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Mondays can be hard . . .

. . . so here’s a pic of the cutest mug ever. Enjoy! ♥

via Helen Warlow on Twitter

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Mr. Darcy or Professor Bhaer?

If you’re a fan of both Little Women and Pride and Prejudice, as I am, you may find this article by Clare Church, “Let’s Stop Romanticizing Mr. Darcy When There Are Way Better Options in Literature,” of great interest. She makes some thought-provoking points about kindness, personal growth, and a heroine’s choice. 

Leaving us with a fun/difficult question: if you had to choose, which hero would it be?

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“Is that coffee too strong?”

Happy Monday, friends. :)

Comic: "Is that coffee too strong?"

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Further Austenian fun . . .

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that when you write a blog post musing about the best Mr. Darcy in film, you must also write a post about the best Elizabeth Bennet!

The contenders (in chronological order):

Greer Garson, in the 1940 film version of Pride and Prejudice . . .

Elizabeth Garvie, in the 1980 BBC production . . .

. . . Jennifer Ehle, in the groundbreaking 1995 A&E miniseries . . .

. . . Keira Knightley, in the 2005 film . . .

. . . and finally, Anna Maxwell Martin, in the 2013 production of Death Comes to Pemberley . . .

While I think all these actresses did a fantastic job in their respective productions (even the ghastly 1940 film), for me it’s a tossup between Keira Knightley and Anna Maxwell Martin. Knightley seems about the right age for Lizzie, and really captures her liveliness and charm, her strong sense of self, her impulsivity. And Martin shines with intelligence, kindness, and strength of character — qualities I would completely associate with a somewhat older Lizzie.

Who’s your favorite Elizabeth Bennet?

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“I’ll swim to the refrigerator for you”

Ah, love in its purest form. :)

Comic: Sherman's lagoon: "I'll swim to the refrigerator for you"

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Macfadyen for the win!

It’s a subject of much debate: which actor is the best Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice? Here I weigh in — with, of course, complete subjectivity.

First, although I admire Laurence Olivier very much, not even he could redeem the subpar 1940 adaptation.

Photo: Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy

I do think Colin Firth did an excellent job back in ’95 . . .

Photo: Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

. . . as did Matthew Rhys in the more recent Death Comes to Pemberley . . .

Photo: Matthew Rhys as Mr. Darcy

. . . but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Matthew Macfedyen’s portrayal in the 2005 version of P&P.  He’s so wonderfully dour (and painfully shy).

And if you feel the same way, you might want to check out Sharon Lathan’s marvelous and extensive gallery of images! I’ve pulled a few here to share with you.

Photo: Matthew Macfadyen

Photo: Matthew Macfadyen

Photo: Matthew Macfadyen

Photo: Matthew Macfadyen

Easy on the eye, isn’t he? ;)

Sharon’s written several Austen-inspired novelsand she’s launched her very own online shop, the Lady Bonnet Boutique, which offers gorgeous Regency-era hats of her own design and crafting as well as period reticules and jewelry. Check it out here.

 

 

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“I let my houseplants die”

LOL! Would totally subscribe.Comic: "Bad Housekeeping"

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Last call!

My latest newsletter goes out on Thursday, featuring book recommendations I’m excited to share . . .

Graphic: Lisa Berne book recommendations: The Bollywood Bride, Clean Breaks, The Unfinished Clue. . . my latest news . . .

Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love

. . . and a fabulous giveaway from my Penhallow Dynasty series!

Graphic: Penhallow Dynasty series by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

If you haven’t already subscribed, would you like to? There’s an easy-peasy signup form here on my website, and on my Facebook page, too.

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“I dwell in possibility”

Inspiring words for a Monday. ♥

Graphic: "I dwell in possibility"

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Spring fling giveaway!

Spring is here at last, and I’m so happy I’m positively giddy! And I’m celebrating in my next newsletter by giving away ten copies from my Penhallow Dynasty series!

Graphic: Penhallow Dynasty series by Lisa Berne (Avon Books)

As a newsletter subscriber, you’re automatically entered to win. If you’re not already a subscriber, would you like to be? There’s an easy-peasy signup form on my website, and on my Facebook page as well. And hurry — this next newsletter goes out on April 11.

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