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“Mr. Darcy falls in love with Ms. Bennet”

Fellow Jane Austen fans! This irreverent little video made me laugh SO HARD. Enjoy!

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My hero!

As I’m writing, I like to have some kind of visual inspiration for my protagonists. Here’s how I sort of picture the hero in my next book, Engaged to the Earl.

Photograph: Richard Rankin

What do you think? Are you inspired, too? ;)

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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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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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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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McDreamy!

This photo recently crossed my newsfeed. And boy, do I want to write a romance novel with this guy as my hero. ♥

Photo: Patrick Dempsey

 

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“I believe that there is nobody for anyone”

Just one of the relentlessly cynical things Frank says in Destination Wedding, a quirky, funny movie starring Wynona Ryder (Lindsay) and Keanu Reeves (Frank). They play two sidelined misfits at a — yes — destination wedding who, despite themselves, ultimately create a connection. Or at least the beginnings of a connection.

Image: Destination Wedding starring Keanu Reeves and Wynona Ryder

Hope really does spring eternal. :)

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Swooniness!

Is that even a word? If not, it should be. Because I’ve been watching Kurt Seyit and Sura lately. It may not be the most fast-paced show I’ve ever seen, but talk about romantique! 

Image from Kurt Seyit ve Sura, via Ay Yapim

From Kurt Seyit ve Sura, via Ay Yapim

Also, just look at the hero’s HAIR.

Image from Kurt Seyit ve Sura, via Ay Yapim

From Kurt Seyit ve Sura, via Ay Yapim

Here’s a great post about the series on Willow and Thatch: “7 Reasons to Watch Kurt Seyit and Sura.” Enjoy!

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“So you like your gift?”

Happy Valentine’s Day. :)

Comic: "So you like your gift?"

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged . . .”

“. . . that love is complicated.” What a fun graphic delineating the romantic relationships in Pride and Prejudice.

Graphic: Pride and Prejudice romantic relationships, via Shmoop

via the Jane Austen Centre

Speaking of Jane Austen, you may also enjoy my Bookish post on why she is a huge source of inspiration to romance novelists everywhere.

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