Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Mansfield Park

OK. I know purists out there love to rag on the Masterpiece Theatre versions of Jane Austen books. Sorry, Charlie, I love them. So I'm not an historical purist. I haven't memorised the novels. I just enjoy the wit, humor, underlying improbable romance, sub-text that she did so well. Plus they are beautiful. She loved having things take place at country homes as well as Bath. The countryside became a character in the story.

She truly wanted love to have a chance to survive in spite of money and position, even knowing that, in her society, it wasn't likely. She wanted women to be appreciated, even if they were smart, savvy and irreverent. Jane Austen was such a master at portraying what was said aloud in polite society in contrast to what was being thought, and built up the sexual tension accordingly, all without the devices of scary old castles, rape scenes or violence.

Don't get me wrong, if you read me very often you know I like action and adventure and I'm not afraid of violence that moves a story forward, but blood and gore for the sake of blood and gore turns me off. At the same time I loved Tarentino's send-up of vampire movies, "Dusk to Dawn" with George Clooney, Cheech Marin, and others. It was so funny, but gory. So like everyone, I guess I'm just full of the contradictions that make all writers different from each other, that makes us all different.

2 comments:

daydream said...

I love Jane Austin. I felt so in love with Pride and Prejudice that I watched the 2005 release around 5 times in one day and the read the book in English, even though I could choose to do it in my native tongue. She is an amazing author. Love her!

Yes contradictions make up every person and we as writers seem to have more than normal, but hell it makes us interesting all the way to the end.

Carol said...

And that's what makes our characters interesting, those contradictions, that serial killer who saves the kitten but kills the girl. Or the Mom who takes care of everyone around her but neglects her own family.

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