Okay, now back to the BBC version. One of the most outstanding actors in this group of films is by far, Colin Firth. Besides being rather good looking, he is also a great actor and was born to play Mr. Darcy. It is this portrayal that led to my interest in Colin Firth as an actor. One day I picked up a movie called Girl With A Pearl Earring at a bargain price. I saw that Firth was one of the actors and thought I’d give it a shot. The movie is a bit cryptic, which encouraged me to find the book that is the basis for the story to help me fill in the blanks.
That book has led to my discovery of a brilliant author Tracey Chevalier. Girl was her first novel. A reading of the book makes the movie much easier to understand. But as I explored her other books, I discovered a true admiration for this amazing author. She is able to weave together history with the stories of the most interesting present-day characters, threading everything together in a most impressive fashion. So whether you are interested in history as relates to societal customs, or just want to read some good books, be sure to check out her website or find her on Twitter.
For more on Austen and the recent publicaton of her original manuscripts online see my previous post below