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Tuesday, 03 November 2009


I'm sorry to hear the new Emma is no good—I was so looking forward to Romola Garai as Emma. Why is it so hard for people to get Austen right these days? The movies seem to be more about their creator's ideas about Austen than about Austen's ideas.

I agree about Hugh Grant. He turned Edward into a bumbling buffoon, not the gentle young man constrained by duty as Austen wrote him. Great movie otherwise, though. Can't get enough of Alan Rickman.

I often imagine her writing in the corner of the crowded parlor. How did she know so much??

I usually keep movies and books quite separate in my head....but Alan Rickman will always be Colonel Brandon to me!

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