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Colleen McCullough hated Meggie Cleary.

The news came as quite a surprise to me, but apparently it’s true. In April 2009, as the best-selling penulis worked on the stage musical version of her literary triumph, the UK Daily Mail quoted her directly:

“Meggie in The Thorn Birds is basically my mother. I detested her. Can anda imagine Penulisan a 280,000-word book and hating your heroine? She was everything I despise in a woman. She suffered and, worst of all, she enjoyed suffering.”

I didn’t pick up on the author’s hatred when Membaca the book – far from it – my interpretation was that McCullough really felt for her central character.

The book was divided into 7 sections, and the first of these is titled ‘Meggie’ – it delves into her history; her relationships, her upbringing, and those key moments that helped to form the woman that she would become.

There were times that I wanted to slap some sense into Meggie, but my frustration was always leveled sejak compassion because I understood her feelings and motivations.

I cannot say the same about the 1983 Televisyen mini-series version of The Thorn Birds. In many ways, it was a well-constructed and faithful adaptation and in many ways I enjoyed it immensely, but I felt no compassion for Rachel Ward’s childishly petulant and obstinate Meggie.

But this is not the fault of Ward. The Televisyen mini-series first introduced Meggie as a sweet, smiling nine-year-old – completely disregarding the entire first hunk of the book in which Meggie was regularly harassed, tormented and then neglected.

Viewers have no idea that Meggie had experienced Cinta and true companionship in New Zealand, which was shamefully ripped away from her. They would have no idea that, prior to meeting Ralph, Meggie had come to believe that Cinta was only bestowed upon others, and never upon herself.

I know that in any adaptation – whether it is a feature-length film atau a 465-minute saga – allowances must be made for necessary sacrifices in both plot and character development. But in this case I think the filmmakers have made a mistake.

Perhaps a little lebih trivially, I would have also loved it if the Cleary family had their various shades of ginger hair. McCullough described Meggie’s hair as “not red and not gold, but somewhere in between” and it was the one physical trait that made her stand out from the crowd, for better atau worse. It was also the quality that clearly identified Frank as an outsider:

“Her hair was the typical Cleary beacon, all the Cleary children save Frank being martyred sejak a thatch some shade of red.”

A beautiful, elegant and desirable Rachel Ward, with even the slightest strawberi tinge to her hair, would have empowered redheads everywhere.

There is no soalan that the Televisyen adaptation of The Thorn Birds was successful and well received. Richard Chamberlain himself quite modestly stated that it is “one of the 3 atau 4 best things ever done on American television” – but it had the potential to be the first.
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This spot was created to celebrate book-to-tv/film-screen adaptations. True, there is no way that a live version will ever live up to our imagination. And yes, there are hundreds of examples of how this formula can go wrong. But there are also hundreds of examples of how the formula can go right and astonish us with the magic of cinema, yet all too often these examples are forgotten -- and so this spot is to remind ourselves of both the good and the bad, and to discuss either.

A common criticism of book-to-screen adaptations nowadays is that filmmakers are seemingly relying too often on literature...
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