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RE: The worst examples of the films from the books ?
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Yes, LJones41,  That always irked me too, as a WG admirer, but it did make for dramatic viewing!



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The ending of Series One, with the burning of Trenwith still irritates me to this day.  It never happened in the novel.  And it was obviously created by the writers and producers to gloss over what happened between Ross and Elizabeth on May 9, in an effort to put Ross in a positive light with the viewers again.



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Date: Jun 22 4:07 AM, 2010
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I get quite irritated when Francis calls Elizabeth Beth..... Beth! when would she ever allow anyone to call her Beth. I wonder why they decided Francis would shorten her name, blimey Geoffrey Charles was always given his fullname, no one ever called him Geoff!

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Agree about the shocking way the BBC writers portrayed the early relationship between Ross and Demelza which in the book is sensitively written to illustrate the slow burn transition of their roles from master/servant to teacher/young girl and describes the gradual blossoming of the deep, respectful and loving friendship between them both which eventually results in them becoming lovers, marrying and falling in love.  The TV series coarsely cheapens the relationship between Ross and Demelza, portraying it as something vaguely obscene and branding Demelza from the start as nothing more than a young harlot and painting Ross in a less than favourable light.

Another scene which I think the writers of the TV series got totally wrong is when Ross is waiting for Demelza to return after she has received the letter informing her that Hugh Armitage has died.  It gives a totally wrong impression when the script dictates that Ross just shouts at her "Where the hell have you been?" as she arrives back at Nampara dischevelled and in an obviously distressed state of mind.  Anyone who had not read the books would think that Ross hated her, when in fact, nothing was further from the truth.

Another bit that the TV series writers completed ignored and which is so deeply romantic is the gradual build of the love story between Dwight and Caroline.

My goodness, if ever there was to be another film adaptation or TV serialisation, I hope they are itelligent enough to read the posts on this forum before they start the writing process..........we could help them ensure they'd have a surefire hit on their hands wouldn't we? lol

-- Edited by namparagirl on Monday 21st of June 2010 06:03:06 PM

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Date: Jun 20 12:45 PM, 2010
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Char, I don't like that scene either, where Demelza offers to take off her stockings for a shillin'......I agree, naughty BBC

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Like I say, I would not have known about the novels had I not seen the tv series.

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I really adore the books and I read them first. I wasn't alive when the first series was shown, so I'd never seen or even heard much about it.

I personally would recommend reading the books first, because theres so much more to them that had to be cut out out of the series, for time reasons. I think the books are very detailed and reading them is actually like being swept away to Georgian/Regency England. The books are timeless and I hope they will remain loved.

 I also think the books are very historically accurate. The books actually made me cry, but the series didn't.

My least favourite scene is in the first epsiode, which Char mentioned. In the book Demelza is a small child. Remember that girls of that age weren't as tall or developed. She looks like a boy, very bedraggled. Ross takes pity on her. 

But in the adaptation, Demelza's older and, how can I put it? The Regency term "bit of muslim" comes to mind!! Even though she wasn't wearing muslim, the meaning is there. biggrin

Why did they do that?! I think they should have had a young girl play the role of Demelza, then shown years later she's grown into a woman.

I don't know why the house burnt down in the series either, although Ive not seen that episode.

Or course, if you read the ooks, you get to see what happens after the Angry Tide. Whereas you'd miss out on that if you only watched the programme.


-- Edited by QueenMab on Sunday 20th of June 2010 10:41:24 AM

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I may arouse some discussion here but i cant abide the scene where Ross offers Demelza a post at Nampara and she offers to take off her stockings for a shillin! argggggggghhhhhhh, sacrilege...... Demelza was a child and that scene in the book where she wont abandon Garrick is one of my favourite parts. Bad BBC!   



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  1. What do you think are the worst examples of the films from the books ?
  2. Which then would you recommend a beginner to start with first ?



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