200 Year Anniversary of Sense and Sensibility – 2011! Jane Odiwe
This year is the 200th anniversary of Sense and Sensibility. I’m going to be celebrating next weekend with P&P Tours in the house where they filmed Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility. It’s a beautiful house on a private estate in South Devon, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone who’ll be coming along. We’ll no doubt have a wonderful time! I love the book, and it inspired my very own Willoughby’s Return.
An old lover is back, determined to make trouble…
I was fascinated by the fact that both Marianne and Brandon had both enjoyed other romantic attachments before they found each other, and because of the connection, and the resulting child between Brandon’s ward (who was the daughter of his first love) and Willoughby, I wondered how this might impact on the Brandons’ marriage. I imagined Marianne might find dealing with the past difficult sometimes. Might she be a little jealous of the relationship that Brandon has with his ward, especially when she knows how much he loved her mother, and would Marianne be able to face seeing her with Willoughby’s child?In Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, when Marianne Dashwood marries Colonel Brandon, she puts her heartbreak over dashing scoundrel John Willoughby behind her. Three years later, Willoughby’s return throws Marianne into a tizzy of painful memories and exquisite feelings of uncertainty. Willoughby is as charming, as roguish, and as much in love with her as ever. And the timing couldn’t be worse—with Colonel Brandon away and Willoughby determined to win her back, will Marianne find the strength to save her marriage, or will the temptation of a previous love be too powerful to resist?
Marianne knows that the Colonel was reminded of his old love when he met Marianne. Would she wonder if she was always being compared? Here’s a short extract:
Finally, here’s a trailer for the film – I love this adaptation!