So, for Northanger Abbey, I chose to go for the 2008 made-for-TV movie. Departures from the original text were usually only slight and, in one or two cases, they actually benefited the plot. Character portrayals were surprisingly accurate just as the overall romantic-Gothic feel was appropriately accentuated without being overbearing.
|Felicity Jones as head-in-the-clouds Catherine Morland.|
There were some things I did not like, however. This version sees Isabella bedded by Captain Tilney, which seems extreme. One of the points in the novel was that a lady's reputation could be tarnished by mere gossip concerning her 'purity'. Besides, Isabella herself is manipulative and scheming, so it hardly seems likely that she would sleep with the man before securing her future via marital bondage. Another departure involves the protagonists. Henry comes off as less sarcastic and Catherine much less naive than their written counterparts. This I chalk up to the writers desiring likable leads...but that was a change they really could have done without. Faults give depth, and Masterpiece Classics usually need all of the three-dimensionality they can muster.
|Constantly reading, just like an English major. >_>|
Also, check out that set dressing!
Yes, the book is better; that should really go without saying. As far as film adaptations go, though, this one could have been a lot worse. When you're confined to a runtime of 120 minutes, some executive decisions need to be made. The creators here tended to make the right choices.
P.S.- JJ Feild fits the role of a 19th century gent quite well, I think you'll agree.
"Now I must give one smirk, then we may be rational again."
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