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I have spent a very nice weekend in the company of Rebecca, the second Mrs de Winter and Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. I watched the black and white film of Rebecca on Saturday afternoon - perfect for this time of year with its atmosphere. 'Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again...' Judith Anderson as Mrs Danvers does a wonderful job with the psychological torture of poor little Mrs de Winter. I then just had to dig out my old copy of the book and start re-reading it. It is such an easy book to lose yourself in and to then have to reluctantly come back into the real world again.
archived page about this adaptation.
I had seen that contemporary authors were taking part in The Austen Project, where they re-imagine the stories in modern times. I was extremely unsure about the whole idea - the originals are just so good that they really don't need messing about with, so why develop the project in the first place? However, I gave in and read the first in the series which was Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope. I'm pleased that I hadn't read the reviews about the book before I read it as they are mediocre. I enjoyed her interpretation and I think she managed to update the story well - especially given that UK society is not so restrictive for women as it was in Regency times. I also liked Nancy Steele's 'text speak' - she would speak like that if she was around now, wouldn't she? I think it was quite a difficult thing to even attempt, so the fact that the author has kept to the story and managed to update it reasonably effectively is credit to her. However, I don't think I shall read any of the other updated versions - the originals are so much better!