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The above quote (quite brilliantly funny) comes from one of [livejournal.com profile] litlover12's reviews of the recent BBC Little Dorrit miniseries. And I actually recalled it after recently finishing The Watsons by Jane Austen and completed by L. Oulton. A bit on the melodramatic side, I was bemused by Mr. Howard being the object of three ladies' affection (or at the least interest) during the course of the story: Emma (the object of HIS affection, but neither know their regard is returned until, naturally, the last five pages of the book); Miss Osbourne (the one he doesn't realize at first has her eye on him); and Lady Osbourne (of whose interest he is oblivious). ...In some ways Mr. Howard's situation made me think of Arthur and his girl troubles.

Ah, literature romances!!
rosa_cotton: (In your arms)
*Final episode of Little Dorrit was amazing: secrets revealed, castles in the air crumbling, and a satisfying ending.

SPOILERS!! )

Four out of five stars

*Tess of the D'Urbervilles. This was my first reading of Thomas Hardy. Man, that book was depressing! It was hard to root for anyone: Tess I never really grew to care for; Angel was disappointing with how he abandoned her; and Alec I despised completely from his first appearance. The story seemed to offer no hope. And I did not understand the ending. Not as bad as Atonement, but it doesn't make my favorite books list.

Two out of five stars

*Last week I read Charlotte, Julia Barrett’s continuation of Jane Austen's Sanditon and found it very disappointing. The plot (or lack there of) was all over the place once Barrett picked up the story. She did a great deal of explaining characters’ motives and mental states instead showing them really accomplish anything.

Slight spoilers )

Two out of five stars

*I think I'm turning into a Dickens fan. Bleak House was brilliant. And Little Dorrit, which I finished today, was amazing!! I enjoyed it so so much, more than the miniseries. I understood the story better. I loved the characters more, and despised those who deserved it. Arthur and Amy were... *sigh* An excellent read.

Five out of five stars

*And to close this post: Dickensblog
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Part four of Little Dorrit wasn't quite as interesting as the previous episodes. This one focused greatly on Mr. Dorrit, causing Amy to be more in the background. No scenes with both Arthur and Amy, darn it. (Though it was so sweet seeing Arthur read Amy's letters.) Fanny was very good, and she actually grew on me some. Loved John in the brief scene he had with Mr. Dorrit. Arthur is so patient with his stubborn mother. Why was he seemingly being matched up with every lady in sight?! I'm still quite confused about Frenchman Rigaud's connection to Miss Wade and the House of Clennam.

Can't wait for the final installment to tie up all the loose ends, discover what secrets Mrs. Clennam's hiding, and (hopefully!) see Arthur realize what's been under his nose!
rosa_cotton: (In your arms)
I just finished watching the first three episodes of "Little Dorrit" online.

(This is one of the rare occasions where I'm watching the movie before reading the book. I put the book on hold at my library, but all three copies are out and I'm the forth one on the list... It will be a couple of weeks before I get my hands on Dickens' novel.)

Wow, wow, WOW!!!! I am totally hooked and engrossed in this miniseries. It is both suspenseful and moving. (What a chilling cliffhanger at the close of the last episode!! *shiver*) "Little Dorrit" is brilliantly filmed, and the sets, costumes, and music are all lovely. Its great cast is seemingly as large as "Bleak House"'s; it is hard at times to remember who is who, and what part they contribute to the plot(s). Some characters I love: Amy, Arthur, John, Pancks, Maggy, Frederick; and others I loath: Mr. Dorrit, Rigaud (a very creepy and scary Andy Serkis), Flintwinch, Tip, Fanny.

Clare Foy as Amy "Little" Dorrit is wonderful. She is a pretty girl, with a very expressive face. At times more was conveyed through her eyes when she was still and listening than when she spoke. Good-hearted, caring, loving, quiet, I identified with Amy very much. My heart broke for her, first, in her discovery of her secret love for Arthur being hopeless (his head was turned by a young lady), and later by her family's attitude towards her and her conduct when they became wealthy. I just wanted to hug her tightly.

Arthur Clennam is played by Matthew Macfadyen. I am liking Matthew much more here in "Little Dorrit" than I did in P&P. His is a very human, haunted character here. Determined to discover what it is his dying father wished for him and his cold mother to "put to right." I heart his concern for Amy and her family. There is a wonderful chemistry between Arthur and Amy. I hope he will soon realize how special she is.

There are several elements in "Little Dorrit" I do not like: the mild language scattered throughout; seeing Rigaud start to have his way with a woman; and the disturbing tension between two female characters in several scenes.

