I’m struggling with how to respond to comments to the blog. Ideally, I’d love to comment on your comments using the comment feature, but I don’t think WordPress allows you to do that, so I’m having some sort of a metaconversation with myself about blogging and the “right” or “best” way to do that. I really value the interaction and want to keep it going, but I also want to keep the focus on the books.
So, I’ll post a response to a few comments here. Let me know if you have any great wisdom on the best way to do this. I even Googled it yesterday b/c I don’t want to commit a blogging faux pas. Yes, because THAT’s the kind of stuff I worry about 🙂
Arti commented about a connection between Northanger Abbey and Atonement. Thanks for mentioning it! I had overlooked it, but yes, there is a connection. The Epigraph of the book contains a quote from NA that is very, very relevant to Atonement because NA is making fun of Gothic horror fiction popular at the time, and its heroine begins to believe that she is caught up in a Gothic fiction. You can read more about the NA connection and Atonement‘s other literary allusions here and here (don’t visit the latter link if you haven’t read it yet). No, I haven’t seen the movie adaptation and I don’t know if I will. I am fairly skeptical of adaptations, especially when I have just finished the book. If it’s too recent, any differences will be too noticeable and annoy me, taking away any enjoyment of the movie (I feel the same way about historical adaptations. Don’t get me started on Braveheart). The exception to this is the Harry Potter movies. I do see them but luckily, there is enough time between the book and the movie where I can enjoy the movie for what it is without going “they left out that and that and that. Sacrilege!”
Another Jane asked what I thought about Gillian Anderson in the Allister Cooke role on Masterpiece Theater. I confess that I don’t have an opinion yet. I missed the introduction to Persuasion, and I DVR’d Northanger Abbey, so I haven’t seen her yet! However, I LOVE Gillian Anderson, so I’m hopeful that she is good.