Posted Dec 28, 2005 @ 3:34 PM
weyrbunny, when I read they had dramatised this novel, I read the novel. I had a really hard time finding it in my public library system, but it's a good thing Project Gutenberg is around!
I know some folks on other boards are disappointed that they changed somethings (like how Margaret was introduced to Thornton and the final scene), but those changes were tolerable, imo.
They did make Margaret a more likeable character in the book, she's a snob who doesn't like Thornton because 1. she doesn't like Milton because it wasn't like Helstone, 2. she doesn't like Milton because it wasn't like London, 3. she doesn't like Milton because it wasn't like Helstone or London, and 4. Thornton was representative of Milton. When I read the book, I kept thinking "boy, Thornton has it really bad for her to put up with all that!".
Mrs. Thornton's transfer from book to screen was very good. Fanny was too, although I didn't think she was as air-headed in the novel---spoiled, superficial and snobbish maybe, but not air-headed ("I can't imagine life without a piano"---d'uh girlfriend, don't you remember you and your family got by on your brother's 15 - 3 schillings a week?)
The ending was perfect, but I really would have wanted to see Mrs. Thornton flip out when Thornton brings Margaret home to stay. And now I have a strange desire to read "Tales of the Alhambra" by Washington Irving (just to see why Fanny was salivating over it.)