Saturday, March 17, 2012

Jane Austen Tag

Miss Eva-Joy from this blog is having a Jane Austen week, and I joined in the tag.

What, to you, defines a Jane Austen heroine?

A character with a very distinct personality. Her characters are extremely well-developed-probably some of the most so that I have ever come across. They are not at all flat, and they are so plausible and genuine-it is easy to believe that they are real people.

Which Austen heroine is your favorite?

I am not certain-I don't like be restricted to having one favorite. I like Elinor although I am not remotely like her, and Lizzie is quite amusing although she irritates me at times.

What is the quality you like best about her?

Her humor and insights-and her ability to see her faults and change.

Which actress plays your favorite best?

Jennifer Ehle of course. Keira Knightly is NOT an actress-she should stick to modeling!. Oh, wait she is the ONLY Lizzie there could possibly be.

Who is your favorite secondary heroine, (e.g. Jane Bennet, Jane Fairfax, Mary Crawford)?

I hate Mary Crawford. I like Jane Bennet and Jane Fairfax as well as Marianne (is she secondary?).

Which actress plays your favorite secondary heroine the best?

The only one that could ever truly play her-Kate Winslet. As for Jane Bennet-Susanna Harker, and the Jane Fairfax in the 2009 (or was it '08) Emma was the best.

If you could have tea with a Jane Austen heroine or secondary heroine, who would you want to meet and why?

Um, I don't really know. I usually do not really think I want to meet any characters from books-I would prefer them to stay in their book world (you know-not to come out of the pages like in Inkheart trilogy). Perhaps Kitty-I would want to see how she improved. Or Colonel Fitzwilliam to get to know him better. Of course Bingley would be a good choice as well because he makes almost everyone feel lovely.

Who is your least favorite Jane Austen heroine?

I am not sure-probably Catherine Morland because she is embarrassing and stupid.

Why is she your least favorite?

She sooooooooo embarrassing; Henry is literally mocking her silliness, and she takes him quite seriously. Also, she is so obviously in love with him it is painful. This is emphasized in the degrading fact that he fell in love with her simply because she was in love with him. She was just too simple a person.

What is your favorite Jane Austen heroine quote?

Oh, my goodness-there are too many and I do not remember all of them nor could quote them accurately if I did. I will go look a few up, and of course they must be humorous ones.

"He is also handsome," replied Elizabeth,"which a young man ought likewise to be, if he possibly can. His character is therefore complete."

"You judge very properly," said Mr. Bennet,"and it is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?"

Regarding Mr. Elton
"Yes," said Mr. John Knightly with some slyness,"he seems to have a great deal of good-will towards you."

Friday, March 16, 2012

Jane Austen Guides/Biographies Part 1

The Jane Austen Handbook

My city holds a Jane Austen festival every year, and I have been privileged to attend two of them. The author of this book gave a talk during the first one, and my grandmother bought me a signed copy. This books is a humorous guide to Jane Austen's time, and I enjoyed it very much and continue to enjoy it. It is tinged with a touch of modern consciousness, but not enough to drive me wild (unlike the third book I will mention). This little adorable hardback offers information about all sorts of practices from the period regarding everything from inheritance to marriage to balls to servants. It also contains a brief description of all of Jane Austen's works as well as a brief biography. There is a glossary of terms, lists of movie adaptations, and lists of other resources as well. I would highly recommend this book although I think you should find a way to borrow it, so you won't have to sell it if you don't like it (again, this is because of the third book in this post). It is perfect for skipping through after you have read it in its entirety.

101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen

With a title like that I was skeptical, but it was from Half-Price (sigh), and I am not exactly a Jane Austen expert yet, so I bought it. I was pleasantly surprised as the book had more information than I would have expected it to offer. If you have studied Jane Austen extensively, I would not recommend it-you might not benefit much, but for those who have only read brief biographies, I think borrowing this book would be a good move.

Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury

Don't be drawn in by the cover-beauty can be deceptive after all! I seriously dislike this book. I have never yet returned a book before, but I am most definitely going to sell this back to Half-Price when I finish reading it. I first saw this book at Barnes and Noble, and the pretty color, intriguing layout, and items in the envelopes together made me desire to get the book at some point. I snatched it up when I saw it at Half-Price little thinking that I could even wish to return it. I always hate modern stances on historical things, and this book certainly takes a modern stance. I cannot stand how people cannot grasps different points of view. You simply cannot judge a different time period by the modern way of thinking-people thought differently then.There is no attempt to appreciate morals and historical differences; the authors has a condescending "we know better" attitude. That is gall number #1. Gall number #2 is the interpretation of the novel; would you mind just taking the novels as they are, woman? You don't know what she was trying to say, and it is presumptuous of you to state with fact that certain trivial things are "lessons" rather than simple descriptions of daily life at the time! The book does not really have much to offer with regards to biographical information; it is mostly reviews/descriptions (fanciful ones in my opinion) about each of the novels.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ella Rose Mineral Order

EEEEEEPPPP!!!!! I finally was able to purchase some makeup from this etsy shop

I have been drooling over their eye shadows for months, and I finally was able to purchase them. I also bought the Pink Glow Veil (which I plan on using as a finishing powder) and Kiss Me Rhett Lipstick (which is more of a tint). I also received a free blush as I ordered over $15 on the last day of the special.

