I have a screenwriting background and I'm now a novelist. From a technical perspective, I completely understand the difficulties and challenges of adapting anything from the page to the screen. There's basically no way to do it without cutting things or changing things around to suit the visual medium. But as a general lover of stories, I have very, very rarely found myself able to compare the book to the movie and NOT come to the conclusion that "the book was better." And Pride and Prejudice just happens to be one of my favorite books of all time.
I know there are people who not only disagree with me about this movie, but who love it. It was even a critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film. But I'm just going to go ahead and point out why I feel the way I do, even if it means that the wrath of the Internet shall hail upon me:
- Keira Knightley is not Elizabeth Bennett. Elizabeth Bennett is a girl who is not known as a "great beauty" (like her sister, Jane), and who in fact gets Mr. Darcy's scorn for her looks in the beginning. She is, instead, a girl who becomes infinitely more beautiful once you know her spirit. Keira Knightley has never been anything but drop-dead gorgeous right off the bat. The thought of anyone scorning her looks just comes across as laughable.
- Oymygod that first proposal in the rain scene. That scene makes me cringe. The way
- This is totally personal and has nothing to do with the film's production at all but I just cannot see anyone being as perfect a Mr. Darcy as Colin Firth. Sorry, Matthew Macfadyen.
That being said, I have to admit that the movie was beautifully shot.
What books-to-movie adaptations have gotten under your skin?