Overall this is another great miniseries from BBC. I'm looking forward to episode four.
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Finally! Here are some trailers for BBC's new version of Sense and Sensibility!

http://pl.youtube.com/watch?v=PxXffditEgA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyrSGq8v-M8

I'm both excited and nervous about this, wondering "What has Andrew done this time...?" I like the second trailer better. Cinematography looks like it will be beautiful. Willoughby makes me think of Henry Crawford, "black and plain." Edward is more handsome than expected. Brandon... He's my favorite of the three. The DUEL!!!!! Really looking forward to that.

Come spring, come!
rosa_cotton: (Edmund & Fanny)
Some of you ought to be quite happy with me. I'm finally watching the new BBC miniseries of Jane Eyre!!! I've gotten through part one and will finish it tomorrow. Wow. It is so good. Georgie as young Jane was great; a pity she did not have more screentime. Ruth Wilson is amazing, how much she reveals just by her facial expressions. Toby Stephens isn't a sight for sore eyes I'll admit. He still has some work to do if he wants to make a fangirl out of me though. Loved the first meeting between Jane and Rochester in the mist. The cinematography is beautiful. The miniseries is way creepier than the book. There were parts that sent shivers down my spine. The book didn't scare me in the least.

Thank you everyone who has kept telling me I had to watch Jane Eyre -- you all know who you are! ;)

*hugs flist*
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Okay, I want to see Hairspray. I watched most of the songs on youtube this weekend. They are very catchy; I really liked Good Morning Baltimore and I Can Hear the Bells. Zac Efron looks good with dark hair. Does anyone know if he did his own singing? It sounded like he did to me. I barely recognized Amanda Bynes with her blond hair. Why exactly is Edna played by a guy? It is freaky.

And I've hunted for Hairspray fanfiction even though I haven't seen the movie yet.

While You Were Sleeping, with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman (he's so cute), is now my favorite chick flick. I saw it at camp. It is one of the cleanest romantic comedies I've seen. It is such a sweet and funny movie. If you haven't seen it go and watch it!

I have finally seen North and South (at camp as well), and understand what all the fuss is about. At first I was afraid it was going to be a lot like Pride and Prejudice but soon that fear was put to rest. It was a really good story. The cinematography was well done. The cast was wonderful. The winner of the whole miniseries was the music which was beyond beautiful, especially the main theme. For some reason I never really connected with Margaret. Wives and Daughters is still my favorite miniseries, but I enjoyed North and South much more than P&P.
rosa_cotton: (Henry and Catherine)
Wives and Daughters is Elizabeth Gaskell's unfinished novel about Molly Gibson, who has been raised since childhood by her father. He remarries a charming but petty and self-absorbed woman, Hyacinth, who brings a daughter about Molly's age into the home; the loveable but worldly and disturbing Cynthia. The tale traces the maturation of the two girls into womanhood, in the small and watchful society of Hollingford and surrounds.

Over 600 pages long, it took me a little while to get into the story, but after that I was swept away. The characterizations were all well developed. I loved all the interaction between the many characters. Molly was a wonderful heroine, and I came to care deeply about how things effected her. (She reminded me a tiny bit of Fanny Price.) Her relationship with Squire Hamley and his family was touching. She and Cynthia were complete opposites and yet were genuinely fond of each other. Hyacinth was quite annoying but I did not totally dislike her. In fact, there was only one character in the story that I loathed.

Yesterday I saw the BBC miniseries version of Wives and Daughters in one sitting -- five wonderful hours. This is now my favorite miniseries of all time. The cinematography was glorious. The sets, costumes, and music wonderful. And the cast was amazing. Justine Waddell was Molly; she conveyed more emotion through her facial expressions than when speaking. She made me understand more what Molly experienced throughout the course of the story. A most impressive performance. Francesca Annis was the self-absorbed Hyacinth and Keeley Hawes the worldly Cynthia Kirkpatrick, both terrific. Other standout performances were Bill Paterson as Mr. Gibson, Anthony Howell as Roger Hamley, and Tom Hollander as Osborne Hamley.

The adaptation was written by Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and the upcoming Sense and Sensibility). A good amount of the dialogue was taken straight from the book. To my pleasant surprise there were not any major jarring changes. Some events were switched around and dialogue was given to different characters and such, but that was mainly it. Thankfully, this time Mr. Davies did not put in any racy, undressing, or *shudder* bathing scenes. But he did leave his mark: one nice scene had a gentleman and young lady talking in the pouring rain. And he provided a satisfying ending to Mrs. Gaskell's unfinished story.

I highly recommend both the book and book. They are worth visiting more than once

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