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My favorite British period adaptation is North and South. See this fun MV for why :)



NS is my third-favorite 19th-century novel (behind Jane Eyre and Our Mutual Friend, both of which also had excellent adaptations).

I am lucky in my 19th-century novel loving soul: most of them have excellent adaptations, from various Trollipe novels (Pallisers! OMGLOVE), wonderful abundance of great Dickens stuff, Austen overkill, Jane Eyre and other Bronte works, Gaskell novels, Wilkie Collins stuff, Hardy etc.

In fact, if they ever adopted Bronte's Shirley and Gaskell's Mary Barton, I'd be set forever.
dangermousie: (Default)
My favorite British period adaptation is North and South. See this fun MV for why :)



NS is my third-favorite 19th-century novel (behind Jane Eyre and Our Mutual Friend, both of which also had excellent adaptations).

I am lucky in my 19th-century novel loving soul: most of them have excellent adaptations, from various Trollipe novels (Pallisers! OMGLOVE), wonderful abundance of great Dickens stuff, Austen overkill, Jane Eyre and other Bronte works, Gaskell novels, Wilkie Collins stuff, Hardy etc.

In fact, if they ever adopted Bronte's Shirley and Gaskell's Mary Barton, I'd be set forever.
dangermousie: (Default)
My favorite British period adaptation is North and South. See this fun MV for why :)



NS is my third-favorite 19th-century novel (behind Jane Eyre and Our Mutual Friend, both of which also had excellent adaptations).

I am lucky in my 19th-century novel loving soul: most of them have excellent adaptations, from various Trollipe novels (Pallisers! OMGLOVE), wonderful abundance of great Dickens stuff, Austen overkill, Jane Eyre and other Bronte works, Gaskell novels, Wilkie Collins stuff, Hardy etc.

In fact, if they ever adopted Bronte's Shirley and Gaskell's Mary Barton, I'd be set forever.
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Here are four reasons why I love LiveJournal.

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer has a snarky, hilarious summary of the second half of North & South.

[livejournal.com profile] pottersues deals with the story in which Hogwarts puts on a production of Rent, killing both fandoms in the process.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcasticchick writes a ‘translation’ of a Fox News interview re: Cheney hunting accident which is to die for.

And [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk discusses why she didn’t like Brokeback. One word: sheep.

I love LJ.

In other news, I’ve embarked on watching Marmalade Boy, an anime I’ve been told is the quintessential example of modern high-school-girl soap. I don’t want to watch Beebop, RahXephon, Kenshin or Peacemaker when Husband isn’t around because he either likes them or has interest in seeing them, but he has zero interest in MB. I am seven episodes in (this show is super long: 70+ eps plus an OVA) and so far I am enjoying it well enough though my general impression is of a glass of milk: pleasant, soothing, and not terribly filling. This certainly lacks the interesting, deeply flawed characters of Hana Yori Dango or HYD’s approach to gender and class issues. The animation is easier on my eyes though. I like the music, as well.

Plot: Miki (the heroine) is a typical high school girl: energetic, popular enough, well-adjusted. Until one day her parents come home from a cruise and tell her that while on vacation they met another couple and decided to swap partners. And so Miki won’t be deprived of parents, both families will move into the same house. The other couple has a son Miki’s age, whose name is Yuu and Yuu and Miki are the show’s OTP. Yuu is a nonchalant, deeply reserved person who is, so far, my favorite character. And there is a host of other characters interconnected as well.

I am amused at how unusual some of the basic premises are. I know this show was very main-stream and popular and I cannot imagine an American show approach these issues in such a matter of fact way. Not only is there the happy swinger hippie communal family (this household is perceived as happy and Miki’s friend even tells her she is lucky her family still loves her and can be friends with each other), there is also a student-teacher affair (Miki’s best friend and the coolest teacher in school. Unless the music director screwed up majorly, we are supposed to think this is cool. They play the same music as during the first kiss of Yuu and Miki who are clearly the show’s OTP!). Not to mention that, since I am spoiled, I can’t wait to get to the part where Yuu and Miki find out, Veronica and Duncan like, (it turns out, wrongly, later) that they are half-siblings. They agonize over this and then decide that it doesn’t matter and they love each other anyway. Can you imagine this on an American show?

On artwork, characters, slash, romance and quotes )

Pictures of what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Here are four reasons why I love LiveJournal.

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer has a snarky, hilarious summary of the second half of North & South.

