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Posted by Kaitlin Saunders in Blog on April 22, 2011

Guess what! The Statesman Journal has posted information about my book on Reporter Barbara Curtin’s NW Biblio Blog. Exciting! Check it out!!!

And, as it’s about that time again, here’s another Austen film adaptation review to boot!

Can I let you in on a little secret? I never cared for Northanger Abbey growing up. It’s true…I didn’t even have a desire to read the novel. As a preteen girl, my mother brought home BBC’s 1986 adaptation of this novel from the library, and let me just say, it was pretty spooky and weird!

A complete mis-interpretation of Austen’s intent behind one of her very first works. Jane wrote Northanger Abbey as a satire to make light of the gothic trend in novels, her motive most likely being to entertain her family around the fireside at night. The 1986 version starring Katharine Schlesinger and Peter Firth goes over the top, and unfortunately, made this work forgettable.

Then came BBC’s comeback in 2007 starring the adorable Felicity Jones and JJ Feild (a Jude Law look-a-like).

Henry and Catherine

Written by the masterful Andrew Davies (writer of the 5-hour Pride and Prejudice), film finally got it right. Although there is a lot of cleavage from Isabella Thorpe and a few racier scenes (for instance, when Catherine Moreland is reading or imaging scenes from books), the adaptation does well. Great casting, funny dialogue, good plot flow—this Austen film may not be my top favorite, but at least it has earned it’s spot in my DVD collection and is pulled out from time to time for a few hours of enjoyment.



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  • Anna says:

    I have to agree with you on this one. The newer adaptation of Northanger Abbey is such an improvement from the old one, and Felicity Jones beautifully captures the innocence of Catherine in the novel.