February 11, 2017

I Love Austen Week//The Tag

Happy "I Love Austen Week", my friends!!! *throws confetti hearts* If you haven't hear, Hamlette is hosting this blog party over at Hamlette's Soliloquy. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should. There will be lots of fun posts and reviews....and I may or may not have heard rumors of a giveaway. ;)

Hamlette has put together a lovely list of questions for the party, and here I am today to give you my exciting answers. (Actually, they're boring answers. But I trust you'll stick around anyways. :P)

1.  Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?
Pride and Prejudice 1995. :)

Totally handsome enough:

2.  What is your favorite Austen book?
Sense and Sensibility, without a doubt. Here's my review of it.

3.  Favorite heroine?  Why do you like her best?
Oooh, that's hard. It would be between Elinor Dashwood and Elizabeth Bennet. I relate the most to Elinor, but I admire Lizzy quite a bit....I guess I'll say Lizzy. I just love how outgoing and witty and fun she is. :)

4.  Favorite hero?  Why do you like him best?
Mr. Knightley. Because he's so kind, so caring, and so unselfish. <3
"I examined my own heart, and there you were... never, I fear, to be removed." -- BBC's adaptation of Emma:

5.  Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Austen's work?
Probably Pride and Prejudice, 1995. ;)

6.  Have your Austen tastes changed over the years?  (Did you start out liking one story best, but now like another better?  Did you think she was boring at first, then changed your mind?  Etc.)
Mmmm. I don't think so? I think I've grown in my conviction that Mr. Knightley is my favorite hero. A couple years ago, I would have still been undecided between him, Mr. Darcy, and Henry Tilney. I've also grown to love the 2009 Emma film. I used to not like it very much. Shocking, I know. :P

7.  Do you have any cool Austen-themed things (mugs, t-shirts, etc)?  (Feel free to share photos if you want.)
I have a Jane Austen journal! I unfortunately have already filled it up, but it was fun using while it lasted. :)

8.  If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?
Why didn't she give Fanny and Edmund a more convincing resolution? :P

9.  Imagine someone is making a new film of any Jane Austen story you choose, and you get to cast the leads.  What story do you want filmed, and who would you choose to act in it?
Well, I would definitely say Mansfield Park needs a new adaption. As for the leads....goodness, I don't know. 

Perhaps as Allan Leech as Edmund and Eleanor Tomlinson as Fanny??

Bertie Pelham will be back in the Christmas episode as will Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge as the Crawleys celebrate "an unforgettable New Year's Eve":
I think this is Georgianna Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberly? :) I liked her a lot. She was so sweet.:

10.  Share up to five favorite Jane Austen quotations!

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” 
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

(still undecided whether this would be okay to quote in polite conversation. :P)


“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” 
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

(this is, unfortunately, true) 

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

~ Amazing Llibraries:
“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!” 
― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
(me again)

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” 
― Jane Austen
(this is also me)


(Hee. I admit I just went onto goodreads and copied five Austen quotes that I really like, but I found it funny that they revolve around books, staying at home, and being an incurable romantic :P)

Thanks for this fun tag, Hamlette! Everyone, make sure to check out the giveaway and all the other Jane Austen festivities happening. :)


  1. I want your version of Mansfield Park put into production immediately. Those casting choices look perfect!

  2. I never would have thought of Branson for Edmund - different physical type from how I imagine - but you're right, he'd be really good!

    1. Catherine,
      He isn't quite how I originally pictured him either, but while trying to think of an actor, he came to mind and seemed a pretty good choice. :) Thanks!

  3. I don't mind the 1997 Mansfield Park, but I agree it could use an updated adaptation and your casting of Edmund and Fanny is perfect! <3

    Also, I love that Mr. Darcy meme.

  4. "Dear Diary . . . I lied. She's totally handsome enough to tempt me."


    I'm almost 100% sure the first JA novel I read was "Emma"? My mom had a copy and she let me read it. I was 14 or something at the time; and I was absolutely mesmerized by the beauty of the writing. And Chapter Forty-Nine didn't hurt any either ;-) I still consider it one of the greatest proposal scenes I've ever read, ever.

    I completely agree with you--we MUST HAVE a new Mansfield Park movie!!! (And a new Persuasion movie, too; but one thing at a time.) Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, yes, Alan Leech as Edmund would be perfect . . . I've always rather fancied Mia Wasikowska (you know, "Jane Eyre") as Fanny? But she's 27 so pretty soon she'll be too old . . .

