• Jennifer Abella

‘Northanger Abbey’ online: Two web series, double the fun


What are they

“Northbound” (NB) debuted June 4, 2015.

“The Cate Morland Chronicles” (CMC) debuted July 7, 2016.


Where you can find them

NB: YouTube — for FREE! For “Northbound,” click here.

CMC: Also on YouTube — for FREE! For CMC, click here.


Number of episodes

NB: 40. Episodes from 2 minutes to 8 minutes.

CMC: 45, plus some optional bonus videos. Episodes run from 3 minutes to 9 minutes.

Premise

NB: Catherine, from small-town Virginia, moves in with the Allens, family friends, in New York the summer before starting college there in the fall.

CMC: Catherine lands an internship at a magazine owned by the Allens, family friends, in Los Angeles.


Catherine

NB: This Catherine is imaginative if introverted and bookish, playing up the “small-town girl in the big city.”

CMC: Passionate, opinionated and fun-loving, this Catherine is a geeky Fangirl with a capital F. She loves Harry Potter, “Star Wars” and, most of all, “The Mysteries of Udolpho,” a supernatural-themed teen soap opera..


Henry

NB: This outgoing Henry meets Catherine when she holes up in a bathroom during one of her first New York parties.

CMC: Child star — and Catherine’s longtime celeb crush — Henry Tilney is the lead actor in “The Mysteries of Udolpho.” He’s charming, easygoing — and flirty.


The Thorpes

NB: Catherine and Isabella meet when Jamie — Catherine’s sister and Isabella’s girlfriend — sets them up on a friend date. This John is a pseudo-intellectual, interested in using data to analyze the best pizza in New York.

CMC: This Isabella works at the magazine with Catherine. John is her playboy brother who comes to L.A. to visit. He plays up the rude, boorish behavior — he doesn’t like to take no for an answer.


Watch if you like …

NB: A low-key adaptation. The actress playing Catherine is very natural.

CMC: Pop culture, an outgoing heroine and diverse casting. This is an energetic, clever modernization.

Sneak a peek here:


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