Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Merry Auld England Writing Contest!

I'm late in posting about this contest over at The Inkpen Authoress, since there's only 10 more days to enter, but I would highly encourage you to see if you can write something in one of the three categories; poetry, short stories, and plays.  The subject is anything that has to do with England, and Rachel suggests a delightful bunch of English authors you could imitate.  {Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare........ oooohhhh}  See the rules and details by clicking on the picture at the top of the post. 

Have fun writing!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The time has come, the walrus said.......

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

In other words, it's time to be totally random.  I have been blogging for two months, and three weeks, minus about ten hours. 
In total, I have 1,651 pageviews.  The majority comes from Canada and the U.S., but I have 122 from Australia (thanks, Mel, and all the other Australians!)  as well as some from the United Kingdom and Germany and many other countries. 
The most popular post is 1995 and 2005 Pride and Prejudice comparisons, Part 1 with 152 pageviews.
The most commented on post is Jane Austen Advice Column. Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Mr. Rushworth trying to fix the problems of Anne Shirley made many people laugh, it seems.

 As of right now, I have 20 followers. 

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Thanks, all of you, for following my little blog!

And if you want to read the rest of the silly poem I quoted at the start of this post it's "The Walrus and the Carpenter" by Lewis Carroll and you can see it at


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ultimate Book Bash Tag, Part 2

20. Name three books everyone should read. I'm not sure, people are so different it really depends what they'll like and learn from.
21. Name two books we wouldn't have expected you to enjoy.  The Asterix and Obelix series by Rene Goscinny and Albert Underzo.  Definately something that Miss Darcy wouldn't read, but I like them.   
22. Name three books that have good movies to go with them.  Emma, P&P, Robin Hood (I know this is silly, but I like the Disney version, you know, the one where Prince John is a tiger!)
23. Any books coming out soon that you're looking forward to? Not really
24. Name two authors you'd like to talk to.  Rachel Heffington (Sorry, Rachel, I really wasn't going to mention you in this post for fear of getting your head turned) and I don't know.  Most of the authors that I like are dead.
25. Science fiction or a fairy tale? Fairy tale.
26. A classic book you haven't read is...? The Scarlet Pimpernel, although I want to and I hope to do it soon.
27. Shakespeare or George Bernard Shaw (who wrote Pygmalion)? Shakespeare
28. Name a movie (or two) where it's actually better than the  book.  The Sound of Music is a lot more interesting than The Von Trapp Family Singers, the book that inspired it.
29. Where is your favorite place to read? On a cosy couch or chair, eating chocolate.
30. What are your favorite quotes from books? Oh, I don't know.  I normally randomly pick quotes to puzzle my family with on the spur of the moment.
31. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?  The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
32. What book character do you identify the most with? Georgiana Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Marianne Dashwood.


Oh, and I think that today is Jane Austen day at Austenitis.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ultimate Book Bash Tag, Part 1

Charity U. from Austenitis is having an Ultimate Book Bash, complete with tags and giveaways!  After being so late with the Jane Austen Week questions, I wanted to make sure I got this up nice and on time. 

