HOLY MOLY! I am going to admit something here that doesn't leave this blog. Ever. I didn't know what North and South was about. True statement, folks. I'd heard of it and knew it was something I should probably think about reading sometime BUT had NO idea that it would be this. It's like Charles Dickens BUT enjoyable. Actually, I can't say that for sure because I've never read Gaskell and I have read Dickens, but it seems that they're sort of on the same page. Yes, it's a love story, but more importantly, it's about the rise of industrialization in England, the prejudices against those living in the north vs. the south, and the conditions factory workers were forced to endure.
I could have done without the actress that played Miss Hale. Let's talk about finding someone that makes more than ONE face. Ok? Ok.
And BATES, people!!! Ok, ok Brendan Coyle. Still. Love him!
Shout out to my lovely mother, Lisa, who recommended this one about a thousand times and then managed to tell me every movie Richard Armitage has ever been in because she's thinks he's a super hunk. What can I say? She's got good taste.
Yes, there were parts that were uber-cheesy. And then there are parts that are so good you can't believe you're watching a BBC period drama (let's be real, people). I also learned from my Mom that the ending is completely changed in this adaptation and could have been better. It seemed a little fishy... but I'll let you decide for yourself.
So.. watch it!
Also, I watched Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma this weekend while the bf was out of town. And I kind of liked it too.