[livejournal.com profile] pottersues deals with the story in which Hogwarts puts on a production of Rent, killing both fandoms in the process.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcasticchick writes a ‘translation’ of a Fox News interview re: Cheney hunting accident which is to die for.

And [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk discusses why she didn’t like Brokeback. One word: sheep.

I love LJ.

In other news, I’ve embarked on watching Marmalade Boy, an anime I’ve been told is the quintessential example of modern high-school-girl soap. I don’t want to watch Beebop, RahXephon, Kenshin or Peacemaker when Husband isn’t around because he either likes them or has interest in seeing them, but he has zero interest in MB. I am seven episodes in (this show is super long: 70+ eps plus an OVA) and so far I am enjoying it well enough though my general impression is of a glass of milk: pleasant, soothing, and not terribly filling. This certainly lacks the interesting, deeply flawed characters of Hana Yori Dango or HYD’s approach to gender and class issues. The animation is easier on my eyes though. I like the music, as well.

Plot: Miki (the heroine) is a typical high school girl: energetic, popular enough, well-adjusted. Until one day her parents come home from a cruise and tell her that while on vacation they met another couple and decided to swap partners. And so Miki won’t be deprived of parents, both families will move into the same house. The other couple has a son Miki’s age, whose name is Yuu and Yuu and Miki are the show’s OTP. Yuu is a nonchalant, deeply reserved person who is, so far, my favorite character. And there is a host of other characters interconnected as well.

I am amused at how unusual some of the basic premises are. I know this show was very main-stream and popular and I cannot imagine an American show approach these issues in such a matter of fact way. Not only is there the happy swinger hippie communal family (this household is perceived as happy and Miki’s friend even tells her she is lucky her family still loves her and can be friends with each other), there is also a student-teacher affair (Miki’s best friend and the coolest teacher in school. Unless the music director screwed up majorly, we are supposed to think this is cool. They play the same music as during the first kiss of Yuu and Miki who are clearly the show’s OTP!). Not to mention that, since I am spoiled, I can’t wait to get to the part where Yuu and Miki find out, Veronica and Duncan like, (it turns out, wrongly, later) that they are half-siblings. They agonize over this and then decide that it doesn’t matter and they love each other anyway. Can you imagine this on an American show?

On artwork, characters, slash, romance and quotes )

Pictures of what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Here are four reasons why I love LiveJournal.

[livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer has a snarky, hilarious summary of the second half of North & South.

[livejournal.com profile] pottersues deals with the story in which Hogwarts puts on a production of Rent, killing both fandoms in the process.

[livejournal.com profile] sarcasticchick writes a ‘translation’ of a Fox News interview re: Cheney hunting accident which is to die for.

And [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk discusses why she didn’t like Brokeback. One word: sheep.

I love LJ.

In other news, I’ve embarked on watching Marmalade Boy, an anime I’ve been told is the quintessential example of modern high-school-girl soap. I don’t want to watch Beebop, RahXephon, Kenshin or Peacemaker when Husband isn’t around because he either likes them or has interest in seeing them, but he has zero interest in MB. I am seven episodes in (this show is super long: 70+ eps plus an OVA) and so far I am enjoying it well enough though my general impression is of a glass of milk: pleasant, soothing, and not terribly filling. This certainly lacks the interesting, deeply flawed characters of Hana Yori Dango or HYD’s approach to gender and class issues. The animation is easier on my eyes though. I like the music, as well.

Plot: Miki (the heroine) is a typical high school girl: energetic, popular enough, well-adjusted. Until one day her parents come home from a cruise and tell her that while on vacation they met another couple and decided to swap partners. And so Miki won’t be deprived of parents, both families will move into the same house. The other couple has a son Miki’s age, whose name is Yuu and Yuu and Miki are the show’s OTP. Yuu is a nonchalant, deeply reserved person who is, so far, my favorite character. And there is a host of other characters interconnected as well.

I am amused at how unusual some of the basic premises are. I know this show was very main-stream and popular and I cannot imagine an American show approach these issues in such a matter of fact way. Not only is there the happy swinger hippie communal family (this household is perceived as happy and Miki’s friend even tells her she is lucky her family still loves her and can be friends with each other), there is also a student-teacher affair (Miki’s best friend and the coolest teacher in school. Unless the music director screwed up majorly, we are supposed to think this is cool. They play the same music as during the first kiss of Yuu and Miki who are clearly the show’s OTP!). Not to mention that, since I am spoiled, I can’t wait to get to the part where Yuu and Miki find out, Veronica and Duncan like, (it turns out, wrongly, later) that they are half-siblings. They agonize over this and then decide that it doesn’t matter and they love each other anyway. Can you imagine this on an American show?

