August 18, 2015

The Period Drama Tag

This tag was bounced around on the blogs awhile back and I immediately wanted to do it. I was going to do it even if no one tagged me. (although I feel like SOMEONE tagged me for this, but I actually can't remember who!! Sorry! So, if you were the one who tagged me for this, thank you!)
am I the only one annoyed that there's more than one Lizzy in this picture? It's just Not Right.

Aaaannnd, then I didn't finish filling out the tag, and forgot about it and so here I am months later. But that's okay. It's kind of fun to do it when no one else is, hahaha. :D

What is your favorite Austen book?
Kiera knightly is another one of my favorite actresses, especially in the movie pride and prejudice.

At this time, I'd probably have to say Pride and Prejudice.....although I did enjoy Emma exceedingly!
this is such an adorable copy!! No, sadly, it's not MY copy. :)

One Austen movie you dislike the most?
Umm...out of all I've seen? Oh! The 1980's version of Pride and Prejudice. It was...quite bad. Except for a few humorous non-book lines, the whole thing was a shambles. Mr. Darcy was like a walking mummy and Elizabeth was just simply annoying. I can't remember that much about it except that it was terrible. (sorry to anyone who did like this version...) It bored me half to death.

This is actually quite a lovely picture from it but do not be deceived!!! (heehee, just kidding. Go ahead and watch it, I won't mind.)

Favorite dresses?
Thank you for making that plural. Here's a few of my favorites!
sorry it's not full length... (from Northanger Abbey)
from Testament of Youth
Romola Garai in Amazing Grace
from Amazing Grace
Laura's blue dress (and her hair!!) from Lark Rise to Candleford
Lizzy's ball gown from Pride and Prejudice '05
 (although it is a little too "nightgown-ish". I just love the simplicity if it.)
This costume has been seen several times firstly by Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale in North and South 2004, in Bleak House 2005 worn by Gillian Anderson as Lady Dedlock, in Cranford Christmas 2009 worn by Michelle Dockery as Erminia, among others
North and South

Least favorite hair style?
My image of Sebastian's sister, Isabella - grown up and physically transformed in THE SECRET OF LOVE.

I don't like it when Emma wears her hair tightly pulled back in the 1996 version.

What is your favorite film adaptation to Austen's books?
I'm going to list a couple. It's my blog, you can't stop me.
For Pride and Prejudice, it's the 1995. For Sense and Sensibility it would probably be the 1995 version, although I do also love the 2008 film. For Emma, the 1996 version. For Northanger Abbey it's the 2007 version. For Persuasion it's a toss up between the 1995 and the 2007.
I have yet to see a Mansfield Park version. Any suggestions?

Favorite Downton Abbey character?

Because I haven't seen it!!!
(I haven't seen Doctor Who, either, but the gif worked ;))

Favorite BBC show?
Ha. Easy. BBC's  Robin Hood!!!!!!!!!

Favorite Austen Heroine?
Probably Lizzy Bennet. I know, I'm so unoriginal, aren't I? ;)

One BBC you watched which you disliked very much.
Under the Greenwood Tree. It was perfectly clean and wholesome, and yet I just did NOT like it. The characters annoyed me, and I just simply didn't care for it that much. 

Colin Firth or Matthew Macfadyen?
Errgg. This is hard. Colin Firth is PERFECTION as Mr. Darcy, but I must admit I think I like Matthew MacFayden a little better.....his portrayal of Arthur Clennam is stellar.

Jane Austen, Margaret Mitchell, or  Lucy Maud Montgomery?

How can I choose between Jane Austen and the creator of my beloved Anne?

Okay, I don't really mean that. But still. This is such an upsetting question!

I guess I have to go with L. M. Montgomery. I've been reading her books longer than Jane Austen, and I just love Anne and Gil and Avonlea too much to choose otherwise.

but I still love Jane Austen too!!!

