The Woodcarver – Review and Giveaway

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Restoring their faith in God and in Life.

Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church’s beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.

This is a great family movie.  It starts out excitingly with an anonymous person vandalizing a church with a baseball bat.  I liked the different details that were talked about in relation to carving.  It ends happily.  I would recommend this movie highly.

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Jane Austen Heroine Week

I’m hosting a JAHW on my Jane Austen blog – Elinor and Emma (just click the picture to go to it).  It promises to be a wonderful week with an AWESOME giveaway at the end.  Check out the introductory post here.

 

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Literary Heroine Blog Event

Kellie at Accordion to Kellie is hosting a Literary Heroine Blog Party.  It’s taken me forever to get all the questions answered but here it is.  Hope you enjoy reading this.

What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?

A girl who isn’t afraid to speak her mind…a true lady, sweet and kind but with spirit.

Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. 
 
Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) – I don’t think I can ever match up to Elinor but I admire her very much and I think that I’m the most level-headed of my siblings.
 
Amy Dorrit (Little Dorrit) – What’s not to like about Amy?  She sweet and steadfast and so many other good qualities.
 
Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre) – I like Jane.  She’s not the typical, ultra-pretty heroine.  I like her very much.
 
Estella Havisham (Great Expectations) – I don’t exactly admire Estella and I hope that I don’t relate to her but I like her anyway despite the way she treats Pip.  Besides, if you have someone like Miss Havisham taking care of you, how are you expected to turn out?

Five of your favorite historical novels?

Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
 
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
 
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
 
Little Dorrit (Charles Dickens)
 
Emma (Jane Austen)
 
Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why?
 
Amy Dorrit – see above
 
Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?
 
Jane Fairfax – elegant and refined.
 
If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to – and what would you plan to do there? 
 
I’d travel to England to a little village called Chawton and visit the Jane Austen museum.
 

What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? 

Regency England wins hands down.

You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation – what is your act comprised of?

I hate performing in public so I’d probably turn down the invitation. 

If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 

Catherine Morland.

What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? 

Wonderful!  Milk chocolate (especially Galaxy ©) is my favorite but I also like dark if it isn’t too dark.

Favorite author(s)? 

Jane Austen
 
Charles Dickens
 
Charlotte Brontë
 
Amanda Grange
 
Those are just a few of my favorites.

Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land?

My set of Jane Austen novels

My Jane Austen Anthology – Jane Austen Made Me Do It

My writing notebook

In which century were most of the books you read written? 

England

In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is…

Elinor Dashwood
 
Describe your ideal dwelling place. 

Where I’m living now…it’s a secret…

Sum up your fashion style in five words.

Tailored.  Simple.  Mix-and-Match.  Purple.  Denim.

Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?

No…never.

In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is… 

Riguad, Blandois…Whatever you want to call him.

Three favorite Non-fiction books?

Jane Austen: A Celebration of her Life and Works

Spirit of the Horse

The Jane Austen Handbook

Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?

Writing and listening to beautiful music.


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What I’m Reading

Bleak House (Illustrated + FREE audiobook link + Active TOC)

I guess this is becoming a regular thing – posting what I’m currently reading.

I finished Jane Eyre in two days.  I couldn’t keep away from it.  It’s a fabulous book and I’ll definitely be re-reading it in the near future.  Anyway, I’m reading Bleak House at the moment.  I find it somewhat hard to understand but I’m keeping at it and it’s bound to get better soon.

Have you ever read Bleak House?  Would you recommend it?  Would you recommend the 2005 miniseries?  Let me know your thoughts.

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Cooper and Me and the Military Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Cooper and Me and the Military is…Kim!  Congratulations!  

Many thanks to all who entered.

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What I’m Reading

Jane Eyre (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics Series)

I’m currently reading Jane Eyre and I’m really enjoying it.

I probably won’t be posting a review when I’m finished it, because I can never find the right words to describe great classics.  Just read the book for yourself if you want to see what it’s about.

By the way, I reading a lot of classics these days and I have several books on my TBR shelf.  The include – Bleak House, The Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Persuasion, and Charity Girl (By Georgette Heyer.  It will be the first book of hers I’ve read.) 

