Monday, February 15, 2010

FROM ONE EDWARDIAN ERA TO ANOTHER--Eclipse (2010) vs. A Room With A View (1985): which kiss among violets is more romantic?

ABOVE: Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) embrace in a violet-filled meadow in "Eclipse." 

BELOW: George Emerson (Julian Sands) kisses Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) in a hilly Tuscan field of violets in "A Room With A View" (Merchant Ivory Productions).

It’s 1908. Lucy Honeychurch is a spirited,well-bred English girl, about nineteen or twenty years old and engaged to be married (though not in love). Traveling in Italy (chaperoned, of course), she encounters an unconventional young Englishman, George Emerson, who ardently kisses her amid a breathtakingly beautiful field of violets in the golden Tuscan countryside.  The idyllic kiss only lasts a moment; however, a moment is all it takes to  change Lucy's perceptions and, eventually, the course of her life.

Twenty five years later, Stephenie Meyer’s broodingly cheek-boned vampiric hero, Edward Cullen, and his modest eighteen-year-old paramour, Bella Swan, frolic in another violet-strewn meadow atop the dismal town of Forks in the film, Eclipse. It’s a shimmering patch of romantic lilac beauty amid dank, dark Washingtonian forests.

A great deal may have changed since 1908, but much remains the same. Both Lucy and Bella, coming of age, have entered forbidden territory in their respective romances. In Edwardian society, snobbery among the social classes meant that the working-class George Emerson was as ineligible as, well, a vampire. And that's what makes forbidden (or ineligible) love so endearing.

And a kiss among violets is still as incredibly romantic in our own ‘Edwardian’ era as it was a hundred years ago.

The more recent TV adaptation of A Room With A View (2007; Andrew Davies):


Laaleen said...

Comments are welcome!

wajiha said...

A kiss is a kiss wether its in edwardian times or vampire times!

Laaleen said...

Thanks for reading, Wuj--by our present Edwardian era, I meant Edward Cullen :P

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