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Written by Diba
(6/24/2013 1:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Didn't like P1 or P2, penned by Jerry
This is what makes Persuasion so hard to adapt. Too much of it happens in Anne's head- and that is hard to show on screen. To compensate for that, to show us Anne's sorrow, they make her abject, which is a mistake. Anne is sad, but she is *not* abject!
Amanda Root was abject and Sally Hawkins more so. Ann Firbank was altogether too serene (though this is not the right word because she was also somewhat cheerful). Anne is sad, but she is not at peace with herself; serenity is all wrong.
Coming back to Anne's thoughts...conversations with Lady Russell are possible only up to a point. Both P2 and P3 show Anne discuss Wentworth- nearly at the beginning with Lady R. Discussions after that point are not possible because Anne deals with her feelings alone.
P3 tried to show us some of them through the diary entries. This was, I think a smart move. Having her tell us how she feels is far better than having her (nearly) drop cups etc (as in P2). This way we also get to hear some of the most beautiful lines from the book.
But then P3 ruined this advantage by making Hawkins sadder than ever, by making her cry and sob and trip over logs!
I think it is not entirely impossible to adapt Persuasion. Diary entries are a must. And Anne's portrayal has to be somewhere between the obvious competence and cheerfulness of Firbank and the misery of Root/ Hawkins.
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