On artwork, characters, slash, romance and quotes )

Pictures of what I am talking about )
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret kiss by alexandra)
Oh. My. Guh. I am a puddle of goo on the floor.

spoilers and gushing )
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret kiss by alexandra)
Oh. My. Guh. I am a puddle of goo on the floor.

spoilers and gushing )
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret kiss by alexandra)
Oh. My. Guh. I am a puddle of goo on the floor.

spoilers and gushing )
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret hands by alexandr)
"Look back. Look back at me."

Best. Scene. Ever.

I had to rewind it three times. And then have a lie-down.

Also? Hot men interacting with little kids? Twice as hot.

And Margaret wants him now. Smart girl.

Off to watch more.
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret hands by alexandr)
"Look back. Look back at me."

Best. Scene. Ever.

I had to rewind it three times. And then have a lie-down.

Also? Hot men interacting with little kids? Twice as hot.

And Margaret wants him now. Smart girl.

Off to watch more.
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret hands by alexandr)
"Look back. Look back at me."

Best. Scene. Ever.

I had to rewind it three times. And then have a lie-down.

Also? Hot men interacting with little kids? Twice as hot.

And Margaret wants him now. Smart girl.

Off to watch more.
dangermousie: (N&S: Margaret/Thornton almost by alexand)
Let me know if you want this behind cut.

Watching the train-wreck of a proposal scene in North & South made me think that classic literature is littered by these horrifying proposals (whether in the asking or the answering) so here is a poll to determine the worst. Because of poll space limitations, I elaborated the choices below. It's a wonder anyone in these books got married at all!

[Poll #655820]

Choice 1
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

DARCY: Marry me even though my feelings are stupid and your family stinks.
LIZZY: You are arrogant and horrid and I'd only marry you if the other choice was Mr. Collins.

Choice 2
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

MR. COLLINS: Marry me because my patroness says it's good. Plus, I have no brains so you can control me. And you can close your eyes real tight.
LIZZY: You know, suddenly Mr. Darcy looks strangely yummy. Yummier than usual even.

Choice 3
"North and South" by Mrs. Gaskell

THORNTON: I love you and I want to marry you.
MARGARET: You have insulted me by your love for reasons unknown. Also, you eat babies. Though I do like when you glover. Like now.

Choice 4
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

ST. JOHN: You are ugly and made for labor not love. You'll make an excellent missionary.
JANE: Not the kind of missionary I was longing for with Mr. Rochester.

Choice 5
"Pamela" by Samuel Richardson

MR. B: Even though I kidnapped you and tried to rape you repeatedly, the fact that you equally repeatedly tried to kill yourself instead stirred my Madonna/Whore complex. Be mine, servant girl.
PAMELA: Such an honor. Bestest husband EVAH!

Choice 6
"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens

BELLA: Why do you look at me sometimes? You got eyes, or something? OMG, annoyed.
JOHN: I love you. Also, look how I am quiet and angsty and full of sex.
BELLA: I'm like a carnival, gotta have coins to ride. Plus, the book is nowhere near over yet, and where would we be if I accepted now?

Choice 7
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

LAURIE: Marry me and my adorably floppy hair?
JO: Even though you are the coolest male character in the book, I won't because Louisa May Alcott has issues with fans.

Choice 8
"Hard Cash" by Charles Reade

KEEPER: Marry me and I'll let you out of this insane asylum your evil father put you, you sexy Oxonian, you!
ALFRED: Yeah, the food sucks and they shave my head and I get hideous punishments. Plus, I was kidnapped on the eve of my wedding. But I ain't THAT desperate yet, lady.

Choice 9
"Cecilia, Memoirs of an Heiress" by Fanny Burney.

DELVILE: I love you but I am so overcome and my family is so crazy, I can't even get to the point. But hey, I am a Mr. Darcy prototype.
CECILIA: You are uber-hot but at this rate we won't get together before page 900. Burney must get paid by the word.

