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This morning I brunched with my mother for the day that was in it and in the afternoon Patsington and I went to a baby's birthday party. Which was great fun, except to get there we had to walk half way up what might as well have been a mountain amid what suddenly turned into a howling blizzard. Seriously, yesterday morning I was sitting out in the back garden in my 'jamas, today I was practically crawling up a hill with snow whipping around my face. It was almost surreally cold, and I wasn't dressed for it as under my parka (thank god for that garment), I was wearing a rayon tea-dress over a long-sleeved tight brown t-shirt - hardly winter wear. But the party was great fun, and the birthday girl (inspired by the Gnome's affection for its sister book, I got her That's Not My Bunny! along with a posh but v cute baby cutlery set, which she adopted as toys) and her infant friends were hilarious. But we got back at about eight and it has taken me since then to warm up. Brrrrr.

By the way, the new Mansfield Park adaptation was a bit crap, wasn't it? They were trying to make the godawful Fanny Price into a sort of playful free spirit figure, but when they cut out her sanctimoniousness there wasn't much left. It was very boring. I hope they don't balls up Northanger Abbey (my favourite Austen) next week.

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alltheleaves
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
I think I liked Mansfield Park so much than I thought I would because the portrayal of Fanny Price was so inaccurate. You're absolutely right that it left her very hollow but it was just so much better than the sanctimoniousness which I've never enjoyed. I'm hoping Northanger Abbey will be done well as I do love it but the test for me is Persuasion, my second favourite Austen. The BBC did a terrible version a few years ago so if it's better than that, they win.
stellanova
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
Heh, Persuasion is my second favourite Austen too, and I also hated that BBC version, which managed to suck all the emotion out of what is such a moving book. I suppose I found tonight's programme boring mostly because I dislike the book (I'm not even ashamed to admit that I've never made it all the way through, although I've tried a few times), and while that's why I didn't mind them changing elements of it, I thought they didn't do anything interesting.

But I just saw your post - Tony Head as Sir Walter! Ooh, if that isn't good I will be very sad. And I am looking forward to seeing what they do with Northanger Abbey.
alltheleaves
Mar. 19th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how it is that I've read Mansfield Park at least twice when I really don't like it but that is the power of Austen over me. It's a dull story with a tedious heroine and the only exciting thing that happens occurs completely out of sight and is written with patronising hindsight. I felt they won by just livening it up a tiny bit.
daegaer
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
I am SO COLD. I'm practically sitting on a convention heater right now, and had to go out into the snow several times today, brrr. (My washing machine died! But now I have a shiny new one coming next week).

Mansfield Park was rubbish - so much "dearest Fanny, what would we do without her to run round with her hair in a mess". The only good thing was that Edmund had such a perfectly v. early 19th century face.
stellanova
Mar. 19th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
The only good thing was that Edmund had such a perfectly v. early 19th century face.

Ha! I said exactly that to Patsington when we were watching it! And I think Billie, although I do like her as an actress, looks very modern. It was partly the anachronistic hair (surely an 18 year old would have put it up by now? Also, it's a nice modern dye job, but modern dye job it is).
daegaer
Mar. 19th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Yes, she was a modern girl dropped into the past! Oh! It occurs to me they left out an obvious angle: surely Aunt Norris was such a meanie because she was jealously guarding her position as the (not quite so) poor relation? As a childless (?) widow (? I assume) living with her sister's family she must have been quite vulnerable, and her departure to Maria's side looked more like her dismissal by Sir Thomas to me than a freewill choice.
alltheleaves
Mar. 19th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
Oh absolutely about the hair! I kept on wondering how on earth her Aunt Norris didn't have it scraped back in the most unfashionable and undesirable method possible.
cangetmad
Mar. 19th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
I didn't even watch it! But I will watch Northanger Abbey because it's my favourite too. I am pathetic at watching proper TV these days! Attention span = that of gnat.

Also, That's Not My... books are currently my idea of perfect literary genius. I really really look forward to the Future Baby getting hold of them. But! My Gnome now likes proper Winnie the Pooh and can sit through a whole chapter!
stellanova
Mar. 19th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
Infant genius Gnome! I think it'll be a while before little Rosa (the one year old birthday baby) will be able to sit through books that don't involve textures and pop ups. But she loved That's Not My Bunny - she already owns a couple of the other books. And I would probably never have known the effect those books have on babies were it not for you and the Gnome, so many thanks!
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