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Well, hell. I was gonna go run errands but it's raining. It's not loud enough that I can hear it from the living room any more, though, so perhaps I will go anyway.

I have been reading The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, and at first I was thinking it was a bit of a waste because I have read enough Jane Austen that I already know a lot of the things that it says. However, I have have changed my mind about that. It gives lots of little insights into things that I hadn't thought of. Nothing that really gives me an earthshaking re-interpretation or anything, but still, I am enjoying it. I wouldn't mind having annotations for her other books, too.

I also watched Bride and Prejudice for the first time the other day, and really loved it - no surprise because I tend to love all things Austen-ish. I believe I was interested in seeing this when it first came out and it never did show up in our little corner of the sticks, and I subsequently mostly forgot about it until something reminded me to put it in my Netflix queue. I'd forgotten, if I had ever known, that it was the same director as Bend It Like Beckham, although I started suspecting almost as soon as the movie started. There was something about that blend of Western and Indian culture that had her stamp on it. It stuck more closely than I expected to the original, which I liked. The Amazon page has some criticism of Mr Darcy but I really can't say I agree with that - if you make Mr Darcy an American, and a 21st-century American to boot, then you shouldn't expect to see anything like Colin Firth at his starchiest. Martin Henderson is certainly pretty enough to suit me. (And, hmm, is not actually American.) I won't say I agree with every decision Ms Chadha made in making this movie, but on the whole, it definitely works.

(Ha, look, I already had a Darcy icon.)

Date: 2008-12-04 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
David Shapard annoyed me past forgiveness when he misidentified a young olive branch. In his first letter to Mr. Bennet, Mr. Collins says he's extending the olive branch. In the last, he warns Mr. B against a plot point but the bulk of the letter is about his expectation of a young olive branch. Shapard says Mr. C is making some biblical reference, paralleling his offspring and his orchard, overlooking Mr. C's first letter with its olive branch. It's one of the funniest things Mr. B says and Shapard doesn't notice. Bah.

Bride and Prejudice is the best

Date: 2008-12-07 01:54 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
It's not perfect, but it is, like you said, fairly faithful to Austen and quite entertaining. God knows, combining Pride and Prejudice with a Bollywood musical made it a perfect match for my own taste. And you forgot to mention Naveen Andrews looking all hot and pretty.


Date: 2008-12-07 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hadn't known there was an annotated version of Pride and Prejudice, but now that I do I have to find a copy. The English-Lit major in me is totally salivating.


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