// Tess of the D'urbervilles (2008)
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« on: Oct 17, 2008 03:25 AM »


salam,

Started watching this because the lead (Tess) is played by Gemma Arterton (sp?) who played Elizabeth in Lost in Austen. I thought she did her little part so well wanted to watch this.

So I watched the first episode and it's just so gosh darn depressing  :'( Poor poor girl so then I read the synopsis and apparently it just get's worse for her. Really I couldn't deal with it anymore. (There's also a rape scene that is particularly disturbing). I like a sad movie every so often sure as the next person but this is like disturbing depressing sad. Sooooooooooooo this is why we love Jane Austen and not Thomas Hardy. Life is depressing enough. My recommendation on this one... pass.....unless you want to cry for 4 days and be depressed for a long time after too.

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« Reply #1 on: Oct 17, 2008 10:24 AM »

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Have you never read the book, its utterly hideous from start to finish, depressing, too long, the heroines are used abused and discarded, and it ends horrendously.

Stick to Austen.



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« Reply #2 on: Oct 18, 2008 03:12 PM »

we're american we don't read!  oldshaykh we watch the film adaptations  Cheesy but yeah this was like evil preying on innocence 10x throughout and evil always wins! they could have tried to change the story a bit or make it more a triumphant kind of thing where she gets her revenge, but it's just blech. jane austen isn't going to work i'm gonna have to watch like Anne of Green Gables (all three movies) to regain the equillibrium of good and evil in the world again. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 18, 2008 04:54 PM »


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Stick to Austen.


And Georgette Heyer Smiley I wish they'd make films out of her books...though maybe not because even near-perfect film adaptations are rare.

I'd heard a lot about Tess of the D'urbervilles and people kept recommending it so I went on Wikipedia  Roll Eyes to check it out and yeah, it didn't seem worth reading.
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 20, 2008 01:53 AM »

As-salaamu alaykum,
Strangely, it was one of my favorite books in HS, not necessarily for the content, but the writer's style. Hardy *is* enormously depressing, but undoubtedly can spin a good yarn. Smiley
Haven't seen the film though, but had an unforgettable "mind movie" about it, so any film about it will fall short.
Btw--there's an Indian movie loosely based on this book, which I can't remember now, but this was years ago.
BTW again -- after rereading about a year ago (am I sick, or what?), I discovered that the author had tried out another ending, but decided with that one. Not sure why since [SPOILER ALERT] how often does the main character get hacked off? Hated that.
Sorry, had to mention that as the main negative for me.

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 20, 2008 05:35 AM »

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Maybe it was so sad and depressing he realized that a happy ending would just not go with the story Smiley I think there's a happier story by Hardy called "Under the Greenwood Tree" that could possibly be a more interesting read. I saw the movie once and thought it was kind of cute, but not that interesting alas, but it might be better to read.

I read one of Georgette Heyer's novels on recommendation of someone and thought it was funny and well written but still followed a too ' sugary typical perfect-romance plotline'.

Oh I looked up the India one. It had Madhuri in it! (but looks just as depressing as the BBC one)


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« Reply #6 on: Oct 20, 2008 08:15 PM »

salam

I saw that film, years ago, it has a horrendous begining, however  it is given the bollywood treatment, and the heroine is given her justice and her happy ending.

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Tess is executed, and angel (or whatever his name is) takes up with her sister, even before shes met her end, how perfectly dreadful is that, and what a typical man. you can just see her sisters life going a similar way!!!

awful awful awful.

I've never picked up a Hardy novel since.


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« Reply #7 on: Oct 20, 2008 08:40 PM »

wsalam,

that's the same ending as the bbc version and the book. Tess's younger sister represents the 'innocent version of herself' before everything happened to her and Tess is the one who asks Angel to take care/marry her younger sister. she represents Tess before everything that happened to her, so he's not really to blame. you get the idea that their life will be what Tess/Angel's was meant to be way back when they first met so it's meant to be a tragic/ironic/redemptive ending.
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