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Literary Movies: Middlemarch

BBC MiddlemarshSo I admit it. Despite the fact that George Eliot’s Middlemarch has precious few manly characters and suffers from a long, drawn out story line, I actually liked the book. Sadly, the same can not be said for the Masterpiece Theatre Production.

It’s not like I was expecting explosions or car chases. I have read the book remember. But the 14-hour TV adaptation is simply too long and much too boring to sit through. In fact, just the first episode is too long.

About 10 minutes in, I turned away from the television and began re-organizing the books on my bookshelf. Seriously.

Good news! My bookshelf looks great.

As for the mini-series, meh. If you’re into long, drawn out, boring BBC mini-series full of womanly men wearing waist coats and top hats, you’ll probably like it. But it’s just not for me.

On the other hand, award-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) expressed interest in a big screen adaptation. There hasn’t been much talk about the film version in the past three years so the project may be dead. But a Middlemarch production in the style of American Beauty? I’m guessing plenty of men would be willing to see that.

 

Books Mentioned in this Post:

MiddleMarch by George Eliot

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