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Written by Julie P.
(6/22/2013 9:33 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, P1 -Any advice?, penned by Brian
But I've seen this one in its entirety twice. Both times immediately followed a re-read of the book.
Personally, I found it to be rather dull. It's not because of the production values (after all, P&P1 and MP1 are long-time favorites of mine). It's because it's almost too faithful to the novel and not everything translates well to the screen. For example, it opens with Sir Walter reading aloud the Baronetage while we meet the various characters. Another example is during the long walk. In the novel, Anne recites poetry to herself to keep her mind occupied. In P1, however, she stops in the middle of the path and speaks it out loud. And other people hear it. And it deals with "throbbing passions." Not good. Not good at all.
I did, however, like that they show the aftermath of Mrs. Clay and Mr. Eliot's elopement. That was interesting.
But, in the final analysis, this adaptation shows nothing of the beauty or passion that makes Persuasion my favorite novel of all time. You should watch it, but you don't have to watch it repeatedly.
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