Saturday, December 31, 2011

Literary tag

I saw this tag on Miss Dashwood's blog (who first got it from Charity) and as they both tagged anyone who wanted to do this, I thought I would.  The rules are very simple: you have to choose twelve characters and then answer the questions about them.

1: Sir Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
2: Mrs. Jellyby (Bleak House)
3: Captain Frederick Wentworth (Persuasion)
4: Emma Woodhouse (Emma)
5: Herbert Pocket (Great Expectations)
6: Davy Keith (Anne of Avonlea)
7: Eleanor Tilney (Northanger Abbey)
8: Marguerite Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)
9: Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
10: Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables)
11: Mr. William Collins (Pride and Prejudice)
12: Esther Summerson (Bleak House)

And the first question is:
1: Who would make a better college professor: 6 (Davy Keith) or 11 (Mr. Collins)?
Certainly not Mr. Collins!  A grown up Davy might do a pretty good job; he'd make his students laugh, although I'm not sure if he'd teach them anything.
2: 12 (Esther Summerson) sends 8 (Marguerite Blakeney) out on a mission.  What is it?  Does it succeed?
Esther sends Marguerite to help the Jellyby children and of course she manages, with the help of a great deal of candy and sending Mrs. Jellyby off to Africa on a charitable mission.

3: What is, or would be 9 (Sydney Carton)'s favorite book?
I  have no clue, perhaps something with very heroic heroes that make him feel even more useless, although he doesn't strike me as the reading type.
4: Would it make more sense for 2 (Mrs. Jellyby) to swear fealty to 6 (Davy Keith) or the other way around?
Mrs. Jellyby and Davy Keith!  Mrs. Jellyby would evade any fealty-swearing by talking about all the letters she had to write, but I can hardly think that Davy would swear fealty to her.  If he was somehow tricked into it, he would make up for it by giving her many unpleasant - and original - names behind her back.
5: 5 (Herbert Pocket) is looking for a roommate.  Should he board with 9 (Sydney Carton) or 10 (Marilla Cuthbert)?
Sydney Carton, most certainly.  The two would get on quite well.
6: 2 (Mrs. Jellyby), 7 (Eleanor Tilney) and 12  (Esther Summerson) are going out to dinner.  Where are they going and what do they discuss?
Hopefully Mrs. Jellyby has to stay home because of all her letters to write, otherwise the dinner would be horrible.  Whatever Eleanor and Esther talked about, it would be very sensible and sweet.
7: 3  (Captain Wentworth) challenges 10 (Marilla Cuthbert) to a duel.  Who wins?
The dear chivalrous Captain wouldn't challenge a lady (especially of Marilla's age) to a duel, so that crosses out this question.  But just so you know, he wins Every. Single. Duel. he fights.
8: If 1 (Sir Percy Blakeney) stole 8 (Marguerite Blakeney)'s most precious possession, how would she get it back?
Lovely coincidence!  Marguerite's most precious possession stands six foot odd high and hath name Percy Blakeney, but it would be just weird to have him steal himself.  As to her heart, he already stole it and I don't think she wants it back.

9: Suggest a story title in which 7 (Eleanor Tilney) and 12 (Esther Summerson) both attain what they want.
In any story with a happy ending Eleanor and Esther would get what they want.  As to the title: Sense and Sweetness
10: What kind of plot device would you have to use to get 1 (Sir Percy Blakeney) and 4 (Emma Woodhouse) to work together.
The plot device of a genius with an amazing imagination. 
11: If 7 (Eleanor Tilney) visited you for the weekend, how would it go?
Wonderfully, although I'd feel a little shabby.  Miss Tilney always wears white.
12: If you could command 3 (Captain Wentworth) to perform any service or task for you what would it be?
Exist for real, please, and bring Anne to visit me. :)