  1. Name three books you love.  As Charity said, the Bible is a given.  Other than that, Emma by Jane Austen, as well as I Will Maintain by Marjorie Bowen and Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome. Please note: This, as well as all the other lists in this post, isn't a list of my favorites; it's just a few that I especially like just now. 
  2. Name two books you enjoy, but that most people probably haven't heard of. The King's Service, by Deborah Alcock (if you click the link, scroll down a little more than 1/3 of the way to see the book,) and Title Unknown by Maria Elisabeth --------. (It's no wonder that most people haven't heard of this book; it's not published!  Not even finished, actually :P) 
  3. Name three series you love. 'The Grandma's Attic Novels' by Arleta Richardson are simply written, but very real life and refreshing to read. Also the 'William and Mary Trilogy' by Marjorie Bowen and the 'Seasons of the Heart' series by Janette Oke. 
  4. Name three authors you love! Jane Austen, Elizabeth George Speare, and Rachel Heffington. (Congratulations, Rachel!  Now, if you'd only get your books published, I could actually read one from start to finish.  Hint, hint ;P) 
  5. How about three adventures or mysteries? Hmmm, I'm not much at adventures or mysteries, unless  they're historical fiction.  But I guess you could call One of the 28th and The Cornet of Horse (both by G. A. Henty) adventure and I certainly enjoyed We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea by Arthur Ransome.
  6. Three non-fiction? Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris, Someday You'll Write by Elizabeth Yates, and The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan. 
  7. Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys? Which book in your favorite set is your favorite? Nancy Drew.  I haven't read any for a long time so I'm not sure which I like best. 
  8. Narnia or Harry Potter? Name your favorite from the series you like best.  Narnia, certainly.  My most recent favorite is The Horse and His Boy, a rather underappreciated gem of a book, although I also love Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
  9. A cookbook or a how-to-sew book? I'd prefer the cookbook, but looking at my recent sewing projects, I think the how-to-sew book is more necessary.
  10. Historical fiction or fantasy? Name three books you like from the genre you chose. Historical fiction, of course.  Most fantasy [in my opinion] is either scary or weird, either done by someone with a frighteningly original imagination, or a ripoff of someone else's work.  For the historical fiction, Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham. 
  11. Hardcover or softcover? I'm really not sure; it depends.  I guess I go for softcover more often because they're cheaper and take less space.
  12. Louisa May Alcott or Lucy Maud Montgomery? Name your favorite book by the author you chose.  Probably L.M.A., with Eight Cousins and Jo's Boys although I do like L.M.M.'s Anne of Avonlea too. 
  13. Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte? Name your favorite book by the author you chose. Jane Austen, of course. All of them :P
  14. Would you rather read historical fiction about the sinking of the Titanic, or the Civil War? The Civil War.
  15. What's your favorite classic? Why? The ever present Pride and Prejudice, although I did make a resolution to not mention it in this tag.  I thought maybe I needed a little variety, just for a change. :P
  16. Little Women or A Little Princess? Both are nice. 
  17. What's your favorite time period to read about? Let me see; Roman times, Middle Ages, 1600/1700s, Regency, Victorian, early 1900s, ......... I think that almost covers it.
  18. G. A. Henty, J. R. R. Tolkien, or Charles Dickens? What's your favorite book or series by the author you chose? I love G. A. Henty, although I will admit that almost every rule of writing good fiction I know, he broke. Somehow his books are appealing, anyways.
  19. Ivanhoe or Ben-Hur? Ivanhoe; I haven't read Ben Hur yet, although I hope to do it soon.
The next post will come soon!  Oh, and check out Austenitis for more posts; I think today is J. R. R. Tolkien day. 


Monday, August 22, 2011

Guest Post at Grace's Garden Walk

I did a guest post on Grace's Garden Walk about The Jane Austen Handbook.  Melody has already posted a review of this lovely little book, but I liked it so much I just had to post about it.

Have a wonderful day,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jane Austen Week Questions: Part 2

Sorry for being so late; we were busy, and when I knew that I wouldn't be able to post this on Saturday, I sort of let it slide because I was late already.  Anyways, here's the post!

Jane Austen Week by Elegance of Fashion

5: Any honorable mentions for 3, 4 and 5?
Mansfield Park, my current re-read, would probably rank as fourth  favourite right now.  But don't get me wrong: I love Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility used to be my second favorite.  But there's one problem: you can't fit six novels into four favourite places.

I love the beautiful, accomplished, almost perfect supporting characters that Jane Austen, unfortunately never used as main characters.  In Northanger Abbey, the almost perfect heroines from then contemporary literature are ridiculed and pointed out as what Catherine Morland was not.  But some of those sweet heroines show up in her novels: Georgiana Darcy, Jane Bennet, Eleanor Tilney, and Jane Fairfax. 

I like Edmund Bertram too.

6: Top three Jane Austen adaptations and why?

Just about as good and an adaption can be, BBC's Pride and Prejudice has just about everything; gorgeous scenery, beautifully choreographed dances, lovely costumes, delightful style, and almost all of the characters perfectly cast.

It is my private opinion that all who have made adaptions of Emma in the last twenty years have done an amazing job.  However, this one towers over the rest.  I will confess; I have not even finished it, because my Mum, who watches period dramas with me, does not like watching movies on youtube and it is still on hold at the library, but from what I have already seen, it is absolutely wonderful. 

And for the third...... I really don't know.  I enjoyed Sense and Sensibility (1995) and I do think that Emma 1996 and Emma 1997 are also amazing productions. 

7: Top three Jane Austen characters that 'take delight in vexing' you?

