September 17, 2014

My Mansfield Park "Cast"

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.  :)

~Mrs. Grant~
I see her exactly as Barbara Flynn from Cranford and Wives and Daughters.

~Dr. Grant~
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.).

~Mr. Rushmore~

Fanny's husband. North and South. Mr. Watson. Best picture I could find. Sorry.

~Mrs. Betram~
Pretty near how I see her. Mrs. Forrester from Cranford.

~Sir Thomas Bertram~
Ciaran Hinds from Persuasion (1995). But older and grayer, haha. :)

~Susan Price~
Hahaha....yes, I see Susan as....Susan (from The Chronicles of Narnia). 

~Mrs. Norris~

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.

~Maria Betram~

I have no idea who this is-I found it on Pinterest and it's exactly as I see Maria.

~Henry Crawford~

Dark hair. Dark eyes. Handsome. But eeeevviiiilll.....
Haha. I kind of see him as Jack Marshland from Cranford. Slightly.

~Mary Crawford~

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.

~William Price~

Ehh...kinda as.. this guy (Emma 2009 and North and South) but not quite. 
Plus I see him as blonde.

~Edmund Betram~

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.

~Fanny Price~

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! :)

September 10, 2014

one year

I'm back! I'm officially back to the world of blogging (from my extended absence due to my family's move from state to state). And what a better time to return than on my blog's anniversary?
Yup, that's right. I've been a blogger for ONE WHOLE YEAR.

Wait, what? ;)

I really can't wrap my head around the fact that I've been blogging for one year. In one way it seems like I've always blogged, in another way it seems just like yesterday. I feel like I still haven't really gotten this blog to be what I want it to be. I just feel stuck. I had soooooo many post ideas when I first started. Well....I either still haven't written them or I lost interest in them. Actually I have many post ideas. It's writing them that's the problem, haha.

But. Even if I feel like this blog isn't all I want it to be yet, somebody obviously likes it! I mean, y'll do. I have 32 followers and that's more than I could hope for. I still remember getting my first follower. That felt SO amazing, knowing that somebody liked your writing enough to follow you. They want to hear and read and see more and that's beyond encouraging.
So the fact that I have 32 people who want to read and hear and see more is...well, staggering.

And in case you're wondering, what I mean by "this blog isn't all I want it to be yet" is that I simply haven't felt like I've gotten into a comfortable groove or pattern with blogging. I always feel a little lost. What should I write about? Should I review movies? Books? Share stories of my life? Share my photography? My art? What should I do?????

But I do enjoy blogging. Being able to share your opinions on movies, books, world events, food, or whatever is fun and interesting and exciting. I especially enjoy "meeting" other Christian girls through their blogs and reading what they have to say!

So, anyways, Happy Birthday to my little blog and I hope my faithful followers stay with me throughout the 2nd year!! Thank you all so much for reading and sticking with me! :) Y'll are the best and leave such sweet comments. Thanks!!!

Just for fun, I thought I'd do a "lately" thing that I've seen on many blogs:

Lately I've been...

Reading// Mansfield Park, Ella Enchanted, The Lord of the Rings, The Christian Hero: A Memoir of Robert Annan  (Sense and Sensibility and The Screwtape Letters are next on my list!)

Watching// How the West Was Won, My Favorite Brunette, Rio Bravo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (yeah, a lot of Westerns and John Wayne-we picked up a bunch while garage saling. My personal favorite was Rio Bravo. Does anyone wish for a review of any of these movies?)

Writing// My retelling of The Princess and the Pea. I'm sooooo excited about this story. I don't know if I'll ever publish it or anything, but I have a feeling I'm going to actually finish it. Which is a big deal. For me. I have tons of unfinished stories sitting in my desk drawer. It's really sad. My poor characters, frozen in time....

Organizing//Our new house

Cleaning// Our new house

Going to paint// My new room

Hating// Wallpaper (we just got some wallpaper remover at the store. I hope it works!)

Looking forward to// My "new" hand-me-down bookshelf. It's HUGE. I'll finally be able to display all my books at once. I'm so excited for that. So. Excited.

Missing// My grandparents and cats back in Florida

Photographing// New flowers and things around our house

Listening to// Les Mis and the October Baby soundtrack

Recovering from// Moving

Catching up on// Emails and blog posts

Loving// Sunlight and goldenrod

Giving baths to// Our dogs. They stank so much and poor little Sparky here was covered in burrs. They're outdoor dogs, but they come inside once in awhile. ;)

Enjoying// The hot tub that came with our new house. And it's a nice one. I never thought we'd own a hot tub, haha.

Singing// Anything and everything that pops into my head (Les Miserables, Sound of Music, and this song for examples)

Playing on the piano// Nothing. -sobsobsobsobsob- I can't wait to get a new piano. We had to leave mine behind when we moved

Always looking for// dandelions to blow

ps. How do you like the new blog look?? It's a work in progress. I have this "vision" in mind for how I want it to look, but it's not quiiitte there yet.

*please do not use my photos in any way without my permission, thank you! :)*