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Written by CarrieB
(4/7/2004 2:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Another question for Ms. Bebris, penned by Anne Charlotte
Guilty as charged :-)
Many writers cut pictures out of magazines, etc., and pin them up near the computer to help them visualize their characters and settings. I confess to having one of Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle near mine.
]Anyway, do you like this adaptation and was it an inspiration for your book in any way?
I think it's a wonderful adaptation. Translating any novel to film is a challenge because each medium has its own demands. Films have to be visual, and so much of the "action" in P&P occurs in the character's heads – plus, so much of the novel's richness comes from Austen's narrative voice. I think Andrew Davies did a brilliant job of bringing the novel to the screen. I look forward to seeing what he did with NA if that adaptation ever gets released. (Last I heard, he had the rights back and it was headed into production – if anyone knows more, I'd like to hear it.)
One thing I found inspirational about P&P2 was the way Davies fleshes out Darcy's character a bit more through the bath, fencing, and swimming scenes. They are short glimpses, but these images make him seem more human – we see Darcy not just as a talking head but a physical man. I try to do the same thing with the Darcys' marriage. E & D are newlyweds and deeply in love with each other. Surely they have a satisfying physical relationship and are experiencing those heady days of sexual discovery. Austen, of course, would never show that, but to not even acknowledge it seemed false to me. So I tried to use brief glimpses that hint at more, and let the reader imagine the rest.
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