Choice 10
"Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding

CAPN. BLIFIL: I need money and you are old and sex starved. Twu Wuv.
MRS. BLIFIL: OMG, a horrid husband is still a husband. Plus, one bastard child is enough yet I long for sex. Deal.
dangermousie: (N&S: Margaret/Thornton almost by alexand)
Let me know if you want this behind cut.

Watching the train-wreck of a proposal scene in North & South made me think that classic literature is littered by these horrifying proposals (whether in the asking or the answering) so here is a poll to determine the worst. Because of poll space limitations, I elaborated the choices below. It's a wonder anyone in these books got married at all!

[Poll #655820]

Choice 1
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

DARCY: Marry me even though my feelings are stupid and your family stinks.
LIZZY: You are arrogant and horrid and I'd only marry you if the other choice was Mr. Collins.

Choice 2
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

MR. COLLINS: Marry me because my patroness says it's good. Plus, I have no brains so you can control me. And you can close your eyes real tight.
LIZZY: You know, suddenly Mr. Darcy looks strangely yummy. Yummier than usual even.

Choice 3
"North and South" by Mrs. Gaskell

THORNTON: I love you and I want to marry you.
MARGARET: You have insulted me by your love for reasons unknown. Also, you eat babies. Though I do like when you glover. Like now.

Choice 4
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

ST. JOHN: You are ugly and made for labor not love. You'll make an excellent missionary.
JANE: Not the kind of missionary I was longing for with Mr. Rochester.

Choice 5
"Pamela" by Samuel Richardson

MR. B: Even though I kidnapped you and tried to rape you repeatedly, the fact that you equally repeatedly tried to kill yourself instead stirred my Madonna/Whore complex. Be mine, servant girl.
PAMELA: Such an honor. Bestest husband EVAH!

Choice 6
"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens

BELLA: Why do you look at me sometimes? You got eyes, or something? OMG, annoyed.
JOHN: I love you. Also, look how I am quiet and angsty and full of sex.
BELLA: I'm like a carnival, gotta have coins to ride. Plus, the book is nowhere near over yet, and where would we be if I accepted now?

Choice 7
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

LAURIE: Marry me and my adorably floppy hair?
JO: Even though you are the coolest male character in the book, I won't because Louisa May Alcott has issues with fans.

Choice 8
"Hard Cash" by Charles Reade

KEEPER: Marry me and I'll let you out of this insane asylum your evil father put you, you sexy Oxonian, you!
ALFRED: Yeah, the food sucks and they shave my head and I get hideous punishments. Plus, I was kidnapped on the eve of my wedding. But I ain't THAT desperate yet, lady.

Choice 9
"Cecilia, Memoirs of an Heiress" by Fanny Burney.

DELVILE: I love you but I am so overcome and my family is so crazy, I can't even get to the point. But hey, I am a Mr. Darcy prototype.
CECILIA: You are uber-hot but at this rate we won't get together before page 900. Burney must get paid by the word.

Choice 10
"Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding

CAPN. BLIFIL: I need money and you are old and sex starved. Twu Wuv.
MRS. BLIFIL: OMG, a horrid husband is still a husband. Plus, one bastard child is enough yet I long for sex. Deal.
dangermousie: (N&S: Margaret/Thornton almost by alexand)
Let me know if you want this behind cut.

Watching the train-wreck of a proposal scene in North & South made me think that classic literature is littered by these horrifying proposals (whether in the asking or the answering) so here is a poll to determine the worst. Because of poll space limitations, I elaborated the choices below. It's a wonder anyone in these books got married at all!

[Poll #655820]

Choice 1
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

DARCY: Marry me even though my feelings are stupid and your family stinks.
LIZZY: You are arrogant and horrid and I'd only marry you if the other choice was Mr. Collins.

Choice 2
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

MR. COLLINS: Marry me because my patroness says it's good. Plus, I have no brains so you can control me. And you can close your eyes real tight.
LIZZY: You know, suddenly Mr. Darcy looks strangely yummy. Yummier than usual even.

Choice 3
"North and South" by Mrs. Gaskell

THORNTON: I love you and I want to marry you.
MARGARET: You have insulted me by your love for reasons unknown. Also, you eat babies. Though I do like when you glover. Like now.

Choice 4
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

ST. JOHN: You are ugly and made for labor not love. You'll make an excellent missionary.
JANE: Not the kind of missionary I was longing for with Mr. Rochester.

