Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Book and Movie Recommendation- North and South

My aunt(s) introduced me to the North and South BBC miniseries this week-

Apparently my aunts have been watching this for years, but it only made it to me this past weekend. It has a distinct Pride and Prejudice flair to it, but if I dare say it, I may have liked it even more than Pride and Prejudice! It is book turned BBC miniseries set in a more modern time than P&P, but is still British, and still all about a woman knowing what she wants, and more importantly what she doesn't want. I LOVED it. In fact, I just added it to my Netflix instant queue to watch right now. And I'm looking at buying the book off of Amazon right now as well. Yeah for timeless English romances and strong female role models! Now someone go buy/rent/read/watch it and tell me what you think!


  1. It took me a while to get into the show, but I persevered and I did like it. Definitely has a P&P feel to it, but different enough (since it's in the North of England where things are so different from the South) to make it interesting.

  2. I've read "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell but haven't yet read "North and South". I much prefer to read the books before seeing the miniseries. Gaskell is a fairly important Victorian author--she came after Austen (who is considered Regency) but Austen may have helped pave the way for Gaskell. It seems as if Gaskell is one of the FEW Victorian female authors who was able to publish under her own name and not a pseudonym like George Elliot or George Sand. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Gaskell Thank goodness she and Dickens were friends, right?

  3. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Yes! I have previously watched BBC's Robinhood and loved Richard Armitage in it and found this througe searching to see what else he played in. It was a little slow in the beginning but the payoff at the end was amazing and very emotionally fulfilling. I too also went out to buy the book, but in this rare case I loved the movie more.

    On a side note, I am now renting just about everything that the lead actor (see above) has been in through Netflix. I recommend renting/streaming the Vicarage of Dibley Christmas Specials (so funny and give hope to all of us who are not supermodels), beware there are a few racy jokes but nothing that didn't permit my mom and I from watching and enjoying together. You don't need to have watched the series to enjoy this special. Of course this is only recommended on the basis that a) you need a Richard Armitage fix and b) need a good laugh. I say, what girl doesn't?


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