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Pippin

Pippin

Author: Xaviére Devos

Genre: Children

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 10

Type: Picture Book

Time Period: Modern

Main Characters: Pippin

My Review:  I just finished reading a book to my four-year-old son and had to put up a review.  Pippin has everything a kitten could ever want.  Of course, his mama might not always want to wait for him, and his papa may need to wait until later to do something with Pippin, but they do love him.  Pippin’s only concern is that he can’t purr.  Who will teach him?  How can he learn this important cat skill?  

My overall opinion:  This is a sweet story that children will enjoy listening to and will remind all mamas and papas everywhere to slow down to “kitten” time in our crazy rushed world.

This post was written by Jennifer.

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Behind The Personality

Behind the Personality Story

Author: Florence Littauer

Genre: Autobiography

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 7

Type: Life

Time Period: Modern

Main Characters: Florence Littauer

My Review:  I usually don’t review books of this type, but I recently read it and since it’s my blog I decided to review it.  Behind The Personality tells Florence Littaur’s (the “Silver Boxes” lady).  It tells how she started out quite poor and worked her way to becoming an inspirational and talented speaker.

My overall opinion:  This book was an interesting and enjoyable read.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading Christian autobiographies.  

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Cooper and Me and the Military Givaway Reminder

Don’t forget to enter the Cooper and Me and the Military giveaway.  It ends in just a few days.  Go here to see the giveaway post.

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Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit with illustrations

Author: Charles Dickens

Genre: Historical

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 10

Type: Classic

Time Period: Victorian

Main Characters: Little Dorrit, Arthur Clennam

My Review:  Little Dorrit lives in debtors prison with her father.  When an unexpected find brings them unexpected riches, will it become a blessing or a curse?

My overall opinion:  The reason I did such a short review is because I honestly can’t find words to describe this book.  I recently watched Little Dorrit 2008 and I like the book even better.  This book is a great read, although quite long.

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Announcing My New Blog – Elinor and Emma

I have started a new blog all about Jane Austen.  You can visit it here.  I think it’s started out quite well and I hope that all my readers will like it.

This is an important development because from now on I will not be posting any more Jane Austen-related posts here.  I will be doing my favorite Jane Austen film proposals series at Elinor and Emma instead.  I hope you enjoy my new blog as much as you are this one.

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Jane Austen Film Proposals Part 1

I’m going to do a short series of my favorite Jane Austen film proposal scenes.  There will be three.  Note:  All of the posts in this series will contain serious spoilers.

My first proposal scene will be…

Pride and Prejudice 2005!

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I love this scene.  It’s so beautiful – the sun rising and coming up between them (by the way, that was pure accident – but what a lovely accident!)  And the script is wonderful too.  Let’s compare the script and the book.

Script:

LIZZIE: I couldn’t sleep
DARCY: Nor I. My aunt?

He stops, looking wretched.

LIZZIE Yes. She was here.
DARCY: How can I ever make amends for such behavior?
LIZZIE: After what you have done for Lydia and for all I know, for Jane also, it is I who should be making amends.

Darcy looks at her for one deep moment.

DARCY: You must know – surely you must know, that it was all for you.

Lizzie is still as stone.

DARCY: (cont’ d) You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my Aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I had scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me forever.

Lizzie is silent.

DARCY: (cont’d) If, however, your feelings have changed. .

Darcy looks at her. Something in her eyes gives him confidence.

DARCY: (cont’ d) I could, I would have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul and I love and love and love you. And never wish to be parted from you from this day on.

Lizzie looks at him very serious, very simple.

LIZZIE: Well, then.

Darcy takes a step towards her, one hand stretched out. Lizzie takes hold of his fingers.

LIZZIE: (cont’d) You’re hands are cold.

Darcy nods.  Their heads touch as the sun rises behind them.

Book:

“Mr. Darcy, I am a very selfish creature; and, for the sake of giving relief to my own feelings, care not how much I may be wounding your’s. I can no longer help thanking you for your unexampled kindness to my poor sister. Ever since I have known it, I have been most anxious to acknowledge to you how gratefully I feel it. Were it known to the rest of my family, I should not have merely my own gratitude to express.”

