I avoided watching North & South for the longest time.
It seemed like just another Mr. Darcy-Pride & Prejudice deal to me.
I liked Pride & Prejudice, but I just wasn’t up for that kind of frustrating delayed gratification at the moment. Plus, I was pretty sure Margaret would get on my last nerve, with her strong-mindedness and prejudice towards the working class northerners.
Finally one evening after watching Vicar of Dibley with some internet friends in a chat session, we decided to tackle North & South the following night.
I cheated a bit though, finding the kissing scene on youtube the next day
and watching it too many times to count.
I was pleasantly surprised with North & South.
For starters, I didn’t hate Margaret.
Her decisions annoyed me but she was quite likable, all things considered.
And then there was Mr. Thornton.
There was nothing about the quiet, resolute and respectable mill owner that I did not like.
I understood John’s way of thinking and his reactions to the world around him.
Margaret on the other hand…
I knew why she was acting the way that she was (naivety)
but I was constantly shaking my head at her,
especially in regards to her well-meaning yet mildly offensive charity endeavors.
But after finally watching North & South
It wasn’t hard to understand what all the swooning was about!