Here is a place I care not to visit. Northanger Abbey is my least favorite Austen novel. I know the least favorite should be Mansfield Park, and I know I’m supposed to enjoy Northanger Abbey‘s parody, but I can’t go beyond the fact that not even the characters are good. For satire I better read Love and Freindship.
And then there’s the 1986 adaptation that doesn’t help in my liking the novel. The first thing that struck me was the music. Forget about the fashion, the music it’s awful!
And then there’s the characters portrayal. Catherine Morland is not that bad, it’s clear she’s a silly girl let loose in Bath and in Northanger Abbey, but Henry Tilney is everything but sexy. General Tilney seems too interested in the extremely young Catherine. He almost looks like a child molester which is creepy and there’s no way to avoid feeling sorry for Eleanor. The Thorpes are all right, you can tell they’re up to no good from the moment they step into the screen.
I did like the Bath scenes because it seemed period, and the castle standing in for Northanger Abbey. It didn’t look plausible for the one in the novel, nevertheless it did look like the perfect place for this Catherine Morland imagination.
By the way, I think she reads a little bit more books in the novels than in this film. I’m not sure since I never bothered to reread the novel or watch the other movie adaptation.
What can I learn from Northanger Abbey? Honestly, I have no idea. Maybe to be careful about my characters imagination or let their imagination run wild.
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