“I am sorry, exceedingly sorry,” replied Darcy, in a tone of surprise and emotion, “that you have ever been informed of what may, in a mistaken light, have given you uneasiness. I did not think Mrs. Gardiner was so little to be trusted.”

“You must not blame my aunt. Lydia’s thoughtlessness first betrayed to me that you had been concerned in the matter; and, of course, I could not rest till I knew the particulars. Let me thank you again and again, in the name of all my family, for that generous compassion which induced you to take so much trouble, and bear so many mortifications, for the sake of discovering them.”

“If you will thank me,” he replied, “let it be for yourself alone. That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on, I shall not attempt to deny. But your family owe me nothing. Much as I respect them, I believe I thought only of you.”

Elizabeth was too much embarrassed to say a word. After a short pause, her companion added, “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. Myaffections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”

Elizabeth, feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation, now forced herself to speak; and immediately, though not very fluently, gave him to understand that her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure his present assurances. The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never felt before; and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye, she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight, diffused over his face, became him; but, though she could not look, she could listen, and he told her of feelings, which, in proving of what importance she was to him, made his affection every moment more valuable.

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I think that both the book and the script have their undeniable merits and I like both of them very, very much.  (Although I must say the script was more romantic.)

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The Guardian Duke – Review and Giveaway


Author: Jamie Carie

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 8

Type: Romance

Time Period: Regency

Main Characters: Alexandria Featherstone, Gabriel

My Review:  Duke Gabriel and Lady Alexandria Featherstone only know each through writing letters.  When Alexandria sets off on a dangerous quest to find her parents, her guardian, the Duke follows, trying to protect her.  But somehow, he is always one step behind.  This thrilling adventure/mystery is a must-read

My overall opinion:  This book is definitely on my favorites list.  I like the adventure and the characters and I would recommend it to anyone.

By sure to watch the live-action trailer for this book here.

A little bit about the author:

When she was six, Jamie’s parents met Jesus and soon after started a church. It changed everything.

Road trips with her dad—to and from Bible studies across Indiana—were filled with talks of things beyond earth’s bounds – creation and the fall, God and Jesus and the rapture, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch.

The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with her dad. And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.

As Jamie’s relationship with God grew, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. (And she sang them too!) After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. While she homeschooled she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for school and church.
When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.

Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in herhead for a long time, so the story went fast.
Ten years later Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, was a National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career.

Jamie and her husband Tony have been married for twenty-one years and live in Indianapolis with their three sons and a giant of a dog named Leo.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”

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Pride and Prejudice Photo and Sense and Sensibility Photo

Someone was very clever putting this together… 

I made this myself.

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Emma 2009 Review

Let’s just say that I love this movie.  Even though I’ve watched it only once, it’s on my top three Jane Austen films (the other two being S and S 1995 and P and P 2005).  The things I like most about it are…Well, more about that later.

Miss Dashwood recently did an Emma 2009 review.  She was so clever in the way she summarized the plot that I decided to *borrow* it for my own review.  Apart from that all the rest of my review is all mine.

 Character A is happy, wealthy, beautiful, and an incurable matchmaker. She takes Character B under her wing and tries to make a fine lady out of her, but in the process foolishly advises Character B to turn down an offer of marriage from Character C, who isn’t rich enough to suit Character A. Character D, an old friend of Character A’s family, frequently has to reprove Character A for her thoughtlessness. (I’m tired of typing the word Character and so will abbreviate it to a plain C–so Character A will become C-A.) C-A tries to make friends with C-E, the niece of the talkative C-F, but C-E is standoffish and shy.

C-G, a church rector, comes calling on C-A and C-A immediately sets him up with C-B. C-B falls in love with C-G, but all is apparently lost when C-G declares his feelings for C-A, not C-B. Poor C-B. Anyway, the dashing young C-H comes to town and quickly captures the attentions of C-A, despite C-D’s warnings that C-H is far too full of himself. C-A fancies herself in love with C-H, but soon drops the idea when she is led to believe that C-B is in love with him–though, in fact, C-B actually has a bit of a crush on C-D. Meanwhile, C-G forgets C-A and marries C-I, a snobby young lady from London who is rude to everyone. At a picnic, C-A is thoughtless and rude to C-F (C-E’s aunt) and is severely scolded by C-D, who says that her meddlesome ways will catch up with her one day.

