Monday, 16 May 2011

SEBASTIAN FAULKS ON MR DARCY

In March 2011, on BBC 2, best-selling author Sebastian Faulks presented a major four part series on the brilliance of the British novel and its characters, FAULKS ON FICTION : 1. the hero 2. the lover 3. the snob 4. the villain
I was really interested in discovering whom he would chose among the many lovers in British fiction, though I was pretty sure he wouldn't neglect Mr Darcy. In fact, he is the first hero analized in the second edisode of Faulks on Fiction dedicated to the figure of the lover. Have you got 8 spare minutes? I've cut and uploaded for you what Faulks  says about Mr Darcy. Warning: try to keep in mind William Faulks is a man while listening to him, be tolerant and ... if you don't agree with him in some respect, just leave a comment . I'm really interested in your reactions. I only say this: I don't agree with him completely but I don't totally disagree.
A major reason to watch this clip? Colin Firth and several key scenes from Pride and Prejudice 1995. Enjoy! 



6 comments:

mbreakfield said...

I never saw Mr. Darcy as depressed, more shy and trying to cover it up.

Giada M said...

I agree with mbreakfield. Mr. Darcy depressed? I don't think so...

Jenny Allworthy said...

I think we are all thinking the same thing. Depressed??? Repressed is more like it methinks.

I do love all these men reading Jane Austen, although as usual the men are reading from Mars and the women from Venus. It's amazing we get together at all!

Thanks Maria Grazia, for posting this wonderful clip that is sooooooo British. Stiff upper lip and all that! And the clips are always yummy. Interesting to see all the modern Darcys too. Some of them look really snooty and possibly quite unpleasant and full of themselves. Sounds familiar....

phylly3 said...

Have to agree with everyone here. I never thought of Darcy as depressed, but I suppose he would have been somewhat lonely, rambling around in that huge estate with only a little sister to keep him company. I can agree with the male commentators about him prefering a lively companion like Lizzy. His best friend was very jovial. I suppose he did need some cheering up.

Melissa Hall said...

I'm with everyone else, he's not depressed. The clip was fascinating though. Thanks for sharing!

Beth Elliott said...

Repressed, yes... depressed, no. Just a shy man aware that his wealth makes him attractive, so wary of strangers. Thank you for the article and the chance to see Mr Darcy again.