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Date: Aug 20 12:34 AM, 2019
RE: Other famous UK authors and their TV series....
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One that comes to mind is "A Horseman Riding By". Author RF Delderfield has quite a unique writing style, so it is to be expected that some of the charm is lost on screen. It is a while since I saw the series, but I remember being disappointed by the ending, which was changed not in result but in how it comes about.

"All the Rivers Run" is one of my favourite Australian books (Author Nancy Cato). The series is also wonderful, but they changed the personality of the main male character, Brenton. In the book he starts well (if a bit reckless) but declines into quite an unlikeable man. The tv series created a heart-throb, sexy hero, who almost overshadows the real protagonist, Delie. The series stops at the approximate point in the book where Brenton begins to become nasty, so they avoided besmirching him. I highly recommend this book to overseas readers - you might not have heard of it. The basic story is set about 1900 around the paddlesteamers of the Murray River, and how Delie eventually becomes one of the most respected skippers on the river.

Talking of Aussie books/series, "A Town Like Alice" is one where the book and the series are equally fantastic. I am on a bit of a Nevil Shute binge at the moment, but this one is by far his pinnacle of writing, and the series makers did a great job adapting it. Beware, though, it is the 1981 tv series that is the best - the 1956 movie apparently chopped off the second half of the book.

I recently discovered "North and South" by recommendation. I watched about half the series, then decided i wanted to read the book first, then came back to the series. This is one were I preferred the adaptation, mainly because the book is very wordy and contains extensive descriptions that could be captured in a single scene on film. I thought the series very true to the book in general.



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Date: Aug 1 12:19 PM, 2019
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I have a great fondness for 'The Moonstone'.  It was produced by the BBC in the 70s, strangely enough starring Robin Ellis.  I have seen this version, but only within the last 10 years, which is extremely dated because of the lack of technology back then, but it follows very closely the book. Some of the acting is terrible, even though I believe one of the cast won an award!

I think there has been a later adaptation but I've not seen it so cannot comment on that.  Incidentally, if you haven't read 'The Moonstone' I thoroughly recommend it.  Wilkie Collins had the ability to write each section (it's narrated by several different characters) in the correct idiom, according to whether it was the broad Yorkshire house steward,  the business like solicitor or the pedantic, holier than thou cousin, Miss Clack. It is one of the few books I re-read from time to time.

 

More recent adaptations have been successful more for their technical skills of filming than for the accuracy of the story.  Elizabeth Gaskell's 'Cranford' was a wonderful mix of consummate acting and a skilful weaving together of her work by Sue Birtwistle (P&P 1995) and Susie Conklin.  If you have read the material, most of the storylines are faithful, but since there was too little in any one book, several works were brought together, since much of Gaskell's writing involved some of the same characters and was set in Cheshire.

On the downside, The Paradise, supposedly adapted from 'Au Bonheurs des Dames' by Emile Zola, bore very little resemblance to the book.  I did enjoy the series and it actually prompted me to ferret out my battered copy just in case I had forgotten its content.  However it was artistic licence rather than my memory.  The sets on that series were quite extraordinary and the filming beautiful, which no doubt were the reasons for a second series.

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Date: Jul 31 1:20 AM, 2019
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I brought up the question partly because of Book II Chapter 6 in WG's memoirs and the HTV production in 1995 based on "The Stranger From the Sea" which does give some idea of WG's own views....



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Date: Jul 31 12:26 AM, 2019
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A friend of mine stopped watching the Miss Marple series of Agatha Christie's books because she said they changed the ending.  I naively didn't even believe her and didn't really care so much because I usually hadn't read the book.  I watched the recent Agatha Christie adaption "Ordeal by Innocence" and later read that the ending was changed.  This usually means in a murder mystery that they changed the murderer.  Perhaps they think that they should change it so that people really don't know "whodunit" but I think most people want the book to be followed.  I'm sure the author of a mystery has thought long and hard about the plot and the ending.  If the ending is changed I just don't think it's the same story and is not respectful to the author.

There are many versions of "Wuthering Heights" on TV - movies and tv shows - and I mean to reread the book as it's been decades since I first read it.  I have a feeling the later versions are truer to the book.



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I am fairly sure that Andrew Davies' version of 'Pride and Prejudice' was very faithful to the book. It demonstrates that where there is a will it is possible to keep close to the books when dramatising them. It seems to me that what is needed is commitment to the book plus a sufficient number of episodes per book to do it justice. Finally it needs a writer who is motivated to be true to the books.



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Date: Jul 29 6:21 PM, 2019
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Thinking of the most well known and famous UK authors and the possible TV series that have stemmed from them, how closely or otherwise do you think they have followed the books ?

For example Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, Agatha Christie, HG Wells, Kipling, Ian Fleming and other famous period names to name but a few....?



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