Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What I Watched and Why I Loved It. North and South

During my downtime from Musings, I did some reading but more than anything, I did a lot of watching. Movies, television series, miniseries, -- you name it, I was watching. Since I'm just now getting back into books, I thought, to keep this blog updated regularly while I find my footing, I would post different shows I've watched over the past year and a half that left a mark on me. This feature will be entitled "What I Watched and Why I Loved It."

The first installment in this new feature is North and South. Way back when, In 2008, I signed up for the North and South Crusade that was being hosted by KristieJ of  Ramblings on Romance. At the time, I fully intended to watch, but I never got around to ordering it. North and South sat in my Amazon basket for years. Enter 2010 and a cross country move where everything was left in storage because where we'd truly end up living for the next four years was up in the air until Hubs finished school (whew!) and got reassigned. The only form of entertainment I had was my laptop and the few books I'd brought with me. I wasn't up for reading much during that time, so I turned to Netflix and streamed movie after movie. One day North and South showed up as a suggestion and I finally had my opportunity to see what all of the hullabaloo was about.

There, a love was born.

In the world of book reviews there is always hype about something; the latest and greatest author, book, series, genre, sub genre, etc. I don't always get the hype and I was almost positive that North and South would have the same effect on me. The "yeah, it was good, but was it really THAT good?" effect. In this case, the hype was warranted. North and South was great. So great that I've probably watched it four times since my first viewing. Ask my husband and he will tell you that I don't watch anything more than once, much to his triple-time-movie-watching annoyance.

What was there to love about North and South? Every darn thing, I say.

John Thornton is a brooding, determined, passionate man who, in my humble opinion, should be the prototype for all romantic hero's. He has come close to kicking Mr. Darcy out of the top hero spot in my heart. Pretty darn close. Then there's Margaret. She's pragmatic, smart, kind and outspoken. With John being from the harsh, industrialized North England and Margaret being from the softer, rolling South, the two couldn't be more different in their approach to not only each other, but the world around them. There is a romance at the heart of this story, but more than just John and Margaret make this miniseries special. The secondary characters (Mrs. Thornton for me, especially) and the overall storyline about Milton's cotton warehouses and the people who work in them, make North and South a success.

I really don't want to spoil it for anyone who may not have seen it yet. I went into the movie not knowing a thing about it other than it was loved. I think being completely unspoiled made it all the more worthwhile. So, here I stop and tell you, go forth and watch. If you have Netflix, stream it while it's still available. If you don't, order it. I promise you won't regret it. For those who have seen it, below is one of my favorite scenes.


AHHHMAZING


6 comments:

  1. I know exactly the kind of trepidation you feel when something is hyped the way I and then others hyped this series. To yourself you mutter "it can't be THAT good surely.". I think it makes it even better in a way when it turns out it IS that good. I just knew the first time I watched it that the vast majority of romance readers were going to love it. Not everyone, that's never going to happen, but most

    John is what makes a romance hero isn't he? And what makes North and South so special isn't just the romance but as you say so much more. Besides John and Margaret, I really liked the character of Higgins. And I really enjoyed the union storyline and the struggles the workers had. In all it was just a marvelous story.

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    1. Hi Kristie!

      Yes, yes, yes to everything! I truly loved North and South and want to thank you for introducing it to me. It took a while to watch it, but so glad I finally did.

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  2. Oh Brie! You got caught up in the North and South tidlewave too? I swear... I will watch this one of these days and will probably love it just as much as everyone else. Until then, I'll just continue to enjoy all the posts and trailers. :)

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    1. Yes, Hils, I took the plunge and I'm a crusader! You haven't seen it yet? What are you waiting for?! No, really, it took me years to get around to watching it so I understand. Watch it when you're ready and enjoy!

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  3. Oh yeah it really is good isn't it, just so visually beautiful to watch aside from the great story. I think this is one of my favourite book adaptations!
    Just discovered your blog by the way.

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    1. You are right, it's very visually stunning. I haven't read the book (shame on me) but I will in the future. I just have to now after loving the movie so much.

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