13: If 2 (Mrs. Jellyby) had to choose sides between 4 (Emma Woodhouse) and 5 (Herbert Pocket), which side would she choose?
Herbert would treat her with just a little civility, so she'd choose him.  Emma would insult her outright and give all the little Jellyby's sugar plums.
14: What might 10 (Marilla Cuthbert) should out while charging into battle?
Marilla charging into battle!  Somebody sure has an imagination. But I don't think she'd say anything, just charge
15: If you had to choose a song that best describes 3 (Captain Wentworth) what would it be?
I have no clue, but it would be gorgeous, passionate, and sailorish.
16: 1 (Sir Percy Blakeney), 6 (Davy Keith), and 12 (Esther Summerson) are having a dim sum at a Chinese Restaurant. There is only one scallion pancake left , and they all reach for it at the same time. Who gets it?
Odd's life, m'dear, Sir Percy isn't hungry.  He's just so very fatigued....  Esther wouldn't take it if she thought Davy wanted it, and Davy would certainly want it!
17: What would 5 (Herbert Pocket) most likely be arrested for?
Debt.  No question about that.

18: What is 6 (Davy Keith)'s secret?
I. Have. No. Clue
19: If 11 (Mr. Collins) and 9 (Sydney Carton) were racing to a destination, who would get there first?
I doubt whether Mr. Collins would get there at all (Other way, Mr. Collins!) but Sydney wouldn't do that much better, unless perhaps there was Lucie Manette or something he could do for her at the end.
20: If you had to walk home through a bad neighborhood late at night, who would you be more comfortable walking with: 7 (Elinor Tilney) or 8 (Marguerite Blakeney)?
Marguerite, of course.  If anything happens to us, Percy will come to the rescue.
21: 1 (Sir Percy Blakeney) and 9 (Sydney Carton) reluctantly team up to save the world from the threat posed by 4 (Emma Woodhouse)'s sinister secret organization. 11 (Mr. Collins) volunteers to help them,but it is later discovered that s/he is actually a spy for 4 (Emma) Meanwhile, 4 (Emma) has kidnapped 12 (Esther Summerson) in an attempt to force their surrender. Following the wise advice of 5 (Herbert Pocket), they seek out 3 (Captain Wentworth), who gives them what they need to complete their quest. What title would you give this fiction?

This is an idea!  Emma's secret organization is made up of matchmakers with a plan to marry off the whole world.  Sir Percy opposes them, because, what has the whole world done to be condemned to matrimony?  Sydney would be reluctant, because he never does anything anyways and feels that he's useless.  Mr. Collin's joins them because he pretends to hate marriage because his fair cousin has refused him.  He spies for Emma because she's promised to matchmake for him.  Emma kidnaps Esther and threatens to marry her to Mr. Collins unless they stop opposing her.  Captain Wentworth first finds Mr. Knightley and then goes to Emma and promises to get married himself if she will stop matchmaking.  Captain Wentworth's advice (and especially Mr. Knightley) causes Emma, now married herself, to agree to give up her plan and everyone lives happily ever after.

This book will be called Condemned to Matrimony and it will be an instant bestseller. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just to let you all know........

I watched The Scarlet Pimpernel.

And I loved it.  I'm too busy right down to go into as much detail as I could, so suffice it to say that I LOVED it. You girls give excellent advice. This movie even reconciled me to eighteenth century men's pigtails. :) 

The only thing I found to not like (read: absolutely love, except of course for parts of the Armand-Louise subplot) was the fact that they sometimes called Sir Percy Sir Percival.  His name is Percy.  I don't like the name Percival.  'Nuff said.

As I said, I'm pretty busy right know so you probably won't get a post from me for a while.  But before I go, I must remind you that a gentleman always removes his COAT!

Very important advice, but alas, a moment is all I can spare for you dear bloggy-friends,

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I want to...... I don't want to.....

Maybe I do want to........
But then, maybe I don't.

Since those sentences were rather cryptic, I think I should explain.

We just got this from the library.

