Monday, March 31, 2014

Beautiful Blog Award

    My dear friend Naomi has nominated me for the Beautiful Blog Award over at her blog Wonderland Creek! Thank you, Naomi! :-)

  Naomi has just started blogging at Wonderland Creek and she's written several very delightful posts so far. Her blog is simply charming, my friends. Do hop on over and pay her a visit!

  Alrighty, so here are the questions:

  ~What do you think of Pride and Prejudice 1995? I want your honest opinion!

      Well....I have seen both versions (by 'both versions' I mean the '95 and the 2005, because we all know that no one really cares about the one from 1940. They wore hoopskirts, people), and I if you've been reading my blog for any amount of time you have probably heard me say that I prefer P&P 2005. Which, I know, is probably very shocking to most people. I wrote a review of P&P 2005 last year, in which I explained that the reason why I prefer that version is probably because I watched it before the other one and liked it, and also since I have never read the book it was my first impression of the story, so it has a bit of nostalgic value to me. (By the way, don't read my review. It's awful. And a lot of it I don't even agree with anymore, so just don't bother with it. Thank you.)
   So where was I? Oh yes. I have only seen the 1995 Pride and Prejudice once, and that was several years ago now-- four, I think-- so I don't really remember a whole lot about it. At the time, however, I remember that I didn't especially care for it. But, of course I give full credence to the fact that it IS a much better adaptation of the book. From what I've heard from other fans of the book and the movie, and from what I've read of the book myself, you'd have to be daft not to realize that.
  Since it was a long time ago when I watched it and I was quite a bit younger, I might feel completely different about it now. Actually, we currently have it from the library and I'm hoping we can watch it soon, so maybe after I watch it again I WILL love it and I won't be able to understand how I could ever have preferred the newer one. Although, I must admit, I don't think I'll ever be a huge fan of it, simply because I'm just not that passionate about the story.
   And that's another reason why I don't really have a very strong opinion towards either version anymore (wow, this is getting to be much longer than I'd expected!). Since I have never read P&P, and I am not what you would call an avid Jane Austen fan, I don't really care enough about the story to feel strongly one way or the other. I 'like' the '95 version and I know in all respects it's probably a much better period drama, but I also enjoy the 2005 movie for several reasons as well. I don't scorn either one but I do like to make fun of both. :-P
   So anyways, back to the original question. What do I think of P&P '95? I like it, I respect it for being a good adaptation of the novel, and I look forward to seeing it again and forming a new judgement. :-)

   Whew. Talk about long-winded. Anyways, onward.

  ~What are you now reading?

Isn't the cover GORGEOUS?
   I'm currently reading 'A Beauty So Rare' by Tamera Alexander, the second novel in the Belmont Mansion series. It's my first free book from Bethany House, and so you can look for a review of it soon! :-)

  I'm also halfway through 'Valley of the Shadow' by Stephanie Grace Whitson, which is the first book in her Dakota Moons series. It's not as good as Sixteen Brides, but I am enjoying it. I love reading about pioneers and Indians and that sort of thing, after all. :-) I've taken a bit of a break from reading it, though, because I want to make sure I finish 'A Beauty So Rare' in time to write my review.

   ~What is your least favorite costume from your favorite movie?

     Well, there aren't really any costumes in Hornblower that I don't like. Excuse me, that would be love. :-)'s one of Cora's dresses from Downton Abbey that I'm not exactly crazy about.

  At the moment I can't think of any other dresses from my favorite movies that I don't like.

   ~What is your favorite period drama hat?

   WHAAAAT? I can't pick a favorite! You can't do this to me!

   How about I just list a couple? Would that be alright? :-P

                          I  really like this hat, although I'm afraid I can't find a better picture of it.

                                           And I'm also very fond of this one, believe it or not. :-)

      ~Who is the last man (from a period drama) in the world who you could ever marry?

   I believe that honor goes to Jonas Chuzzlewit. He is absolutely horrible. He's one of those villains who is so awful it isn't even funny, and you just want him to die (I was so glad when he finally did!) I really could name a whole host of men I could never marry, but he's the first that comes to mind.

  ~Which period drama lady would you most like to have as your teacher?

     There are so many wonderful teachers in period dramas! But the two I would like to have most as my teacher are Christy Huddleston and Anne Shirley. They're both so kind and compassionate and I think we would get along splendidly. :-)

    ~What is the next thing that you are going to watch? (Or what do you think?)

     Hmmm.....maybe Pride and Prejudice? :-)

    ~ What is the color of your bedroom?

      I share a bedroom with my two sissies, and the walls are painted blue. It's very light, kind of like a baby blue.

   ~ What do you feel like eating now?

     I almost always feel like eating popcorn. I can be a bottomless pit when it comes to popcorn. Right now, however, I'd really love a watermelon. (Yes, a whole one. Why are you looking at me like that?) Pity they're out of season. :-(

   Thank you, Naomi dear! That was quite diverting!

    Now is the part when I nominate as many people as I wish. It seems like there are is a lot of awarding going on right now, so if I nominate you and  you don't want to do it, that's fine. I won't be offended. :-P

   I nominate:

 Maddie Rose
 Naomi (are we allowed to nominate people back? Heehee. Only if you want to.) :-P
 Miss Emmaline

   And here are my 10 questions for you:

 ~What is one of your favorite period drama lines that you find yourself quoting often?
 ~What was the last book you read?
 ~What is the best movie you've seen so far in 2014?
 ~Who is one of your least-favorite period drama couples?
 ~Who is the one period drama man you can most imagine yourself marrying? (This doesn't have to be your favorite literary/period drama hero, just the man you think you would be most suited to.)
 ~ What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?
 ~Are you familiar with the Irish music group Celtic Woman? If so, who is your favorite of the singers?
 ~What is one of your all-time favorite book covers?
 ~Is there a specific period drama/literary character whom you often find yourself quoting?
 ~Is there a specific period drama/literary character whom you find yourself acting a lot like sometimes?

  Have fun! :-)




  1. My dear!!! You did the tag and you called my blog charming!!! THANK YOU.
    I really enjoyed reading your P&P opinion. And I'm so glad you're going to watch it soon. Tell me what you think of it will you... make your next email REALLY LONG :-) No, I'm just kidding- make it as short or as long as you want.
    OK, I won't read you review. Well, I have.
    By the way there is a version between the horrible hoopskirts version and "my" version. I've heard it's really stiff and long.
    A Beauty so Rare looks SO GOOD. Can I borrow it from you? :P
    Yes Cora's dress is really- sickening. I'm not that fond of Cora's wardrobe.
    Sorry Emma, I didn't realise you'd have problems picking just one favourite hat. All the ones you put in are simply gorgeous. Oh and I'm there (I mean the picture of Mary wearing blue- it's my profile picture, you see.)
    I'm sorry, but I don't really like that brown hat, Jane Seymour is wearing... sorry dear.
    Jonas.... oh, don't even mention that odious, nauseating man!
    I have never heard of Christy Huddleston. Which movie is that?
    You seem to have the same answers as Sadie in some answers :-)
    You share a bedroom with your two sissies? My dear, the proper word is sisters. Heehee, sissies sounds funny.
    Of course you can nominate me back my dear! I can't wait to answer your questions!!!! They seem so, so fun!
    Love ya, darling!

  2. Thank you for the nomination! I'm almost done with my response post. Finally. And I love your long discussion of P&P '05 and '95. Excellent points excellently made!


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