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I was tagged by the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] birdienl, so here goes! :)

The rules:
- Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
- Tell us how you were introduced to Jane Austen and share one fun fact about your Janeite life (this fun fact can be anything from "I stayed up all night reading Emma" to "I visited Chawton and met Anna Chancellor.").
- Answer the tagger's questions.
- Write seven questions of your own.
- Tag as few as one or as many as seven other Janeites and let them know you've tagged them.

My introduction to Jane Austen: My memory is a little fuzzy, but I think it was because my Mom mentioned that I might like the A&E miniseries of Pride and Prejudice. Naturally, she was right! After that, I gobbled up other adaptions, and then the books. It's all a haze to look back on.

Fun fact about my Janeite life: I've never really taken to the word "Janeite." I feel like that is a word for a descendant or something. But I can't think of any term that works better, so Janeite will do. :)

1. About which secondary character in the Jane Austen novels would you love to read a full novel? (for example: Kitty Bennet, Sophia Wenthworth) How would the story go (or if you've read a good book/story about this, give a summary)

Such a tough question! Firstly, I'd like to know if William Price ever found a lady willing to wait for him, like Captain Wentworth. Secondly, I'd like to know what became of Mary Crawford, and if she ever fully recovered from her attachment to such an unflappably serious and stubborn young clergymen.

2. In which of the mansions/houses Jane Austen wrote about would you like to live?
Expenses NOT considered, Pemberley! Expenses considered, Barton Cottage or Longbourn. :)

3. What do you like best about the Regency era?
The manners, language, and fashion. Being socially awkward and reserved, I love how their etiquette had a strict, often distant structure, especially when mixing with strangers. The language is beautiful and engaging, and the fashion elegant and a little more practical than Elizabethan or Victorian. :)

4. Have you ever been to a Regency/Austen themed event?
No, alas, I have not!

5. What is your least favourite Austen adaptation and how would you improve it?
There are a few I haven't even bothered to watch, but of the ones I did, I would say the 2009 Emma. In this adaption, Mrs. Elton was more elegant and refined than Emma, and that rankled me very much. So I'd have Emma be more subdued and sophisticated.

6. If Lizzie for some reason could not end up with Darcy (sorry...) what other Austen hero do you think she could have married?
Henry Tilney is the first one that comes to mind (though, Lord, the combined mischievousness that would result)!

7. If you could have tea with Jane Austen, what would you most like to ask her?
Provided she was up to speed on the modern world, I would ask her what she loathed most about her day and age, and what she would have loathed most about my day and age. And then ask her what she liked best about both. :)

My questions:

1. Which Jane Austen character would adapt best if they were unceremoniously dumped into our time?

2. Which Jane Austen character do you find the most inspiring?

3. If Pride and Prejudice were set in a country other than England, which other country would suit the story best?

4. If you could steal the wardrobe of any Jane Austen character in any adaption, whose wardrobe would you take?

5. If you could cast any British actor or actress for any Jane Austen role, who would be your first pick, and who would he or she play?

6. Would you want to write alternate beginning or ending for one of Jane Austen's stories? If so, which story would you choose and what would you change?

7. If you could pitch a plot for a novel to Jane Austen, what would you ask her to write?

Tagging: Everyone who wants to play along! Come now, don't be shy! :)
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