Monday, September 15, 2008

Sense and Sensibility

PBS was showing the Masterpiece Theatre version of this movie last night - I happened up on the very beginning and thought I'd give it a few minutes... I liked the actresses - and hey - Mr Weasley was in this one!
It was probably a "sense" of guilt that made we want to watch it - as I've never been tempted before.  You see - much to my utter embarrassment as a reader - I have never been able to get into these books.  The language has never sucked me into that little world of complex intrigue that exists in the hearts and minds of the characters.
There being nothing "sensible" about staying up until Midnight - I am partially regretting the decision... but there it is, the regret ends there.  I feel so much more of a complete person now that my neighbor (who happens to be a big Austen fan) and my Sister in Law (who reads/watches Austen on a regular basis) cannot chide me any longer for not even knowing the story!  
I have to admit that I was caught up in the story - I obliged and hated the awful Mr. W while cheering for the Colonel - I despaired for Elinor's happiness throughout but really thought that she needed to get over it a little sooner...  so I guess I was wrong there 'eh?  Unfortunately - unlike the quiz results (down there in the side bar...) I didn't really find myself to have resembled Elinor in my youth... I hate to admit to being a little more impulsive like Marianne... it's a good thing that it's never too late for maturity to strike!

Now that I've gotten a taste of the Austen world - perhaps I can finally get some use out of her collected works that I received for Christmas last year.  And lest you think that Q would buy such a thing - I picked 'em up... they're beautifully bound and look GREAT on the shelf at least :)

8 comments:

Chelsi said...

How funny! I happened upon the same thing last night. I, fortunately, have DVR, so I recorded it and only watched until 9:00. The rest will have to be fit in the next couple of days. Fairly enjoyable, I think. I'm glad that you could get a taste of Austen that you enjoyed.

T said...

crud, if I'd known you were recording it... oh, duh, could've done that too I guess - oh wait, yeah, that's right, the player is broken and it wouldn't have worked... funny that it didn't even cross my mind though!

Michelle said...

Not to worry, last time the whole series was on my sister did DVR it and made copies for us all (my mom, sisters, grandma, and I) so I have the complete set. If you ever want to watch any of them just let me know. My favorite is Northanger Abbey--even though it is said to be her weakest book (which is also really good) I think it is her funniest. The movies are a great way to enjoy the books so that when you finally do read them you can understand what is going on and don't get lost in the language.

T said...

Michelle - I'm going to keep that in mind... I gotta give Masterpiece Theatre a nod for a good production, I'm sure the rest will be good as well! Maybe next time we meet up I'll be ready for a new one... this time I'll try to read it first? I'll give Northanger Abbey a shot.

mariann and Tory said...

I haven't read any of the books either...however I saw the Pride and Prejuice with Kiera Knightly...AWeSOME! It is one of our favorite shows!!

cold cocoa said...

I don't dig Austen either. Well, I guess you're a fan now, but (yawn) all the talk, talk, talk that goes on in those books....let's see some action! Let's see the girl losing her hairpiece or have a mysterious ghost in the outhouse or a trip to the USA or something.

Good to see you posting again Michelle!

Megz said...

I love Austen, but not enough to have re-read anything in the last ten years so I can't even remember any of the characters in the quiz.
And forget the movies....I can't seem to stay awake for anything longer than 60 minutes.
I do have a neigbhor who looks like the perfect Austen heroine, however...

LC said...

ha ha cc.
I love the wit and way with words in some of those Austen's but I didn't have the patience to try them until 3 yrs. ago.
PBS rocks--wish I could just get that channel.