Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Northanger Abbey

The Book: I think I last read this one about 16 years ago, which made this kind of fun since I remembered it not-at-all. I thought this book was hilarious. I actually laughed out loud in some parts. Catherine is a real dingbat, but kind of endearing. I loved all the baddies in the book--Isabella, Mr. Thorpe, and General Tilney. I think after reading this I may be tempted to pick up The Mysteries of Udolpho at some point.

The Movie: I was not a fan. Catherine was more contrived dingbat than actual dingbat. And, she seemed way too young. Eleanor seemed way too old. The story didn't end right. The whole thing was frantic and rushed. And, Mr. Tilney was no Captain Wentworth. The only bright spot for me was the actress who played Isabella Thorpe, Carey Mulligan. Dan and I enjoyed her in The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, where she plays a remarkably similar character. She also plays Kitty Bennett in the Kiera Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice.


Lisa R.D. said...

I haven't read the book, but after seeing the movie I would really like to--especially since you seemed to enjoy the book much more than the movie. I thought the movie was good, but completely agree that the ending was rushed. Up until 5 minutes before it ended I was convinced that it would have to be a two-parter, since there was no way they could wrap up all the loose ends in that short of time. I'm looking forward to seeing how it should end.

I recognized the actress who played Isabella from "Bleak House", another Masterpiece Theatre presentation. She was great! As you said, there were several 'baddies' that made this story fun.

Iliana said...

I didn't get to see the Masterpiece Theater production and was looking forward to it though as I love Northanger Abbey. It's been a while since I've read it but I agree Catherine may be a ninny but I couldn't help but root for her.

Tricia said...

Lisa: Mmmm, I might have to check out Bleak House. I saw it on the sale table at Borders today, but that much Dickens scares me. Maybe I'll watch the movie first!

Iliana: Ninny...great word, and perfectly describes her. They might reshow NA, but I also think you'll be able to check it out on DVD.