onsdag den 1. juni 2011

Sense and Sensibility - Marvel

If anyone was reading this blog, I am sure that you would have given up on me by now...

I have not given up on the Sense and Sensibility challenge. I was simply challenged by the Sense and Sensibility comic from Marvel. As I do not want to give up on reading the books in this challenge, I have been forcing myself to finish this, before starting my next subject - a film.

The Marvel comic of Sense and Sensibility have been adapted by Nancy Butler and Sonny Liew. The storyline follows the book closely and most of the text in the comic is taken directly from Jane Austens book. It might surprise then that I found it so hard to get through. I love Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. However, if I want to read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, I will read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and not by Nancy Butler and Sonny Liew.

Generally what I like about adaptations are that they are in some ways an interpretation of the book - a good example are the different ways that Mr. Bennet is played in the different adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. When I watch Pride and Prejudice from 2005, I get a new view on Mr. Bennet. That way the adaptation ads to my appreciation of the book. Sometimes I might not agree - I am no Mr. Bennet fan and do not agree with Donald Sutherlands Mr. Bennet, but I did make me think about the character of Mr. Bennet.

I have a hard time imagining anyone not agreeing with the Marvel adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, simply because I cannot see when it ads. The pictures are lovely if you like that style - personally I am more of a Disney Princesses kind of girl, but I can see how other people like them. However I generally did not really feel that the pictures were good for anything, they just made the reading more difficult as Jane Austens lovely words had to fit into bubbles...

I love the idea of making Jane Austens books into comics. I am very happy that Marvel is doing so, I even somewhat enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, but I supposed that comics are just not for me. If you love comics go ahead, why not. However if you love Jane Austen, I would recommend that you simply read Jane Austen.

søndag den 13. februar 2011

Sense and Sensibility 1981

For my very first entry in the Sense and Sensibility challenge I chose to watch Sense and Sensibility from 1981. This is a film that I owned and my memory of the film was not the greatest, I remembered feeling very bored when I watched it the first time. Luckily that was not the case this time. This version of Sense and Sensibility from 1981 is a miniseries with 7 episodes of about 30 min. each.

As with any adaption of a novel into a series or film there are some choices to make. What to cut and what not to cut. In the version of Sense and Sensibility Margaret, the youngest Dashwood was cut. She is a relative minor character and in my opinion not one of Austen’s best, so I didn’t really mind all that much. However, removing Margaret is not done very elegantly. Margaret does play a small role, as when she let the name of Mr. F drop in a conversation with Sir John and Mrs.  Jennings. This simply does not happen in the series; however Sir John still teases Elinor with Mr. F regardless of the fact that he has only met Edward once, and very shortly.

Aside from Margaret not much is cut from the story. As is the case with many of the old adoptions much of the dialog is taken directly from the novel, and really no one does Jane Austen better than Jane Austen. The wish to include everything that is in the novel does seem cost the adaption some of the funniest part of the novel. Mr. Palmer and Anne Steel are both included, each gets one or two lines, too little in my opinion. Anne Steel and Mr. Palmer are very important comic characters in one of Jane Austen’s more serious works.
I was not impressed with the general level of acting. Maybe it is just the way acting was done in 1981, I do not see many films or series from that time, everything just seemed forced, or as if they were acting a play. The only actor that I really felt portrayed the character exactly right was Annie Leon who played Mrs. Jennings with just the right amount of vulgar/ridiculous and genuine caring.

Regardless of the not so good things mentioned above, I did enjoy watching Sense and Sensibility. The setting was quite lovely and the music worked as well. A good start to my Sense and Sensibility Challenge, next I will be reading a book.

tirsdag den 18. januar 2011

The Sense and Sensibility challenge

When I saw the Sense and Sensibility challenge posted at austenprose.com I knew I had to sign up. And since I am joining I wanted to make a blog to write about the films and books that I watch and read.

Here are the challenge description from austenprose:

Challenge Details
Time-line: The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 runs January 1, through December 31, 2011.

Levels of participation: Neophyte: 1 – 4 selections, Disciple: 5 – 8 selections, Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections.

Enrollment: Sign up’s are open until March 1, 2011. First, select your level of participation.  Second, copy the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 graphic and include it in your blog post detailing the novels or movies that you commit to reading and watching in 2011. Third, leave a comment linking back to your blog post in the comments of this announcement post. If you do not have a blog you can still participate. Just leave your commitment to the challenge in the comments below.

Check Back Monthly: The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 officially begins on Wednesday, January 26, 2010 with my review of the novel The Three Weismanns of Westport. Check back on the 4th Wednesday of each month for my next review in the challenge.

Your Participation: Once the challenge starts you will see a tab included at the top of Austenprose called Reading Challenges. Click on the tab and select the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011. Leave a comment including the name of the book or movie read or viewed and a link to your blog review. If you do not have a blog, just leave a comment about your selection that you finished with a brief reaction or remark. It’s that easy.


I am going to participate on Aficionada level with 10 selections. I have chosen 5 books and 5 films, mainly because I have most of the films but need to buy most of the books.

My selection is:

Sense and Sensibility 1971
Sense and Sensibility 1981
Sense and Sensibility 1995
Sense and Sensibility 2008
I have Found it (Kandukondain Kandukondain) 2000

Sense and Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)
Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries
The Third Sister
Suspense and Sensibility
Colonel Brandon’s Diary