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The Battle of Style vs. Substance in Period Dramas and Film

A few weeks ago, I was discussing a new studio film with a colleague when I was reminded of a particular debate among film lovers. He hadn't really enjoyed the film, which I had loved, and declared it as being 'too much style over substance'. I agreed, but was quietly fascinated by the fact that its showy flourishes had instilled adoration in me, but had repelled my colleague. Is there value in giving a film a free pass, even if…

The Addictive Agony of Watching Poldark

Edgar Allan Poe, eternal literary legend and one of my favourite ultimate goths, wrote this in a letter during the last year of his life: 'I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge.' He was talking about alcohol in that letter, and the sentiment is tough and painful, but I was reminded of it in a far more frivolous tone whilst watching Poldark this week. The BBC drama has, in blunt terms, been…

The Period Drama Guide – How To Deal With A Break Up

We're taking on a rather different and sombre topic today compared to the usual posts, using our favourite type of fiction to help with a very particular life event - a break up. The end of a relationship is always a tough experience and those first few weeks recovering can feel like drifting on an endless ocean. Platitudes are offered, hugs occasionally given, but sometimes it takes a little bit of personal research to know that things will get better. Enter…

Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Jane Austen month kicks off here at Lost In Drama and it’s all about the adaptations of her treasured novels. We’re beginning with the most beloved of her novels, Pride and Prejudice, and focusing on its most recent direct adaptation - director Joe Wright’s 2005 film… If you were to ask a rough selection of die-hard Austen fans, they’d doubtless name the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as the best adaptation of the author’s most popular work, featuring the…