Austen Experience: Sense and Sensibility

I’m not entirely sure why, but Sense and Sensibility has been on my mind in recent days. I’ve been pondering the connections between Marianne and Elinor in Austen’s novel and Maria and Charlotte in my novel. Marianne and Maria represent sensibility; they are overt with their feelings even to the point of writing audacious letters to gentlemen, a thing that was frowned upon in that day and time unless the couple was already engaged, which of course neither couple was. (Hear that girls? No texting boys. Can you imagine?) Elinor and Charlotte represent sense; they hide their feelings or ignore them in favor of propriety. In each case, the characters learn to achieve a healthy balance between sense and sensibility, although Jane Austen writes it much better than I do.

So anyway, I’ve been rereading bits of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, and while fooling around online, I discovered the BBC’s production of Sense and Sensibility from 2008.

I don’t know how this movie sneaked under my radar, but it did.

Here is the trailer for the DVD:

Has anyone seen this? Is it worth tracking down and buying?

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