I didn't love Sense & Sensibility. Ugh. I mean, I enjoyed it as a casual tv viewer, but not as an Austen fan. I got this email from a friend yesterday which summarized my thoughts exactly:
We only watched part of S&S, and it was okay. I was disappointed in Edward (too self-assured), Willoughby (not good-looking enough and slightly creepy) and Col. Brandon (definitely creepy). And I feel like Andrew Davies is losing his touch -- he stole so many things from Emma Thompson's version (including Fanny's weird hair).
Edward was energetic and enthusiastic and confident -- I think he could have easily read poetry in such a way that pleased Marianne. Willoughby was creepy. I thought the scene at the beginning was unnecessary and actually confusing, because you didn't know who it was. Mrs. Dashwood is not nearly emotional enough -- according to the book, Marianne gets her emotional tendencies from her mom. And Davies seemed to steal an awful lot from Emma Thompson! Like Margaret in the library on the floor, and playing outside with Edward while Elinor watches. And why, oh why, change the story so that Marianne actually likes Brandon a bit at the beginning? That changes everything. I also thought Austen's language had been deliberately dumbed down.
I'm looking forward to Sunday night, but to me this feels like a lesser adaptation of Emma Thompson's wonderful version.