|*slams fist on table* THAT IS NOT SNOW|
North & South has been one of the only Period Dramas I have read that didn't feel like a Period Drama when I read it.Whenever I have read Dickens, Austen, or any other author similar to those, I can always tell I'm reading a 'classic' because of the descriptions, the descriptions, and oh yes, the descriptions. I was pleased to find that in North & South, there weren't a lot of those.
The only parts that bored me just a little bit was when Mr. Thornton got to talking about strikes, or the trade, or something like that. I don't know, he just talked too much over my head sometimes. :) However, he is definitely NOT a boring sort of character. In fact, he's very deep. Him and Margaret both. Gaskell does such a tremendous job weaving the character's deep thoughts and passionate feelings throughout the story as they guide the character's actions and words.
The best part about those sections was that it didn't feel like you were reading "descriptions". They were just there, and they were so good. I drank those parts up. I really did.
The book was so much better than the film series. But, I don't really like to say 'better', as if I were degrading the series, because the film series isn't bad like that at all. In fact, it's amazing. I only mean that both the series and the book are so utterly enjoyable and deep and wonderful to experience. But if I absolutely HAD to choose which one is just a little better than the other, I would have to say that the book holds a higher place in my affections.
By reading the book, I was grateful to be able to take the time to enjoy the story a little longer than the series would have allowed. That's the thing about movies that have been made out of books; it takes you maybe a week or a month or even longer (if you're not a huge reader) to get the story out of a book, and thus you get to enjoy it longer than a movie or series, which takes maybe 2-6 hours.
|That hat though... XD|
*SPOILER Actually, I wouldn't call this a spoiler, but whatever. I absolutely loved it, in the movie and in the book even more, when Higgins and Thornton finally got as close as they ever would get at seeing eye to eye (after the strikes, and all that). I love how Margaret was sure that if Higgins went and spoke to Thornton, he would give him work. And she was right, in the end. I loved that whole little section. END OF SPOILER*
|Aww... would you look at that. :)|
And then there are Margaret's parents. Mrs. Hale annoys me just a little bit. She's always complaining, and worrying, and being out-of-sorts, and getting everyone around her upset and nervous. I just don't like those kinds of people. I mean, I know she's got poor health and all that, but gosh.
Mr. Hale isn't too bad. I loved the relationship between him and Margaret in the book. They share a sweet likeness in helping people, and doing the right thing. I almost kind of loved him in the book.
And about Frederick... I'm not going to call this a spoiler warning, because it isn't really. He's Margaret's brother (that's all I'll say) and I LOVE HIM. HE'S SO NICE. I love him in the series (they picked a great actor for him), and he's a complete doll in the book as well. I wish with all my heart that he would have had more time in the entire story because he's an angel, poor thing.
At the end of it all, I am proud to have the 2004 film series on my DVD shelf, and I am even more proud to possess on my bookshelf Elizabeth Gaskell's "passionate tale of love across the social divide."
So if you see an unusual amount of N&S pics on the blog, or Pins on Pinterest, don't be alarmed, I'm not going crazy, I just happen to be quite consumed with this whole series/book lately, and I think I've decided that It's my favorite Period Drama, up until this point, with Pride & Prejudice being a close second.