Mr. Knightley, Mr. Darcy or Matthew Crawley?
Mmm.....well, this is easier in the sense that it's only between the first Wow. It's kind of even.
Mr. Knightley, Mr. Darcy, and Henry Tilney are my favorite Austen heroes. I just don't know which one is THE favorite....

awwwwwwww my word he is precious

Which Charlotte- Claudie Blakley or Lucy Scott?
Lucy Scott. She just is Charlotte for me. Although I did like how Claudie's Charlotte was more pitiable and sympathetic. I could understand her better than Lucy's Charlotte.

Thank you for reading! I wish I had time to touch on more of my favorite period dramas (there are sooo many) but this will have to do for now. :) Ta ta!


  1. Beaut post! =D Maths prohibits me from alas commenting longer.. :(
    Catch you round!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Evie! :D I hope math goes well for you! Good luck!

  2. Aww, I absolutely loved this post! :-D Now let me scroll to the top....
    My mother says I must wait till I'm older to read Jane Austen, but the first book I want to read of hers is Pride and Prejudice. (We have that and Emma.)
    Oh, I love all those dresses! You have very good taste. :-D And I too greatly dislike it when hairstyles are very pulled back and away from the face. I prefer softer looks. :-)
    Hehe, what is your opinion on Pride and Prejudice 2005? :-) I like it as a movie, but if we're talking about accuracy to the book I'd say the '95 is better in that regard. But I still love watching both.
    Haha, I would have the exact same reaction if someone asked which Downtown character I liked best. :-P
    Oh yes, BBC Robin Hood! There's no show like it. :-D It took me a while to soak in all that wonderfulness in that collage.
    Hehe, Lizzy Bennet has every right to be one of the most popular Austen heroines. :-)
    I love Matthew McFayden as Arthur Clennam too! I read the book and then watched the movie and was like, "YES. PERFECT." That movie is splendid!
    I'd say L.M. Montgomery too! Anne Shirley is just too unbeatable. :-D (And Gilbert Blythe and Matthew and Marilla and Rachel Lynde and Avonlea in general....)
    I haven't seen Henrey Tilney. (BTW, I always find -is Catherine her name? I think it is- her hairstyles so beautiful. And her clothes.) I think I'd have to go with Mr. Knightley.
    I'm not sure which as I haven't read the book but I prefer Claudie's I think, just because she is more understandable. (Although I still like Lucy's portrayal.)
    This post was lovely - and all the pictures were so pretty! :-)
    ~Miss Meg March

    1. Can I just add that I love all the gifs and I could watch the gif of Anne slapping Gilbert with her paper and his funny jerk all day long. :-P
      ~Miss Meg March

    2. Miss Meg March,
      Aw, how exciting! I'm sorry you have to wait to read Pride and Prejudice, but that will probably make it an even more delightful read because of the anticipation! :D I hope you like it when you read it! It is so good. :)

      Hmm...I should probably do a 95 vs. 05 post sometime. For me, the 1995 is the first and foremost version. I love it so much (other than Anne of Green Gables, I think it was my first "real"period drama that I watched!) and it is nearly perfect in every way. Now, I do not love the '05 version. But...I don't hate it either. I think it veers dramatically from the book in many instances, but I do enjoy it for its music, scenery, and for the fresh "different" take on Pride and Prejudice it has. So, long story short, the 1995 is my favorite, but I do enjoy the '05 version as well. :)

      You've seen BBC Robin Hood, too! Isn't it just amazing? And heartbreaking. :/ But we won't talk about that! ;)

      Haha, I love that. Yes, Lizzy certainly does have that right.

      Oh my, YES. I watched Little Dorrit before I read it, but I saw LD AFTER I'd seen the '05 P&P. Matthew M. was just "ok" in that as Darcy but when I saw him as Arthur I was blown away!!!!! He is absolutely amazing as Arthur. He just IS Arthur!

      Yes! I love Catherine's hairstyles too! Every time I watch NA I try to replicate her hairstyles. :)

      Heehee, I could watch that gif all day, too! :D

      Thank you SO much!

