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Lady Chatterley’s Lover – BBC Adaptation Review

Disclaimer at the time this review was written I had not read the D.H Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley’s lover (book review to come)

The BBC is known for it’s period drama’s so it was no great surprise when an adaptation Lady Chatterley’s Lover hit our screen at 9.00pm in Sunday night. The Story of Lady Constance Chatterley (Holliday Grainger) whose husband is paralysed in WW1. When Lord Clifford (James Norton) returns from the war he is changed man and his relationship with his wife suffers greatly when it is revealed he is impotent and they are unable to have a child. Clifford deprives his wife of affection and isolates himself from the world and it was during this lonely period that Constance meets Oliver Mellors Lord Chatterley’s Game Keeper (Richard Madden). Oliver is going through his own heart break having discovered his wife was pregnant with another mans child while he was way during the war and so, through their meetings the two begin to bond.

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The story is one of the distinction of class during that time period and the meeting of two lonely souls. Also Constance doesn’t seem to belong in the world in which she lives all the while Oliver is desperate to see the class system come crashing down. The BBC adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a love story crossing the classes something at the time which was an impossibility.

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Although while watching it it was hard to imagine why it was ever a banned book. Many D.H Lawrence readers have commented again and again that this is not a faithful adaptation and the original story is nowhere to be found. Having not read the book yet I can’t comment but I have started it as I was curious. And I will say this I am 20% percent in and we have only just met Oliver Mellors…

Did I enjoy it?  

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I really, really did, the actors were great in the roles and it was somehow heart breaking and akward for a modern viewer. The class system is really delved into in a way you don’t get to see in shows like Downton Abbey or in film because I think for the sake of entertainment the past has been glamorised. Lady Chatterley’s Lover gave the viewer an idea of how different classes treated and spoke about eachother and what it would have taken for these two characters to be together but not to stay together.

Paint and Butterflies Rating – 4/5 stars

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The Shakespeare Challenge 2014!

Shakespeare, The Bard, just plain old Will, how ever you want to refer to him, whether you love him, hate him, you have to admit the guy had a way with words, but for some Shakespeare can be a bit intimidating. I’ve never really been intimidated by Shakespeare but definitely found him easier to understand in the confines of the class room and it was in that environment that I managed to get my head around (and fall in love with) Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night but, as a recent university graduate needless to say my class room days are over and if I want to learn more I have to go forth and discover Shakespeare all by myself.

vj;dvjSo, in a bid to expand my Shakespeare vocabulary I am creating my very own 2014 Shakespeare project- this year I want to attempt to read everyone of Shakespeare’s texts with hopefully a decent level of understanding and, I have decided to start with Much Ado About Nothing (just keeping it light). There is no better way, in my opinion at least, of understanding Shakespeare than watching the television and movie adaptations that are available first as long as you keep an open mind and keep aware, knowing that this is an adapted version of the original tale and in some cases the text.

So with this in mind in a bid to help me with my Shakespeare project I have decided to watch (and review) the BBC series Shakespeare re-told a series that re-told some of Shakespeare’s stories and adapted then within the modern day with modern day sensibilities. I’m sure this is going to be interesting and fun but I think it will also be a great way to wet my pallet and get my head around the stories I am unfamiliar with before I jump right into the original text.

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Much Ado about Nothing BBC Shakespeare Re-told

I will talk about each play as I complete it, I’m not sure review is the right word when it comes to Shakespeare- I will share my experiences and feelings about the story upon completing.

Wish me luck in my Shakespeare challenge 2014, and all that I discover on the way!

Book to Movie Adaptations – Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales

There is always so much talk about book to movies adaptations, the book is always better than the film is normally the first thing that comes up in conversation.  So in an attempt to break from convention I am going to talk about Myths, Legends and Fairy tales the ultimate text for an adaptation (the Grimm Brothers didn’t right them first you know!) They just…adapted them and so the stories moved on, evolved and this happens again and again and with these kind of tales we can never really know there true origin, there is no real author of Cinderella she just began some where long ago and has just continued to be and hopefully that is the way it will remain- immortal tales that tell us immortal truths.
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As Albert Einstien  said – “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

So in homage, I suppose for my love of all things mythical I am going to talk about my five favorite adaptations and why I love them so much.

1.  I’m going to kick things off with Tristan and Isolde (2006) starring James Franco and Sophia Miles. Now I read somewhere that James Franco regretted doing this movie, I don’t know why probably wasn’t pretentious enough for him but to be honest I don’t care. I enjoy the exploration of the character’s Tristan and Isolde, the difficulties human beings can feel during betrayal and ultimately that love sometimes in not enough.

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Isolde and Tristan
2. Something I am LOVING at the moment is Once Upon A Time, it is probably my favorite television programme of the moment. Season 4 is due to start in March but the general premise is that every story book/fairy tale character that you can ever imagine is trapped somewhere where their happy endings have been stolen from them…our world.

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3. Well, I couldn’t possibly do this list with out including a Disney film. The Little Mermaid (1989) is one of my favourite Disney films and certainly my favourite fairy-tale- Thank you Hans Christian Anderson- Although his version is slightly more depressing/bleak and missing the catchy musical numbers.
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4. Okay so Cinderella- she’s a Classic and probably the most adapted fairy tale on the big and little screen. The likes of Hilary Duff (2004) and Disney have all had a crack at  portraying the famous orphan. And although Disney’s version is the one which I watched over and over as child I think Drew Barrymore in Ever After (1998)is my favourite Cinders.
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Henry and Danielle
5.  Last but not least I would have to pick the BBC adaptation of the King Arthur Legend. Merlin ran for five years and told the story of Arthur, Guinevere, Morgana and Merlin as young contemporaries in Camelot in the years leading towards his fore seen death and Merlin’s attempts to change his fate…
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King Arthur and Merlin