19 August 2012

My impressions on North & South



Two weeks ago I finally bought the BBC version of North & South. Yes, it's the fantastic one with Richard Armitage (need I say more?). And this week my sister and I watched the four episodes of the mini series. At first we only planned to watch part 1, but then we were pretty much forced to watch the whole series in one sitting. We just had to know the whole story.

Everything about this mini series was wonderful. The story was gripping and I rooted for Margaret and John right from the time I first met them. They were like real people and I wanted them to be happy. The love story was just as emotional and dramatic as I expected it to be.
All of the actors were fantastic and very expressive. They often needed no words to express their feelings and thoughts. The at times harsh, depressing and yet beautiful scenery made a lasting impression on me. Especially the floating cotton balls in the factory are something I will never forget. And I also loved the socio-critical aspects of the story and how they showed that the wealth of a few was based on the work of many.

I cried several times while watching the mini series, especially part 4 was very emotional. Even my sister who normally never cries had to at the end of the movie. We both agree that it was a wonderful mini series and I'm sure that we will rewatch it in the future.

Right now I'm waiting for my copy of "North & South", the novel, by Elizabeth Gaskell. I'm excited to find out in which parts the mini series stayed true to the original and in which it didn't. And I'm asking myself why I waited so long to finally buy and watch this mini series. I think there is no acceptable excuse for it. :)

14 comments:

  1. I love the mini series. Did you watch it in English? The original is just amazing ♥
    I hope the book is just as good, I have been a bit wary of reading it after loving the BBC adaption so much, but I'll read it eventually. Hopefully you will enjoy it just as much as the series!

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    1. Yes, we watched it on English, I'm in general not a big fan of most German translations in movies. I hope the book will be as good as the movie.

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    1. I did today!!! The Müller store here in Gelsenkirchen had the dvd so it was like a huge sign to buy it!!!!!! I have the book in my shelf for ages I think...now I'll watch the series and then read the book I think. ;)

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    2. Woho, hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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  3. Buahah, yes! Another fan. I am so glad you liked it, and I can relate to just wanting to watch one and then HAVING to watch all four episodes. :)

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    1. Both my sis and I felt like we had to watch all episodes in one sitting, we had to laugh about it.

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  4. I did not even know there was a BBC miniseries! In my teens there was a tv series, starring Patrick Swayze as Orry, and I loved that series! Even though it broke my heart too. And yes, there were more great actors, but I can't remember their names.
    Do the English actors all have English accents, or American Southern?

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    1. They have English accents, American ones would have been so weird! Btw, the series with Patrick Swayze is not the "North & South" I'm talking about. The one I watched is set in England and has nothing to do with the American series. I love both series btw.

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  5. Yay! So glad you watched and loved it! I have to say despite being gloomier I might even say that I prefer N&S to P&P, at least I much prefer Mr. Thronton to Mr. Darcy, he loved the heroine all along *sighs* And richard Armitage is dreamy *double sighs*

    I also read the book a couple of years ago when I first saw the series and loved it. Hope you'll enjoy it!

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    1. I love both P&P and N&S (the BBc versions of them) and I'm just happy that I finally gave North & South a chance. I should have done so years ago.

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