Choice 5
"Pamela" by Samuel Richardson

MR. B: Even though I kidnapped you and tried to rape you repeatedly, the fact that you equally repeatedly tried to kill yourself instead stirred my Madonna/Whore complex. Be mine, servant girl.
PAMELA: Such an honor. Bestest husband EVAH!

Choice 6
"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens

BELLA: Why do you look at me sometimes? You got eyes, or something? OMG, annoyed.
JOHN: I love you. Also, look how I am quiet and angsty and full of sex.
BELLA: I'm like a carnival, gotta have coins to ride. Plus, the book is nowhere near over yet, and where would we be if I accepted now?

Choice 7
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

LAURIE: Marry me and my adorably floppy hair?
JO: Even though you are the coolest male character in the book, I won't because Louisa May Alcott has issues with fans.

Choice 8
"Hard Cash" by Charles Reade

KEEPER: Marry me and I'll let you out of this insane asylum your evil father put you, you sexy Oxonian, you!
ALFRED: Yeah, the food sucks and they shave my head and I get hideous punishments. Plus, I was kidnapped on the eve of my wedding. But I ain't THAT desperate yet, lady.

Choice 9
"Cecilia, Memoirs of an Heiress" by Fanny Burney.

DELVILE: I love you but I am so overcome and my family is so crazy, I can't even get to the point. But hey, I am a Mr. Darcy prototype.
CECILIA: You are uber-hot but at this rate we won't get together before page 900. Burney must get paid by the word.

Choice 10
"Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding

CAPN. BLIFIL: I need money and you are old and sex starved. Twu Wuv.
MRS. BLIFIL: OMG, a horrid husband is still a husband. Plus, one bastard child is enough yet I long for sex. Deal.
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret kiss by alexandra)
Here's the dialogue from Thornton's first proposal as a reason for why I am so crazy for it (and jusr cause I think it's hot. [livejournal.com profile] bijoux typed it up in a pic post):

Thornton: Miss Hale, I didn't just come here to thank you. I came because... I think it very likely... I know I've never found myself in this position before. It's difficult to find the words. Miss Hale, my feelings for you are very strong.
Margaret: Please, stop. Please don't go any further.
Thornton: Excuse me?
Margaret: Please don't continue in that way. It's not the way of a gentleman.
Thornton: I'm well aware that in your eyes at least I'm not a gentleman. But I think I deserve to know why I am offensive.
Margaret: It offends me that you should speak to me as if it were your duty to rescue my reputation!
Thornton: I spoke to you about my feelings because I love you. I have no thought for your reputation.
Margaret: You think that because you are rich and my father is in reduced circumstances that you can have me for your possession? I suppose I should expect no less from someone in trade!
Thornton: I don't want to possess you. I wish to marry you because I love you! cue Dangermousie fainting from the guuuh.
Margaret: You shouldn't because I do not like you and never have.
Thornton: One minute we talk of the color of fruit... the next of love. How does that happen?
Margaret: My friend Bessy Higgins is dying.
Thornton: And that, of course, is my fault, too?
Margaret: I'm sorry -
Thornton: For what? That you find my feelings for you offensive? Or that you assume because I'm in trade I'm only capable of thinking in terms of buying and selling? Or that I take pleasure in sending my employees to an early grave?
Margaret: No! No, of course not. I-I'm sorry to be so blunt. I've not learnt how to... how to refuse. How to respond when a man talks to me as you just have.
Thornton: Oh, there are others? This happens to you every day? Of course. You must have to disappoint so many men that offer you their heart.
Margaret: Please understand, Mr. Thornton...
Thornton: I do understand. I understand you completely. *walks off*

I need N&S fic. Really. (ETA: found an archive here though no idea how good it is.)

Also, when I was hunting around various Borders branches for North & South I checked out the anime section with newly awakened interest. Crazy. Each volume of InuYasha or RahXephon or Fushigi Yuugi (those were the only ones I recognized) was around $30 each. FY had 8 volumes ergo the cost would be $240 for the whole set which is insane (I have no idea how many voluems IY or RX had, but it's still crazy). Who buys this? If you go on ebay (as I did out of curiousity), you can get IY and FY complete set for around $40 shipping included and RX for less than $30. Seriously, who buys these?
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret kiss by alexandra)
Here's the dialogue from Thornton's first proposal as a reason for why I am so crazy for it (and jusr cause I think it's hot. [livejournal.com profile] bijoux typed it up in a pic post):

