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.