The story Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons is one of the rare occasions where I watch the movie before I read the book. Shana highly suggested the movie to me and since I was still waiting for the library book to get in, I decided to do some knitting while watching the film.
Firstly, the outfits that Flora Poste wears are awesome. Secondly, the story portrayed in both medias are a great ride. I honestly can't say whether I liked the movie or the book better, but I will say that the screen adaption changes enough to make it both interesting yet representative of the original story. Whoever thought to cast Joanna Lumley in the movie was a smart cookie. Although I don't think she fits the written description for Mary Smiling at all, she is great in the film version.
I highly suggest you both read the book and watch the movie. The sarcastic tone is more entertaining in the book, but the film version has too much eye candy to miss. The acting is quite clever too and it has Ian McKellen, Rufus Sewell, AND Stephen Fry in it, for goodness sakes!
Before I sign off on the matter, here are some of my favorite outfits of Poste's in the film adaptation. Oddly enough, they are aher travel & active wear. Hmmm.
Happy reading and watching!