To read the actual summary of the story, read the book review.
Henry Tilney: Peter Firth
Length: 1 hr. 28 min.
My “grade”: (D) (I’m so mean!)
One thing that bugged me after reading the novel was that Catherine was reading “gothic fiction” before she even went to Bath; in the book, Isabella introduced her to those sorts of novels.
In short, movies that require me to be armed with the remote control & ready to fast-forward the whole time I’m watching it leave somewhat to be desired, and can’t make my favorites list. I think this movie has some very sweet & enjoyable things (Henry and Catherine make such a cute couple!) but there is at least as much of the things we skip.
On a more approving note, however, I really liked how “Jane Austen’s” narration came in at the beginning (although they left out/combined some quotes I adore) and ending. My favorite thing about the novel is its splendid narration – I’d actually like to hear it all the way through, and just like the book.
Catherine: Felicity Jones (I’d love to see her in another Jane Austen movie!)
Henry: J.J. Feild
Length: 1 hr. 33 min.
My “grade”: (B+)
For those of you who don’t know, Wishbone is (or was) a children’s program featuring an imaginative dog named Wishbone. Circumstances in his life (or rather, his owner’s life) remind him of various stories from classic fiction. He then 'tells us the story,' imagining himself as the main guy. (It’s actually a fun way to learn, in general, the classics. Even if it is silly. ha)
They made two episodes for Jane Austen:
· Furst Impressions (Pride and Prejudice)
· Pup Fiction (Northanger Abbey)
I mention this now whereas I didn’t for Pride and Prejudice because I feel there is an insufficiency of Northanger Abbey films. Every other Jane Austen novel has at least 3 adaptations.
Of course it has many drawbacks. Extremely shortened…a dog playing Henry Tilney…sort of make-do costuming…but hey, this is a Wishbone episode, not a period drama. And when I compare it to their P&P, I see a big improvement. The casting was a lot better (incidentally, the Eleanor Tilney was Elizabeth Bennet in the other; and she’s much more suited to the former), less of a complex story than P&P to work with, and Wishbone really makes a much better Henry Tilney than Mr. Darcy.
It’s a comparatively short little thing. I suggest watching it…just for fun. =)
And, just in case you want to see it, here’s a list of the episodes: Wishbone Episode List
It would be terribly un-Janeite like to say my favorite is Wishbone, wouldn’t it? – Yes, I suppose so.
We really need a new one. (Oh, can I be Catherine? =D)
But, from what I can watch of it, my preference is definitely the 2007 version.
Which is your favorite? Do you think there should be a new adaptation?