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Poor compared to original novels.
on 25 April 2012
I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with this after reading the original 9 novels, I suppose you can't expect 9 novels of approx million words to fit into 200 mins without losing huge amounts of story line.
The novels are totally riveting and over the course of these, the tension and unbelievable stress for Clarissa grows and grows, its draws the reader in and you feel the claustrophobia, fright of Clarissa, the unbelievable wickedness of Lovelace and despair of both Clarissa and Lovelace, Samuel Richardson was a genius and so so ahead of his time in regards to so many issues that are still very relevent today, including the part women play in society, and forced to play.
His observations of life, societies and human psychology of both men and women through viewed social interactions are breathtakingly astute as shown throughout, but sadly this is lost in the DVD.
Also they have changed important factors that are in the books (switching people round, taking away very important people) and even added stuff that wasn't even in it. They also used more modern language and had Clarissa say things that didn't suit her character in the books, I suspect they did this to appeal to a wider audience, although happily Lovelace did frequently use the language used in the books.
On the up side, Sean Bean and Saskia Wickem were perfect for the parts and great actors, they did the parts real justice, I just wish they could have made the series longer and follow the books a bit more closely, so we could have enjoyed them play the full parts.
All in all, if you have never read the books, its a good watch, although a bit more like the fluffy period dramas, and it will probably grate on you if you have read the books.
But it shouldn't be considered as quality alternative to the real story as intended by the author, the brilliant (in my opinion) Samuel Richardson!