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This is actually the only Austen novel I haven’t read! (I haven’t read her shorter stuff yet, either.) I’ve watched both the Billie Piper and Frances O’Connor movies and liked both, though, despite some issues. I liked Fanny in the movies and am sad that she’s apparently so hated. (And sideeyeing the fact that Austen’s least popular heroine is the one with the most terrible background.) Fanny’s rejection of Henry Crawford and his “why don’t you devote your life to redeeming me” filled me with delight in both versions. (Fix yourself dude!) I tried to find a youtube clip of that, but it’s all shipper vids because fandom. In general it seems to be a bit darker than most of Austen’s work, and definitely a departure for her other novels, but I can’t really make any deep analysis or comments since I haven’t read the book, or watched either movie in a few years.

Date: 2017-03-25 08:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
Here via Network. I love the book, but have never seen a movie version that I thought did it justice.

Most of the hate of Fanny is because she's quiet and sickly and (by our standards) priggish. Not the spirited, adventurous, witty, sparkling heroine that Elizabeth Bennet is. Most film versions change this, making her less sickly and moralistic and quiet than she actually is.

But as for the priggishness, she's the only one in the book with a realistic understanding of what the consequences are for ladies of that period who step out of line, and thus why it's so wrong for men to take advantage of them and tempt them or entice them to do so. And she's also very much neglected and abused and poor, and so very vulnerable. Yet she clings to her principles and will not change them. That takes a lot more courage than most people understand or give her credit for.

I ABSOLUTELY AGREE WITH YOU WHOLEHEARTEDLY about Henry Crawford. Ugh!

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