Posted by Kate on March 23, 1998 at 06:58:33:
In response to Sense and Sensibility, written by Cheryl on March 23, 1998 at 01:58:43
] I don't agree with this, but I have been wondering how much of my good opinion of the happiness of the Brandon marriage is owed to Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman! ;-) I'm trying to remember what I thought of Brandon before he was Rickman in my mind, and I can't remember, I finished the book just days before I saw the movie.
] What do you think? Do you agree with Tomalin's stance and if not, does the movie influence your opinion? I think it does mine, I need to reread S&S...
I KNOW the movie made me see Brandon in a new light. I never found him particularly attractive in the book, and I think it is probably the point at which Emma T took most license in order to make the outcome more desirable to her audience (and Colonel Brandon for that matter...;-) )
It's been so long since I read S&S that I can't remember what it was about him in the book which was so different.
Tomalin is not alone in her view of the outcome of S&S. I have read several other critics who suggest that the original outcome of the novel was much bleaker, but that she made it happy to please her family, and in the end her public.
It makes one wonder what she would have done with The Watsons had she finished it... but that is another chapter.
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