Mansfield Park

"Fanny Price's rich relatives offer her a place in their home so that she can be properly brought up. Her only ally is her cousin Edmund. When her cousins befriend two glamorous new young people who have arrived in the area, Edmund starts to grow close to Mary and Fanny finds herself dealing with feelings she has never experienced before."

~ Vintage Classics

"Mansfield Park is a novel by Jane Austen, written at Chawton Cottage between February 1811 and 1813. It was published in May 1814 by Thomas Egerton, who published Jane Austen's two earlier novels, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
When the novel reached a second edition in 1816, its publication was taken over by John Murray, who also published its successor, Emma."

~ Wikipedia

The story of the poor relative, Fanny Price, taken in by her Uncle, and made to feel gratitude for the rest of her life! Her cousin Edmund was the only one to show her kindness, which for Fanny soon grow to something more, but will Edmund come to realise her affection, before his are engaged elsewhere? 

My review: A very complex and interesting story! The heroine is quite quiet, meaning you get to know the secondary characters very well, which is nice! The hero is not as strong as some of the others, but the greater focus on the relationship between the hero and heroine, and also how the relationship between Fanny and her Uncle changes, and how the family come to realise Fanny's importance, all contribute to making this a worth while read!


Adaptations




2007
Mansfield Park
(TV movie based on the novel)
Billie Piper (Fanny Price) Blake Ritson (Mr Bertram)


1999
Mansfield Park
(Film based on the novel)
Frances O 'Connor (Fanny Price) Jonny Lee Miller (Mr Bertram)


1983
Mansfield Park
(TV mini-series based on the novel)
Sylvestra Le Touzel (Fanny Price) Nicholas Farrell (Mr Bertram)










The most popular and famous adaptations are the 2007, 1999 and 1983, and they are again the only adaptations! The ones I have seen are the 2007 and 1983 and here are my thoughts...

1983: One of the longest series of any Austen to be made, but, luckily, pretty true to the book - which is why it has to be so long! It may seem a little slow at times to some, but for me it was just detailed, like the book, which I liked. Fanny and Edmund were played well and I grew to like the supporting cast as well. It is clear at times from the camera work that it was made a long time ago, but as you get into the series, you begin to forget that and it becomes a good, faithful adaptation.

2007: Not that true to the book, but the essence is there! Condensing such a long and complex novel into a mere hour and a half is an almost impossible task! But, I think they did well with the time they had. The actor of Edmund Bertram was also Mr Elton in the Emma 2009, but don't worry, he plays the two characters very differently! For the time they had, a good film, but not one of the strongest adaptations, but I think this problem is from the time limit and condensing down a wonderfully complex and brilliant novel! But, still worth a go!







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