dangermousie: (Spring Waltz OTP by scanky_chops)
Finished Lost in Austen, good God, it was horrible. By the end it was a total trainwreck. I've read better stuff on ff.net.

Not all is lost, however, because now I feel like:

a. pulling out my copy of the 1996 Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth mini (oh God, I remember obsessing with it when it first came out, 14 years ago. I think for a lot of women over a certain age that was the case)

b. Digging out my Bridget Jones books - now there is a modern twisting I can like. They are so sharply-written and hilarious and I recognize entirely too much of myself and my friends in it.

Heeeee.
dangermousie: (Spring Waltz OTP by scanky_chops)
Finished Lost in Austen, good God, it was horrible. By the end it was a total trainwreck. I've read better stuff on ff.net.

Not all is lost, however, because now I feel like:

a. pulling out my copy of the 1996 Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth mini (oh God, I remember obsessing with it when it first came out, 14 years ago. I think for a lot of women over a certain age that was the case)

b. Digging out my Bridget Jones books - now there is a modern twisting I can like. They are so sharply-written and hilarious and I recognize entirely too much of myself and my friends in it.

Heeeee.
dangermousie: (Spring Waltz OTP by scanky_chops)
Finished Lost in Austen, good God, it was horrible. By the end it was a total trainwreck. I've read better stuff on ff.net.

Not all is lost, however, because now I feel like:

a. pulling out my copy of the 1996 Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth mini (oh God, I remember obsessing with it when it first came out, 14 years ago. I think for a lot of women over a certain age that was the case)

b. Digging out my Bridget Jones books - now there is a modern twisting I can like. They are so sharply-written and hilarious and I recognize entirely too much of myself and my friends in it.

Heeeee.
dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
Ahahahahahahaha, she made Darcy dive into a pond to reenact the Colin Firth scene.

Other than that - LIA is getting worse and worse - now that Darcy is wooing Amanda (all of a sudden - that came out of nowhere), this is becoming an utter tripey ff.net self-insert Mary Sue. So silly.

There is a certain amusement in seeing Jane married to Mr Collins and Bingley becoming an alcoholic who runs off with Lydia. I mean - whaaaaaaa?

How do people get their Mary Sue fantasies enacted?
dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
Ahahahahahahaha, she made Darcy dive into a pond to reenact the Colin Firth scene.

Other than that - LIA is getting worse and worse - now that Darcy is wooing Amanda (all of a sudden - that came out of nowhere), this is becoming an utter tripey ff.net self-insert Mary Sue. So silly.

There is a certain amusement in seeing Jane married to Mr Collins and Bingley becoming an alcoholic who runs off with Lydia. I mean - whaaaaaaa?

How do people get their Mary Sue fantasies enacted?
dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
Ahahahahahahaha, she made Darcy dive into a pond to reenact the Colin Firth scene.

Other than that - LIA is getting worse and worse - now that Darcy is wooing Amanda (all of a sudden - that came out of nowhere), this is becoming an utter tripey ff.net self-insert Mary Sue. So silly.

There is a certain amusement in seeing Jane married to Mr Collins and Bingley becoming an alcoholic who runs off with Lydia. I mean - whaaaaaaa?

How do people get their Mary Sue fantasies enacted?
dangermousie: (Default)
Well, this is mildly entertaining. It doesn't really grab me in any way but it's not horrible either.

The only character I genuinely like is Wickham - not only do I want him to end up with Amanda (Mr Darcy is boring boring boring scowly so far) but I want to watch a whole show about Wickham and Amanda being high-concept scammers and adventurers. That would actually be fun!

None of the other characters are particularly interesting, from the P&P people to Amanda herself. I find myself rather appalled by the concept of this - so yes, tell me, Amanda, all about how much you want to live in the early 1800s, that lovely refined age which makes you hate your own 21st existence so much! That lovely time period where you could not vote, where all you owned would be the property of your husband, where you'd probably die in childbirth because the doctor didn't bother washing his hands between calls, where there are no antibiotics, which is rigidly classist, where travelling a 100 miles takes a week.

