Friday, January 25, 2008
A Little Confession
My name is Mandie and I am a PBS dork. It began early last year when we noticed that Kidnapped was on Masterpiece Theater on a Sunday evening. Then it was Miss Marple on Mystery, and the Inspector Lynley series on Mystery and they even threw in an excellent Sherlock Holmes and the Silk Stocking. Not to mention the excellent adaptation of Dickens' Bleak House, which truly was a masterpiece. And so now, it is sort of an established miniature date night after the children go to bed on Sunday evenings.
So, why am I telling you all this? Well, 2 weeks ago they began a Masterpiece Theater series~ The Complete Jane Austen. Every novel she wrote will be translated to a BBC-style movie. First up was Persuasion (which Tim and I missed), but last week was Northanger Abbey. This is a lesser known book by Jane Austen, but truly one of my favorites since I read it almost 10 years ago. I was quite impressed how much I liked the screen adaptation. This week will be Mansfield Park~ the only Austen book I haven't read. And I'm sort of upset that I will see the movie before I read the book, and I thought for as moment that I might read the book in a week. But then I came back to reality and remembered that when I read at night and actually get through 4 pages before I drop the book as my eyes cross, I'm doing well. That's ok, though. I'll save the book for a later time when I can actually enjoy leisurely reading again . Anyway, I'm looking forward to the rest of the series, and I hope you all will watch and enjoy, too.