Tuesday, 14 February 2017

I Love Jane Austen Week Tag

Whoohoo! The awesome Hamlette is hosting a Jane Austen week where all things related to that mighty author and her works will be discussed and celebrated by us mere blogging mortals around the world. To begin with, Hamlette has come up with a delightfully fun tag so with no further rambling, let's get into it.

1.  Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?
Book! When I was about 13, my sister studied Pride and Prejudice for school and it was her first introduction to Jane Austen. She told me the whole story and although I admit I had a somewhat confused understanding of everything that went on, once some friends lent us the BBC mini series a few years later, I read Pride and Prejudice through first. It was definitely enjoyable and then, then, I saw The Rightful Adaptation and was hooked forever after on all things Jane Austen.

2.  What is your favorite Austen book?

Pride and Prejudice! Mostly because it's the one I'm most familiar with. I read the other ones in a row one after the other so they sometimes get a little jumbled in my mind.

3.  Favorite heroine?  Why do you like her best?

They all have their flaws - which is a good thing because then they're more relatable - but on the whole, I like Lizzy best because of her humour, spunk and ability to admit and correct her mistakes.

4.  Favorite hero?  Why do you like him best?

Mr. Darcy is the kind of man you crush on but Mr. Knightly is the kind of guy you want to marry, right? Dear George is the perfect blend of gentlemanliness, fun, and dash of imperfection.

5.  Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Austen's work?

A picture speaks a thousand words.

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.)

No not really.... sorry bit of a boring answer! I think I didn't really get into the book Emma but loved the BBC series of it, if that counts.

7.  Do you have any cool Austen-themed things (mugs, t-shirts, etc)?  (Feel free to share photos if you want.)
I do but I can't be bothered to get photos now... I have a cute little magnetic badge with "I love Jane Austen" on it plus a picture of Jane Austen, a little Jane Austen notebook and coolest of all, a beautiful set of Jane Austen commemoration postal stamps sent to me from England when they were released over there!

8.  If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?
Deep deep down, do you really like Fanny Price?

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?

Oooh, I love questions like this! Persuasion absolutely needs a BBC mini series makeover! Casting isn't my strong point but let's have a go.

Frederick Wentworth - Dan Stevens
Anne Elliot - Keira Knightley
Captain Benwick - Tom Hiddleston
Sir Walter Elliot - Ian McKellan
Lady Russell - Emma Thompson
(Captain Wentworth or Captain Dreamy? ;))

10.  Share up to five favorite Jane Austen quotations!

In no particular order:

"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you," - Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice).

"You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.”
She saw him start at this, but he said nothing, and she continued:
“You could not have made the offer of your hand in any possible way that would have tempted me to accept it.” - Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” - Mr. Knightly (Emma)

That's all for this time but tune in tomorrow to see my review of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!

Until then xx

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Sunshine Blogger Award

G'day fair readers, I've been tagged by the lovely Miss March for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Now for those of you who have been blogging forever are probably very very tired of the few tags which keep floating around but I can't deny that for the newbie blogger here, it is rather fun to fill out.

So, here goes. My answers to the 10 questions set by Miss March! (PS Check out her blog if you haven't, will you?)

1. What was the last book you read?
 As per my last post, I am currently part way in The Hobbit and enjoying it more than I thought I would. There isn't enough elf content yet to satisfy me but you can't deny that Bilbo is rather sweet. (Edit: there's now been a bit more elf content but still not enough).
2. On a typical evening at home, what are you most often found doing -- reading a book, watching a movie, playing games with your siblings, twiddling your thumbs...what?
Oh dear, I'm far too often found surfing social media on my phone or watching YouTube but I'm hoping to gradually change that as my reading programme really gets going. (Again, see previous post).
3. You have the choice of being an only child or having twenty siblings.  Which do you choose?
This IS a hard question, being such an extreme but the conservative in me rears its quashed head and chooses the twenty - only because many only children regret they have no siblings and with twenty, you'd imagine that with all those age differences, you wouldn't have all twenty living in the house at once!
4. Do you prefer bike riding or walking?
I enjoy both but overall, if I am to generalise, I prefer walking. There's something to be said for it just being nature and you with no man made tools present.

 5.  If you had to create your own family made up of characters from literature (or film) who would you choose to have as your father?  As your mother?  Choose a brother and a sister, too, just for the fun of it.  :)
This is my favourite question of the ten you asked, Miss March!  It's tough but in such a delightfully fascinating way I can't help but love the challenge. I KNOW I will think of choices I much prefer right after I publish this post but off the top of my head, I would choose Elrond from Lord of the Rings as my father, Marmee from Little Women as my mother, Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey as a brother (yes brother only!) and Lizzy Bennet from Pride and Prejudice as my sister. That was h.a.r.d. Miss March, have some compassion on my poor nerves! Also, can you just imagine family dinners with that family?
6.  Did you ever receive money under your pillow after losing a tooth?
Oh no, no!  Father Christmas and the tooth fairy were for heathens, guys! ;)
7.  What's your favorite color?
Red or to be more precise, scarlet. When I was little, I used to ape my older sister in everything until she strongly objected. One night I was asked what my favourite colour was and I had no idea but really wanted to just copy sister and say "blue".  Since that was out of the question, I chose the opposite - red. Since then, it really has been my favourite colour! I love its vibrancy and daring and the passion it symbolises.

  8. Would you rather wash dishes or iron clothes?
Wash dishes. Ironing clothes is just too fiddly.
9. What is your opinion on zoos?  Interesting or boring?
Either boring because I can't cuddle the animals or sad when it's a horrible zoo which keeps animals cooped up :(

10. Growing up, did you have a favorite doll? What was her name?
It depends on which stage of life & growing up you're talking about, but one of my very first ever dolls who came on many adventures with me is Joy/Joyce but much more commonly known as "Bubby-doll". She's kinda cute :)

Now, normally I'm supposed to tag ten people to fill out ten questions I give, but I'm going to play by my own rules and do things a little differently. If you're a silent reader of this blog - i.e. you read here some of the time / all the time / a tiny bit but never / rarely comment (and I know there are some!), this challenge is for YOU.  Either fill out the tag in the comments or on your blog and leave a comment letting me know so I can come read your answers! Obviously I realise I could absolutely be setting myself up for dismal failure here but, dear silent reader, man up and take a challenge, OK? ;)

1. Are you a dog or cat person?
2. What's your go-to song to listen to when writing a blog post?
3. Mr. Knightly or Matthew Crawley?
4. What was the first blog you ever started reading and do you still read it?
5. What is your honest opinion of my blog? (Don't hold back!)
6.  Brie or camembert?
7. Is Lala Land worth watching? I'm genuinely curious.
8. Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? (Or neither?)
9. Which actor are you most excited to see in the new Beauty and the Beast?
10. If you were invited to a dress up party / dance where you had to go dressed as any fictional or fantasy character, as whom would you go? (Again, I'm intrigued to know because I have the same choice facing me!)