What ho, what ho! My dear lovely friend Naomi is hosting a Jane Austen blog party this week on her blog, Wonderland Creek (Hey, that rhymed! You see, I'm a poet, and you did not know it...wow, that line is so overused. *ahem*) I know for a fact that Naomi has lots of lovely Jane-Austen-goodness for y'all this week. First on the docket, she's got a fun tag, so here I am to fill it out! (I do love a good tag.)
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much of a Jane Austen fan do you consider yourself? Maybe a 7, or 7 1/2? I used to consider myself a 10, all the way, but that was back when I was a youngster and didn't really know anything about Jane Austen. I just liked the movies.
2. If "they" would make a new Jane Austen Movie, and you would be able to be cast in it, which Jane Austen character would you most like to play? First of all, this is so cool that I'm being cast in a movie! My big break! (haha) I would love to play Emma, really. She may not be the heroine I relate to the most, but I'd have sooooo much fun being cute and bossy and annoying. ;-P
3. Is there any felicity in the world superior to a walk? Of course not, duh.
4. Who's your favourite Jane Austen 'villain'? (As in 'villain' meaning 'the bad guy.') That would be Willoughby -- because I actually like Willoughby, even though he's considered the villain of the story. He's selfish and shallow and pretty much a jerk, but I have compassion for him and I think if he gave it a little effort he could reform his ways. Plus, I can't resist Greg Wise. That's the plain truth.
5. What/Who introduced you to Jane Austen? I'd always been vaguely aware of the name, an that she was some British person who wrote books in the Middle Ages or sometime around then. I first became really interested after watching the movie Becoming Jane , believe it or not. Well, let's backtrack that -- my parents went to see BJ at a theater shortly after it first came out, and I remember hearing a little about it, specifically that some things Jane did (such as playing the piano early in the morning and waking up the rest of her family) reminded my mom of...um, me. :-D A few years later I wanted to watch the movie for myself, so we rented it, and my sister and I watched it one afternoon. After that we watched P&P 2005, Emma 2009, and S&S 95, and I became a little obsessed with that delightful world of bonnets, tea, men in tight pants and dialogue loaded with adjectives. I started to talk like a dictionary because of it.
6. Did you love/enjoy Jane Austen immediately, or has there been a time when you hated (um, prejudged) it? I remember thinking S&S was sooooooo boring the first time I watched it, but that was clearly because I was too young. My Jane Austen craze has mostly passed by now; I still like her stories and some of the movies are very dear to me, but they're not my absolute favorites. I'd take a western over a JA movie, thank you just the same.
7. Who, in your opinion, is the funniest Jane Austen character? MR. PALMER. Specifically, Hugh Laurie as Mr. Palmer. Because Hugh Laurie. Is there any further explanation needed?
8. Do you quote Jane Austen randomly in public? Yes, I do, and nobody gets it. Sad, that.
9. Are children allowed to eat cake on weddings? Heck, yes! Unless they have a gluten allergy, in which case I feel very sorry for them.
10. What is your reaction when you hear that an acquaintance (e.g. A lady at Church) of yours loves Jane Austen? Something like, "Oh, that's cute," or "I'm not surprised" or "I could have guessed that." ;-P
|Jeremy Northam is not my favorite Knightley, but I love this line.|
11. Who writes better letters, Mr Darcy or Captain Wentworth? (If you forgot what the letters were, shame on you, instead tell me if you prefer Strawberries to Chocolate or not.) I liked Mr. Darcy's better. Probably because I have a more long-standing relationship with Mr. Darcy and can remember more of the actual letter. Though I do often quote Captain Wentworth's "You pierce my soul" line, usually to my cat. He's totally into it.
12. Which Jane Austen heroine do you relate the least to? I don't know Fanny Price at all, and I don't know Anne Eliot very well...of the ones I'm familiar with, I'd say probably Emma, actually! She loves people and people love her. That's not me. ;-P
13. What's your favourite Jane Austen house (from one of the movies)? I'm excessively fond of Barton Cottage - the big manors are stunning and all, but I'd feel like I was living in a monastery.
|I think we can all tell what my favorite Jane Austen movie is...|
14. What's your favourite Jane Austen dress (from one of the movies)? I LOVE Jane's wardrobe in Becoming Jane. Does that count? This is one of my favorite movie dresses, period:
15. Can you turn off lit candles with your fingers? I never tried it before, figuring I'd burn meself. (Only Henleigh Grandcourt can do that, because he is made of ice and has no feeling, therefore freezing everything he touches.)
Hop on over to Naomi's blog for more Jane Austen fun!