litlover12: (P&P4)
Guess what I just discovered? "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"! I know, I know . . . :-) I was always going to watch it online, and never did. I just cannot seem to get used to watching stuff online, though I've managed with a couple of Amazon and Netflix shows. But I just randomly discovered some niche cable channel carrying the episodes, so at long last I'm diving in. I like it pretty well so far. It has its goofy moments, and Lizzie strikes me as somewhat less mature than the original character, but overall it seems like a nice update that captures some of the spirit of the original.
litlover12: (Beethoven)
Just a few scattered thoughts on part 2 . . .

Read more... )
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Saw the first half of Death Comes to Pemberley on PBS last night. It took me a little while to accept Martin and Rhys in the lead roles -- they're good actors, and I've liked them in other things, but Ehle and Firth will always be the definitive Elizabeth and Darcy to me! But after a bit it felt like they settled into the roles -- or maybe I settled in and got used to them -- and they were very good.

Read more... )
litlover12: (P&P3)
I don't know about you all, but I'm really looking forward to seeing the adaptation of Death Comes to Pemberley. I know the book was polarizing, but I liked it!

litlover12: (Dickens)
"The BBC is to broadcast a new series of Death Comes to Pemberley, with Matthew Rhys as Fitzwilliam Darcy and Anna Maxwell Martin as Elizabeth Bennett [sic]."

Seen through Dickensian eyes, this translates to "John Jasper is getting together with Esther Summerson."

Yikes.

Joking aside, though, this sounds very interesting! I liked Death Comes to Pemberley and I like both those actors.
litlover12: (Darth)
Just a little book meme I thought of. Feel free to put your own unpopular opinions about books and adaptations on your LJ or in the comments section!

So, here are mine . . .

Spoilerish talk below )

Book meme

Feb. 13th, 2013 08:46 am
litlover12: (Books)
I got this from a message board, and modified it a bit. The idea is simple: Suppose that for some reason you had to pare your library down to 25 single volumes, plus 1 series. You're allowed to read other books, but these 25 (plus 1) are the only books you're allowed to keep or to reread.

(The original meme said 20 books plus 1 series, but that would be inhuman. I think there's something in the Geneva Convention about it.)

You can put the series anywhere in your list, but mark it with an asterisk.

Here are mine . . .


The indispensables )
litlover12: (Dickens)
I was feeling a bit sad about the Charles Dickens bicentennial and the Gene Kelly centennial drawing to a close. They've made this year so much fun.

Then I was reminded that 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis's death.

So there's that.

On a happier note*, though, [livejournal.com profile] ibmiller reminds me that it will also mark the bicentennial of Pride and Prejudice

*Not saying that it wasn't a happy occasion for Lewis -- the Lewis Institute calls it "his passing from death to life," and I'm sure he saw it the same way himself! But it makes for kind of a different celebration . . .
litlover12: (FB)
This looks like something fun to do when you're supposed to be doing lots of other things! :-)

List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices. (Via [livejournal.com profile] goldvermilion87 and [livejournal.com profile] eanor)

1. Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
2. Arthur Clennam (Little Dorrit)
3. Harriet Vane (Lord Peter Wimsey series)
4. Lord Peter Wimsey (Lord Peter Wimsey series)
5. Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables series)
6. Jean Valjean (Les Miserables)
7. Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady)
8. Harold Finch (Person of Interest)
9. John Reese (Person of Interest)
10. Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings)
11. Lily Bart (The House of Mirth)
12. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
13. Betsey Trotwood (David Copperfield)
14. Amy Dorrit (Little Dorrit)
15. Sir Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)


. . . Only fifteen? I have so many more favorites!
litlover12: (LD5)
[livejournal.com profile] rachkmc did this at her blog, and asked me to do it too. Since it's her birthday, how can I say no? (She just called hers "Rachel's Favorite Romances," but she stuck to literature and literary adaptations. I'm going to follow her lead in that, or I could never narrow it down to ten. But I'm counting plays as literature. Also, I stole one or two of the pictures off her blog. Thanks, Rachel!)


Image-heavy post ahead! )
litlover12: (P&P)
My 4-out-of-5-star review is up on Goodreads. Short version: The book has a few flaws, but on the whole it's very well done and I enjoyed it!
litlover12: (P&P)
Death Comes to Pemberley got here this morning.