C-A, though not realizing it, is slowly falling in love with C-D. She is still not sure, however, about C-H, and is most surprised when she learns that C-H and C-E were engaged all this time and didn’t tell anyone–a shock indeed, since C-H was always rather rude to C-E in public. Then C-A finds out that C-B wasn’t interested in C-H at all, but rather C-D, and she realizes that she herself is in love with C-D. C-D, who had gone to visit his brother in hopes of forgetting C-A (he knew all along that he was in love with her) returns and proposes to C-A (best. scene. ever.). She joyfully accepts, and C-B ends up marrying C-C, who she shouldn’t have turned down in the first place. And everyone lives happily ever after, including C-A’s father, C-J, who likes to sit by the fire wrapped in scarves and eat gruel.

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Ok, back to my own thoughts.

Romola Garai and Johnny Lee Miller were both really, really good as Emma and Mr. Knightley (although I will always be partial to Gwenyth Paltrow’s and Jeremy Northam’s acting).  R.G. has captured Emma’s slightly annoying personality with her charm and wit and J.L.M. is the *almost* perfect Mr. Knightley.  Even my brothers (who profess to hate Jane Austen films) said he was the best one.  They should know because they’ve watched the 1996 and 1997 versions also.

[A little bit of Emma/Knightley dialog.  I’m not sure if I’m doing it exactly as it is.]

Emma: “He [Frank Churchill] has gone to London.  On an important errand.”

Mr. Knightley continues writing.

Emma: “To get his hair cut.”

Knightley: (now I’m sounding like Mrs. Elton! :))  “Of course.  Imperative business indeed.

[End of quote]

Mr. Woodhouse was perfectly played by Michael Gambon.  You got a sense of his anxiousness about Emma or Isabella, or in fact anyone.  My mom and I both really liked him.  He was a good father for Emma.

Mrs. Weston was, I believe, to young to be Emma’s governess.  But I still liked her a lot in her role.  And I like how they gradually make her become bigger and bigger throughout the movie until finally…Surprise! she has a baby.  

Some other characters – Miss Bates, Jane Fairfax, Frank Churchill.

Miss Bates might have been a little too young for her role but I think she played it very well.  Especially at Box Hill.  You literally feel how bad she felt when Emma insulted her.  Overall I found her to be a good Miss Bates.

Mom and I both agreed that Laura Pyper, who played Jane Fairfax would also make a good Jane Eyre.  She is sweet and shy and pretty.  I think that she plays Jane Fairfax’s role to perfection and as with Miss Bates, her best acting (IMHO) comes to play at Box Hill.

At the beginning of the film, Frank Churchill seems quite honest and gentlemanlike.  But then as the story gets deeper we find out a different side to him.  I think that he is the most believable (and likeable) Frank Churchill from any of the adaptions.

Mrs. Elton is the most annoying in this Emma then in any of the other Mrs. Eltons.  Mr. Elton (played by Blake Ritson who was Edmund in Mansfield Park, 2007) was also very annoying but I think Mrs. Elton won out.  

Harriet Smith is perfect in this adaption.  Pretty but very, very silly ( “Ship-court!”).  She very much looks up to Emma and follows her leading – very complacent.  Although I prefer Samantha Morton’s portrayal, Louise Dylan runs her a close second.

I think I’ve covered all the major characters and so now for some random bits and pieces.  If you haven’t watched the movie, you might not find this very interesting.  If you have, just sit back and enjoy.

I absolutely love this dress of Emma’s.  It seems to be royal blue silk with a ribbon sash.  I think it’s really beautiful. 

All of us were laughing at Emma’s fantasy of how Frank Churchill rescued Harriet ( “It’s alright now – You’ll be alright”)  It was just so ridiculous but she was so serious.

I really enjoyed the music.  It was so sweeping and cheerful.  

The dance – the Mr. Knightley/ Emma dance.  Oh my.  They fall in love right then and there and they don’t even know it.  So wonderful. 

And finally the proposal.  *sniff, sniff*  

And the white cliffs of Dover…

All my photos came from here.

