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In relation to my review of this adaption (which I've seen on TV), when will we have adaptions of Persuasion and Mansfield Park that do them justice? There is plenty I don't like about this inaccurate 90s adaption, in the 2007 adaption Billie Piper made a better Fanny, the hair was totally wrong and she had more health and spirit than the Fanny of the novel, but she largely kept her key qualities in tact; her simple integrity, instinctive wariness towards the Crawfords and her quiet watchfulness, even her being comfortable at fading into the background comes across well.
Some reviewers have criticized Fanny's low cut gowns in the 2007 version, so I double checked and they are almost all cut more modestly than the other females, although she is apparently more generously endowed than some of the other actresses. And even modest gowns then showed cleavage, Austen in fact goes into little detail about what Fanny wore, except that it was less expensive or fashionable than what most of the other ladies wore. The Edmund of that adaption was not quite right physically, he was under 5 ft 10 and since Ms Piper is nearly 5 foot 6 he did not look significantly taller as he should have, nor did the actresses playing the Miss Bertrams who should all be noticeably taller than the petite Fanny and Miss Crawford. No one is convinced that Fanny is short. I had a few other niggles too, like how it misses out so many key scenes and important supporting characters, Lady Bertrams all wrong, the anachronistic waltz at the end, which also appeared in the recent Persuasion adaption etc etc etc, but I think it a superior and certainly little bit more accurate adaption than this one, because although it may miss characters and scenes out it doesn't add the many apocryphal elements this adaption does. By the by ignore some of the Amazon.com reviews as some commentors think this is the Billie Piper version!
This 90s adaption is pretty to look at and it has pleasant music. Again the actor playing Edmund does not appear significantly taller than Fanny, but I think he does portray the right balance of qualities that were so endearing in Austen's version of Edmund.
Some critics described Austen's Edmund as priggish, but he was in fact often second guessing himself when inclined to judge others, challenging first impressions and appearances in an attempt to be fair to people, including his wastrel brother Tom and his selfish sisters. With Mary Crawford he went beyond this and allowed his own naive infatuation to cloud his judgement, but he was always considerate, gracious and kind. He stood up for his beliefs and for others and earned peoples respect as he handled his father's business matters. This is, for the most part, the Edmund portrayed in this adaption.
The portrayal of Fanny is less accurate and occasionally annoying. She briefly flirts with and encourages Henry Crawford, and also attempts to become a writer (I'm all for feminism and women pursuing fulfilling careers) but keep it out of adaptions of classic literature please, it has it's place and that is not to be inserted into an adaption of a Regency novel. Also this Fanny has an acid tongue and a self aware sulkiness that don't match Austen's sweet tolerant Fanny at all. The nudity(brief as it is) is gratuitous and detracts rather than adds to the story. However, there are some sweet scenes between Edmund and Fanny, Susan is included in the cast of characters and Fanny does go to Portsmouth.