The odd thing is, I'm not sure whether I should watch it.

"What!" you're thinking, "I thought she liked The Scarlet Pimpernel!  I thought she wanted to watch this!"

Well, I did.  I know beforehand that Anthony Andrews would be amazingly perfect as Sir Percy, and even though Jane Seymour's looks aren't quite right for Marguerite, I was sure she would be brilliant regardless.

But after reading El Dorado (which the movie is partly based on) and being told some things about the movie from Miss Dashwood I found a completely different problem, by the name of Armand St. Just.

Problem 1: In the movie, Armand is living with a woman he hasn't married.  Excuse me!  Was that really necessary?  In Armand's romance, there was nothing more than a few a lot of kisses and becoming engaged.

Problem 2: The woman is named Louise, and she's an understudy of Marguerite.  But I liked Mademoiselle Lange (Armand's fiancee.)  Under Sir Percy and Marguerite, she's probably my favorite character.

Problem 3: Armand is a member of the Commitee of Public Safety under Chauvelin.  What!!!  Armand is, must be, a member of the League.  This ruins the whole theme of El Dorado and certainly will make Sir Percy's actions, as well as his and Marguerite's, appear in a totally different light.

This has probably been a very incoherent post, but I want advice from you.  How does it portray Armand?  Should I watch it? 

Remember, I want to be convinced, I just can't convince myself.

Jane Austen's Birthday Letters

Here are my entries to Miss Dashwood's contest.

Dear Miss Austen,

Many happy returns on your birthday!  I have to thank you for bringing my dear Catherine and me together, and for also letting Eleanor finally marry her viscount.  But the shocking story you said I told Catherine!  I read it - my hair standing on end the whole time.  I’m sure my dear Catherine would pronounce it quite horrid.  Apart from that, I very much enjoyed your telling of our romance, for the person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Yours, &c.

Henry Tilney


My dear Madam,

I feel myself called, by my situation in life, to congratulate on your advancing age, in which I am joined by Lady Catherine and her daughter, and also by Charlotte. 

Lady Catherine is most affable, and her kindness is very offended at the marriage of her nephew to my cousin, especially considering that horrible elopement of her sister.  And this consideration leads me moreover to reflect, with augmented satisfaction, on a certain event of last November; for had it been otherwise, I would have shared in their disgrace and not have married my dear Charlotte.

I remain, madam, with respectful compliments, your well-wisher and friend,

            William Collins

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The story of a very fangirlish fangirl :)

WARNING: This post will not contain as many spoilers as I would like, but you can't expect a crazy fangirl to not put in any spoilers.
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You think I'm very obsessed?  Well, so do I, but it is very pleasant to be obsessed.

We seek him here, we seek him there,
Those fangirls seek him everywhere!

Is that really not how it goes? 

Well, in case you don't know what I'm talking about, I will try to coherently explain.

*tries unsuccessfully to snap out of crazy fangirl mode*

His name is Sir Percy Blakeney. He is really too amazing to be an ordinary human, but so much the better.  I like larger-than-life and better-than-life heroes. :)  And sink me, m'dear, but he really is larger than life.  He can find a solution to every situation, is horribly (yes, horribly; some of those he impersonates are quite horrible) good at acting and impersonating, is and impudent, and has excellent taste in cravats. :D

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my sentiments exactly
And he is very good at exasperating Citizen Chaubertin.

Er, Chauvelin.  He is Sir Percy's worst enemy and someone who you love to hate.  He is very good at concocting plans against Sir Percy, but his problem is just that.  They're against Sir Percy, so he doesn't have a chance.


And then there is Marguerite, Lady Blakeney.  She and I have much in common, I think, especially our craziness about Sir Percy.  But while she always does something impulsive whenever Percy is in danger, I think indesisive me, worrying that it would mess up his plans, would stay at home and cry.  Whenever Marguerite does something impulsive I feel like saying:

One of my real stubbornesses about her is that everybody gets her looks wrong. She is beautiful, yes, but her hair is blonde.  It has to be.  Baroness Orczy speaks of her hair as 'golden glory' and a certificate that seems to have been made for her describes her as having 'light hair, blue eyes.'

