Friday, April 1, 2016
Northanger Abbey Read Along And Watch Along Wrap Up
I participated in this Read Along during the month of March. I enjoyed it very much. Being able to discuss each week what we read, how we felt and what we thought about what was going on in the book was so fun. Thanks to Amber at Seasons of Humility for hosting this read along. I especially enjoyed getting to know a new author/blogger(Miranda Atchley I'm talking to you!). The Watch Along happened last night and I enjoyed participating in that. I just might get this Twitter thing someday! So here are my thoughts on the movie and the book. If you have never read a Jane Austen book I would recommend that you try one soon. Maybe join us next time we have a Read Along as that is a great incentive to keep up and involved in the reading :)
Northanger Abbey the book:
Not my favorite Austen read I have to say that. But I think that in this story we get to see Jane Austen's wit and observation of humankind more than in other stories. My understanding is that this was her attempt at mocking/spoofing the current gothic tales of the day which I think she accomplished perfectly. The heroine, Catherine, was quite a naive young woman and the hero, Henry, a bit more seasoned and quite a bit the tease. The antagonists The Thorpes(everyone who read the book shudder!), were exceptionally obnoxious. And then we have Northanger itself. Every bit as spooky as Catherine's vivid imagination could conjure. Poor Catherine's only faults are that she was pretty gullible and fanciful. She let her imagination run away with her and that got her into trouble with Henry for a bit. When The General(Henry and his sister Eleanor's father) threw Catherine out of Northanger with no explanation at all I was miffed. I have to say that the book didn't do the whole scene justice, but that the movie did this part wonderfully! Of course the ending of the story was perfect because we all need that Happily Ever After scene.
Northanger Abbey the movie:
That wraps up my thoughts on the book and movie. I'm definitely an Austen fan and totally look forward to the next Read Along. I wonder which book will be chosen next? Now to go check out my BBC version of Northanger Abbey!