Thornton: Miss Hale, I didn't just come here to thank you. I came because... I think it very likely... I know I've never found myself in this position before. It's difficult to find the words. Miss Hale, my feelings for you are very strong.
Margaret: Please, stop. Please don't go any further.
Thornton: Excuse me?
Margaret: Please don't continue in that way. It's not the way of a gentleman.
Thornton: I'm well aware that in your eyes at least I'm not a gentleman. But I think I deserve to know why I am offensive.
Margaret: It offends me that you should speak to me as if it were your duty to rescue my reputation!
Thornton: I spoke to you about my feelings because I love you. I have no thought for your reputation.
Margaret: You think that because you are rich and my father is in reduced circumstances that you can have me for your possession? I suppose I should expect no less from someone in trade!
Thornton: I don't want to possess you. I wish to marry you because I love you! cue Dangermousie fainting from the guuuh.
Margaret: You shouldn't because I do not like you and never have.
Thornton: One minute we talk of the color of fruit... the next of love. How does that happen?
Margaret: My friend Bessy Higgins is dying.
Thornton: And that, of course, is my fault, too?
Margaret: I'm sorry -
Thornton: For what? That you find my feelings for you offensive? Or that you assume because I'm in trade I'm only capable of thinking in terms of buying and selling? Or that I take pleasure in sending my employees to an early grave?
Margaret: No! No, of course not. I-I'm sorry to be so blunt. I've not learnt how to... how to refuse. How to respond when a man talks to me as you just have.
Thornton: Oh, there are others? This happens to you every day? Of course. You must have to disappoint so many men that offer you their heart.
Margaret: Please understand, Mr. Thornton...
Thornton: I do understand. I understand you completely. *walks off*

I need N&S fic. Really. (ETA: found an archive here though no idea how good it is.)

Also, when I was hunting around various Borders branches for North & South I checked out the anime section with newly awakened interest. Crazy. Each volume of InuYasha or RahXephon or Fushigi Yuugi (those were the only ones I recognized) was around $30 each. FY had 8 volumes ergo the cost would be $240 for the whole set which is insane (I have no idea how many voluems IY or RX had, but it's still crazy). Who buys this? If you go on ebay (as I did out of curiousity), you can get IY and FY complete set for around $40 shipping included and RX for less than $30. Seriously, who buys these?
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret kiss by alexandra)
Here's the dialogue from Thornton's first proposal as a reason for why I am so crazy for it (and jusr cause I think it's hot. [livejournal.com profile] bijoux typed it up in a pic post):

Thornton: Miss Hale, I didn't just come here to thank you. I came because... I think it very likely... I know I've never found myself in this position before. It's difficult to find the words. Miss Hale, my feelings for you are very strong.
Margaret: Please, stop. Please don't go any further.
Thornton: Excuse me?
Margaret: Please don't continue in that way. It's not the way of a gentleman.
Thornton: I'm well aware that in your eyes at least I'm not a gentleman. But I think I deserve to know why I am offensive.
Margaret: It offends me that you should speak to me as if it were your duty to rescue my reputation!
Thornton: I spoke to you about my feelings because I love you. I have no thought for your reputation.
Margaret: You think that because you are rich and my father is in reduced circumstances that you can have me for your possession? I suppose I should expect no less from someone in trade!
Thornton: I don't want to possess you. I wish to marry you because I love you! cue Dangermousie fainting from the guuuh.
Margaret: You shouldn't because I do not like you and never have.
Thornton: One minute we talk of the color of fruit... the next of love. How does that happen?
Margaret: My friend Bessy Higgins is dying.
Thornton: And that, of course, is my fault, too?
Margaret: I'm sorry -
Thornton: For what? That you find my feelings for you offensive? Or that you assume because I'm in trade I'm only capable of thinking in terms of buying and selling? Or that I take pleasure in sending my employees to an early grave?
Margaret: No! No, of course not. I-I'm sorry to be so blunt. I've not learnt how to... how to refuse. How to respond when a man talks to me as you just have.
Thornton: Oh, there are others? This happens to you every day? Of course. You must have to disappoint so many men that offer you their heart.
Margaret: Please understand, Mr. Thornton...
Thornton: I do understand. I understand you completely. *walks off*

I need N&S fic. Really. (ETA: found an archive here though no idea how good it is.)