So far I have read The Scarlet Pimpernel, El Dorado, and The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel. If you haven't read any of these, well, as Alexandra says, get thee to a library!


P.S. If you happen to see me sometime in the near future, I'll probably be doing math.  And the math will probably consist of staring at horrible algebra problems and writing over all my scrap paper: "I seek it here, I seek it there, I seek the answer everywhere!"

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen, tag questions

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1 - What was the first JA novel you ever read, and who introduced you to it? Pride and Prejudice, which I read after I watched the 2005 movie at a birthday party.

2 - Which is your least favorite JA novel, and why? (Everybody posts about their favorites... I want to know what's at the bottom of your list!) Oh no, how do I decide........  My least favorite can't be Northanger Abbey, and it can't be Mansfield Park, and it can't be Emma, and it certainly can't be Persuasion, so that leaves me with Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

What!  Those used to be my favorites!  Oh well...................

3 - Who do you think is the funniest character JA ever created? Mrs. Bennet would be the funniest overall, but for the funniest that I'd love to meet and talk to it would be Henry Tilney.

4 - Which JA villain[ess] do you love to hate? Hmmmmm, I think it would be Mr. Elliot.  I have absolutely no good feeling towards him. 
Oh, and Frank Churchill.  If he would only make himself a little nicer so that I'd have an easier time defending him.....

5 - What's your favorite JA quote? Please don't ask me.  I have lots of favorite JA quotes, but if you asked me now I'd probably end up quoting Sir Percy Blakeney. (Odd's fish, m'dear)

6 - If you were to "start" someone on JA, which book would you recommend to them first and why? Probably Pride and Prejudice, because, although it's not my favorite anymore, it's easier to get into and understand than something like Mansfield Park.

7 - What is your absolute favorite JA film adaptation and why? Probably Sense and Sensibility 1995, because it all together is soooo beautiful.

8 - If you could authorize a new film adaptation of one of JA's novels, which would it be and why?  Mansfield Park, certainly, so that they can use the script I hope to write.  But until the script's done, they can do proper adaptations of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. (No weirdness in Northanger Abbey, please and Anne Elliot must not run all over Bath looking for Capt. Wentworth.)

9 - Which JA character do you most identify with?
Probably Elizabeth Bennet or Marianne Dashwood (or Catherine Morland or Anne Elliot or...)

10 - If you could have lunch with JA today, what question would you most like to ask her?
What's your favorite dish?  Um, no.  How do you figure out all your plots?

11 - Is there any one thing that you think could have been improved upon in one (or all) of JA's books? What is it and why? She could have written Edmund, Edward, Col. Brandon, and Henry Tilney's proposals. 

Oh yes, and she could have made one of her characters a member of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel.  Henry Tilney, perhaps, or maybe Mr. Darcy.

12 - If you could have lunch with one of JA's characters today, who would it be and why?
Probably Henry Tilney, because he is so pleasantly witty, or Anne Elliot, because I'd really like to see what she looks like. :)

13 - (optional) Why is Miss Dashwood so fond of asking "why"? Probably because.... Counter question: why is Miss Darcy so fond of saying 'probably?'


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Some things that made my week.....

Just a few posts from various blogs this week that I really liked.

Jane Austen Birthday Week at Between the Covers.  This celebration has some very challenging challenges including 'read[ing] two Austen novels, five Austen spin offs, sequels, and/or diaries, PLUS watch[ing] an Austen film.' I'm not sure I'll manage that since I've read all of the novels pretty recently and I have a hard time finding good spin-offs.

Lost in Austen book review at Regency Delight.  This create your own Jane Austen adventure book sounds intruiging, and I'm greatly looking forward to reading it.

