The North and South CrusadePosted on January 14, 2008
I have been following Kristie’s (from the blog Ramblings on Romance) campaign to make people aware of how awesome the BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskells’ novel North and South is, and I decided to join. I have been a major fan since it was on telly a few years ago. I did not watch it straight away but a colleague taped it and insisted I should watch it. It didn’t take much convincing after she said “the hero is as wonderful as Mr Darcy”. Oh, and what a hero.
Portrayed by Richard Armitage, Mr Thornton was immediately catapulted to the pantheon of my favourite heroes when his voice alone sent shivers down my spine. But not only that, Mr Thornton is one those men that are honourable, charismatic and who has that characteristic I just can’t resist – that he loves the heroine so intensely and thinks so much of her that he can’t even contemplate the idea that she could possibly love him back – him being who he is, a cold, mill-owner who has *gasped* worked his way up.
And this is where, in my opinion, the series shines the most. It is an amazing portrait of the differences between the North and South of Victorian England at a time where industries were developing and a new way of life as far away from the balls of the ton as anything could ever be. Margaret is from the South and has lived that sheltered life of the privileged class and can not understand the struggles of the working classes of the North. She starts by hating that life, who seems dirty and poor but soon starts to do social work and eventually comes to admire and respect the workers and of course, their boss.
I highly recommend this series and if you are a romance lover or a history buff you will not be disappointed. The novel itself is good too, but it doesn’t have Richard Armitage saying “Look back. Look back at me” so that tips heavily the scale to the series side, in my most humble opinion.
So there you go: I am a crusader! I am bringing the light to the infidels! Do you hear me Thea?