Between the 2005 and 1995 versions of P&P, which Darcy do you prefer?
The 2005 by a long ways, though I can’t say I care for that one either—it’s not that the interpretation is better, just that it doesn’t piss me off nearly as much.
Essentially, the 1995 version is pop culture Darcy: a dickish, humourless, brooding alpha male (commanding, decisive, etc) with some basic decency under the layers of asshole, consumed by passion for a woman he gradually learns to truly love, which transforms!!! him into an A++ guy.
Matthew Macfadyen’s is ultimate woobie Darcy: shy, awkward, solemn, rather sweet, confused by an instant and bewildering passion, increasingly informal. Elizabeth’s conception of him is plainly wrong and I kind of want to wrap him in a blanket and give him cookies.
That’s not Darcy—both basically take a side of his character and supercharge it—but I have such a towering resentment of sexy brooding asshole Darcy that I’ll take it.
zaataronpita asked for #5, ‘say something in a different language.’
I read my favourite scene from P&P in Spanish. My awkward spoken Spanish, but there you go :)
I finally finished Mansfield Park '83. It took some time to get into it, but it was probably the best "austen flavor" adaptation.Have you seen it? Thoughts? - Also, Sienna Miller is about to become our first Lady Susan!
I’ve seen it, but I don’t care for it—partly because I think it’s just mediocre TV, partly because none of the characterizations really struck any particular chord for me (they’re not bad, like so many MP ones are, not especially great). I, personally, feel that ‘plodding’ is not a great interpretation of a spare, witty writer like Austen. :\
(The 1979 P&P is very good on character with a few notable exceptions, so I overlook the production style. Mostly.)
ohh, I just saw! That looks potentially very cool! *fingers crossed*
What's your favorite adaptation of each of Austen's books?
P&P: 1979/1980 version with Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul, flawed though it is.
S&S: 1995 (?) with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, ditto.
Mansfield Park: 2007 mostly because Crawfords. They are all terrible, however.
Emma: CluelessCluelessCluelessCLUELESS, best Austen adaptation hands down, possibly best adaptation of anything ever
Persuasion: the one with Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root (1996?)
Northanger Abbey: 2007 for lack of contenders. (And it was far and away the best of the ITV lot and beautifully cast, even if Andrew Davies’ approach still aggravates me.)
there’s no Lady Susan afaik :(
why :( :(
Mrs and Mr Darcy, have they read the Narn? Did they like it? How about LOTR? Not really their kinda stuff i guess but it doesnt hurt to ask
errrr assuming P&P is set when it was written ~1796 (I do), Darcy and Elizabeth would be born in 1768 and 1775, respectively. Even if they live long lifetimes, they’ll likely be dead by the 1850s, a hundred years before LOTR was published and even longer before the Narn was.
or did you mean, would they like it if they’d had a chance? I tend to think Darcy would like LOTR, while Elizabeth would find it rather dull, with songs and long descriptions and hardly any women. The Narn should be better, but she finds it kind of unreadable and much too dark.
alternately, the Middle-earth versions I came up with—Lossebeth of Eriador and Araval of Belfalas … well, they lived through the War of the Ring, though much of it was pretty distant for Lossebeth. I think she likes the stories of the war better than he does, especially the triumphant ones. The Narn is too depressing. Araval, on the other hand, likes the sweep of it. He thinks Túrin is an ass, though.
push off a cliff: Admiral Crawford. What a jerk.
set on fire: Mrs Norris, NO CONTENDERS. D: D: D:
be roommates with: weirdly, I think Julia Bertram. I can’t help but think Edmund or Fanny would be judgey about my taste in entertainment, Maria would be incredibly obnoxious, and Julia would just be reasonably pleasant and indifferent.
Okay Pride and Prejudice for the meme
push off a cliff: Mr Collins!
marry: Charlotte, if only I had money :\
set on fire: WICKHAM. BURN, ASSHOLE.
be roommates with: Georgiana! Sweet and quiet. :)
modern P&P snippet
I wrote this over Christmas for tulinlina, but belatedly thought it might be of interest to some of you all—modern Pemberley (not a business!), inspired by the sudden reblogs on this.
so between 1995 and 2005 there’s ten years so wE CAN MAKE A NEW PRIDE AND PREJUDICE NEXT YEAR
it should have been last year, for the bicentennial