Re: (or nearby) Books which parallel JA 16.4.98 by Barbara
Posted by sanna on June 28, 1998 at 13:28:20:
As a newbie, move me to a proper place, if I´m lost between boards.
Barbara asked about novels which parallel JA plots and characters. I´ve been interested for a long time in a different kind of parallelism: the similarities in the "deep structure" of a story, even when on the surface the connection seems far-fetched or done in a different style.
My favourite study has been stories/scripts/movies etc. that are similar to P&P´s dual structure: "Till this moment, I never knew myself". Change of scene, the 2nd act, same characters, story again from different (usually more mature and complex ) angle. Usually there´s this turning point in the middle, hidden things come to light or self-realization of characters opens up new horizons or destinies.
My weirdest comparisons to P&P are Hitchcock´s Vertigo and du Maurier´s Rebecca (that´s a Hitchcock too, I forgot,.. oh dear....) James Stewart trying to connect 2 female-images like Lizzy with 2 Darcys...the 2nd Mrs de Winter getting the whole picture of the 1st and who is this Maxim anyway...These thrillers are naturally more tormented and dramatic than P&P.
Of course this is an old theme and those among Pemeberlians more educated in lit. crit. know this thing from Adam and could tell me a thing or two (please do...) In my favourite Shakespeare "The Twelth Night" there is this same getting the whole picture, knowing one´s true self and your proper mate .... and all this through humiliating errors and funny misunderstandings.. and by knowing your weak points and illusions.
Being in this swing of things, you can even get a detective attitude to JA, like who´s going to get the girl/man instead of who´s the murderer. That´s how Colin Firth described his feelings in the "Making of P&P": when you read the story for the 3rd time, you still may get unsure about the end...
I´ll save my other musings for another time , about French Lieutnants Woman and Woody Allen vs. JA.
- Pardon me. Newbie-mistake, my previous message is LONG.nfm sanna 15:38:01 6/28/98 (0)
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