My Review of Northanger Abbey

I feel unjust grading this adaptation since I haven’t read the book. It is the only remaining Austen work I have yet to tackle.

Suffice it to say that I thought it was very well done, the actors gave a free and natural feel to their roles, and the setting where it was shot was lovely, perfect for the Gothic homage that haunts the story.

AND suffice it to say that it was interesting enough to keep us from flipping back to the Giants/Packers game. That didn’t happen even once.

“Perhaps after all it is possible to read too many novels.”
— Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey

6 thoughts on “My Review of Northanger Abbey

  1. Hi Kelly,I want to say how much I enjoy visiting your blog. I live in California and am the mother of 3 daughters. I’m from England and love Austen and Bronte and am delighted to be watching the new Masterpiece series.Have you seen the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice before (with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth) that they are showing? This is definitely the best. I can’t wait :-)It’s fun to read your blog and I can relate to your busy household, my girls are 4, 2 and 1.Rachel

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  2. I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I’m looking forward to it. NA is definitely Austen having some fun this us and with novelistic conventions.I did see last week’s Persuasion. Good fun, but the ending COMPLETELY threw me!

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  3. Welcome, Rachel! How nice to have a visitor from the west coast!!I own, and have watched too many times to mention, the Firth/Ehle version of P&P. My husband and I quote it at inappropriate times for a laugh.One of my favorite moments: Mr. Bennet brandishing the fireplace poker and shouting, “NO LACE, Mrs. Bennet! No lace, I beg you!”.

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  4. Okay, sorry I’m so far behind, but I got to it last night! I was thrilled that they captured the sense that Austen was plain ol’ having a great time. I loved the jumps back into novels (even if they weren’t part of the original NA), and I was even okay with their wrapping up the ending a bit (in the novel, the Morelands won’t let Henry and Catherine marry until they get Henry’s father’s permission, which is a bit of time coming, as you might imagine). I’ll even say (‘though I’m pretty sure this would get me shot in some circles!) that they made Catherine seem more of a real person than Austen did!And Kel, you should read it. It’s a fast one! In between recipes, maybe!

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  5. I just caught up on watching this one last night too. I thought it was very good. I liked Catherine and Tilney and thought they were portrayed very well. I watched Mansfield Park and was not as keen on that. I didn’t think Billie Piper was a good choice for the role and didn’t really feel for her. I thought it lacked a little spark.

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