Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lines of Literature Paraphrase Challenge Winner!

And our winner of the Paraphrase Challenge is...
 Miss Elizabeth Bennet at Elegance of Fashion
"Bravo! An excellent satire on modern language."
-Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey

 You can see the results of the last poll on the sidebar. It was actually a tie between two entries (with 7 votes each), but it turned out that both the entries were Miss Elizabeth's, so I guess that makes her even more of a winner! 
 Here are the winning entries by Miss Elizabeth: 

Original Quote: 
"You will think my question an odd one, I dare say," said Lucy to her one day, as they were walking together from the park to the cottage—"but pray, are you personally acquainted with your sister-in-law's mother, Mrs. Ferrars?"
- Lucy Steele, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Paraphrase:
 “Hey, completely random question here: you know your brother’s wife’s mother?”

Original Quote:
"I am very much astonished, Mr. Elton. This to me! you forget yourself—you take me for my friend—any message to Miss Smith I shall be happy to deliver; but no more of this to me, if you please."
~Emma by Jane Austen
Satire:
"Hello, Harriet cannot come to the phone right now. Please leave your name, number, and a brief message and Harriet will be with your shortly." 

Congratulations, Miss Elizabeth! I loved the S&S one, it was definitely an excellent satire. And the Emma one was so creative! I'm sorry I didn't make a button or anything... I did try, but I'm afraid I lack the talent. Unlike your esteemed self. ;-) 

And, here are the other entries that made the top 10, as well as who wrote them.  Muwahaha, the secrets come out. Now, for the sake of space, I'm not going to put the original quotes, as most of you are already familiar with the entries anyways, but you can read them all here.

"So, to quote Tiny Tim, 'Let's all have a great and politically correct day, okay?'" 
- Miss Dashwood (Or, as she put it: "Miss Dashwood's Shamelessly Spoofed Great Lines Of Literature")

"Yeah," he said “and this is a cool day, and this is a cool walk, and you are two cool chicks!"

"Dude, we got hitched." 
- Miss Dashwood's "Irreverent Hashings and Smashings of Famous Bits of Literature"
(She also adds....)
"(Just for the record, I do not like the use of the word "dude" to refer to all and sundry, but I thought it rather amusing in this context. After all the point is to dumb it down, yes? :))"



“Ladies have big imaginations – they are sure that if you think a girl is cute, you love her; if you love her, you want to marry her. And all this imagining in only a second!”  
and
“Anyone who doesn’t love a good book is stupid."
- Charity U 

"Emma Woodhouse, gorgeous, smart and loaded with cash, with a great house and a happy-go-lucky attitude, had basically everything anybody could want and had gotten through almost 21 years without having any reason for a temper tantrum."

- Miss Dashwood

The Captain Wentworth's letter paraphrase that was in the top 10 was Stephanie's. To read it, click here.


"Then the guests could go, and since the important Barnacles were in a rush (because they had to send the mail that was going to its address to somewhere else and stop business that was getting done) they left." 
If you're all dying to know who wrote everything else, too, now that the comments are published, you can read them here and here.


Thank you so much, everyone! It was exciting to see how many people entries! You are all so clever. 


(Sorry about the troublesome spacing... Blogger is being mean to me. Again. I declare, anything run by Google has something against me! [Don't you agree, Miss Dashwood?])

2 comments:

Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

Yay! Thank you Melody! I had fun writing those! :-)

Miss Dashwood said...

Congratulations, Miss Elizabeth! I loved your entries!

Any enemy of my Tween's is an enemy of mine, so the War Against Blogger, Waged By Miss Dashwood, has now officially begun. :P

By the by, to quote a very wise and learned person, "there's my name popping out at me from one of your blog posts again!" Heehee.

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