From Book To Television: Emma Approved, Autobiography of Jane Eyre and The Witches of East End
As regular blog readers will know, I enjoy watching and discussing movies/television based on books and thought it would be a good idea to have an occasional feature where I talk about adaptations currently on television and review episodes. I am also going to include web series that I like.
As you know I was a huge fan of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I thought it was a great series and I love how you could interact with the characters on twitter etc. This series was inspired by LBD and though it is done by a smaller group with a much smaller budget I think it is doing a great job of adapting Jane Eyre. The most recent episode I think was absolutely brilliant, in it Jane illustrates her past in the form of drawings. I honestly felt myself tear up when she was talking about Helen and also the bullying she experienced from her cousin John Reed.
I think it really fit Jane’s character beautifully. Some episodes are certainly better than others, but I think in particular the lead is doing a great job of capturing the spirit of Jane I loved from the novel. I think it is worth checking out!
Speaking of Lizzie Bennet Diaries, there is a new series out that adapts Emma done by the same crew that made LBD such a success. Based on this first episode I think this series is spot on, the casting of Emma is perfect and I love that they didn’t feel the need to tone down Emma’s arrogance. As well I think it is great that we got to see Mr. Knightley in the first episode, I think he is well cast though I did think perhaps they seem too close in age being that Knightley is supposed to have known Emma since she was a small child. The set is perfectly done and exactly the space I would imagine Emma from the novel creating, love that they chose to cast her as a professional matchmaker. I am really excited by this series and I can say that it is definitely Alisa approved!
Another series whose premiere I really enjoyed was the Witches of East End which is based on the Melissa De La Cruz book of the same title. It tells the story of an art teacher who secretly has magic powers, she has two daughters who don’t know their past or their lineage. In fact she has been cursed to live for all eternity but to see her daughters grow up only to die because of the magic they inherit. Essentially the two sisters are reincarnated over and over again, only to suffer the same fate. The actresses were well cast and definitely made me sympathize with them early on in the episode. The only aspect of it that I am less interested in is the budding romantic triangle of the eldest daughter, though both of her romantic rivals are suitably hunky neither one of them has much personality thus far. I liked the show Charmed and this definitely has a similar tone and feeling. This is a series I will definitely be adding to my ever growing television que.