Northanger Abbey Quiz at Old Fashioned Charm.  I love the quizes that Miss Laurie does, and although I didn't get a very good score, that just a reason to reread Northanger Abbey, right?

It's the Wee Things at Of Trims and Frills and Furbellows.  I LOVE these.  I think I'd want to visit Alexandra and steal, um, just happen to take, some of these.  She's used three of my absolute favorite books, Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Random Silliness at Yet Another Period Drama Blog.  I laughed so much when I read this.  I think most of us are officially obsessed with The Scarlet Pimpernel.

And another thing to make you laugh....
Mr. Woodhouse's advice for someone wondering to what to give his true love for the twelfth day of Christmas at the Republic of Pemberley.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Inspiration has struck!!!

Or that's what I hope.  I now officially have the inspiration for a new novel and if it turns out as I hope it will be amazing.  Here are my ideas:

Title: Divided Loyalty: the Story of a Man Without a Country
MMC(stands for male main character, or, in this case, main main character) name: someone whose first name is probably Richard, Rene, or Sidney and whose last name doesn't matter as much, as long as it is thoroughly French.
FMC (female main character, or, in this case, the mainest female character) name: Aurelie ---------
Setting: Europe in the Napoleaonic War, circa 1805 - 1815
Genre: Historical fiction, of course, but with elements of adventure and romance
Tense: It will be in first person past tense, with maybe a few historical elements in third person present tense.  It will be different, but I hope great things from it.
What I am trying very hard to do with it: make it an amazing book, and try not to plagarize too much from Dumas' The Last Cavalier. [Note: I do not recommend everything in that book, but it has excellent plot line, characters, and writing style.  I wish it wasn't unfinished.]

I was born in Austria.  My father was French, my mother English.  They had barely a year together before I was born and barely a few weeks together afterwards.  My father was killed in a skirmish by the English, my mother in a raid by the French.  When I grew more than a very small boy I did not care for playing and I had no use for religion, but I hated those who had killed my parents.

When I had just turned sixteen Napolean Bonaparte began another campaign against the English.  Most boys would have joined one side or the other for adventure and revenge, but what could I do?  I hated them both. 

In this war every man has to chose sides.  Which side will he chose?  And what will happen after he makes his decision?

And that is all I have written.  I hope to update soon!

P.S. All my writing and ideas are copyright me.  Please do not steal them.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen and the Stylish Blogger Award

So, first of all, Miss Dashwood at Yet Another Period Drama Blog is hosting a Jane Austen blog event!  It looks like a lot of fun.

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Second of all, Miss Laurie gave me the Stylish Blogger Award.  Thank you so much, dear!
The rules are:
Thank the blogger who awarded you and link back to them.
List seven random facts about yourself.
Award five other bloggers.

So, for the seven random facts:

1: I have one name that is my real name, one that most people call me, a couple nicknames, one name that I use on my blog, and two that I use when I talk to myself, depending on the mood I'm in. :P

2: As you might have seen, I'm obsessed about names.  Naming the main character is one of the most important decisions I make about my novels.  And if the name of someone in somebody else's book doesn't fit the character, well, I go crazy.

3: As you also might have seen, I talk to myself. A lot.

4: The amount of blog posts that I've written in my head but never posted would absolutely swamp you.  It might be better if I wasn't busy when I thought them up.

5: My hair is so long and thick that after I recently got a layered cut, some of my friends didn't notice but just commented on how long and thick it was!

6: I am obsessed with chocolate.

7: I have 54 followers and I'm so glad for all of you.  :)

I award:
Miss Elizabeth Bennet

Thirdly, Rachel gave me a writing related tag, but since I've already talked a lot about my nano novel, I hope to do it when I get an idea for another one. Which will be soon, I hope.

EDIT: I found that Miss Dashwood had given me the I'm An Inspirational Blogger Award quite a while ago.  Thank you so much!