Movie vs book
Posted by Sandy on June 11, 1998 at 19:33:47:
In response to movie vs book, written by Sandy on June 11, 1998 at 19:28:22
] ] I've watched the Emma Thompson adaptation of the movie and then read the book, and then watched the movie again. Books are always so much better,IMHO. BUt I did enjoy more the scene in the movie where Marianne walks toward C.M. and falls down ill. Col. B. then carries her back and helps to nurse her back to health. It is much more romantic, which was an important part of M.'s life. But I do think the movie missed out on a good character in the part of Lucy Steele's sister. J.A. was so good at writing silly women.
] After I read the book I was quite unsatisfied with the Emma Thompson adaptation of it. The movie itself was excellent, I'm just disappointed in what was left out. We don't get to see the friendship that develops between Elinor and Col. B., nor do we get to see Willoughby in his drunkeness expressing his heart felt regret for having to give up Marianne in order to have money. We learn from the book, too, that it is Willoughby's wife that writes the last letter to Marianne...making us take some pity on Willoughby. There is, as you stated, the much missed character of Miss Steele, who in actuality blurted out the news of the long engagement. There's no Lady Middleton in the movie, and Mrs. Jennings is made to look as fearful as her younger daughter when Marianne comes down with a contagious infection when in fact she stays to help care for her. Lastly, none of JA's movie adaptations that I have seen have been able to convey the length of time you become aware has taken place after reading the book (although A&E's P&P tries).
] I was unable to rent the BBC's '85 version of S&S even though it was available for purchse...so I bought it. I have not been disappointed. Although I miss the advancements we've made in technology over the last 13 years, and they leave out Margaret almost entirely, this version follows the book a little more closely. It's about 40 minutes longer than Miss Thompson's version. I also realize that Emma Thompson won awards for her adaptation, again - it is a wonderful movie -, but I personally would have liked to have seen it follow the book a little more closely. Please forgive me if I have come across harshly - that was never my intention.
- ET version Val L 00:59:30 6/18/98 (0)
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