Watching Persuasion on ITV3 at the mo. and I’m hating it now. There is only ONE reason to watch this drivel: Captain Frederick Wentworth! Rupert Penry-Jones sure knows how to carry off a cravat, that’s for sure! It also features the great Anthony Head (in a cravat as well – yay!), but that doesn’t quite make up for the rest of this godawful adaptation.
The character of Anne is incredibly annoying, the camera work is extremely ill-suited for a period drama, and the first time I saw it I was shocked because I was under the impression that anything written by Jane Austen is awesome, yet this made me so furious that I wanted to chuck stuff at the telly because it was so horrifically bad. Gah! I’m still not getting why Wentworth would be interested in Anne, because she’s so weak and meek it’s unbelievable! Not to mention the fact that Mary Musgrove comes across as mentally challenged as opposed to “just” severely hypochondriac … I mean, geez.
ITV’s 2007 version was my first introduction to Persuasion, hence why I was wondering how anything Austen could be this bad. After recommendations on IMDb, I looked up the 1995 version (with Ciarán Hinds), which was a relief. My trust in Jane Austen was restored. How could I ever have doubted her greatness? Because of one incredibly shoddy adaptation.