John Willoughby, from Sense and Sensibility

Arghhhhhhh, this guy had such advantages and he. just. ruined. it.  I know Jane Austen made it clear that we aren't supposed to feel sorry for him, so I content myself with being very, very, vexed.

Lady Denham from Sanditon
"And when he died, I gave Sir Edward his gold watch." She said this with a look at her companion which implied its right to produce a great impression; and seeing no rapturous astonishment in Charlotte's countenance, added quickly, "He did not bequeath it to his nephew, my dear. It was no bequest. It was not in the will. He only told me, and that but once, that he should wish his nephew to have his watch; but it need not have been binding if l had not chose it." 
Unfortunately Sanditon is unfinished, but we see enough of Lady Denham as it is.  She is a rich widow, with a very poor nephew and niece, but she will do nothing for them but hope that an heiress comes into the neighborhood and brag about giving Sir Edward her husband's gold watch. 

Augusta Elton from Emma
 The problem with Mrs. Elton is that she has such a good opinion of herself that no one can make her understand how vulgar and annoying she is.  This is enough to make me wish I was a duchess of someplace or other so that I could publicly snub her and maybe get the message across.

8: Jane Austen sequels..... do you like them or not?
I haven't actually finished one, but  I think that I'd like them if I remembered that done of them is 'the' definitive sequel, but they're all fan fiction, somebody's take on what could have happened.

9: Do you have a favourite spot to keep all your Jane Austen stuff?
This is when I confess, I have very little Jane Austen stuff.  Either my mom's books or the handy little library supply all I need.  But if you look on the 'holds' part of my library website, that's where I keep my Austen stuff.  Or, more accurately, wait for it. 

10: Which Jane Austen character do you think you're most like?
Georgiana Darcy's shyness and love of music.
Elizabeth Bennet's sense of humor.
Marianne Dashwood's romance.
Catherine Morland's naiveté.

11: What was your introduction to Jane Austen?
I always heard about Jane Austen as 'a person who wrote classics that you'll read some day' and I think I actually read the first chapter of Pride and Prejudice in a book with excerpts of stories.  Then my best friend had a birthday party where we watched P&P 2005.  After that, I read the rest of her works in quick succession.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jane Austen Advice Column

One of the events from Elegance of Fashion's Jane Austen Week is a Jane Austen advice column.  We make an advice column letter from a character in literature and make a Jane Austen character answer it.  The person writing for advice is Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables, and her letter is being answered by two characters, one from Mansfield Park, and one from Pride and Prejudice.  If you read this, and think you'd like to pretend to be a Jane Austen character giving advice to Anne, just put your letter in a comment and I'd be happy to post it. 

Dear Jane Austen Advice Column,
                My life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes.  (That’s a sentence I read in a book once, and I say it over to comfort myself whenever I’m disappointed in anything.)  The one good thing that happened to me is that now I live at Green Gables, and I try to be happy and good.  But dear Jane Austen Advice Columnist, can anybody be happy and good if they have red hair and no pretty dresses?  My hair is bright red – it looks like boiled lobsters – and I have some good dresses that Marilla made for me, but they are all plain and serviceable, not at all pretty.  And I would really love some puffed sleeves, but Marilla thinks that they’re ridiculous and a waste of fabric.  But all the other girls have them and I’d rather be ridiculous like everybody else than sensible by myself.  Dear Jane Austen Advice Columnist, what should I do?  Please don’t think I’m silly.

Anne Shirley
Green Gables
Prince Edward Island

Dear Madam,
                You seem to need advantages of mind and person.  Let me recommend to you Miss Bertram as an example.  I know she is very beautiful, and my mother agrees with me.  But I am not so sure about the puffed sleeves.  My dear Miss Bertram and her friends are having a play, and I am to be Count Cassel, and am to come in first with a blue dress and a pink satin cloak, and afterwards am to have another fine fancy suit, by way of a shooting-dress.  I do not know how I shall like it.  You should think the same way in regard to the puffed sleeves.  If your Marilla said they were absolutely essential, then you must of course wear them, but as she thinks they are ridiculous, do not.  I am sure I would refuse to wear the blue dress with the pink satin cloak, if Miss Bertram thought it was ridiculous, but on the contrary, she seems to think it very necessary.  I am to come in three times, and have forty-two speeches.  That’s something, isn’t it?  But I do not much like the idea of being so fine.  I will hardly know myself in a blue dress and a pink satin cloak.
                Do come over to Sotherton and see the improvements I am making on it.  The avenue of trees, I think, is almost taken down.  You will think it greatly improved.
I am, dear Madam, yours truly,
James Rushworth
Sotherton, England

Miss Shirley,

Upon my word, you give your opinion on appearance very decidedly for so young a person. – Pray, what is your age?  But you do not need to trouble yourself about your apparel.  Put on whatever is superior to the rest.  I am sure your acquaintances prefer the distinction of rank to be preserved, as I do. 