Also, when I was hunting around various Borders branches for North & South I checked out the anime section with newly awakened interest. Crazy. Each volume of InuYasha or RahXephon or Fushigi Yuugi (those were the only ones I recognized) was around $30 each. FY had 8 volumes ergo the cost would be $240 for the whole set which is insane (I have no idea how many voluems IY or RX had, but it's still crazy). Who buys this? If you go on ebay (as I did out of curiousity), you can get IY and FY complete set for around $40 shipping included and RX for less than $30. Seriously, who buys these?
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton by alexandral)
Playing havoc with my schedule, I managed to watch the first DVD of N&S, all 2 hours of it. My glee knows no bounds. I will love BBC forever for making perfect adaptations of my favorite books. Please, people who have seen it, do link me to your thoughts on N&S!

I adore Margaret. She is flawed (she is quick to speak without thinking, and she does have elitist attitudes), but she is a strong, intelligent, warm-hearted woman. One can see why Thornton fell for her head over heels, and I love him the more because he clearly likes a woman of strong will who is not afraid to express her opinion even if it contradicts his as at the dinner party where they exchange opinions and keep on doing it (a legacy of his mother, I think). When and if they get married, they’ll have one heck of an interesting marriage. What a contrast she is to his sister Fanny with her airs and faints and shallow weakness, who clearly seems to come from another family than John and his mother. I guess she takes after the father.

And Thornton? Who could have thought that a man with his cravat off could have looked so HOT. I wanted to pounce. I guess “undressed” is a relative term. I am severely in love (but then I was in the book as well). He is someone who can come across as harsh (he is certainly not full of milk of human kindness), but he is scrupulously honest with everyone including himself and unflinching at facing the world. He might scorn cajolery and flattery, but his scorn of any subterfuge is something I really like. What you see is what you get and if he gives you his word, you might rely upon it. He is intelligent and self-made (whatever Margaret’s opinions on that, I love it), but doesn’t want to neglect the “finer” things in life (I think he regrets his not-completed education very much even if he never articulates it. That is why he takes up with Mr. Hale). And he is very intense and that very quality is I think what both attracts (because there is no doubt that she is fascinated with him from their very first meeting) and repels (because she is not used to it. In her world, men veil everything behind proper words and flattery that is light and unmeaning. Witness her father’s friend’s manner. It’s much more extravagant than anything Thornton ever says to her but she isn’t offended by it because it’s clear it’s a formality) Margaret.

More Thoughts, spoilery for Disc 1. Warning, lots of Thornton Gush )
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton by alexandral)
Playing havoc with my schedule, I managed to watch the first DVD of N&S, all 2 hours of it. My glee knows no bounds. I will love BBC forever for making perfect adaptations of my favorite books. Please, people who have seen it, do link me to your thoughts on N&S!

I adore Margaret. She is flawed (she is quick to speak without thinking, and she does have elitist attitudes), but she is a strong, intelligent, warm-hearted woman. One can see why Thornton fell for her head over heels, and I love him the more because he clearly likes a woman of strong will who is not afraid to express her opinion even if it contradicts his as at the dinner party where they exchange opinions and keep on doing it (a legacy of his mother, I think). When and if they get married, they’ll have one heck of an interesting marriage. What a contrast she is to his sister Fanny with her airs and faints and shallow weakness, who clearly seems to come from another family than John and his mother. I guess she takes after the father.

And Thornton? Who could have thought that a man with his cravat off could have looked so HOT. I wanted to pounce. I guess “undressed” is a relative term. I am severely in love (but then I was in the book as well). He is someone who can come across as harsh (he is certainly not full of milk of human kindness), but he is scrupulously honest with everyone including himself and unflinching at facing the world. He might scorn cajolery and flattery, but his scorn of any subterfuge is something I really like. What you see is what you get and if he gives you his word, you might rely upon it. He is intelligent and self-made (whatever Margaret’s opinions on that, I love it), but doesn’t want to neglect the “finer” things in life (I think he regrets his not-completed education very much even if he never articulates it. That is why he takes up with Mr. Hale). And he is very intense and that very quality is I think what both attracts (because there is no doubt that she is fascinated with him from their very first meeting) and repels (because she is not used to it. In her world, men veil everything behind proper words and flattery that is light and unmeaning. Witness her father’s friend’s manner. It’s much more extravagant than anything Thornton ever says to her but she isn’t offended by it because it’s clear it’s a formality) Margaret.

More Thoughts, spoilery for Disc 1. Warning, lots of Thornton Gush )

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