                                                            My pretties!
    Blush (wild rose-I have not worn it yet, but I think I will order sweet cheeks next time) and veil
 Lip stain
                        Lavender, quick witted, jade, crystal, almond, and brown chrome

These eye shadows don't seem to stay on near as long as my Alima Pure ones (although those don't exactly last all day). I think I need to invest in some primer. If I order from Ella Rose Minerals again, I will order sparkles. My Alima Pure limited edition set was much spark-lier, so I have come to expect sparkles.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Anne of Green Gables Party Tag

Miss Dashwood from Another Period Drama Blog is hosting an Anne of Green Gables week, and a tag was the fun from the first day.

1. How many of the Anne books have you read, and how many of the films have you seen?

I have seen one film adaptation (emphasis on adaptation), one blend of several books and absolute plagiarisms-I am not even joking-from the Little Women novel, and one atrocity bearing the AGG name.

2. If someone yanked your hair and called you carrots, what would you do to him?

Kick him and verbally tear his looks and character to shreds. Then "repent" later of my actions because they were undignified and showed that the guy could get a reaction out of me :P

3. What would you do if Josie Pye dared you to walk the ridgepole of a roof?

I don't know. I am kinda afraid of heights, and I am very unbalanced, so I might crawl across. If I was Anne's age, I might not even try.

4. If you had the opportunity to play any AGG character in a play who would it be?

Philippa Gordon; she is hysterical.

5. If you were marooned on a desert island, which AGG character would you want to have as a companion? (Anne, Gilbert and Diana are not options)?

Philipa Gordon-just kidding she starve because she would not be able to decide what to eat. Hmm, maybe Walter or Jem Blythe or any of the Merediths except Una (I seriously did not care for her especially when I discovered her love for Walter).

6. If there was going to be a new adaptation of the Anne books and you could have any part in making the movie, what would you choose to do? (screenwriting, acting, casting, costume-making are a few possibilities)?

I would probably do casting, but I would also like directing and costumes.

Did it drive anyone else nuts that Anne's first puffed sleeved dress is blue (which is horrid for a red-head)? The book stated that the dress was a golden brown which was perfect for Anne. Anne in the movie for the most part did not have good costume colors; in the book she is frequently described as wearing green and yellow and brown which are her correct colors .

I read/heard that the actress who played Diana auditioned for Anne but did not get the part because she was not Canadian. She would have been a much better Anne. Anne is supposed to have delicate features; Megan Follows was coarse-faced and common looking.

7. What are, in your opinion, the funniest AGG book/movie scenes? (choose one from the books and one from the movies)?

I enjoyed the mud scene in the second movie (Miss Dashwood also thought the mouse pudding warning scene was funny, but I find that one SO embarrassing).

I cannot think of all the funny parts in the book, but I know some of my favorite are where Philippa is concerned. I enjoy the scene with her after Anne has just refused Gilbert. I also enjoyed the part when Philippa said she did not think Jonas would ask her to marry him, and she was trying to decide whether to pine away and die or be useful, and Anne tells her should could not possibly be useful so she'd better die. I also love the "Will ye hev me," story.

8. What are, in your opinion, the saddest AGG book/movie scenes? (choose one of each again)

I did not think that most of the sorrowful movie scenes were well-done, so I suppose it was when Matthew and Marilla see Anne off to school? I don't know.

I know that Rilla of Ingleside was the saddest book, and Walter's death was the saddest part of the book. L.M. Montgomery wrote this whole part so well; the part about the dog howling all night for Walter was amazing.

9. Which AGG character would you most like to spend an afternoon with? (again, Anne and Gilbert and Diana are not options for this one--think secondary characters)

Philippa Gordon (to be amused) or Kenneth Ford (to discover what his personality was like) or Walter Blythe (to try to understand him).

10. What is your definition of a kindred spirit?

Someone with whom I can both intelligently discuss all sorts of books and movies (I had a very-not kindred spirit meeting Sunday, and this literature point was one of the enlightening factors) and maybe with whom I can swoon over actors. The person also must be able to see wrong and ridiculous behavior and not be blinded because of any sort of bias; simply put, they must not be easily led or fooled. Besides this I must be able to trust the person entirely. Oh, and they must have some appreciation of beautiful things and old ways.