Oh Tell Me Why
Posted by Cassia on November 11, 1997 at 17:17:07:
In response to Why IS Jane Austen so relevant in today's society?, written by kat n. on November 10, 1997 at 22:26:53
Did it take an especially good adaptation of her work (P & P2) with a particularly sexy star for her to be popular with the masses, or what? Comments?
I think we have to give the producers (and one writer director) all the credit for the Jane Austen boom of the past few years. I read interviews with the producers of all of the recent adaptations and the one thing they all seem to have said is they loved their particular novel more than anything else. It took years for most of them to guide their projects through the layers of developement but love of the material sustained them. They had to know in their collective hearts that there was an audience for this type of film.
There was also pent up demand at play also. Costume dramas have always done well in cycles. Not only does a JA adaptation give us costumes, it gives us different costumes from the one we have become accustomed to, Edwardian and Victorian, although many film vreviewers persist in thinking them the same. Period pieces are, in a way, a short holiday away from modern concerns to world where there is time for talking, eating meals at the table, and quiet.
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