Enjoy!

I am deeply unsympathetic to "oh I wish I lived in another age" stories to start with (one of the reasons I loved The Myth - it showed what a horror it really would be) and here it's exascerbated that Amanda seems to fit so well into that world - huh? Not much comment on her clothes or the fact that her speech pattern is wrong or lack of any letters of introduction.

I could overlook it if I cared for the characters but they are all rather dull.
dangermousie: (Default)
Well, this is mildly entertaining. It doesn't really grab me in any way but it's not horrible either.

The only character I genuinely like is Wickham - not only do I want him to end up with Amanda (Mr Darcy is boring boring boring scowly so far) but I want to watch a whole show about Wickham and Amanda being high-concept scammers and adventurers. That would actually be fun!

None of the other characters are particularly interesting, from the P&P people to Amanda herself. I find myself rather appalled by the concept of this - so yes, tell me, Amanda, all about how much you want to live in the early 1800s, that lovely refined age which makes you hate your own 21st existence so much! That lovely time period where you could not vote, where all you owned would be the property of your husband, where you'd probably die in childbirth because the doctor didn't bother washing his hands between calls, where there are no antibiotics, which is rigidly classist, where travelling a 100 miles takes a week.

Enjoy!

I am deeply unsympathetic to "oh I wish I lived in another age" stories to start with (one of the reasons I loved The Myth - it showed what a horror it really would be) and here it's exascerbated that Amanda seems to fit so well into that world - huh? Not much comment on her clothes or the fact that her speech pattern is wrong or lack of any letters of introduction.

I could overlook it if I cared for the characters but they are all rather dull.
dangermousie: (Default)
Well, this is mildly entertaining. It doesn't really grab me in any way but it's not horrible either.

The only character I genuinely like is Wickham - not only do I want him to end up with Amanda (Mr Darcy is boring boring boring scowly so far) but I want to watch a whole show about Wickham and Amanda being high-concept scammers and adventurers. That would actually be fun!

None of the other characters are particularly interesting, from the P&P people to Amanda herself. I find myself rather appalled by the concept of this - so yes, tell me, Amanda, all about how much you want to live in the early 1800s, that lovely refined age which makes you hate your own 21st existence so much! That lovely time period where you could not vote, where all you owned would be the property of your husband, where you'd probably die in childbirth because the doctor didn't bother washing his hands between calls, where there are no antibiotics, which is rigidly classist, where travelling a 100 miles takes a week.

Enjoy!

I am deeply unsympathetic to "oh I wish I lived in another age" stories to start with (one of the reasons I loved The Myth - it showed what a horror it really would be) and here it's exascerbated that Amanda seems to fit so well into that world - huh? Not much comment on her clothes or the fact that her speech pattern is wrong or lack of any letters of introduction.

I could overlook it if I cared for the characters but they are all rather dull.
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
The best way to have lunch? Getting a stuffed pretzel and a juice at neighborhood Borders, spreading the books they allow you to bring into the dining area with you (smart move on their part, I've bought many a book after perusing it this way). There is no giddy feeling to compare with when you first open a new book and realize it's a whole other world for you to fall in love with. And they know it!

Today my haul was very modest. Tanuja Desai Hidier's Born Confused. It was a Desi novel for less than $8 and sounded like Bollywood in book form. Of course, prior to buying it I made sure it ended in the way I liked, as after Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, any Indian-themed novel with words "suitable" and "boy" in close proximity makes me nervous (ASB might be a masterpiece of world lit but the ending of it pissed me off enough to want to hunt down Mr. Seth).

On the way out I also saw a thick novel entitled Darcy and Elizabeth: days and nights at Pemberley. By the description on the back (I can't resist a train-wreck), I was delighted to discover that someone published an explicit P&P fanfic. Yay. Indeed.

