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July 26th, 2015


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09:48 am - Show of My Heart, Post #42
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell's last episode aired on BBC America last night. I just watched it, on a cloud-fogged morning which feels more like winter. (Until one steps outside into the swamp, but we overlook that.)

I love and respect Susanna Clarke's book, but since the very first episode of the series, the show has been a thing separate for me, and I love it even more. Side-plots and characters from the book are omitted, and the symbolic equations of the book-source are rearranged, but I love the show so unreservedly.

So the last episode, based on the show's symbolic equations rather than the book's, satisfied me wholly, even as I weep at the parts where I am supposed to weep. I have thinky thoughts on some of the changes, but for now, I look up to the sky and smile. I pass a mirror and place my palm on it and dream. And I will go out in the rain this afternoon and think about what lies on the other side.

In conclusion, Jonathan/Arabella = my OTP forever, and Bertie Carvel is now an actor I'll follow wherever.

If you've seen the show or don't mind being spoiled (at least in terms of images), two fanvids I've been watching:

*For the show as a whole, "Rule the World" (using Lorde's cover). There's some weirdness with the lighting (and I might quibble with the whole 'rule the world' idea because that is so NOT Jonathan), but it's a solid work.

*For my OTP, "All The Wasted Time", done to Bertie Carvel singing a Jason Robert Brown song from the musical Parade (in which London production B Carvel played another doomed protagonist) with an audio snippet of the last J/A scene at the end. IT BREAKS MY HEART.

May you find works today that touch you, even if Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is not one of them.

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From:anne_d
Date:July 26th, 2015 02:12 pm (UTC)
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The raven magic in Norrell's library was wonderful, and the cast were perfect, so much so that when I reread the book* I'm going to hear the dialog in their voices.

*Yes, I enjoyed it more once I got used to the format.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 26th, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
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The perfection of the casting has just astounded me.

Hugs and a great evening to you!
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From:paratti
Date:July 26th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
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(((Hugs)))
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From:laurawise
Date:July 26th, 2015 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I AM EMOTIONALLY COMPROMISED, my friend.

[knuckles away tears]

[sends hugs]
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From:wildrider
Date:July 26th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I think I still love the book more, but I was very satisfied with the conclusion (although I wanted to see Stephen take his throne, and it was too easy a death for Lascelles).

And yes, Carvel is amazing, and he was brilliant. The effects were lovely and I had my conclusion with Jonathan and Arabella (although I didn't like the idea that he's "dead" or "someplace else" - he was really WITH her in the book; he and Norrell were simply "in the place that magicians go" -- there was a sense he could and would come back someday). But overall, quite wonderful.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 26th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, Lascelles is the WORST. His book-fate was better. :)

So interesting that you thought Jonathan was all the way gone, or dead: anne_d thought that too. I figured it was more like the rain functioned like the mirrors had done, as a barrier between worlds, but I thought there was still hope. I will cling to that, because of my love for them!

Hugs and a good evening!
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From:wildrider
Date:July 27th, 2015 12:22 am (UTC)
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Well, that was from the TEXT (including what Norrell was saying, and the whole "I'm dying in here" thing -- both added to the script, not in the book), but I like your subtext better. :)

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From:stateless82
Date:July 27th, 2015 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Love the videos, especially that one image they shared of the reflection in the water, when he disappears.

I do need to see this.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 28th, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
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I think you would really like the series! The first episode is important scene-and-plot-setting, but it's the slowest of the 7, so forge ahead if you can. :)

And that particular image is part of a scene that BREAKS MY HEART. But it is a lovely image. ;)

Hugs and a good day!
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From:roguedemon
Date:July 29th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you found a new fandom to love. It's an important part of life! ((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:July 29th, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
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It's now a closed canon, alas, and a v. tiny fandom -- but I have a show of my heart, and that's what matters. :)

Hugs hugs!

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