And is the abuse of red hair meant to be a slight upon my daughter?  If so, I will not take it.  A report of a most alarming nature reached me, saying that Miss de Bourgh has red hair.  I know it is a scandalous falsehood; Anne’s hair is very dark, and not at all red.  When I heard it, I instantly resolved on writing this letter, that I might make my sentiments known to you.   

I take no leave of you, Miss Shirley.  I send no compliments, to your mother, if you even have one.  I am most seriously displeased.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh
Kent, England


Jane Austen Week Questions: Part 1

Jane Austen Week by Elegance of Fashion

I know I'm a little late; I should have done part 1 earlier, but here it is.

1: What is your favorite thing about Jane Austen? Why?
Her characters are so relevant ....... they almost seem to 'personify personality.' They are all complete and consistent. She has villains that you can't help loving, and heroines that you almost lose your temper with. And the plots are all well worked out, complex, interesting......... I'm amazed at the variety of plots she managed to think up. I tried to make a novel set in regency times, but I couldn't think of a plot; I just ended up reusing bits and pieces of Jane Austen's plots.

2: What are your top three Jane Austen novels and why?
Pride and Prejudice

Fascinating plot, humorous, sympathetic, memorable characters, a timeless love story, this book never ceases to attract. And how could you not love a book that have Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in it?


 Emma just pulls you in, whether you like it or not.  The clever, beautiful Emma, the gentlemanly, brotherly Mr. Knightley, the elegant Jane, the likeable Frank, (hope I haven't shocked you too much; more on that in another post.) the good, but funny Miss Bates, and a host of other characters are altogether weaved into a work of genius.  And there are such quotable quotes!
Northanger Abbey

I must admit, Northanger Abbey is a recent favorite.  I reread it earlier this summer and realized how much I had almost ignored.  'Delightful' is the perfect word to call it.  And Henry Tilney is sooooo humorous and intruiguing, and the naive Catherine is so sweet.  If Northanger Abbey isn't on the list of your favorites, perhaps you should reread it.

3: Who are your top three Jane Austen heroines and why?
Elizabeth Bennet 
Possessing the perfect mixture of 'archness and sweetness', beautiful, with a lively mind who 'loves to laugh.'

Emma Woodhouse

Even when Emma drives you crazy, you can't help loving her.  She means so well, and......... well, I guess, I'll just have to say that if you don't love Emma yourself  you won't understand the people who do. 

Catherine Morland

Catherine is sweet, naive, and so easy to relate to!  I couldn't choose between Catherine and Marianne, so I'll stretch the rules a bit and put both in.

Marianne Dashwood

I love Marianne.  She's so sweet and romantic. Her romantic ideas were a bit overblown, but she learned from her mistakes and ended up being happy with Colonel Brandon.

4: Who are your top three Jane Austen heroes and why?
Mr. Knightley
He's mature, generous, the perfect gentleman, and he is brave enough to tell the woman he loves when she's doing the wrong thing.  Plus, he was Jane Austen's favorite hero.

Mr. Darcy
He's such a sweet, protective brother to Georgiana.  He loves Elizabeth enough to go to great lengths to protect her family's reputation, and he takes her reproofs seriously to heart.  And face it: there ISN'T any Darcy without Colin Firth.

Henry Tilney
A delightful, witty, amusing, and gentlemanly young clergyman.  What could be better?

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Happy Birthday to Anne Elliot!!!

Today is the birthday of Anne Elliot, the heroine from Persuasion.  As Miss Laurie from Old-Fashioned Charm pointed out, today she would be 224 years old!


'Walter Elliot, born March 1, 1760, married, July 15, 1784, Elizabeth, daughter of James Stevenson, Esq. of South Park, in the county of Gloucester, by which lady (who died 1800) he has issue Elizabeth, born June 1, 1785; Anne, born August 9, 1787; a still-born son, November 5, 1789; Mary, born November 20, 1791.'

