Sunday, January 27, 2008
Jane Lite Rules Mansfield Park
After viewing my third of the new PBS Jane movies, I've decided this ensemble should be called Lite -- as in fat free -- just the bare bones romance. This Mansfield Park in particular really stripped away of all of the funny characters and side stories. Mrs. Norris isn't so awful, Mary Crawford not so bitchy, and Fanny's brother and seaside family are barely a blip on the screen. That's ok I guess, but one of the main things I love about Jane Austen is all of the odd-ball self-involved characters that riddle her novels. Oh well. Jane Austen Lite is better than no Jane Austen at all.