1. How did you get into period dramas?
I’ve been a fan of old-fashioned movies for so long I can’t quite say. The first one I saw, though, was Anne of Green Gables, so long ago I can’t remember exactly when, but I remember liking it ever since I was about 4. The first one that got me started into the general realm of “period dramas”, though, simultaneously began with my interest in Jane Austen: when I watched Sense and Sensibility (1995) with my older sister about 2 ½ years ago. I remember soon afterwards watching Pride and Prejudice (1995) for the first time, and I was gone. ;-) I adored the whole thing and felt so happy at the end!
|Perhaps my favorite couple in period drama - |
Emma and Mr. Knightley (2009)
3. Do you usually read a book and then watch the adaptation or do you watch the adaptation and then read the book?
Unfortunately the latter. Although that is one of the good things about period dramas – they make you interested in the classics, and help you know whether you’ll like the book or not. But it’s always good to read the book first if possible.
4. What are your top three period dramas and why?
This is a little harder than writing about my top 3 favorite Jane Austen movies! Here goes –
1. Pride and Prejudice (BBC/A&E, 1995)
My favorite movie! Unlike some, I celebrate the fact that it is 5 hours long, because then it can begin to do justice to the story, and it provides all the more to enjoy! It has very good acting, and feels nice and old-fashioned, not that modern feeling some have, and very close to the book. My favorite part of the movie is the visit to Pemberley; and my favorite scene is the one that starts with Lizzy playing the piano and singing, at Pemberley. That scene makes me feel happy; so does the ending. When the movie is over I usually sit there with a silly smile on my face for a few moments. Oh, and I like the soundtrack, too.
2. Emma (BBC, 2009)
I love it!!!
3. Anne of Green Gables & The Sequel
5. From those three period dramas that you picked, who are your favorite characters in each one?
Pride and Prejudice – Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Bennet, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Darcy, Georgiana Darcy
Emma – Mr. Knightley (!!), Emma Woodhouse, Mrs. Weston; and Mr. Woodhouse is quite funny.
Anne of Green Gables – Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe, Matthew Cuthbert, Marilla, Miss Stacey, Emmeline Harris (from the second); and although I don’t much like Mrs. Lynde very much, she can make me laugh.
6. Which author do you like the adaptations of their works best?
JANE AUSTEN!!!!! (Yes, I am very enthusiastic about J.A. adaptations. And J.A. in general, as you might gather from my blog…ha)
7. Which period drama characters are the funniest to you (Keep it under three)?
That’s hard! Perhaps Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice (1995), Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables…and maybe Mr. Panks from Little Dorrit (2008).
8. Which period drama characters are the most annoying (Keep it under three)?
Mr. Smallweed from Bleak House (2005), All the Dorrits except Amy and Frederick on Little Dorrit (2008) (If I had to choose one…probably Amy's brother "Tip"), and Mrs. Gibson on Wives and Daughters (1999). (Those or just some of the most annoying…)
9. Which period drama characters are in your top three?
Mr. Knightley - Emma, Amy Dorrit - Little Dorrit, Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice. Those are a few of my favorites.
10. When you watch period dramas, what is it that you pay the closest attention to (ie. costuming, scenery, etc.)?
|I like these dresses!|
(The story? Haha.) Well, I do pay a lot of attention to costumes & hairstyles (peoples appearance in general), but then acting is quite important – though I might not notice it much unless it’s badly done. I also think music is very important.
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