Old-Fashioned Charm

Miss Laurie is having a day long birthday pary for Anne!  Go to Old-Fashioned Charm to take a Persuasion quiz, vote on what birthday present you'd like to give Anne, and more!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: Emma (1996) starring Kate Beckinsale

Summary: Emma Woodhouse, 'handsome, clever, and rich' is a young woman living in the village of Highbury. Her matchmaking efforts with the silly Harriet Smith cause heartache for Harriet and disagreement with the family friend George Knightley. Further complications arise when her former governess's stepson, handsome Frank Churchill, comes to Highbury. But when, I think I'll stop now to avoid spoilers, in case you haven't read or watched this before.

Pros/Cons (This means that I'm not really sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing ;D)
- Mr. Elton; he looks a bit too good for the part and I would be happy if Mr. Knightley had his looks.  But when I got on his annoyingness made me ignore all the good looks he ever had.
- Miss Bates; sort of hit-and-miss, sometimes she was really good, and sometimes not.  One thing I enjoyed though, is that it seemed like there was a little bit of resemblance between her and Jane.  If you want a good Miss Bates, either watch the sympathetic portrayal in Emma 2009, or the silly, endearing one in Emma 1997. 
- Harriet Smith was rather pretty, and sweet but not as gorgeous and silly as she could have been. 

Frank & Jane
 - The way they concentrated on Frank and Jane's romance was nice.  I guess it would have been more accurate to show more of Harriet, but honestly, watching the mystery around the two that are secretly engaged is a lot nicer than watching Harriet.
- It is unforgivable if a good movie is too short.  This Emma was short, but somehow they managed to stuff so much in, and make it so faithful, that it isn't as bad as a short movie normally is. 

Mr. Knightley
-Mr Knightley!!!  I'm surprised the director could get away with such a horrible miscast. He is rarely shown as the brotherly, gentlemanly Mr. Knightley, although I admit that this might be the fault of the screenwriter.  As to his manners, I would propably prefer Robert Martin's.  And to have a Mr. Knightley that reminds you of Mr. Wickham with a touch of Frank Churchill?  Something is certainly wrong........
- Mrs. Elton.  You might recognize her as Louisa Hurst from Pride and Prejudice 1995.  She was as annoying as ever, but something didn't work.  I'm not sure what.

Emma and Harriet

- Kate Beckinsale's performance of Emma.  To me Emma has always had lighter hair, but this did just seem to suit her very well. When I saw pictures of her I was astounded that someone who looks like that could play Emma successfully, but Kate Beckinsale did it wonderfully.  I'm not saying she's my favourite Emma, because I still love Gwyneth Paltrow and Romola Garai, but she certainly did an amazing job.
- Frank Churchill looks a little too old for his role, and doesn't seem to be very villainous.  I might even call him a minor hero! *hears gasps from everyone who's reading this* At worst I'd agree with him that he was an impudent dog, and leave it at that.  
- Olivia Williams was P.E.R.F.E.C.T. as Jane Fairfax.  Very reserved, but sweet, beautiful, accomplished and elegant.  I also love the way the camera would jump to her whenever Frank said something that she could be unhappy about. 
- Emma's daydreams were very interesting and well done and it was nice to be able to see into her mind. 
- In 'The Costumes' there was this something very regencyish and elegant that sometimes doesn't show itself even in the other Austen adaptions.  I can't explain it, but it was there. 

Overall Impression
This is a lovely version of Emma, especially for those not-so-crazy-Janeites who prefer shorter movies.  The casting and acting of Mr. Knightley is a big mistake, (I noticed that he wasn't on the front or back cover - no wonder!) but other than that it was very well done and very faithful to the book.  I think I would give it 3 1/2 stars.  


Sunday, August 7, 2011

First Impressions, the Movie

This week I bumped into an interesting thing to share.  Some young Christian film makers and actors are making a movie based on Pride and Prejudice, but with an interesting twist!
First Impressions is the story of Audrey Kinslett, a modern girl living in a family remarkably like the Bennets.  Then she starts reading Pride and Prejudice, little guessing that her life will have a very similar twist to the book.  Scenes from Grants Pass, Audrey's hometown, are interchanged with flashbacks to the real world of Jane Austen.

 the lead actors
 Click here to go to the First Impressions blog.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

1995 and 2005 Pride and Prejudice Comparisons, Part 2

Continuing with my opinions about the characters..........

