. . . in this short, sweet, funny video from Harlequin Books. Even if you’re in a lousy mood, I promise it will have you smiling at the end!
So, do you remember Matthew Lewis when he played Neville Longbottom back in the day?
Here’s Matthew Lewis these days.
Please can he be the model for the hero in my next book???
So, we’ve got . . .
Adrian Lukis in the ’95 A&E production of Pride and Prejudice . . .
. . . Rupert Friend in the ’05 film version of P&P . . .
. . . and Matthew Goode in the ’13 miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley . . .
Whereas in previous posts I’ve had some pretty strong opinions as to the “best” one, here I’m stumped. I think that each of these actors was marvelous, although Rupert Friend, in my opinion, struggled with a too-limited role. Who’s your favorite Wickham?
Fellow Jane Austen fans! This irreverent little video made me laugh SO HARD. Enjoy!
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.
What do you think? Are you inspired, too? ;)
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?
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?
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.
I do think Colin Firth did an excellent job back in ’95 . . .
. . . as did Matthew Rhys in the more recent Death Comes to Pemberley . . .
. . . 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.
Easy on the eye, isn’t he? ;)
Sharon’s written several Austen-inspired novels, and 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.
This photo recently crossed my newsfeed. And boy, do I want to write a romance novel with this guy as my hero. ♥