Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tag: I Love Austen Week!

Hamlette at Hamlette's Soliloquy is having an I Love Austen Week! Umm yes please! Go check it out pronto HERE!!!! One of the delightful parts of this week of Austen is a fun tag to fill out, which I shall do below post haste!

1. Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?
I was born and raised on the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice as well as the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility and the 1996 version of Emma (The Kate Beckinsale one). It wasn't until I was ten that I read Pride and Prejudice and the rest of the books came not long after. The've consumed me body and soul!

2. What is your favorite Austen book?
Pride and Prejudice hands down. I also really like Northanger Abbey. I love them all!!!!!

3. Favorite heroine? Why do you like her best?
Lizzy Bennett. She's funny, clever and basically everything I wish I was.

4. Favorite hero? Why do you like him best?
Mr. Knightley and Henry Tilney. They are both great brotherly figures. They don't mind telling the harsh truth. And Henry Tilney is HILARIOUS!!!! :)

5. Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Austen's work? 
The 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice... duh!

6. Have your Austen tastes changed over the years? (Did you start out liking one story best, but now like another better? Did you think she was boring at first, then changed your mind? Etc.)
I've always been a pretty big fan of Austen. The first time I read Pride and Prejudice it wasn't my favorite but it soon became my favorite. Emma has definitely grown on me a lot in recent years.

7. Do you have any cool Austen-themed things (mugs, t-shirts, etc)? (Feel free to share photos if you want.)
I have some Jane Austen themed bookmarks, which I love.

8. If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?
Which version of Pride and Prejudice is the best? ;)

9. Imagine someone is making a new film of any Jane Austen story you choose, and you get to cast the leads. What story do you want filmed, and who would you choose to act in it?
Mansfield Park! For Fanny Price I would cast either Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) or Anna Maxwell Martin (Bleak House). I could see either of them doing a great job with the roll. For Edmund I don't have anything specific in mind though I've seen others cast Dan Stevens (Sense and Sensibility '08) in the role and I think that could work. Part of me really wants to cast Johnny Lee Miller (Emma '09) but then I remember that he already did the role in the 1999, which I haven't seen. I wonder though if Matthew Macfayden (Little Dorrit) could play the role?

10. Share up to five favorite Jane Austen quotations!
Only five? Ha! You mean five for each book right? ;) And sorry, some of these are pretty mushy... I'm a newly engaged I can't help it! Normally I'd be all over her funny quotes but I'm simply too sentimental right now.

"It is a truth universally acknowledge that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife."- Pride and Prejudice


“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”- Pride and Prejudice

“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.”- Pride and Prejudice

“To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love”- Pride and Prejudice

“An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.”- Pride and Prejudice

“Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.”- Pride and Prejudice

"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more."- Emma 

“Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again."- Northanger Abbey


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4 comments:

  1. Yes, the Kate Beckinsale/Mark Strong one is the "classic" one. My little sisters prefer the 2009 one, and I'm growing to prefer that one, but as an adaptation the former is FAAAAR more accurate (and Mark Strong will always be my Mr. Knightely, as funny as Johnny Lee Miller's version he still has a whiney littleness about him that is so strongly seen in the, gag, Jeremy Northam version). The 2009 is more pleasant overall and is longer and brighter and Frank and Jane are the best and Mr. John Knightley is HILARIOUS. Anything as long as it isn't the Jeremy Northam and Gweneth Paltrow version.

    In all the tags, Mansfield Park seems to be the version most people want remade. I agree with some others about Lily James being Fanny. Her role as Cinderella was the sweet, mild and yet firm in principles character that Fanny is and NO movie seems to capture. I liked Blake Ritson's Edmund (so I want Edmund to be dark although since the girls were blond in the book I suppose he would've been too), so I'm not sure who would do a really good Edmund. Perhaps Sam Reid (John Davinier in Belle).

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  2. Wow, I'm so impressed you read Austen at ten! I was like sixteen or seventeen before I tried her out, and was only kind of interested even then.

    Thanks for joining the party! And I love that your engagement made you choose mushy Austen quotes, that's very cute.

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  3. I didn't start reading Austen till about 2008, so early 40's? Love her books, mostly. I didn't quite care for Emma or Mansfield Park. But Persuasion is my favorite which I read fairly often, with Pride & Prejudice a close second, followed by Sense & Sensibility, & then Northanger Abbey.

    Favorite movie version is the 1995 Persuasion. Granted that's the only Austen film I've seen so far, but still.
    Favorite heroine is Anne Elliot and favorite hero is Henry Tilney, mainly because he's one of the few clergymen who is decent and not a buffoon. And for mushy Captain Wentworth's letter to Anne at the end of Persuasion is great.

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  4. Wow! Like Hamlette, I didn't read Jane Austen until in my late teens, I can't imagine picking up Pride and Prejudice at 10. I believe the first time I remember watching (at least parts of) and Austen movie was when I was nine or ten.

    And yes, a new Mansfield Park! This seems to be the consensus throughout the party; perhaps someone will actually make one!

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