Haunted by the Woman in White

As usual on a Friday, I wander over to Jessica Norrie’s abode and sit for a while and enjoy her latest post on literature. This week, she compares the recent BBC series of The Woman in White with the novel by Wilkie Collins.. she noted where the script might have elaborated on the original or characters were created. Jessica also explores the loss of any form of independence on marriage with regard to money, property and even children. If you have not read the book then it would seem the televised version has much to recommend it.. as I do the post.

Words and Fictions

I’ve just finished watching this cracker of a BBC adaptation – it’s not too late for catch up if you want to binge watch from the safety of the sofa.

WWhite1I first encountered Wilkie Collins when my family sat glued to a BBC adaptation of The Moonstone (another came in 2016). TV companies, desperate to repeat the success of The Forsyte Saga, had found a contender. They rolled him out again with The Woman in White  in 1982. I read my parents’ old Everyman edition, which I’m rereading now. At university, Collins figured in lectures on Dickens, Balzac and Henry James, but The Moonstone is now more usually regarded as the first full length crime novel. The Woman in White has no detective as such and even the BBC’s enquiring “scrivener” Emmanuel Nash doesn’t appear in the book, but it too involves solving crimes and elucidating mysteries.


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