Lydia Bennet

 2005: With Jena Malone there's hope for Lydia Bennet.  We get the impression that Lydia is a boy-crazy teenager who will probably be way less silly and flirtatious by the time she's twenty.  When I watch this version I think that Lydia should really be upstairs doing her lessons with the governess that Mrs. Bennet should have hired.



1995:  Flirt she is, and flirt she will remain........  Julia Sawalha as Lydia doesn't give as much of the 'silly teenager' impression, but she shows the absolute immaturity of Lydia.  With this Lydia you don't get the idea that she'll get better as she gets older.  I'd say that Julia Sawalha's Lydia is better than Jena Malone's if only for the look on her face when Elizabeth talks about the officers that will be in Brighton.
Mary Bennet

2005: Talulah Riley plays Mary more sympathetically.  She is sort of pretty, and we get the idea that she's not pedantic or silly, but just sensible and left-out.  In spite of my being obsessed with caricatures, it's nice to see that they are human beings and have hopes and feelings just like the rest of us. 


1995:  Mary is ridiculed in this version.  Mary is ugly, silly, and out of touch with reality.  It certainly isn't kind to Mary, but I think it's closer to the book in that.  Jane Austen wasn't always kind to her characters.

 Catherine (Kitty) Bennet


2005: A shadow of the Lydia from the same version, but not quite so flirtatious or silly.  I must say that I prefer this Kitty because I think she will get over her silliness and boy craziness.


1995: Like Julia Sawalha's Lydia but not so pretty, not so silly, not so unashamed, not so good- humored - not so anything!  She doesn't really have a personality of her own.

Georgiana Darcy


(I bet you wondered when I was going to get to her :)

2005: Very sweet, girlish, and  loving, but she's not shy, and she doesn't follow the book's description at all.

1995: Emilia Fox's Georgiana gets pretty close to the real one.  Although she looks a little too girlish for the 'womanly and graceful' Miss Darcy, she is sweetly shy and quite pretty.

Caroline Bingley (and Louisa Hurst)

 2005:  More elegant than the other  Miss Bingley, but at the same time colder and meaner.  I like this, because I don't think Caroline would be quite as vulgar as the 1995 version portrays her.

1995:  This really emphasizes the barely-gentilisized aspect of the Bingley sisters who got their fortune by trade.  They are extravagant, but they have very little taste and less sense.  An advantage of including Mrs. Hurst is that we really get to see the similarities of the Louisa and Caroline Bingley and Kitty and Lydia Bennet. (Especially in the way they laugh - ugh!) The Bingley sisters are a richer, prouder, and more worldly version of the youngest Bennets. 

 Mr. Bennet
2005: It's harder to understand Mr. Bennet.  Something in his  voice....  Anyways, I think Donald Sutherland's performance makes him too much of the kind father, not cynical and neglecting like he actually is.

 1995: His Mr. Bennet has a twinkle in his eye, and fits in quite well.  He loves his two eldest daughters, but he's still the neglecting father. 

 Mrs. Bennet
2005: This Mrs. Bennet is a little less exaggerated.  She is more of  a real person, not just one who provides comic relief.  But she can still be just as embarrasing!

1995: This is what you definately call a caricature!  Almost all the time she is in hysterics and her silliness knows know bounds.  Still, after you get over the 'oh, if that was my mom,' feeling, she's actually quite fun to watch.

 Charlotte Lucas
2005: Plain, but friendly.  She seems to fit in with Mr. Collins quite well, hardly embarrassed by him and very happy at Hunsford.

 1995: Charlotte is clearly driven into marrying Mr. Collins because she has no other choice.  She has this air of reserved embarrassment whenever she's around him and even when she's not.  Charlotte is not exactly pretty, but she is sweet, and her face has a reserved, quiet beauty in it.  The problem, if any, is that she is too good-looking.

Lady Catherine De Bourgh


2005:  This Lady Catherine could easily 'sally forth' to scold  everyone in the parish into 'harmony and plenty,' which makes me like her better than 1995 one, but she looks like she's about seventy, which is way too old, considering she's the mother of Anne.

 1995:  Very imperious, but she's not very stately and doesn't seem to have much energy.  

My apologies for the omission of Mr. Wickham and Mr.  Collins.  I don't remember them that well and there doesn't seem to be much I can compare.

Stay tuned for the next post, concentrating on costumes, scenery, etc.