I‘m sure I‘ve read the novel fragment (though I don‘t remember much) but I loathe the show. As background, I loved Cranford, P&P, Forsyte Saga, Poldark, Bleak House, and North and South. I feel manipulated and the whole thing just seems silly and tawdry. Theo James appeared naked in front of the heroine (in lieu of chemistry) and I was like, oh puh-leeez. Austen meets PG Game of Thrones. Someone must have agreed, because they tanked it.