Diary of an RA Fan — Part 5 Toe in the Water

See Diary Part 4 here, or to access all entries, hit “The Diary” tab above.

Entry — a few years ago minus 2-3 months.

I started lurking the North and South board on IMDb the other day. I had to do something! Can’t keep watching this movie over and over. I need to hear about others’ reactions to it. Still not quite ready to weigh in myself because I feel like a fool watching it over and over. I’ve always laughed at people who said they watched a movie 17 times, and now I’ve watched North and South 20+ times. Don’t really know how many times.

I was also hoping maybe I could find out some other pieces that the cast has been in. I love Daniela Denby-Ashe. Nix everything I said about her character. Margaret seems like an old friend, and Richard Armitage is wonderful as John Thornton. I can even stand his opening scene now — cause I know how it ends!! :D I’ll have to check out his IMDb page while I’m at it. But I’m saving that one so I can really indulge myself. Going to check out some of the other cast first. Love the guy who plays Higgins. I must be nuts, but he’s sexy, and I know he’s not really supposed to be in this role. But hey, I’m human, and the man has a lot of appeal. Love his voice too.

About the only characters I don’t like in this piece are Margaret’s parents. Can’t quite figure out if they’re supposed to be annoying. If they are, then they’re doing a superb job with their characters. I’ve started skipping over some of their scenes; they are that annoying.

There are some really lovely people on the N&S board. Someone named Genie knows a lot about North and South, and there is a poster named Osoguante who could be a professional comic. Very clever. Forget N&S, I just love reading her comments. I really do LOL when I read them. LOL! See just thinking about some of the things she’s said makes me laugh.

There are some others there who are very thoughtful and fairly educated. It’s a real treat to read some of their comments, and everyone is very polite. I haven’t spent too much time on IMDb, but if the other boards are like this one, I might spend more time there. Still not ready to give my two cents though. I’m just enjoying the reading.

Oh, oh, and they also write stories about N&S. It’s called fan fiction. Whatever it is, I’m enjoying it. These ladies are really clever and are having a good time, and it’s a pleasure to be an observer. Thank you, ladies, even though you have no clue about me.


A few weeks later:

I couldn’t stand it any longer. I had to SAY SOMETHING. The ladies were talking about the first scenes that hooked them, and I had to jump in with mine. It felt good! And now they know I’m another rabid fan of this movie. I told them the tea scene was the first one to reel me in. The movie is going along at a steady clip, and then the rhythm changes. It slows down and focuses on all the things that are heightened when you’re falling in love. Sigh. Did I actually write the word sigh? What’s happening to me? Oh, I’ve always been a terrible romantic, but I’ve kept that so buried no one would know it. It’s hard to keep tamped down these days. Why I try to I don’t know. Always have, but maybe I shouldn’t.

Screencap courtesy of TheArmitageArmy.co.uk

See Diary Part 6 here.


  1. I like Margaret’s parents, but I’ll admit I do skip over some parts that they are in when I am rewatching it for a FIX! They are certainly flawed characters, both weak and self-centered, but also gentle and very kind.
    One of my favourite scenes is when Mrs. Hale is questioning her husband about why he dragged them up to the North where (she thinks) no one wants to read or listien to his lectures. At the end of her speech she fades into the shadows. It doesn’t follow the book exactly, but it does a masterful job of portraying the characters and creates a melancholy mood to show how unhappy they are. The other scene I like is after Mrs. Hale’s death, when Mr. Hale is having a one-sided conversation with her while the servant looks on shaking her head. It is so poignant and tragic.
    I love every moment of this mini series. It is such a masterpiece!

  2. I agree with you about loving every moment. I’ve gone through several phases with this movie, and this was just the second or maybe third phase. :D

  3. There’s only one scene that I fastforward through with any regularity, and that’s the scene where Dixon tells Margaret how she adores Mrs. Hale. It’s a scene from the book, and it’s also historically significant (I discuss it with my students in extenso, as we are meant by the filmmakers to see Dixon in contrast with the maid she doesn’t succeed in hiring and with the female factory workers), but it is just too painful for me to watch.

  4. While the book seems to be more Margaret Hale’s story, the movie seems to be John Thornton’s story. I’ll talk about that more later on and why I think there’s a difference.

  5. Yes, that would be a great topic. My students noticed this too, and several of the women came up to ask why this could be since we hear only her thoughts in the voiceover and not his. I’ll definitely have some comments for you!

  6. Isn’t that quite a testament to Richard Armitage’s skills? I think it is. Maybe I should stop. I have a piece written on this. Probably just need to post it soon — like tomorrow. LOL!

  7. ps Brendan Coyle=spit and image of my last SO (decade-long relationship). SO sexy. Even if we are not supposed to think so.

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