The movie went by really fast. I didn't get drawn in like I did with the book, but I did enjoy it. It feels short on character development somehow though. I don't feel like I got to look deeply into the characters. It's hard to say how I would have viewed it if I hadn't read the novel first, though. I don't have much to say about it, especially since I haven't seen any other versions to compare it too. I think it was a bit more sentimental than the book, though. The second proposal in particular is what I'm thinking of right now.

In the book, it went like this: "My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever," followed by "Elizabeth...gave him to understand had undergone so material a change, ..., as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure his present reassurances "(p.314-5).

In the movie it was much less reserved: "You have bewitched me, body and soul," followed by a kiss. Plus the setting was more showy as well. It's still pretty faithful to the book, though, for which I am glad.
 When I go back to reread these books, I'm certain I'll have more to say. For now, I'll stick to basic impressions.The novel was really sweet. I loved Anne, and I'm really appreciating how well Austen writes romance. If I had been exposed to modern romance writers as good with characterization as she is, I'd be into the genre. As it is, I shun most romance novels, since they have little to interest me. 

If there's one thing I really like about Austen, it's that she doesn't idealize or glamorize anybody. Even though she only writes about the affluent, she shows class differences and manners in a way that doesn't seem to look down to much on the lower classes, but doesn't glamorize the upper ones. Her uppity characters, like Sir Elliot and Elizabeth here, and Lady Catherine in Pride and Prejudice, aren't portrayed as something to aspire to, and Mr. Darcy and Lady Russell have to become less snobbish. 


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