So, the previous week, I had not posted a Movie Time with Austen post because I had to post about the readathon and I couldn’t wait till Thursday. Now, we are back to the Movie Time series. In case, anyone has wondered why I haven’t posted one about sense and sensibility yet, it is because when I took the list of movie to book adaptations for sense and sensibility, I realised that there were many movies I haven’t seen yet. So, I had to see them before I posted. And until I do so, you’re stuck with reading about the other books.
This week, we have Northanger Abbey, the Jane Austen book that always seems out of place for me. I mean, other Jane Austen books have a strong heroine. We have Elizabeth (Pride and Prejudice)who is one of the best females protagonists in literature, Elinor (Sense and Sensibility) who is a strong woman who stands for herself, Emma(Emma) who is stubborn but still, you feel the strength of her character, Fanny (Mansfield Park) who may not stand up for herself much but it is because she thinks herself not worthy, but still even she has her own humbly strong ways, Anne (Persuasion) who had made mistakes but she has it in her to learn from them, she finally stand up for herself and then there’s Catherine (Northanger Abbey) who is so naive. So naive, that she doesn’t feel like a Jane Austen character. Every other character had intelligence in their own ways, you could see the intelligence shine through from the character. They all act in a pragmatic way. (Ok, Emma was not that pragmatic, but it was not due to lack of intelligence but perhaps due to her stubbornness in seeing her views wrong.). But Catherine is so innocent, that I don’t know whether to like her for being so innocent in this crazy world or to be frustrated with her for being so stupid at times. She just reads stuff from gothic novels and imagines the world to be just like that. In a way it’s cute, but you also feel irritated at her for it. Anyway, I guess I should talk about the movie. Yes, movie. Singular because there is only one movie. Noone else thought of adapting this book. I don’t know why noone thought so, because this would a hilarious modern day comedy. Imagine a girl who goes to stay at her friend’s huge house and from reading so many YA novels she imagines stuff like her friend’s father is a vampire or werewolf and then confronting her friend about it. It would be hilarious. But I digress, Let’s get back to the movie.
Northanger Abbey (2007)
This movie is exactly what a Jane Austen lover would like in a movie. It depicts the story exactly and with little edits. The acting is great. Felicity Jones portrays Catherine the best. In the book, I really was not that fond of Catherine. But Felicity’s acting made me like her.JJ Field is Henry right out of the book, patient with Catherine’s imagination, and kind. The rest of the actors are awesome as well. I really enjoyed the movie. There are these scenes which show us Catherine’s imagination when she’s reading or dreaming of crazy stuff. I really found it funny and interesting. It’s definitely worth a watch.
So, that’s all for today’s Movie Time! Hope you enjoyed it.
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I would also like to say the book Manual for a Murder by Gonçalo JN Dias will be available for free download from 26th to 28th July 2018 in the author’s official blog, in any digital form.
Synopsis: Marina, a 38-year-old accountant in a crumbling relationship, falls in love with a charming colleague who is married with a son. The two begin a torrid relationship. One commits a murder.
Oscar, a homicide detective, is assigned to the case. He is a man dedicated to his work and to his family, and he likes to joke about and mock the typical American police series.
Author’s official blog: Here!