||[Nov. 24th, 2010|12:28 am]
It's really late and I need to sleep, but I've been tossing and turning in bed for the last hour. I need to get a tiny rant off my chest if I'm to sleep...So.
I "read" Sense and Sensibility today and HATED IT. My problem? Over half the characters are truly unpleasant or just plain shitty people, and almost none of them really get any kind of karmic retribution. The "romances" did not make up for having had to bear with all those shitty people doing shitty things through most of the book. I put "read" in quotes because I actually started skimming and skipping to see if things resolved satisfactorily, but instead I was left screaming in frustration at the end.
I can't believe how many nasty people are in this book! I think the only decent people who show up quite a bit are John Middleton, Colonel Brandon, the Dashwood sisters, Mrs. Jennings, and Mrs. Dashwood. Edward is okay, but he's just not around as much. Marriane drove me nuts at times because her "high spirits" seemed very rude and/or inadvisable half the time. Good thing she had a good older sister who could do damage control and try to manage her, no? She reminded me of Lydia from Pride and Prejudice in that she liked to do what she felt like doing without thinking about others or of propriety, but the fact that she has heart and cares for her sister saves her from being bad.
The shitty people all need to be thrown to the lions, starting with Lucy, Mrs. Ferrars, Robert, John Dashwood and his shitty wife, Willoughby and his shitty wife, and Lucy's bitchy sister. Lady Middleton is a selfish cold fish, but at least she knows how to be civil. Mr. Palmer's an asshole, but he doesn't do much harm and isn't around much.
Where was the romance? Colonel Brandon spent most of the book talking to Elinor! Once again, we're told not shown how Marriane and he hook up. Edward wasn't around much either. And in the end he loses out on his inheritance thanks to his shitty mother!! And his shitty brother gets the money and steals his (admittedly worthless) fiancee!! ARG!! The injustice, it BURNS.
I so don't sorry for Willoughby though it seems like we're supposed to be. He abandoned a girl he'd slept with! And abandoned another girl he'd loved and nearly promised to marry because he wasn't going to get the inheritance he thought he was getting because of his earlier abandonment of the first girl! Totally his own damn fault. He deserves being married to someone apparently highly unpleasant.
I must've liked the movie because it had to cut out so much of the book to fit into a movie format. Since most of the book was unpleasant, most of the unpleasantness was cut. I wanted to calm down, reread the book, and then post a reaction, but my burning hatred of the book had to come out right now. I'll try to calm down and reread the book at some point, but...it's not happening any time soon. I can't believe how pissed I am at this book. It's worse than Mansfield Park for me.