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Monday, October 22, 2007

North and South

No not the American mini-series with Patrick Swayze based on the books by John Jakes. Although, if you like Civil War stories I recommend the books. GG and I both loved them when they came out some 18 years ago. Since they are historical they stand up pretty well.

No I'm talking about the BBC series. I just ordered the DVD from Amazon. KristieJ wrote about the series last week and it piqued my interest. Today I read her post insinuating that Richard Armitage, the male lead in the BBC North and South is her idea of Derek Craven from Lisa Kleypas' DREAMING OF YOU. You may have heard something about the current blogosphere debate about Derek versus Sebastian and who is the more fabulous of the two. Being firmly in the Sebastian St. Vincent from DEVIL IN WINTER camp Kristie's pictures and teasers nudged me to further check out this guy, Richard Armitage and the series. All of which lead me on a North and South google odyssey culminating in my ordering the darn thing. In the name of research people. It's in the name of research.

This long movie, or short mini series, looks very very good. Just how many times do you see a 5 star rating at Amazon when there are 216 reviews? Not many. About as often as I spend an afternoon googling and then providing more links in a single post than anyone would possibly bother with. Obsessions are a bitch aren't they? Or should I say curiosity killed the cat. Either way it isn't pretty.

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Blogger Dev said...

I've been thinking of doing the same thing, Rosie. Kristie got my curious. I hope you enjoy it!

3:19 PM PDT  
Blogger nath said...

I loved North and South from John Jakes, both the books and series... although I knew nothing about the civil war, cos hey, I'm canadian LOL :P

3:26 PM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Dev, it's $24 including shipping. If you want to spend $25 or more you can get free shipping. I only wanted the 4-hour DVD so that's all I ordered. After watching several clips I just couldn't resist.

Nath, how did you see the American NORTH AND SOUTH? I think the 1985 mini-series and the books are older than you are. :-P I'm excited to see this BBC NORTH AND SOUTH it looks very good.

3:37 PM PDT  
Blogger Kristie (J) said...

It starts out rather slow - although from the moment Richard Armitage hits the screen - Wowzers!! But it builds and builds until the end - when you melt like a snow woman in a blazing desert!! At that point I'd go over to Amazon and rate it a 6*
Once you get it and watch it - I'd love to know what you think of it!!! I LOVED it!!

And the visuals are supposed to nudge you over to the Cravenator team *g*. Maybe after you watch the whole series though.

4:08 PM PDT  
Blogger Shushan said...

not my kinda books - but I love to hear another bibliophile make her list. lol

Working on a Jared Diamond at the mo.


6:06 PM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Kristie, I'm very excited about getting the DVD. I spent way too much time on the BBC site watching episode trailers. I'm sure I'll be posting and rhapsodizing about it in very short order.

Shusan, welcome to the neighborhood! Yeah, that's the great thing about reading. Readers (generally) love other readers. Different strokes for different folks is what makes the world go round.

6:15 PM PDT  
Blogger Kristie (J) said...

You should check out Sula's blog. She's posted a lovely montage of North and South from YouTube!!!

9:16 PM PDT  
Blogger Marg said...

Another place to have a look at is at Lights, Camera...History at the following link. They are having a monthly discussion at their blog.


1:37 AM PDT  
Blogger nath said...

hi Rosie :D

they are not older than me, but almost :D LOL :) My dad recorded some episodes on a tape and I just fell in love with it. I didn't understand much of what was happening, but I remember watching it already when I was about 5 or 6... then, I just went out of my way to find the series... didn't until a few years back when it was released on DVD... but I read the books and really enjoyed it, although books and series were quite different :P

4:07 AM PDT  
Blogger Jenster said...

I like that movie! It's very good.

As for the guy looking like Derek, I'm not sure. I may have to watch it again.

I'm a fickle camper. I like them all!! Does that make me slutty??

4:36 AM PDT  

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