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What I’m Watching

That’s right.  I’m watching Emma 2009 with my mom and sibs.  I watched the first part yesterday and am planning to watch the second today.  I really like it so far and I’ll def be posting a review when I’ve finished it.  If you want to check out a good review just go here.

The photo I used came from here.

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October Song

October Song

Author: Beverly Lewis

Genre: Amish Fiction

My rating on a 1 – 10 scale: 7

Type: Christian Fiction

Time Period: Modern

Main Characters: Katie, Daniel, Sarah, and lots of others

My Review: I enjoyed reading October Song because it included sequels to two of the books/series I’ve read – The Redemption of Sarah Cain and The Heritage of Lancaster County series.  My favorite part of the book (there are three parts) was probably the first one – Hickory Hollow.  I also enjoyed the last section, a sequel to The Redemption of Sarah Cain, but I skipped the middle part because I had not read the book(s) it was a sequel to.

My overall opinion:  A great read for anyone who has read and enjoyed B.L.’s works should read this.  However, if you have not read the books they are a sequel to, I suggest you read the originals first.

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What I’m Reading

Little Dorrit with illustrations

After watching the wonderful Little Dorrit 2008 miniseries, I resolved to read the book.  I had heard such good reviews of it from other bloggers and so far I’ve not been disappointed.  It’s a very interesting book.  When I’m done it, I will definitely post a review.

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A Spirited Discussion

I have a blogging weakness.  (Actually I have several but we won’t get into that right now.)  Whenever my readers post delightful, well thought out comments (not the generic “nice post” comments), I want to post them and let the whole world see their cleverness.  Usually I resist but in this instance I couldn’t (or wouldn’t).

You remember the post I did a few days ago about Pride and Prejudice 2005?  (I also did a page, but that’s another matter.)  Anyway, I received a lot of comments on this post, all by one person – Maria Elisabeth of Miss Georgiana Darcy.  Now if there’s one thing I like, it’s a good discussion, especially by comments on my blog.  And Maria did just that.  She challenged my to a verbal duel and I accepted.  Here is our discussion:

Maria – I, ahem! respectfully disagree on which adaptation is the best. But to each her own, right? Now will you tell us why you like 2005 P&P better than the 1995 P&P? Because I love arguing, *coughs again* I mean debating.

Me –  The reason I think 2005 is the best is a manyfold reason.

1. Kiera Knightley has all the vigor, wit, and playfulness that Elizabeth Bennet should have – and fine eyes to boot.

2. Matt Macfayden is the perfect Mr. Darcy. The right mixture of shyness (as in the book – “You are right, none of us perform to strangers.”) and pride, mixed with a passionate love for Elizabeth Bennet.

3. The cimeotography and music are delicous and beautiful. I love listening to the soundtrack and the scenery (Liz on top of the world.) is breathtaking.

4. IT’S THE BEST!

Now despise me if you dare.

Maria – Indeed I do not dare, but I will argue with you anyways.

1: Kiera Knightley does have vigor and wit, but to me she has too much modern ‘rebelliousness’ and is a little too rude sometimes. Elizabeth is witty and sometimes borders on the uncivil, but not downright rude. She does have fine eyes, but then, so does Jennifer Ehle.

2: Matthew Macfayden’s Mr. Darcy gets the shyness very well, but, in my opinion, not the pride. I’m trying to remember a single instance where what Elizabeth thought was his pride can’t be traced to something else. In this he doesn’t seem to have ‘no improper pride’, he has no pride. And it makes Elizabeth’s opinion of his seem even more ridiculously ill-founded than it actually is.

3: I won’t disagree with you on this. The scenery is beautiful, although it annoyed me that to put in the scenery they changed the settings of many of the scenes. Isn’t Jane Austen good enough for them? I listen to the soundtrack regularly, and love it almost as much as the 1995 soundtrack.

4: It……….. isn’t. :P

5: WARNING: TOTAL RANDOMNESS AHEAD There’s one thing in the proposal scene I don’t like. Matthew Macfayden’s shirt. It isn’t even done up, and he’s not wearing a cravat. (I have this thing about cravats, actually.) What the use of a proposal scene if the hero’s not wearing a cravat? END OF RANDOMNESS

Me – I will of course respect your views but I won’t agree with them.

