I liked Mansfield Park, despite its length. I saw it as something of an extrovert's guide to an introvert's world. I don't think Fanny was portrayed as too flawless; her emotions were all over the place, just as many other people's would be. I might have found her too good to be real if her emotions and thoughts hadn't been the main lens through which the reader sees the story, but that would be another story, as they say. Having acted in seven plays, I think the theatrical segment of the story is very well done, although with all the emotional tension involved in that subplot (some of which I can relate to), it was rather stressful to read. This book is somewhat bleaker and less satisfying than, say, Pride and Prejudice, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing or a departure from Austen's intentions - although without a guiding hand such as hers, I highly doubt that the central couple could have survived such a quantity of turbulent events and deceptive interlopers!