ever_maedhros: (purple liv)
. . . that Jane Austen temporary tattos exist. No, really, they do.

And I didn't know I needed such a thing until now. Mercy me.
ever_maedhros: (bale laurie)


Frozen was almost an instant favorite with me. The first few times I watched it, there was a familiar quality to the story that I just couldn't put my finger on, but I dismissed it, and sang along to "Let it Go" for the thousandth time. Then it hit me:
Elsa's and Anna's personalities parallel the personalities of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.

To feel or not to feel . . . )
ever_maedhros: (lizzy yellow)
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. :)

On to the questions! )
ever_maedhros: (ada bleak house)
22 Sense and Sensibility (2008) Icons



More this way . . . )
ever_maedhros: (lizzy yellow)
I was randomly searching Jane Austen-related articles, and I found this article about her newly-released and published will. And there's a ton of others, besides.

I don't know why, but knowing who she left what, and what was important to her, makes me feel happy and sad at the same time.
ever_maedhros: (lizzy)
I stumbled across a book title that got me really, really excited: The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder. ZOMG. Laura Ingalls Wilder shaped my girlhood, and Jane Austen shaped my teen years. Must. Read. This. Book.

But when I actually started reading it today, I didn't get far before I lost patience.

And nowhere is Lizzy's raucus, flawed, and decided sense of self more clear or more enticing than in the moments in which she does the exact opposite of what she is expected to do.


A nice thought, except raucus? Raucus, as in harsh or rough? (I looked up Wiktionary's definition, just to make sure I remembered the meaning right.) Raucus and Miss Lizzy in the same sentence? Wow, which version of Pride and Prejudice have I been reading? I'm sorry, but Elizabeth Bennet is not raucus, nor are her manners. Nor, even, is her "sense of self" as a connoisseur of human folly.

Reading further, the intense admiration for Austen is adorable, but the constant harping on self and sense of self drove me nuts. Is it really so hard to figure out who you are and who you want to be? It must be for some, though that's kinda hard for me to relate. For me, the hard part is letting other people figure out who you really are, because that requires a lot of trust.
ever_maedhros: (liz wave)
Happy 200th Anniversary to one of my favorite novels of all time! Congratulations, Miss Austen. Your work is still very much appreciated, even after all these years. If we fanatics have anything to say about it, we'll keep on reading and discussing and admiring for another two hundred years as well. And another two hundred after that.



It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.


Those words are immortal, and also one of the best and briefest proofs that Pride and Prejudice is not simply another mushy romance novel. The opening line is not about twu wuv, or how lonely hearts are destined to find each other some day, or some similar drivel. If Elizabeth Bennet's story was a romance, the first words would reflect that. They would promise sugar and spice and everything nice, drowned in saccharine feelings. Instead, Miss Austen provides us with a wry spin on life's quirks. If anything, it's a (somewhat gentle) parody of romance. She gives us the promise of a witty caper in manners, social commentary, and the way impressions and perceptions alter over time.

One more point, and I'll give it a rest. The title is Pride and Prejudice, not Love and Romance.
ever_maedhros: (lizzy)
January 28th is almost here. Even though I've been beating my head against a wall, I still haven't come up with anything I feel is truly splendid enough for a Pride and Prejudice bicentennial celebration. All I've got is a post series about why I love P&P (and why it's not "just another romance novel" at all). And, of course, a big icon post in the making. So I'm going to do that, though I may be a trifle late, since I'm having a hard time organizing all my ideas.

In other news, my siblings and I watched The Sword in the Stone for the first time in FOREVER today. Blast from the past! We completely forgot how funny the squirrel scene was. I think "She can't be sidetracked!" is going to become one of my new favorite quotes. :)

ever_maedhros: (you're kidding right)
Apparently, the latest insult against dead literary giants that can't defend their own works anymore is. . . revamping classics so they read like Fifty Shades of Grey.

Yeah, you read that right.

And I thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was infuriating. That's got NOTHING on this. I'm not sure whether to shoot myself or go on a killing spree.

WRITE YOU OWN FREAKING BOOKS YOU LAZY, GREEDY, PATHETIC PERVERTS.

Or just stick to fanfiction, at the very least. Do NOT tamper with the original work, written in blood and sweat and tears, of writers to whom you can't even begin to compare. Show some respect, even if you have no restraint or dignity.

Sorry if you can't hear me over my screams of "SACRILEGE!" Jane Austen is my hero, and has been for years, and I can't stand it when people trample her work because they're too stupid or too lazy to appreciate its wit and subtlety. I've just been reading a compiled work of her letters, and feeling more in awe of her than ever.

I'm going to go listen to some soothing music. Or something. Something to make me feel better, because I care too much.
ever_maedhros: (emma close up)


Rachel Portman is a genius, especially at capturing Emma's mischievous side. :)
ever_maedhros: (emma1)
- 40 Sense and Sensibility 1995 Icons
- 02 Sense and Sensibility 1995 Wallpapers

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More to come . . . )
ever_maedhros: (lizzy)


Thanks to that site and Jane Austen's Library, I am now hoping against hope that there's an entire audiobook of P&P narrated by Matthew Macfayden, available. Somewhere. It has to be somewhere. PLEASE.
ever_maedhros: (christine hannibal)
Tell me you want to play and I'll pick up to three of your fandoms (a list might be helpful). Then update your journal and answer the following questions:

1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?

2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?

3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?

4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?

5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?

[livejournal.com profile] litlover12 chose these for me: "Phantom", Jane Austen, and Audrey Hepburn.

Warning--I get really long-winded when I talk about stuff I love . . . )
ever_maedhros: (christine hannibal)
- 30 Sense and Sensibility 1995 Icons

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More to come . . . )
ever_maedhros: (lizzy)

I am Elinor Dashwood!


Take the Quiz here!

ever_maedhros: (rain arrow)
- 70 Emma Icons (1996 Kate Beckinsale version)
- 4 Emma Banners
- 2 Emma Wallpapers

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Badly done, Emma! )
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- 58 Pride and Prejudice 1995 Icons

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Shelves in the closet . . . happy thought . . . )

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