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5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Fanny Price, 19 Feb. 2008
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I couldn't agree more with Booklover, the first reviewer. I am quite sick of everyone trying to make Fanny Price saucy and brash, which seem to be prerequisites for a female heroine these days. This film's Fanny - Austen's (and thus the real) Fanny - gives us another type of heroine: quiet, shy, insecure, like many of us, who in the end musters the strength to stand up for what she believes in when all around her fall. This film portrays her without cowtowing to modern sensibilities. Fanny is like the shy, quiet girl in the class that no-one can really figure out and some think must be uppity. Misunderstood, bearing secret dreams and passions, emotionally abused by her adoptive family, she represents the part of the population who is not Elizabeth Bennett or Emma Woodhouse and never will be - and doesn't necessarily want to be! She shows us that you can be strong without shouting and that you can stand your ground against your peers and society without standing on a soapbox - would that more people could learn to do this!

As for its length - since when has a real Jane Austen fan ever complained about an adaptation being too long!? (Rather the contrary)
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 17 Apr 2010 14:45:27 BDT
R. J. Barton says:
And, yes, "I couldn't agree more". Down with the Hollywood approach!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2010 18:05:35 BDT
Green Knight says:
Hear, hear! I fail to understand how this adaptation is not universally loved!

Posted on 3 Aug 2011 21:43:40 BDT
Rachel says:
Exactly - thank you!

Posted on 22 Apr 2014 15:01:02 BDT
K. Harvey says:
Thank you for this review. If all they make all TV heroines, stereotyped for political correctness, to be feisty and assertive (and sometimes rude, inappropriate, selfish and narcissistic), it betrays all that freedom of speech and art are about. I love Fanny as Jane Austen created her, gentle, shy, insecure, intelligent and anxious and of course, lovestruck! Those who can't appreciate her just fail to get the message of the book.
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