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Here is a great video by Key Moments Films showing a little behind the scenes action. This was a super fun day that was worthy of blogging about twice! Wings of Glory Photography set up this inspirational 1940’s shoot and we all had such a blast being part of it.
Pride and Prejudice (1940):It’s no use. I’ve struggled in vain. I must tell you how much I admire and love you. Miss Elizabeth, my life and happiness are in your hands. These last weeks since I left Netherfield have been empty and meaningless days and nights. I thought I could put you out of my mind, that inclination would give way to judgement. I’ve walked the streets of London reminding myself of the unsuitability of such a marriage. Of the obstacles between us… but it won’t do. I can struggle against you no longer. - I’ve reminded myself again and again that I have obligations of family and position, obligations I was born to. Nothing I tell myself matters. I love you. I love you. - Yes, my darling. I’m asking you to marry me.
Pride and Prejudice (1995):In vain I have struggled, it will not do! My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you… In declaring myself thus I’m fully aware that I will be going expressly against the wishes of my family, my friends, and, I hardly need add, my own better judgement. The relative situation of our families is such that any alliance between us must be regarded as a highly reprehensible connection. Indeed, as a rational man I cannot but regard it as such myself, but it cannot be helped. Almost from the earliest moments of our acquaintance I have come to feel for you a passionate admiration and regard, which despite all my struggles has overcome every rational objection, and I beg you, most fervently, to relieve my suffering and consent to be my wife.
Pride and Prejudice (2003):I find... I find, I find you strangely attractive... You're not the sort of girl I normally go out with - I mean, you're loud, you're disorganized, your friends are an embarrassment. But I like you, I don't know why. Will you... will you... will you have dinner with me tomorrow night?
Bride and Prejudice (2004):Look, Lalita... I love you. And I hated seeing you with Wickham in India. And I tried my hardest to forget you, but I couldn't. I know this sounds totally crazy, my mom's gonna flip out, but I don't want you to leave.
Pride and Prejudice (2005):Miss Elizabeth... I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you... I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgement, my family's expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony. - I love you. Most ardently. Please do me the honour of accepting my hand.
A book to movie adaptation that does ruin the book for the reader? INCONCEIVABLE. But no, really. This book is just as funny as the movie and it follows the same kind of rhythm and sense of humor with it’s writing. There are a few differences as well as add ons but all in all it’s very close to the screen production.
The book starts out with the “author” (William Goldman) being read to by his dad while he has pneumonia, and later on giving his own son the same book to read because he enjoyed it so much. He then realizes that his father had left out all of the “boring parts" that dealt with history and government while leaving all the action and adventure in. So, as you can guess, his son didn’t like the original book. Goldman then buys the rights to S. Morgenstern’s book to edit down and make “the good parts version.” Which is what we get a chance to read in the following chapters.
He leaves little paragraphs summarizing Morgenstern’s original scenes in humorous ways. But, even if you skip those parts, the story flows nicely and makes sense. Famous scenes are brought to life in a new way when you read them. The cliffs of insanity, storming the castle, the famous sword fight, etc. It’s a fun story to get lost in when you need a break from the real world.
(Did Not Like It | It Was Okay | I Liked It| I Really Liked It | It Was Amazing)
As a film student this is a bit of a sore subject with me. Every book addict has an opinion on how books should be made into films and I see them on Facebook or tumblr or somewhere else and I just think, “There is no way that would work.” My favorite one is turning books into tv shows with every book in a series as a season and every chapter an episode. I don’t know who published that on tumblr…