Northanger Abbey

"Catherine Morland is a young girl with a very active imagination. Her naivety and love of sensational novels lead her to approach the fashionable social scene in Bath and her stay at nearby Northanger Abbey with preconceptions that have embarrassing and entertaining consequences."

~ Vintage Classics

"Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for publication, though she had previously made a start on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. According to Cassandra Austen's Memorandum, Susan (as it was first called) was written approximately during 1798–99. It was revised by Austen for the press in 1803, and sold in the same year for £10 to a London bookseller who decided against publishing.


In 1817, the bookseller was content to sell it back to the novelist's brother, Henry Austen, for the exact sum — £10 — that he had paid for it at the beginning, not knowing that the writer was by then the author of four popular novels. The novel was further revised before being brought out posthumously in late December 1817, as the first two volumes of a four-volume set with Persuasion."

~ Wikipedia

The story of the innocent and naive Catherine Morland and her over-active imagination, just beginning to discover the ways of the real world, with the 'help' of the teasing Mr Tilney! Will she accept the ways of the real world, or it is possible to read too many novels?

My review: A very funny novel! This is primarily achieved through Austen's style of writing in this novel, as she is impersonating the Gothic style, which was popular in her time. It is further achieved with the hero, who is constantly laughing at the rules of society - and laughing at the very innocent heroine! With the wonderful Austen style still apparent, just under the surface, this is a very easy, fun and entertaining read!

Adaptations



2007
Northanger Abbey
(TV movie based on the novel)
Felicity Jones (Catherine Morland) JJ Field (Mr Tilney)


1987
Northanger Abbey
(TV movie based on the novel)
Katharine Schlesinger (Catherine Morland) Peter Firth (Henry Tilney)








The most popular and famous adaptations are the 2007 and the 1987 adaptations, as they are the only adaptations! The only one I have seen, so consequently my favourite is the 2007 one. Here are my thoughts...


2007: Well done indeed! Love the casting - JJ Field IS Tilney! He really brings out the humour in Tilney, and Jones played Catherine very innocently, like the book, and they make a great couple. The supporting cast were excellent, but seeing Isabella Thorpe played by the same actress as Kitty in the Pride and Prejudice 2005 was strange, as Kitty is sweet and innocent, but Isabella most certainly is not! Catherine's dreams in this are not exactly Regency,  but I think they are funny and are not taking to many liberties, as they are only dreams! ;)  I wish this version was longer, partly because the cast was great, but also because Northanger Abbey needs decent length one, as the story is great! But,it is still worth watching and has been cut down to film length very well.









6 comments:

  1. Your pages are so lovely and well put together! And I agree with you: JJ Field IS Tilney! ;D

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  2. thanks! i am glad - they took ages!
    yes! he IS and always will be Tilney ;)

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  3. I bet it took awhile but they look CHARMING!!!!! =D tilney is my hero ^_^

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    1. they did... but it was fun!! thanks!
      yes he is your hero, and you english puppy ;)

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  4. Elizabeth is, of course, marvelous. But I AM Jane Bennett. Quiet, subdued, but seething with an intellect about to explode, and deeply in love with a man who suits her perfectly. Truly a woman for all ages.

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    1. I love Jane Bennet - but I am personally more like Lizzie - hence the blog name ;)

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