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


MovieCritic said...

Pride and Prejudice!!!!

Hamlette said...

I approve of your Persuasion casting!

And I like your question for Jane Austen too -- I'd like to know that, myself.

Thanks for joining the party :-)

Miss March said...

Yes, I whole-heartedly agree! We could definitely use a new BBC miniseries of Persuasion. And I think I could see Dan Stevens as Captain Wentworth. Not so sure about Keira Knightley for Anne, but then I guess I've never really liked Keira Knightley ever since I saw her in P&P '05. Perhaps, though, that's not the best movie to form an opinion of her from. What do you think? ;)

Molly Rebekah said...

Great answers!

2.) Pride and Prejudice is my top favorite JA novel, as well! :)

3.) Totally agree with you on Lizzy; she's such a delightful character.

5.) YES to Pride and Prejudice 1995! Oh, I just love that movie. <3

The Elf said...

Sorry I took so long to post these and reply! Life tends to get crazy :( It was a pleasure Hamlette! I do agree with you Miss March on Keira Knightley - I wasn't entirely happy with her as Anne myself. In fact, my first choice would have been "Edith" from Downton Abbey but I thought I couldn't exactly cast BOTH leading characters with actors from Downton.
Pride and Prejudice is the best Molly & Movie Critic so nice to have someone who agrees with me! :)

Skyeler said...

I don't see anything wrong with casting two lead characters from Downton Abbey into an Austen film. xD Persuasion has never been my favorite; I would love to watch a new miniseries to see if it helps me see some of the aspects of it in a different light! I also haven't read it in almost six years now, so perhaps it is simply time to try again!
Fanny Price does sure seem to bring up debates, as does Mansfield Park in general... she is actually one of my favorites, but Edmund Bertram, not so much...

The Elf said...

@Skyeler well maybe it's time for me to read Mansfield Park again! It's been a while but I remember Fanny Price really rubbed me up the wrong way. I wouldn't say Edmund Bertram is such great shakes from my vague memory of him but overall it was my least favourite JA book :(