I must confess that I never saw any bad manners of Lizzy (examples, please). But of course when you think that P and P 1995 is the best you just look for faults (sorry, just saying). Matt Macfayden is not as full of pride as Colin Firth but he does have his moments (the first proposal, when Elizabeth and him are talking at Netherfield, etc.).

I will admit that P and P 2005 does have some faults.

1. Pigs in the Bennet’s house? No way!

2. Mr. Bingley would never go into Jane’s bedroom even to see how she was doing and even if Elizabeth was there. In those days, a lady’s reputation was everything.

4. Elizabeth Bennet often has her hair down – another Regency no-no.

However, I still will stick to my opinions and you may stick to yours.

Good day, Madam.

P.S. About that total bit of randomness, I don’t blame you. Cravats – oh my! But, I still enjoyed that scene very much…

Maria – The reason I wasn’t focusing on the good points of both movies is because they have so many and that would get really beside the point.

Argument aside, I will confess that I did love the 2005 P&P. Not as much as the 1995 one, but still quite a bit. And I’m even putting one of your buttons on my sidebar! (After saying why I didn’t like as much? Am I crazy? Yes :) )

And about the cravats, I know this is beside the point, but have you watched The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982. The cravats are ooooh, so amazing. (As is the rest of the movie, except for two scenes that are easy to skip) I’m linking to my blog devoted to The Scarlet Pimpernel, where I hope I will post a review in a few days.

Me – I haven’t watched the Scarlet Pimpernel but I hope to read the book(s) soon. I’ve checked out your S.P. blog and I quite like it.

Thanks for putting up one of my buttons on your blog – and thanks for not turning your comments into nasty ones.

P.S. I quite liked the invigorating discussion we’ve had.

Maria – Exactly!  There’s nothing better than a good discussion.

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11 Random Things Tag

You know how much I love answering tags so when I saw the one on Miss Abby’s blog Newly Impassioned Soul, I planned to do it as soon as possible.

Here are the rules:
  • Post these rules.
  • Post 11 random things about yourself.
  • Answer the questions set for you in their post.
  • Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
  • Go to their blog and tell them they are tagged.
  • Tag 11 people.
11 random things about myself:
  1. I currently listening to classical music
  2. I love to write
  3. My Pride and Prejudice soundtrack is missing.  😦 
  4. I wear glasses
  5. I have two blogs
  6. I love grape juice
  7. I a wearing a plaid shirt right now
  8. I am currently reading Les Miserables – it’s tough but I’m working on it
  9. One of my favorite books is Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  10. I like playing around with the My Memories software
  11. My absolute favorite movie is Sense and Sensibility 1995
The 11 questions Miss Abby made up:
1)      What smell reminds you of your childhood?  Homemade pizza
2)     What one thing would you like to change about the world?  More people appreciate Mansfield Park – dumb, I know, but it’s my wish.
3)     How long is your hair?  I’m not sure the exact length, but everyone says it’s quite long
4)     Which period in history would you love to spend a day living in?  Easy – Regency England
5)     Do you have one maxim you try to live by?  No
6)     What is your favourite accent?  British
7)     What did you think of the last book you read?  William and Catherine.  It’s a book about Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge’s romance and wedding.  Gorgeous photos
8)    What is your favourite foreign cuisine?  Sushi!  I could eat it every day
9)     What is your handwriting like?  Kind of messy – in a nice way
10)  What is the first thing you notice about people?  I couldn’t really say
11)  What colour is your bedroom?  Blue, but I’d like it to be lavender
My 11 questions:
  1. What was the last thing you wrote (grocery list, note, letter, instructions, novel, etc.)?
  2. What color are your eyes?
  3. Spaghetti or lasagna?
  4. Do you like Jane Austen’s novels?
  5. How many friends do you have on facebook (if you have a facebook account)?
  6. Do you keep a journal or diary?
  7. How many books do you estimate you own?
  8. What kind of music do you like listening to?
  9. What’s your least favorite color?
  10. What is your favorite food?
  11. What are you wearing right now?

I will never be able to find 11 blogs to tag so just use this tag.  Please link back to me.

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