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"Sense and Sensibility, published in 1811, is a British novel by Jane Austen, her first published work under the pseudonym, "A Lady." Jane Austen is considered a pioneer of the romance genre of novels, and for the realism portrayed in her novels, is one the most widely read writers in English literature.
A work of romantic fiction, Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England in 1792 through 1797, and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, daughters of their father Henry's second wife, Mrs. Dashwood. The sisters are starkly different from each other; Elinor is the epitome of prudence and self-control while Marianne embodies emotion and enthusiasm. Elinor, Marianne, and their younger sister, Margaret, are left in reduced circumstances when their father dies and his estate is passed onto their half-brother, John. The novel follows the young ladies to their new home, a meagre cottage on a distant relatives property, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.
The philosophical resolution of the novel is ambiguous: the reader must decide whether sense and sensibility have truly merged."
Two sisters must make their way in the world after the loss of their beloved father, encountering many dramatic twists and unexpected turns along the way. A story of the a battle between sense and sensibility, but which will prevail?
My review: This is a charming tale focusing more on family relationships, particularly between two very different sisters. With it's equal share of bad guys and good guys as the other novels, I think of this story as though it is Pride and Prejudice, IF Mr Bennet has died. Saying that, the stories are very different and it has some very unique and interesting characters. Definitely worth a read sometime!
From Prada to Nada
(Film adaptation of "Sense & Sensibility")
Camilla Belle (Nora Domingues) Alexa Vega (Mary Domingues) Nicholas D' Agosto (Edward Ferris) Wilmer Valderrama (Bruno)
Sense and Sensibility
(TV mini-series based on the novel)
Hattie Morahan (Elinor Dashwood) Charity Wakefield (Marianne Dashwood) David Morrissey (Colonel Brandon) Dan Stevens (Edward Ferrars)
1995Sense & Sensibility
(Film based on the novel)
Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood) Kate Winslet (Marianne Dashwood) Alan Rickman (Colonel Brandon) Hugh Grant (Edward Ferrars)
1981Sense & Sensibility
(TV movie based on the novel)
Irene Richard (Elinor Dashwood) Tracey Childs (Marianne Dashwood) Robert Swann (Colonel Brandon) Bosco Hogan (Edward Ferrars)
Sense & Sensibility
(TV movie based on the novel)
Joanna David (Elinor Dashwood) Ciaran Madden (Marianne Dashwood) Richard Owens (Colonel Brandon) Robin Ellis (Edward Ferrars)
The most popular and famous adaptations are the 2008 and 1995 adaptations, and I love them both. Here are my thoughts...
1995: A very well written play with some great actors and actresses taking the leads, and also the secondary characters. Perhaps the ages of some were a little off, for example Emma Thompson seemed a little old to be Elinor but she still played her brilliantly. The music is great, as well as the locations. The way it has been cut down to the film length works well and, in particular, I enjoyed seeing Alan Rickman's romantic side!
2008: This is my favourite of the two. The actors and actresses were more age appropriate, and I found the part of Edward Ferrars more likable in this version, as the way he was portrayed in the book (and other version) did not make him as appealing to me as Colonel Brandon. The music is also great and I love the costumes! Very well acted by all and the length means it is very exact to the book which is good. A wonderful adaptation and a great cast!