… I’m still flying high as a kite courtesy of those wonderful reviews and lovely e-mails I received in the past 48 hours. It’s truly the best feeling in the world, to hear how much a reader has enjoyed the story you created!
And as I’m still up I can tell you that everybody who urged me to watch the BBC adaptation of NORTH & SOUTH was absolutely right: this mini-series is fantastic! It contains many beautiful and powerful images:
- the contrast between the almost supernaturally bright colours of the South / Margaret’s old home in the country VS the dark, bleak city of Milton
- the cotton flying around in the mill that makes it look like it’s snowing indoors — this is later echoed by the snow outside, and due to this doubling it appears as if the cotton is taking over the whole city.
And then there is Richard Armitage, who plays the male lead. He’s tall, dark (and dangerous) (and where have we heard that before? *g*), rugged (oh the wonders of beard stubble!), and has a wonderfully deep, raspy voice. And a lovely Northern accent. And a nose like a sword blade. In other words: the perfect, brooding hero of a dark historical!!! Perhaps I ought to use actors and models more often as an inspiration for my characters. Other people do it all the time. Just imagine: I could buy the first season of the new Robin Hood series (in which Armitage play Guy of Gisborne), watch it until my eyes start bleeding, and pretend it’s all research! Wow! But … isn’t it somehow wrong to watch a Robin Hood series and root for one of the baddies? On the other hand: