I finally got a chance to watch last year's BBC production of Persuasion a couple of weeks ago. We'd just finished watching a couple of seasons of Spooks (known as MI-5 in the US) so it was fun to see the actor as Captain Wentworth instead of a spy. He is pretty easy on the eyes! I'm not a purist when it comes to these tv dramatisations, as I usually just enjoy spending some time with Jane's wonderful characters and stories. And this one seemed quite good, up until near the end. For those that have seen it, what was with all the running around at the end and that painfully drawn out kiss? Ack! It did make me want to reread Persuasion though, if only for the letter! Sigh. Anyway, watching it put me in the mood for something else by Jane and since I didn't really have time to reread one of her books, I picked up the Hesperus Press edition of The Watsons. It's a fragment of an unfinished work, and while much too short, was very enjoyable. You can read my review here.
When I originally signed up for the Austen Mini-Challenge, I had hoped to reread one or two of her novels this year but it seems it was not meant to be. The only requirements for the challenge though were to read and/or watch at least two Jane Austen novels/movies in 2008. So with watching Persuasion, reading The Watsons, along with my yearly viewing of Pride and Prejudice in January (has it been that long? No wonder I've been feeling the urge to watch it again!) I suppose I have technically completed the challenge. Hesperus Press have a couple other short Austen titles that I'd like to get, and one of these days/years I would really love to go back and read all her novels again. There's just something about Jane!
Also this week I read The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I'll post a review tomorrow so today I'll just say what fun! And now I'm back to The Painter of Shanghai, which I put briefly on hold to read these two other short books. So reading-wise, it's been an interesting, varied week.
Week in Review:
Weekend Snapshot: autumn colours
It's Tuesday... (Where are You? and Teaser Tuesday)
November in Review
Friday Fill-ins, Friday Finds
Randomness, catching up on Awards/Memes
Review: The Watsons by Jane Austen
Have a good one!