Adaptations

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This old fashioned greeting is having a bit of a moment. I hope, dear readers, that you and your families are all in excellent health.

This past February, before social distancing hit us in the gut, my parents took me and my own Mr Tilney to see the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new play based on Pride and Prejudice. It was so lovely, I wrote a whole post about it.

This experience got me thinking about other adaptations. I started watching my favorites, sharing them with the kids for the first time. My son’s favorite is Bride & Prejudice, a Bollywood-esque production that is just so much fun. My daughter Evy loves the 1995 BBC production, which happens to be my husband’s favorite as well. We tried to watch the 2005 movie, but Evy was so put off by the costumes, settings, and lack of gloves that she gave up halfway through.

Costuming Austen's Pride & Prejudice
“Is she wearing her underwear??” – My scandalized daughter

Last night I completed my first viewing of the 1980 BBC adaptation. I was pleasantly surprised! The script is very close to the 1995 version. The costumes are well done, and the main actors were very convincing in their roles. Although, as my husband observed, there is way too much inner monologue. Picture Elizabeth looking at something while her voice-over fills us in on all her thoughts. Hey, it was the 80’s after all.

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Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul as Elizabeth and Darcy in the 1980 BBC adaptation.

Next up for me is the 1940 film with Laurence Olivier playing Darcy. I don’t think I’ve ever watched Olivier in anything…I know that’s a bit shocking. The costumes are just completely wrong, and it all seems to be set in the Victorian era, but I’m flexible. Give me good Darcy and Elizabeth interactions and I’ll be set.

Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Her dress is lovely, but this could be a scene from Gone With the Wind.

You know what I really want to find? An anime version of Pride & Prejudice. I did find a manga, so that’s a start. What about you? Which are your favorites?

Pride & Prejudice @ Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Image courtesy of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Local Cincinnati folks – go see this play! It was my very great privilege (thanks Mom and Dad!!) to see Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new production of Pride & Prejudice last night. I enjoyed it so much, I knew I had to share.

What I loved

The acting was superb, the costuming and sets were lovely, and the lighting added to the show. There are only six actors in this production, so several of them play multiple parts. I was unsure of this at first, but it really works! The production is funny, playing up the natural humor found in Jane Austen’s classic work. It also highlights Austen’s own satirical observations about the world around her. For more on that, check out the Director’s Note here.

It was a different interpretation of my favorite book of all time, with some artistic license taken. Some plot lines were condensed and some characters were left out, but I was okay with all of it. I mean, the BBC masterpiece from 1995 took six hours to tell the story so fully.

What I didn’t love

Um…I wish the show started at 7:00 instead of 7:30? Seriously, it’s wonderful. Go see it.

Haunting Little Tales for a Spooky October

My upcoming tale is more mysterious than spooky.

The Meryton Press blog is hosting a month of haunting, spooky, and fun tales from its authors (including yours truly)! The first story, The Ravens of Pemberley, is already live on the blog. Kelly Miller has written a lovely little story that I found both sweet and mysterious. Please do check it out.

My vignette will be posted on the Meryton Press blog later this month. I’m excited to share this little story with you, as it is completely different than anything else I’ve written.

I hope your October answers all your hopes!

It’s Time for a Remake

Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in Pride & Prejudice, 2005

It’s been too long

It’s time for a new cinematic adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The 2005 film was over ten years ago! I’ve seen information about an iTV version made within the last couple of years, but I have yet to find the actual miniseries anywhere. I’ve watched and re-watched all my favorites, but I’m hungry for a new version.

A humble suggestion

This man, Mr. Tom Hiddleston, could be perfect for the role of Darcy, don’t you think? Oh my goodness. He is, in fact, a superb actor. Have you seen The Hollow Crown? If not, you should check it out. So good.

But who should play Lizzy? Miss Elizabeth Bennet must be such a hard role to play. She is so beloved by so many. Emma Watson, perhaps?