The opening salvo of Masterpiece Classics (formerly Masterpiece Theatre) missed the target with its new adaptation of Jane Austen's "Persuasion." Vital scenes were played out of order and context, dialogue assigned to the wrong character and an embarrasing marathon by Anne Elliott through the streets of Bath. Really! Young ladies of good character did not hurtle down the streets in pursuit of young gentlemen in Regency times, yet this adaptation shows Anne running to and fro, hither and yon and meeting up with all the major characters in the novel, including her invalid
Masterpiece Theatre is America's longest running dramatic program. Starting this Sunday, they will devote four months to dramatizations of all of Jane Austen's novels, as well as a film biography of the novelist's lost loves. This is an unprecedented presentation of any author's work, but Jane Austen is acknowledged by scholars as the creator of the modern novel. 4 of the six film adaptations will be new to American audiences, and the best-known, "Pride & Prejudice" with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle has never been shown in the U. S.
Many people break those resolutions by February.
Somewhere I heard that in order for something to become a habit you have to repeat it 21 times.
So theoretically if we do some thing everyday for 3 weeks, it will be come a habit and become much easier to continue.
The Jane Austen Book Club meets this Monday, Jan. 7th from 6:00 pm til 8:00pm in the McIntyre Room, Carnegie building 244 W. Michigan Avenue. Coffee, tea and cakes will be served in the best Regency tradition. We have been reading "Emma" this month, but you can join us even if you haven't read the book. We welcome all Jane Austen fans or those just curious about her popularity. Join us for lively conversation by devoted fans of Miss Austen.