  3. I've never seen that old version of P&P, but I don't want to, haha. I have a friend who calls it 'the wooden version.' That sounds like a pretty accurate description, right? :-P


    I don't like Gwenyth Paltrow's hairstyle in Emma at all, either. In some scenes it's done very nicely, but in others, when it's pulled back SO excruciatingly tight it looks like she bald. Ugh, it's not very flattering.

    I didn't enjoy 'Under the Greenwood Tree' either! In fact we laugh at it a lot at our house. Especially the way Dick Dewy invited Fancy to the party, simply by SAYING 'par-y' twice. :-) It was just WEIRD and WEIRD and NO I DON'T LIKE IT. But 'The Mill on the Floss' is even worse, though. Don't you ever watch that. :-)

    Eck, what a tough question. I would've gone for Montgomery as well. She's just MY favourite. :-)


    Lovely to read a post again! <3
    ~ Naomi

    1. Hahaha, Naomi, tell your friend that is the PERFECT description of it!! Yes, don't watch it. :P It'd be a waste of your time when you could be watching the 1995 version. ;) haha

      I KNOW. It's soooo beautiful!!!! I pretty much loved every single one of her outfits. :)

      Oh my! I'm SO glad to hear I'm not the only one who didn't enjoy that movie! It was certainly that-weird. Didn't you feel that Fancy would have been better suited to the minister guy? Dick belonged with the girl who liked him. I just didn't like him and Fancy together At All.

      Thank you!! :)

  4. Oooooh! This tag is great! I'd almost like to do it. Is that all fair and legal?
    Haha! All the gifs you chose are perfect! "Insufferable!" "I DON'T KNOW!" and the Anne ones! Hahahaha! (By the way, I've never seen Doctor Who either...and don't know if I ever will. It doesn't strike me as my type of movie.)
    Wow! I'm sorry you had to suffer through that painful adaption of Pride and Prejudice! :) I've never seen it myself, but I can imagine! I like watching different versions of movies because it's so much fun to compare them...and to pick apart the ones I don't like! I'm afraid I greatly enjoy doing that. :/
    All the dresses you included...have you seen all of those movies? I'd like to see Northanger Abbey sometime, but I thought I read somewhere that there was something kind of objectionable in it. Is that true? Or am I getting it mixed up with another movie? The dress from Testament of Youth is beautiful!
    Pride and Prejudice 1995! Totally the best! And the 1995 Sense and Sensibility. I liked some things about the '08 version (Eleanor and Edward for one!) but there were some things I really didn't like, so I think overall the old one is better. Emma 1996 is your favorite? I have to admit, I didn't care for that one too much. It was too short. But I only saw it once, a long time ago, so I don't really remember it very well.
    I've never seen BBC's Robin Hood. How many seasons did it run?
    Arthur Clennam!!!! Yes, Matthew MacFayden was absolutely brilliant in that role! Of course when it comes to Mr. Darcy...Colin Firth wins without a question. :)
    I'm looking at all those Anne gifs again! *chuckle* ...and *sigh* The Anne movies are so good. (Excepting the third, of course. I didn't care for that one very much.) I think when it comes to the actual books...oh but I probably shouldn't go into that if I want to do this tag myself. That really would be okay for me to fill this out wouldn't it? Because I think it would be a lot of fun to do. Am I supposed to include the picture you have at the top, or is that something you added yourself?
    Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightly, and Henry Tilney are probably my three favorite Austen heroes, too. Haha! Those pictures of Henry Tilney! I really want to see that movie sometime! Is his character the same in the movie as in the book? ...Because if they change him I'm not going to like that very much. ;)
    Oh, this was such a fun post! And it all goes together so well with all the pictures and everything! It was a delight to read!

    ~Miss March

    1. Oh my, by all means!!! Please do it! I can't wait to read your post! :D (and no, you don't have to use the same picture I used :))

      Yes, I know what you mean. I think I'd like to watch Dr. Who, but I've heard different things it contains content-wise that I just don't want to watch. :P

      Hahaha, yes! I love watching different versions and picking apart the ones I don't like, too! Although some are just TOO awful to bear.....(my mom and I started watching an old BBC version of Emma....but we weren't 10 minutes into it until we shut it off because it was so annoying!)