    1. Jessica,
      I know, right? So funny. :D

      I was about 14 when my mom first introduced me to Jane Austen, too! Seems like a good age for it. :) Ahhhh yes, when I read Emma I absolutely loved the writing, too. I need to re-read it...
      Definitely one of the loveliest proposals. :)

      Between the 2007 and 1995 Persuasion, I'm pretty satisfied, but a new adaption would be fun. It's been ten years, after all. :P We're DEFINITELY due for MP, though. It just hasn't been done quite right yet. Hmm, I can't say Mia Wasikowska would be my first choice for Fanny, but I'm glad you agree about Edmund! Alan Leech just came to mind by chance. :)

  5. Northanger Abbey was the first Jane Austen book I've ever read. Catherine Morland is my favorite but I also love Emma.
    Yes! Mr.Knightley is the best! Also love Mr.Tilney!
    My friends get mad at me when I say my favorite P&P movie is the newer one but I still haven't watched the old one the entire way through...which is horrible!
    Loved this post!

    1. Morgan,
      Cool! I haven't read NA in a long time, but I really want to. :)
      Yay for Mr. Knightley and Henry Tilney. :D
      Oooh, well, I love the 1995 P&P the best, but I do like some aspects of the 2005. :) You should at least try watching the old one in its entirety. It's really good. :)
      Thank you!

  6. Goodness! I LOVE your casting for Mansfield Park! That's the one I chose too- and I even picked Eleanor Tomlinson for Fanny, haha :) I love Allan Leech as Edmund, though- not one I would have thought of, but I can totally see it now.

    1. Thanks, Hayden! Ever since seeing that photo of her in "Death Comes to Pemberley" I knew she would do a great job as Fanny. I never thought of Allan as Edmund, either, till writing this post. :)

  7. That first picture is so true!!!
    Great cast for Mansfield Park!!!!

  8. I agree with those above -- the Mr. Darcy meme is hilarious! I laughed aloud.

    I have actually used the line about intolerable stupidity in polite conversation, but not to someone who doesn't like books. Rather, when a new acquaintance and I were remarking on our similar tastes -- we both divulged that we love reading classics, and then I said something like, "Oh, that's great! After all, any gentleman or lady who..."

    1. Haha, glad you liked it, Hamlette! :D

      Ooh, that's fun! I could see myself using it with someone who similarly likes books, like you did, but I probably wouldn't use it with someone who disliked books. But I'd probably think it. ;)

  9. 1. "Dear Diary, I lied...she's totally handsome enough to tempt me." Hahaha. I love that. That's hilariously perfect. :)

    3. It really IS hard picking a favorite, isn't it? They're all so good.

    4. Awwww. So true! I LOVE MR. KNIGHTLEY!!!!

    6. Eeek! It makes me so happy they've grown to love Emma 2009! You know how much I love that movie. ;)

    8. Exactly. A bit more detail would have been much appreciated.

    9. Cool choices. Personally, I'm horrible at casting people, so it's really fun to see other people do it.

    10. "still undecided whether this would be okay to quote in polite conversation." Mwahaha. That's a legitimate question, I must say. ;) Oh! you chose so many good quotes!! Love it! :D

    1. Miss March,
      1. Isn't it, though? :D

      3. Yes!!


      6. Hee, I do! I really don't know WHY I didn't like it the first time I watched it, so long ago. It's really wonderful and beautiful. :)

      Thanks so much!! :D

  10. I agree with everyone else--that meme of Mr. Darcy is hilarious!
    Aww, I love what you said about Mr. Knightley! He's one of my top favorites, too. :)
    By the way, your blog design is soo very pretty!

    1. Thanks, Molly Rebekah! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. :)
      Awwwww. Thank you! :D

  11. I think I'll join the crowd in saying that I had not even considered Branson for Edmund - he was simply a Downton Abby character, not an Austen one - but yet it seems to fit! (after all, Dan Stevens made me adore Edward Farras...)

  12. No, your answers were probably the best ones I've read yet! :D

    HAHA THAT DARCY PICTURE. I chuckled out loud.

    What?! You disliked Emma 2009 at one point?! NATALIE. I'm glad to see you've improved your ways. ;D

    Those quotes were great. :D We're all such incurable romantics, aren't we? I sometimes wonder if there are enough romantic men to go around us all, haha. ;) (But I've also found that one can be surprised at how romantic a guy actually CAN be when he loves a girl. It changes people, or shows you what they're really like, haha.)

    ~Miss Meg

    1. Aww, really? Thank you!!

      YES. :D

      I'm very glad, too!

      Right?? I feel the same way. But you made a good point. Guys don't go around quoting love stories or sighing over fictional characters the way we girls tend to. ;)


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