Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia: A New Novel by the Creator of Downton Abbey

Belgravia Julian Fellowes 2016As a general rule, I don’t accept books for review here at MimiMatthews.com.  However, when I was approached several months ago to participate in the Progressive Blog Tour for Julian Fellowes’ new novel, Belgravia, I simply could not refuse.  Many of you probably already know Julian Fellowes as the creator, writer, and executive producer of the popular television series Downton Abbey.  He also wrote the screenplay (and won an Oscar!) for one of my favorite movies, Gosford Park.  His other film, television, and print credits are too numerous to list.  Suffice to say that he has been entertaining those of us who love historical drama for a very long time. Continue reading

Romance, Wit, and Drama: The Heyer Novel Best Suited to the Small Screen

Ackermann's Print: The Royal Circus, 1809.

Ackermann’s Print: The Royal Circus, 1809.

Georgette Heyer’s novels have been adapted to the screen only twice before and each time was a disaster.  As a result, fans often worry over all the things that could go wrong if an adaptation were ever attempted again.  I want you to instead imagine for a moment what a Heyer adaptation would look like if everything went right.  Imagine a miniseries.  Not just any miniseries, mind you.  I’m talking about a beautifully written, impeccably cast, gorgeously filmed, historical costume epic.  Now keep that image in your mind as I present to you the contenders for the Heyer Novel Best Suited to the Small Screen. Continue reading

Adaptations and Accuracy: Literary Favorites from Page to Screen

“If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul, and I love…I love….I love you.”
(Pride and Prejudice, 2005.)

 Photograph: Focus Features.

Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, 2005.
Photograph: Focus Features.

If you are a serious, literary-minded Jane Austen fan, it may raise your blood pressure a bit to learn that there are many people who believe the above quote was actually said by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.  Similarly, there are those who are convinced that the famous scene where Darcy leaps into the lake at Pemberley is an accurate depiction of something that Austen wrote on the page.  In fact, as most of you reading this will know, the above lines are said by actor Matthew Macfadyen in the 2005 movie version of Pride and Prejudice and the scene with Darcy in the lake is enacted by Colin Firth in the 1995 BBC miniseries.  Neither scene is in the book. Continue reading