221 of 240 people found the following review helpful
This is a strange book, a study in contrasts. And it's one I've been thinking a lot about how I'll write this review.
It's clearly aimed at mid-teen age, mostly girls. I believe the author started out in fan-fiction, but this is her first published novel, and is set to be one of three in a trilogy. It is very much a cross between Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl, with a pinch of Buffy The Vampire Slayer thrown in for good measure.
I have good and bad things to say about this book. I think I'll start with the bad and get it out the way.
My first comment is that the book is not very well written in parts, although it gets a bit better as it progresses. The first… Read more
25 of 41 people found the following review helpful
While it passed an entertaining enough two hours of a Sunday evening, this adaption is not as good (in my opinion) as BBC and ITV adaptions I've seen of other Jane Austen books. The lead actress seems inexperienced and stilted at times, and Colonel Tilney is quite ridiculous. However, this may be deliberate, given the nature of the book - in part a parody of gothic novels.
In any case, this adaption is not very serious, and they have added a lot of gothic scenes from Catherine's dreams and imaginings that are fairly sexual, which is not in the book. The whole thing has been made more explicit in general than the original text is, more so than any other modern adaption I've… Read more