I soo loved that version.

Sara Lyn said...

I loved that S&S too. Most of the ones I didn't mark were because I haven't seen them. (I'm feeling sadly uncultured.) There's a few I have no interest in seeing. (Master and Commander, for example.) I put down that I liked the 99 version of Mansfield Park, but really that's more for nostalgia's sake. I loved it as a teenager. Having seen it recently, I'm not so fond, although I still love the Edmund. I LOVE The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband. (Had a slight Rupert Everett "obsession" for awhile. Delight would probably be a better word.) Minnie Driver is amazing! (Love, love, LOVE those two Oscar Wilde plays.) I just didn't like the A&E Emma as well as the Gwenyth Paltrow version. It was all in Mr. Knightley. He was supposed to have a cheerful countenance and Jeremy Northam did a fantastic job! Of course, I can't wait to see The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Did you want to add Cranford to your list? I can't think of anything else right now. Maybe I'll go stew for awhile.

Heidi said...

I know. I forgot the '95 version even though I've said it's my favorite. It's probably because I'm all about the '08 version having just "analyzed" it for the Book Club.

I saw the last half of M&C. With my dad. Those kind of films are usually the daddy-daughter films for me, though we all acknowledge they can be too gory for me. But gore aside, what I saw of the film was pretty wow.

I hated MP because of inappropriate additions, and straying so far from the book. I'm probably an Austen elitist in that regard. I did love Edmund, though, and I'm quite excited to see him as Mr. Knightley!

I, too, love Minnie Driver. Especially in that movie. I LOVE Jeremy Northam as Knightley, but was said to see that Emma version so far from the book. My favorite scene (the letter game) has so far only been included in the A&E version. And I really liked Kate B. as Emma. But you're right. Mr Knightley makes the movie.

I couldn't add Cranford, yet, because I haven't seen it. But I should be getting it from Netflix in a couple of discs. I'm very excited. I will also soon be seeing The Barchester Chronicles. No idea what it's about, but it has a very young Alan Rickman. :-)

Heidi said...

Oh, yes. Which ones haven't you seen?

I should probably do a bit of a synopsis and personal review on them and such, but I was thinking of waiting until the poll was over.

Sara Lyn said...

Yes, there was a lot of unnecessary addition to MP. I did kind of enjoy the fact that they gave Fanny a little bit of personality. And the carriage scene? Awww... :) Hated what they did with the uncle and cousin. I haven't gotten around to sitting through the whole new version. I saw just a minute of it and the Fanny drove me a little crazy. Maybe I'll get through it some day.

My dad and I bond in the same ways. I remember when everyone was out of two except the two of us when I was probably nine or so. We rented and watched all three Stars Wars episodes. :) We watched Horatio Hornblower together. The Jason Bourne movies. Etc... My parents have very different ideas of what's okay to watch. Mom has the whole "if there's a cockroach in the batter, why would you eat it?" Dad is more liberal. My inner voice wrestles between those two very different philosophies. I swing from one side to the other. Very disconcerting for me. :)

Still figuring out Thanksgiving, but if you come down here, I have Cranford and we could watch it. Could you bring "Under the Greenwood Tree?" (Don't you have access to it?)

By the way, Persuasion 2007, the more I watch it (and I've watched it quite a few times because I keep introducing it to other people), the more the differences from the book bother me. Why couldn't they have stayed closer to it?!!! But I still like it. I wish they could have made as complete an addition as the other Persuasion with the same cast. I LOVED the cast! Except for Lady Russell. She was too sympathetic. Didn't get that from the book.

My goodness. Are you still reading this epistle? :)

Okay. Which ones I haven't seen. Little Dorrit 2008. Under the Greenwood Tree 2005. Bleak House 2005. North and South 2004, which I've started three or four times. Just can't get into it right now. Some day. Master and Commander 2003. The Young Visiters 2003. Daniel Deronda 2002. The Way We Live Now 2001. Great Expectations 1999. Tess of the D'ubervilles 1998. (Can you give me a good reason to see this? I know the general story and it sounds too depressing for me. I've read enough depressing books in my time. Unless they have an AMAZING message, I don't read them anymore.) Our Mutual Friend 1998. The Woman in White 1997. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall 1996. Middlemarch 1994. Remains of the Day 1993. Wuthering Heights 1992. (I will never watch this one. I know the story. It's stupid.) Oliver! 1968.

If you're still reading... :) I'm feeling very uncultured. :) I think I haven't seen half of the ones you have up here. I still feel like there's a couple you're missing, but I can't think of them right now. By the way, when it comes to American Period drama, I want them to make Rose in Bloom into a movie!!! (Can Captain Wentworth 2008 play Mac?) :)