      Yes! I have seen all of those movies, and I'd recommend each and everyone of them. But, I would advise caution on a few, though. Especially, as you said, Northanger Abbey. There are several scenes we skip in that movie. Which is unfortunate because the book, of course, is perfectly clean! I hate when movie makers "ruin" a movie. :P If you'd like particulars (where to skip) I can tell you! It is a sweet movie, despite its flaws.

      And yes! Henry is adorably sweet in the movie-just like the book! :D

      Yes, the 1996 Emma is my favorite. But, I've only seen the '09 Emma once. I'd like to see it again to see if my opinion wavers at all. :)

      Haha, yes! Colin Firth is the perfect Mr. Darcy. :)

      I know!!! I LOVE the Anne movies. I do wish the 2nd (and obviously 3rd) stuck closer to the books, though. I actually LIKE the 3rd, but almost as if it were a "different story". Do you know what I mean? I don't really see it as another Anne story. :)

      Thank you so much! :D

    2. Thank you, Natalie! I'm going to add this tag to my list of potential posts! (I have quite few cooking in my brain at the moment...I'm just not sure which one to do first.)

      Haha! The old BBC version of Emma! That was the first Emma we ever watched. We did make it through the whole movie, but I'm not sure I'd be able to do it again. If I remember correctly it felt more like a stage play...with everyone reading off their lines. The depth of emotion was not there like in the other versions of Emma. And I don't think there was ANY music in it except the beginning song, which got a little repetitive after awhile. Mr. Knightly was nice but a little to old, as was my opinion. Anyway, I understand why you turned it off. :)

      I know, right? Why do movie makers have to throw in all that unnecessary stuff? It's really sad with Northanger Abbey because that is such a good book and it is in no way deserving of inappropriate content. I guess I won't ask you for the particulars right now because I don't think I'll be watching it anytime soon and I'll probably just forget. Also, I'm pretty handy with the remote and can usually tell if a scene is going I might be okay going in blind. (Actually, I annoy my siblings sometimes because I'm a bit too jumpy and forward things that were really okay. Haha! Well, better safe than sorry!)

      Oh good! I'm glad they did Henry right in the movie. Henry has got to be done right! He's the best character!

      You really should watch Emma 2009 again. Not that you have to become a raving fan of it, or anything--but you might like it better the second time. Was the 1996 version the first one you'd ever watched? Because I can totally see why any other version wouldn't measure up if that is how you've always imagined the characters. (It's like that with the 1995 Pride and Prejudice for me. I'm SO used to those actors and actresses that the ones in the 2005 can't even come close to my opinion)

      I know what you mean about the third Anne movie. And yes, you almost have to take it as a "different story" because it is so different. I haven't seen it in a LONG time so I really don't remember much of it. I just know I was SUPER annoyed at that reporter guy that comes into it because it seemed like there was some sort of a romance between him and Anne...and Anne was MARRIED! That bugged me exceedingly. And it also annoyed me that Marilla was dead and Green Gables was a shambles and, just seemed kind of depressing. (Isn't it funny that Fred went from being a short dark-haired man to a tall blond? I was always impressed with the casting skills on that one! Haha!) But yeah, I totally don't mind if you like it! :) heehee! And I agree, the second Anne movie could have followed the book a lot better, too. I like the parts where she's in Avonlea best. Sometimes her time at the school gets a tad bit boring. But it's a really good movie overall, especially because she and Gilbert get together at the end! :) *happy sigh!*

      Grrrr...I don't know how to write short comments. :P Obviously being concise is not something I'm good at.

