i capture the castle portrays a quirky, poor family holed up in a decrepit castle, drowning in their father's debt. the plot unfolds like a jane austen novel muddled with a fairy tale, maybe rapunzel? something magical. two sisters, the oldest, rose, a flame-haired beautiful little ingrate. and cassandra, the intelligent and plain younger sister. their father is a distant, uninspired, depressed shell of a writer. their stepmother, topaz, lives as a sometime-nudist with a penchant for dying things green and a muse to their hapless father. oh, and they also have a harry potter-like little bookworm of a younger brother.
the film is one big puddle of angst and longing. cassandra loves simon, the eldest cotton brother who proposes to rose. rose and neil secretly love eachother.
and handsome stephen, the farmboy, is in love with cassandra. and then there are a million other complicated love subplots thrown in the mix.
i capture the castle was recommended to me by clare & laura, and thank you girls!! it is much, much more charming than the edge of love, but boasts equally as lovely costumes and scenery. there is an abundance of handsome men... 'nuff said.
i started the book earlier this spring, but haven't finished it. watching the film before finishing is sooooo cheating, but i couldn't resist the watch instantly on netflix. and right now it is too hot too breathe, so movie marathons is where it's at!