During the lunch itself I had the best time reading the first volume of Yuu Watase's manga Alice 19th. Why? I loved Fushigi Yuugi anime that was based on a manga of hers. After finding out the plot of Alice I realize it's the 4th manga of Watase that holds to the belief that a teen girl is key to saving the world (FY, Ceres and Genbu are the other 3). Ergo, Yuu Watase and Joss Whedon are an OTP made in heaven. I won't be buying any volumes as the concept is a simplistic metaphor (words can literally hurt or kill, wow, compleeeeeex), and Alice herself is too meek, but I had a great time reading this volume and will eventually read all of them in the bookstore. Why? One word: Kyo. A gorgeous protective guy who is on the archery team and loves to bake. Boy did I go to the wrong school. And I took archery for a semester, too.

Don't believe me on my shallowness (or Kyo's hotness?). Pictorial Evidence )
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
The best way to have lunch? Getting a stuffed pretzel and a juice at neighborhood Borders, spreading the books they allow you to bring into the dining area with you (smart move on their part, I've bought many a book after perusing it this way). There is no giddy feeling to compare with when you first open a new book and realize it's a whole other world for you to fall in love with. And they know it!

Today my haul was very modest. Tanuja Desai Hidier's Born Confused. It was a Desi novel for less than $8 and sounded like Bollywood in book form. Of course, prior to buying it I made sure it ended in the way I liked, as after Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, any Indian-themed novel with words "suitable" and "boy" in close proximity makes me nervous (ASB might be a masterpiece of world lit but the ending of it pissed me off enough to want to hunt down Mr. Seth).

On the way out I also saw a thick novel entitled Darcy and Elizabeth: days and nights at Pemberley. By the description on the back (I can't resist a train-wreck), I was delighted to discover that someone published an explicit P&P fanfic. Yay. Indeed.

During the lunch itself I had the best time reading the first volume of Yuu Watase's manga Alice 19th. Why? I loved Fushigi Yuugi anime that was based on a manga of hers. After finding out the plot of Alice I realize it's the 4th manga of Watase that holds to the belief that a teen girl is key to saving the world (FY, Ceres and Genbu are the other 3). Ergo, Yuu Watase and Joss Whedon are an OTP made in heaven. I won't be buying any volumes as the concept is a simplistic metaphor (words can literally hurt or kill, wow, compleeeeeex), and Alice herself is too meek, but I had a great time reading this volume and will eventually read all of them in the bookstore. Why? One word: Kyo. A gorgeous protective guy who is on the archery team and loves to bake. Boy did I go to the wrong school. And I took archery for a semester, too.

Don't believe me on my shallowness (or Kyo's hotness?). Pictorial Evidence )
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
The best way to have lunch? Getting a stuffed pretzel and a juice at neighborhood Borders, spreading the books they allow you to bring into the dining area with you (smart move on their part, I've bought many a book after perusing it this way). There is no giddy feeling to compare with when you first open a new book and realize it's a whole other world for you to fall in love with. And they know it!

Today my haul was very modest. Tanuja Desai Hidier's Born Confused. It was a Desi novel for less than $8 and sounded like Bollywood in book form. Of course, prior to buying it I made sure it ended in the way I liked, as after Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy, any Indian-themed novel with words "suitable" and "boy" in close proximity makes me nervous (ASB might be a masterpiece of world lit but the ending of it pissed me off enough to want to hunt down Mr. Seth).

On the way out I also saw a thick novel entitled Darcy and Elizabeth: days and nights at Pemberley. By the description on the back (I can't resist a train-wreck), I was delighted to discover that someone published an explicit P&P fanfic. Yay. Indeed.

During the lunch itself I had the best time reading the first volume of Yuu Watase's manga Alice 19th. Why? I loved Fushigi Yuugi anime that was based on a manga of hers. After finding out the plot of Alice I realize it's the 4th manga of Watase that holds to the belief that a teen girl is key to saving the world (FY, Ceres and Genbu are the other 3). Ergo, Yuu Watase and Joss Whedon are an OTP made in heaven. I won't be buying any volumes as the concept is a simplistic metaphor (words can literally hurt or kill, wow, compleeeeeex), and Alice herself is too meek, but I had a great time reading this volume and will eventually read all of them in the bookstore. Why? One word: Kyo. A gorgeous protective guy who is on the archery team and loves to bake. Boy did I go to the wrong school. And I took archery for a semester, too.