      ~Miss March

    3. Miss March,
      Yes!! A stage play is EXACTLY what we thought it was like! It definitely lacked emotion. :/

      Unfortunately pretty much all of the icky scenes in NA are related to Catherine's imaginative "dreams" and such. Only one scene pertains to Isabella and her...mistakes. It is really an adorable movie though, so I do hope you can try it some time! Heehee, that's fine. But if you want to know particulars, ask me any time! Once you know where the scenes are its pretty easy to skip. Haha! Yes! Definitely better safe than sorry!

      Haha, yes the 1996 was the first I watched. I like how the characters are portrayed in it, but I do see how the other is nicer because it's longer, more detailed, and delves into the characters more. The '96 tends to be a little lighter and more humorous. :) I can't wait to re-watch the 2009 sometime!

      Ugh, YES. That annoyed me exceedingly, too. Anne belongs with NO ONE but Gilbert and having her even slightly like someone else is terrible. It annoys my mom and I how Anne and Gil take foreeevvvveerr to get married in that movie. It's so weird, because in the books in was Anne's sons who went off to war, not Gil!
      Marilla...and Green Gables...yes. That was very depressing. :(
      Casting changes are hilarious! (or annoying, depending on who it is)

      Heehee, don't apologize! I love your long comments. :)

  5. Hahaha! You made me giggle aloud twice. First with the "This is actually quite a lovely picture from it but do not be deceived!!!" thing, and then with Charlotte calling Mr. Collins a hippie. Because then I got this image of Mr. Collins AS a hippie, and... giggling again.

    Henry Tilney may, I think be gradually supplanting Mr. Knightley and Mr. Darcy's tie for second place in my heart's roster of Jane Austen heroes. Captain Wentworth reigns supreme, but Henry Tilney... I think if I read NA again, he will sidestep neatly around them both. Sweet, understanding, thoughtful man.

    BTW, I was just reading recently in a book about Jane Austen's world (and piffle, now I can't remember which one) that gossamer gowns were really popular when she was in her 20s, and that some women would actually sometimes wet them down so they would be more sheer and stick to their figures. Ahem. Anyway, that makes me think that the floaty "nightgown" dresses in P&P05 might not be so inaccurate after all.

    Now I just need to remember which book that was in.

    1. Aww, thanks, Hamlette! I'm glad it made you laugh! Hahaha, isn't that Charlotte calling Mr. Collins a hippie thing so funny? My brother and I quoted it all the time after I first saw that picture.

      Yes, isn't Henry such a dear? It's so hard to choose just ONE Austen hero....they're all so different and yet all wonderful. :)

      I have to say that, I actually heard that before....ewwww! But, yes, that may account for the P&P dresses! Was the book, by any chance, "What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew"? I remember you mentioning somewhere that you were reading it. I read some of it a year or two ago, but I don't remember the dress thing in there. Then again, I skipped some sections due to their topic, so perhaps it was in those sections.

    2. No, I feel like I've read it much more recently than that. Possibly "Jane Austen's England" by Roy and Lesley Adkins, but I read that a couple years ago and I feel like this was more recent, like in an article about clothes through the centuries or something. Hmm hmm hmm. If I think of it, I'll let you know.

      But yes, odd and ewwy fashion trend.

    3. Haha, sounds great. Thanks! I'll look forward to hearing about it if you remember. :)

  6. Eeeeep, you did it!!!! (I can't remember if I tagged you or not. I'll check:D) And I loved the pictures you used.

    Haha, yay, another blogger who hasn't seen Doctor Who;D I have seen a little of Downton Abbey, though.


    Lucy Maud Montgomery and Henry Tilney are my favorites too:D And I agree, J J Field's Tilney was precious. So adorable:D

    Lovely answers!

    1. Hmm, I don't think it was you, but thanks! I checked your period drama tag post along with a couple others. I couldn't figure out who tagged me! :P

      hahaha, yes! It seems like sooo many people rave about Dr. Who. I think I would like it, but I've heard enough "other stuff" about it that I'd rather not. :(

      I KNNNOOOOWWWW!!! So so sweet.....

      Thank you so much!!!


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