And she blogs. What about the book? A wife would bring select society into their home, would ensure Georgiana was exposed to tother people… and would save him the trouble of making friends himself…As he was not in the habit of receiving young ladies to Pemberley, Caroline was the only eligible person that he had lately witnessed about the place. Therefore, when he imagined a lady of the house, he imagine her as Caroline. He only wished that she were not so objectionable. She always intended to arrive as the sun was setting, in order that her complexion might profit by the glow of evening light.
Clare was not my favourite though.
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I always wanted to get back to the dastardly Wickham and oblivious Caroline. I mean, come ON. Janeite or not, the writing is worth the trip back to Pemberley. Other than your own, do you have a favourite Austen adaptation?
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Or one that inspired you? Loved your non-review of Longbourne , by the way. It was a tough book to review because I admired it on many levels, but it also bothered me in many ways. Essentially, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the film version of Pride and Prejudice. I wrote a review of it on my blog but basically, it is a mini-series about a modern-day Austen lover who finds a door in her bathroom that leads to Longbourn, where she finds herself trading places with Elizabeth Bennet.
What I love about it is that they retain the humour that is so often lost in spinoffs and adaptations. Austen is incredibly funny, and a lot of attempts to imitate her miss that. Are there any contemporary books you would recommend to Jane Austen fans? I have actually read shockingly few books in my life.
I usually just read what someone puts in my hand with their recommendation. I saw it as a mini-series first, back in and that production might actually trump the Pride and Prejudice mini-series, which is saying a lot. I have now also read the book, and again, the author has great wit and insight, and wonderful characters, all of them victims of their own personalities.
I cannot say how many hours I have spent discussing the motivations and shortcomings of Soames Forsyte alone. It is really a wonderful piece of work. Many of the reactions and reviews talk about how dreadful Caroline Bingley and Wickham are, but I thought they were presented in a pretty balanced light — we come to understand the financial and social pressures they were under and why they act the way they did.
How much do you sympathise with them? Selfishness is a universal and eternal human flaw, and both of them have never had reason to discipline themselves or exercise any sort of objective introspection. Wickham and Caroline are both just a bit more extreme than the rest of this in their own self-regard.
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Their interest in each other, I thought, was quite natural. They both have a propensity to look down on other people, to find themselves quite witty and charming in their criticisms, and the snob in me at least recognizes that feeling of intimacy that comes from discovering another snob of the same persuasion. I thought they became kind of likeable as a pair in a way they never would be again as individuals.
One of my favourite characters in the novel is Anne. We know so little about her, and I was surprised by where you took her character. Before I started writing Follies Past, I went through Pride and Prejudice and compiled extracts on all the characters — every reference to each of those who featured in my book.
There is almost nothing about Anne.
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Every time that Lady Catherine strode onto the page was also invariably a hoot. Kerr has clearly done her research on the novel and knows her time period well. For as long as there are books, there will be spin-offs from Pride and Prejudice.
The problem comes from the fact that Austen was generally pushing her own ideas in her books. Mansfield Park was about slavery, Northanger Abbey was about novels, Sense and Sensibility was about romanticism and Pride and Prejudice was about marriage. Not just marriage, but why you should and should not enter into that institution. It is difficult to add anything to a book that is quite so water-tight. I think that Kerr is a gifted writer and that she has taken great care to craft an authentic piece of historical fiction but unfortunately this book did not have the same beating heart as its ancestor.
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Review: Follies Past, Melanie Kerr
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I was just looking for a good read. I think I'll pass this one up.
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What is you favorite of the Jane Austen spin-offs? I wouldn't say it was that bad, Melanie Kerr did write beautifully and there were some very good parts. My favourite will always be Longbourn. How about you? Hmmm…I wish I could remember the title. I read it several years ago and remember enjoying it very much. But I don't remember anything about it except that it was a J. I'll muse on it today and see if I can remember the title.
Hmm indeed, it's annoying when the titles of books you like slip your mind. I remember quite liking Mr Darcy's Diary, mainly because the banter between him and his old valet was just really funny. Still, really good Austen spin-offs are few and far between. Follies Past was not the worst by any stretch of the imagination.
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