Don't believe me on my shallowness (or Kyo's hotness?). Pictorial Evidence )
dangermousie: (Arjun by srkfanatic)
Saw Keira Knightly's version of Pride and Prejudice and shockingly didn't hate it.

Of course, the difference between it and the BBC version is like comparing Hallmark with Shakespeare. The meat of the story has been cut out to turn it into a rather cliche heaving bosoms type period chick flick. Don't even get me started on the fact that people in that world seem to pay midnight calls, wander around like Heathcliff wannabes, go without any servants for travel, or the Bennetts' incomprehensible squalor.

As to Matthew McFaddden, he just left me rather cold. Colin Firth he ain't though I assume he is better somewhere else, considering the gush I'd read about him. Mr. Darcy does not appear proud or brooding or anything but sullen. Of course, who could blame him, considering they didn't let him sleep for three days, took away his razor, and banned all hair brushes from his vicinity. Sadly, the same is true for the rest of the cast. Keira Knightly is actually OK, though she doesn't come across as fiercely intelligent in the way Jennifer Ehle did. The last scene, with the billing and cooing and everything but 'shmoopy' is....no.

But Jane is beautiful, Jane and Bingley are adorable together, the balls are hectic fun, Wickham handome the way he is supposed to be, and the scene where Lizzy tells her father how much she likes Darcy is adorable.
dangermousie: (Arjun by srkfanatic)
Saw Keira Knightly's version of Pride and Prejudice and shockingly didn't hate it.

Of course, the difference between it and the BBC version is like comparing Hallmark with Shakespeare. The meat of the story has been cut out to turn it into a rather cliche heaving bosoms type period chick flick. Don't even get me started on the fact that people in that world seem to pay midnight calls, wander around like Heathcliff wannabes, go without any servants for travel, or the Bennetts' incomprehensible squalor.

As to Matthew McFaddden, he just left me rather cold. Colin Firth he ain't though I assume he is better somewhere else, considering the gush I'd read about him. Mr. Darcy does not appear proud or brooding or anything but sullen. Of course, who could blame him, considering they didn't let him sleep for three days, took away his razor, and banned all hair brushes from his vicinity. Sadly, the same is true for the rest of the cast. Keira Knightly is actually OK, though she doesn't come across as fiercely intelligent in the way Jennifer Ehle did. The last scene, with the billing and cooing and everything but 'shmoopy' is....no.

But Jane is beautiful, Jane and Bingley are adorable together, the balls are hectic fun, Wickham handome the way he is supposed to be, and the scene where Lizzy tells her father how much she likes Darcy is adorable.
dangermousie: (Arjun by srkfanatic)
Saw Keira Knightly's version of Pride and Prejudice and shockingly didn't hate it.

Of course, the difference between it and the BBC version is like comparing Hallmark with Shakespeare. The meat of the story has been cut out to turn it into a rather cliche heaving bosoms type period chick flick. Don't even get me started on the fact that people in that world seem to pay midnight calls, wander around like Heathcliff wannabes, go without any servants for travel, or the Bennetts' incomprehensible squalor.

As to Matthew McFaddden, he just left me rather cold. Colin Firth he ain't though I assume he is better somewhere else, considering the gush I'd read about him. Mr. Darcy does not appear proud or brooding or anything but sullen. Of course, who could blame him, considering they didn't let him sleep for three days, took away his razor, and banned all hair brushes from his vicinity. Sadly, the same is true for the rest of the cast. Keira Knightly is actually OK, though she doesn't come across as fiercely intelligent in the way Jennifer Ehle did. The last scene, with the billing and cooing and everything but 'shmoopy' is....no.

But Jane is beautiful, Jane and Bingley are adorable together, the balls are hectic fun, Wickham handome the way he is supposed to be, and the scene where Lizzy tells her father how much she likes Darcy is adorable.
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.

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