I may have danced around the room a bit when I opened it.
litlover12: (MFL1)
1. Comment -- intelligently or in a nonsensical fashion, requesting to play. General comments are welcome too!
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

[livejournal.com profile] 2theriver2pray gave me the letter E.

Enter here . . . )
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The blogs Old-Fashioned Charm and Elegance of Fashion are co-hosting a Period Drama Film Tournament. There are 60 contestants in the first round, paired off against each other; you have to visit both blogs to vote in all 30 polls.

Fond as I am of the Sense and Sensibility feature film, I really wish The King's Speech could beat it and advance to the next round. It doesn't have a snowball's chance in a very hot place, I know, but I still wish it could. However, I'm comforted by the fact that Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend, The Scarlet Pimpernel, the BBC Pride and Prejudice, and several of my other favorites are doing well.
litlover12: (P&P)
Having reamed out Jane Austen for her love scenes, I now feel like saying something nice about her. :-) Here's something I recently noticed about the book and that I really love.

Have you ever noticed that there's no real physical description of Elizabeth? I've always thought, and still think, that Jennifer Ehle looked exactly right for the part, but that's not based on anything in the text -- it's just based on how I think Elizabeth should look. (It's probably also based on this picture on the cover of my copy.) But the narrator tells us nothing directly of how she looks -- only how other people perceive her. Most interesting, of course, are the perceptions of Darcy, whose view of her goes from "tolerable" to "pretty" to "one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance" to "loveliest Elizabeth."

Having written this, it occurs to me that doubtless there's some scholar out there who's written a dissertation on Elizabeth as the "object of the male gaze" or some such rot -- as if Elizabeth Bennet could ever be any sort of passive "object."

[Edited to add: I'm sorry that came out sounding rude. As I clarified in the comments, I don't mind when it's pointed out that some female character really is being objectified; I only mind those scholars who see objectification everywhere they look, without ceasing. That's the kind of scholar I was complaining about.]

Personally, I think it's a brilliant move on Austen's part, for several reasons. Mainly because Darcy is so undemonstrative that this subtle technique is perfect for giving us insight into his feelings . . . not to mention serving as a rather amusing commentary on beauty being in the eye of the beholder.
litlover12: (P&P)
I've finished another viewing of the 1995 P&P, which I love. But oh, how the second proposal scene bugs me. And it bugs me that it bugs me. Because I don't want it to bug me. It's very sweet and the actors are terrific and their facial expressions are all that could be desired. But they don't kiss, and they don't touch -- they look away from each other and keep walking! It drives me NUTS! I'm going "Kiss her! Kiss her!!" like that nosy old man in It's a Wonderful Life. I know this is Austen and she's prim and proper to the nth degree, and the whole thing is true to her vision, but for heaven's sake. . . . couldn't they at least hold hands?

Of course, it's not much better than what happens in the book. I love Austen, I really do. She was a genius and many of her books are right up there among my favorites. But her love scenes are just so . . . unsatisfying.
litlover12: (Default)
(Cross-posted at Dickensblog)

Just a few thoughts inspired by my recent viewing of North and South:

It occurs to me that many of the most popular 19th-century romantic heroes are the haughty, brooding ones, and that a lot of these were created by women. Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy, Charlotte Brontë's Mr. Rochester, Emily Brontë's Heathcliff, Elizabeth Gaskell's John Thornton -- they all fit this pattern. (Say what you will about Heathcliff -- I hear a lot of people say nowadays that he shouldn't be considered a romantic hero at all -- but I still think he counts.) This is not to say that Austen and the other women never wrote about sensitive men, or even sensitive heroes, but generally their best known heroes seem to be the proud brooders. There are probably at least five Mr. Darcy fangirls for every Captain Wentworth fangirl.

On the other hand, when Dickens gives us a romantic hero -- say, Arthur Clennam, David Copperfield, or Nicholas Nickleby -- that hero tends to be outwardly gentler and more warm-hearted. A "sensitive male," if you will, though I don't really care for the term. I find it fascinating that these are the sort of romantic heroes that the century's greatest male novelist was creating, while the women were fashioning a very different sort of model.

And personally, I also find it fascinating that the vast majority of modern women prefer the haughty types, while I, a traditionalist in many ways, am so much more drawn to the Dickensian heroes. If one adhered to stereotypes, one might expect it to be the other way around.

What this all means . . . I'm not really sure! But it's interesting to think about. At least, I think it is.

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