Sense and Sensibility
Pub: Jan 2013
A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel, in which two sisters deal with the ups and downs of love.
“Sometimes,” she said loftily, “it is only a matter of recognition. Time means nothing. Nothing at all.”
Fans of modern-day retellings, here’s another one to check out! Trollope’s book based on Austen’s novel of the same name is probably one of the closer retellings that I’ve seen. Having just read the original, it was easy to see how nearly every scene lined up with one in the original, and nearly every conversation and turn of events was worked into the new story. Among the biggest differences — Marianne has asthma (thus her frequent illnesses), Margaret has more a personality of her own, and the antagonist (I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t read it) is involved in drugs.
Also among the differences was more angst — or perhaps it’s just more recognizable as angst in modern form. Whatever the case, I didn’t feel nearly as sympathetic towards Marianne or Elinor in this version than in the original, mostly because I got a little sick of them pinning all their hopes and dreams on the men in their lives. In Austen’s time, reliance on men and their money made sense due to the way their society was set up, but in modern times, it just made them look a bit pathetic. If anything, it creates an interesting comparison between how the interminglings of love, marriage, family, and finances have changed in the last two hundred years.