Friday, August 16, 2013

FaceTime Friday | Pride & Prejudice Version

Welcome to FaceTime Friday! Something we came up with to help us

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keep in touch – as if we need another way – and a great way to discuss our favorite topics. Books | Movies | & More.
In case you missed our first FaceTime Friday, click HERE to check out our
thoughts on The Host | by Stephenie Meyer.

*Warning: We have a tendency to get off topic.*

This weeks topic is the many ways our lives are permeated by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

It goes without saying that we are obsessed with Pride & Prejudice and not just the book, but we are die-hard fans of the movie. The movie being the Keira Knightly &  Matthew MacFayden adaptation [2005].

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We have acquired many Pride & Prejudice paraphernalia.
– The movie [obviously].
Book [ various versions, editions, & adaptations ]
We both have a scarf with Mr. Darcy’s [1st] proposal [which Heather got from this etsy store.]
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed.
You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire & love you.”
Heather has a bracelet gifted to her from Christie that contains various words from the book.
Heather has a tote bag containing Pride & Prejudice illustrations.

One of our favorite modern parallels of Pride & Prejudice would most definitely be Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg.

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If you haven’t seen Bridget Jones’ Diary, that would probably be the most recent modern film retelling of Pride & Prejudice. Is there one we are missing or perhaps haven’t heard of that you know of?

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[ Our conversation took a brief detour from P&P to other interesting topics that may be discussed in future FaceTime Fridays….let us continue on]
That conversation went as follows….

Max Irons hottness in The Host -> Max Irons bare bum in The White Queen -> The Host [movie] getting bashed because of Twilight -> Stephenie Meyer being “so over” Twilight -> and now back to P&P.

You could say we are a little A.D.D.

Christie: “Mr. Darcy was my very first literary boyfriend. I loved him. I LOVED him. At 12, I knew he was the one and I haven’t gotten over him since. He still had me at ‘she’s not handsome enough to tempt me’.”

Heather: ” I was 15 I believe when I first found myself being swept up in Pemberly and admiring Elizabeth Bennet. I then got caught up in the love story of Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy and I have been caught up ever since.”

Our favorite scene [final proposal]
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“What the BLEEP is it about meadows?!?!” Christie

It is definitely a classic that everyone should read at least once. Many perceive most classics to be difficult to read, but the language of Pride & Prejudice is contemporarily translatable than some other classic novels.

Christie’s favorite scene in the book/movie other than Mr. Darcy’s second proposal, or as well call it THE MEADOW, would be Elizabeth’s refusal of Mr. Collins’ proposal.
“Upon my word, sir,” cried Elizabeth, “your hope is a rather extraordinary one after my declaration.  I do assure you that I am not one of those young ladies (if such young ladies there are) who are so daring as to risk their happiness on the chance of being asked a second time.  I am perfectly serious in my refusal.  You could not make me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who could make you so.”

For Heather, she loves the line in the book spoken by Miss. Bingley when she is trying to impress Mr. Darcy in front of Elizabeth while they are all gathered at Netherfield.
“How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! 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.” Chapter 11

Matthew MacFayden, who portrayed Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, said, ” Mr. Darcy may appear to be aloof, arrogant haughty, pompous, prideful, but he’s just misunderstood. He’s shy, I think, is what it is. He’s just shy.”
Quoted from Remarkably Jane: Notably Quotations on Jane Austen

[ This quote book was purchased by Heather on a trip to the mountains last September. She is a sucker for any and all things Jane Austen.]

So, let’s chat! Have you read Pride & Prejudice? Since this is only our 2nd FaceTime Friday post, what do you think so far? Any suggestions as to what we should talk about next week?

Happy reading!

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