Last night, I was trying to work on more items for Bloggiesta when our internet connection started acting up. I couldn’t log on to any of the sites so I decided to put the revisions on hold and just watch North and South, which I’ve been wanting to watch for the longest time. North and South is BBC mini-series based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel about Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. Here’s a brief summary from IMDb:
This series operates on many levels. At the heart of the series is the tempestuous relationship between Margaret Hale, a young woman from a southern middle class family who finds herself uprooted to the north, and John Thornton, a formerly poverty-stricken cotton mill owner terrified of losing the viability of his business. Around them are class struggles between the workers and mill owners and ideological struggles between the industrial North and the agrarian South.
I can’t remember where I first heard about this mini-series but I’m pretty sure it’s from one of the book bloggers that I follow. I know that both Angie and Chelle are fans and I’m sure there are others out there. I was hesitant to watch it because I haven’t read Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel but you don’t need to read the book to understand the movie. To further cement my decision to watch this, it was brought up in one of my Goodreads group discussions. Since it’s a long weekend over here, I thought it would be good to settle down at one point and watch a movie that I’ve been eagerly anticipating. I wasn’t planning on watching the whole thing in one sitting. It has four parts and each is around an hour or so. I ended up staying up until 2am to finish the whole thing because I wanted more of Richard Armitage. ♥ This movie has a Pride and Prejudice vibe, with the main characters getting the wrong first impression of each other. Mr. Thornton also has the dark and brooding male protagonist down pat. The movie might seem a little grim because of the setting and the struggles of the workers but it has its sweet moments. My favorite scenes include the handshake, the “Look back” moment and the ending. If you’ve seen this, you know what I’m talking about. 🙂
Here’s a hilarious conversation between Mr. Darcy and Mr. Thornton that Angie posted a while back. Now that I’ve seen the movie, I can appreciate it more. Which reminds me, I haven’t seen the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice! I’ve only seen the more modern movie adaptation and of course, I’ve read the book. So maybe I should watch it also before the weekend is out?
Look, I found this wallpaper from this site:
Oh Mr. Thornton! Doesn’t that make you more curious about the movie?