What better say I than a good old Jane Austen Tag for Valentine's Day? So here, courtesy of the one and only Hamlette and her lovely party, are my answers -
Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?
Pride and Prejudice in audiobook form. We listened to it aloud so many times! I think we even listened to it when moving across the country. So yes, even though I wouldn't say it is my favorite it was a story that has always been with me, as in fact, have all of her stories. :)
What is your favorite Austen book?
Sense and Sensibility or Mansfield Park; however, Persuasion is very short and sweet...
Favorite heroine? Why do you like her best?
Fanny. She is sweet and gentle, yet refuses to be swayed by the opinions of anyone.
Favorite hero? Why do you like him best?
My favorite Austen gentleman is surprisingly enough Tom in Mansfield Park (more on that anon), but for heroes... Never, never did I think I would be saying this, but I really think it might be Captain Wentworth; however, Colonel Brandon and Edward come in as very close seconds.
As for reasons for admiration... Colonel Brandon is the most gentlemanly man I've ever known, Edward has glints of humor and Captain Wentworth just has a zing about him.
Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Austen's work?
The '08 Sense and Sensibility is STUNNING in my opinion, the '81 adaptation of the same is lovely and the '95 Pride and Prejudice and the '09 Emma are simply definitive things, but the one I love best overall and for everything that makes it up is the '07 Persuasion.
Have your Austen tastes changed over the years?
If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?
"Miss Jane, do you enjoy riding?"
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?
Ha, I have no idea! I'm actually quite content with the adaptations there are so I haven't really got strong feelings about the matter. It would be fine perhaps to have another, more lavish Mansfield Park, but in many ways I think the 1986's couldn't be topped so there it is. :)
Share up to five favorite Jane Austen quotations!
Random Austen sayings are always coming to mind, especially in regards to certain branches of society, but my very favorite (especially as done by Jeremy Northam) is Mr. Knightley's: EmMMA! :)
" 'I see what you think of me,' said he gravely; 'I shall make a very poor figure in your
'Yes; I know exactly what you will say: - Friday went to the Lower Rooms; wore my sprigged muslin robe with blue trimmings - plain black shoes - appeared to much advantage; but was strangely harassed by a queer, half-witted man, who would make me dance with him, and distressed me by his nonsense.' "
- Northanger Abbey
"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment."
- Pride and Prejudice
" 'My Dear Admiral, that post! - we shall certainly take that post.'
But by coolly giving the reins a better direction herself, they happily passed the danger; and by once afterwards judiciously putting out her hand, they neither fell into a rut or ran foul of a dung-cart; and Anne, with some amusement at their style of driving, which she imagined no bad representation of the general guidance of their affairs, found herself safely deposited by them at the cottage."
Finally... this may seem a rather odd choice, but for various reasons it is one of the most memorable to me -
"The sufferings Lady Bertram did not see had little power over her fancy; and she wrote very comfortably about agitation and anxiety, and poor invalids, till Tom was actually conveyed to Mansfield, and her own eyes had beheld his altered appearance. Then, a letter which she had been previously preparing for Fanny was finished in a different style, in the language of real feeling and alarm; then, she wrote as she might have spoken. 'He is just come, my dear Fanny, and is taken
up-stairs; and I am so shocked to see him, that I do not know what to do. I am sure he has been very ill. Poor Tom; I am quite grieved for him, and very much frightened, and so is Sir Thomas; and how glad I should be if you were here to comfort me. But Sir Thomas hopes he will be better to-morrow, and says we must consider his journey.' "
- Mansfield Park
And now I want to go read every single one of these books again!
Thank you so much for the great questions, Hamlette! I greatly enjoyed answering them. :)