According to the BAFTA website
, we might all finally be
getting that Heyer movie we’ve all been begging for … maybe. The Grand Sophy
has never been a personal favorite of mine. If one can get past the
anti-Semitism (and I can) one is still left with a rather dreary romance
between ill-suited people that I simply can’t see working out in the end. I
give them three years before they’re estranged and living apart.
On top of my general “meh” about the chosen novel, there’s
the past work of the people involved. The writer (Olivia Hetreed) was also responsible
for the dismal Wuthering Heights of a few years back that currently has a meager
48% audience score over on Rotten Tomatoes. My local film critic, who I mostly
tend to agree with, wrote: “Essentially a
misunderstanding of (or an inability to convey) the breathing soul of this
material.” This worries me. I’d honestly rather have no Heyer adaptation than
one that I’m going to have to defend when it’s indefensible.
All of this was
brought home by the very timely article in the Guardian about just what liberties
it’s ok for a film to take with a beloved book (a topic which never seems to get old among fans of all stripes. Let me know what your feelings are about the possibility of The Grand Sophy on film and what book you would have chosen if you were in charge. Me? I would probably have chosen Sylvester, because I think it would translate well to film and it's one of the more humorous books in my opinion.
On a much happier note, I leave you with a link to a
charming short story by Heyer that I had never encountered before last week: Pursuit.
Thanks to Sasha/GrowlyCub for sharing it with me!