I read Mansfield Park for the first time recently and loved it! I wouldn't say it's my favorite Jane Austen novel, but it was really good and....well, its Jane Austen. What's not to love about it ? :)
So, when I read a book, I usually have a full "cast" in my head of how the characters look. Sometimes I see actual actors (or people I know-coughcough-) as them.
Or I just have a completely made up mental image.
Anyways, I thought it'd be fun to share my "vision" of some of the MP characters. Please note this is not going to be an actual "if MP had a new film version..." This isn't a dream cast. Just how I picture the characters. I'll start with less important characters and save the best for last. :)
I see her exactly as Barbara Flynn from Cranford and Wives and Daughters.
Jim Carter from Cranford (except not smiling. I don't see him as a smiley person. Once in awhile when he's had a good meal, but not otherwise.).
Fanny's husband. North and South. Mr. Watson. Best picture I could find. Sorry.
Pretty near how I see her. Mrs. Forrester from Cranford.
~Sir Thomas Bertram~
Ciaran Hinds from Persuasion (1995). But older and grayer, haha. :)
Hahaha....yes, I see Susan as....Susan (from The Chronicles of Narnia).
Harriet Walter, from Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Little Dorrit is EXACTLY how I see Mrs. Norris. Voice and all. The perfect Mrs. Norris. Right here.
I have no idea who this is-I found it on Pinterest and it's exactly as I see Maria.
Haha. I kind of see him as Jack Marshland from Cranford. Slightly.
Mary Crawford isn't quite clear in my mind. I see her a bit like Cynthia from Wives and Daughters, but with light brown hair. Very sweetly elegant and pretty.
Ehh...kinda as.. this guy (Emma 2009 and North and South) but not quite.
Plus I see him as blonde.
I see him slightly as Dan Stevens from Sense and Sensibility 2008.
Isn't this picture so cute? In the MP context, I like to imagine it as Edmund and Fanny when they were younger.
Okay, unfortunately I don't have an actress in mind for the main character. I see her perfectly in mind, though. I see her as slight and delicate with clear blond hair that curls wispily around her face and large blue eyes. Almost as if I could take Minnie (Pet) Meagles' hair from Little Dorrit and attach it to
Amy Dorrit, I might have a close resemblance of Fanny.
Sort of. :P
Lastly, isn't this Jane Austen inspired artwork (found here) adorable? It reminds me muchly of Edmund and Fanny (if only she were a blonde grrrr)
So, do you "cast" novels when you read them?
How do you picture the Mansfield Park characters? Totally opposite of me? Or similarly?
Do you know of any actors that might be how I see some of my "missing" characters?
Let me know in the comments! :)