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message 1: by L (new)

L It might be 2012 but we still all love the elegance and decadence of the Victorian period, or the eloquence of the Elizabethians. Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen are still as popular today as they were a hundred years ago, and revisited also now on film and television.
Some of my favourites would have to include, Jane Austen to begin with whom is the most sucsessful female writer of her age and one whom we all love so much today. Works such as Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Sense & Sensibility, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are fine examples of english literature at its very best.

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and controversial to the others...
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Northanger Abbey


message 2: by L (new)

L Who would you choose to be; an Emma Woodhouse, perhaps a Fanny Pice or an Elizabeth Bennet?


message 3: by Julie (new)

Julie Rainey I loved Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley in it and omg Mr. Darcy, Matthew Macfadyen, he was wonderful. I'm not usually one for romance but for some reason I can't resist Jane Austen. :)


message 4: by L (new)

L She is just a fantastic writer & i think that the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet is the most highly reconized throughout English literature universally. If you asked anyone about a 'Mr. Darcy' then 99% of the time, they would understand whom you were referring to!

...Personally i would probably be a Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey, as i spend too long with my head in books 'daydreaming'! x


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie Rainey Jane Austen is wonderful but her real life story is somewhat tragic. For all the romance she created, she had none of her own.


message 6: by L (new)

L I know...it is so heartbreakingly sad. Have you seen the films 'Becoming Jane' and/ or 'Miss Austen Regrets' at all, as they are about her life??
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message 7: by Julie (new)

Julie Rainey I have seen becoming Jane. The ending was so sad! Like I said before not a big romance fan but still, I want it to end happily.


message 8: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (lauren0924) | 34 comments Two of my favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Emma. My favorite movie version of Pride & Prejudice is the BBCs mini-series with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. He's absolutely perfect in that role and he's who I see when I read the book! :) I would either be Elizabeth or Emma - love both their characters.


message 9: by L (new)

L I love the origional version of 'Pride & Prejudice' with Colin Firth in it! For my a'level in Enlgish Literature (during my second year) the two texts for Unit 4 that i shall be studying, will be both Emma & Pride and Prejudice; cannot wait! at least this part of my exam will be a little more familiar, as i have grown up with Austen. x


message 10: by Maria (last edited Jul 01, 2012 10:34AM) (new)

Maria (mariakelly) | 16 comments I love Jane Austen and the Brontes. My favourite adaptations being Pride and Predudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northham and Jane Eyre with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens.


message 11: by L (new)

L Maria wrote: "I love Jane Austen and the Brontes. My favourite adaptations being Pride and Predudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northham and Jane Eyre with Ruth Wil..."

Great choices! I loved the origonal Pride & prejudice with Colin Firth whom i thought was fantastic in the role as Mr. Darcy. I also loved the Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow who was so elegant and gentile, just a perfect 'emma' whom i had visualized when reading the book.

...regarding other timeless classics who likes 'Little Women'? I loved the story as a child, which is so heartwarming and touching. I particularly loved the character of Jo, with her dreams and her passion and spirit.

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message 12: by Maria (new)

Maria (mariakelly) | 16 comments I loved Little Women as a kid. The film staring June Allyson and Peter Lawford will always be my favorite, it's the one I grew up with and I watched it dozens of times.


message 13: by L (new)

L The American version is quite different to this one (above) x


message 14: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 47 comments I would say that a time-less class is Gone With The Wind even though I can't watch it too many times over the course of the months because Scarlett is really irksome to me and over all it's rather sad.


message 15: by L (new)

L The other day i saw 'Anne of Green Gables'. It is such a beautiful story of love, friendship and humility.


message 16: by Maria (new)

Maria (mariakelly) | 16 comments I absolutely love 'Anne of Green Gables'. Watched it as a kid, read all the books, fell in love with Gilbert. Wonderful!


message 17: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 47 comments Me too!!! I just loved the first movie but after watching the whole four movies, I went back and watched several tribduts to Anne of Green Gables and the trailer for the musical: Anne and Gilbert and I fell in love with them instead.


message 18: by L (new)

L I love it when at the end of the second half of the film, he rides up to her on a black horse and gives her his place at the University...x


message 19: by Maria (new)

Maria (mariakelly) | 16 comments I have to say I'm a sucker for any guy who rides up on a black horse, or any horse come to that. Lol.


message 20: by L (new)

L Maria wrote: "I have to say I'm a sucker for any guy who rides up on a black horse, or any horse come to that. Lol."

I would have to completely agree with you on that! :)


message 21: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 47 comments I just love gentlemen who can dance the waltz with grace and skill and over all amazing talent like Mr. Darcy but then laugh with me like Mr. Knightley.


message 22: by L (new)

L They must be able to dance, ride a horse and combine both seriousness with the ocasional whit! :)


message 23: by Maria (new)

Maria (mariakelly) | 16 comments Lucinda wrote: "They must be able to dance, ride a horse and combine both seriousness with the ocasional whit! :)"

And of course it wouldn't hurt if he was devastatingly handsome!


message 24: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 47 comments Maria wrote: "Lucinda wrote: "They must be able to dance, ride a horse and combine both seriousness with the ocasional whit! :)"

And of course it wouldn't hurt if he was devastatingly handsome!"


and considerably witty and charming!!


message 25: by L (new)

L Another Timeless Classic to add to our list, of films that stay with us over time...

The Secret Garden

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message 26: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 47 comments I love The Secret Garden and The Little Princess the best!!!


message 27: by L (new)

L The Little Princess is so sad! There is certainly a film that i cannot keep dry eyes watching x


message 28: by Julie (new)

Julie Rainey Lucinda wrote: "The Little Princess is so sad! There is certainly a film that i cannot keep dry eyes watching x"

I loved that movie as a little girl and I watched again not too long ago. Total tear jerker.


message 29: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 47 comments Lucinda wrote: "The Little Princess is so sad! There is certainly a film that i cannot keep dry eyes watching x"

I often cried inside when I watched the old black and white one with Shirley Temple which had a better ending because her father came back even though he was supposed to have died and she would have ended up living with the indian gentleman.


message 30: by Anna (new)

Anna (SylviaGrant) | 47 comments Can we have prayer requests, Lucinda?

Because I would like prayer for the victims and the families who lost friends and family members who were killed by the maniac in the midnight showing of The Dark Knight rises and pray that the victims will show improvement. It's like Bane came to life and selected a movie theater and chose to kill people. (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/repor...)


message 31: by L (new)

L Anna wrote: "Can we have prayer requests, Lucinda?

Because I would like prayer for the victims and the families who lost friends and family members who were killed by the maniac in the midnight showing of The ..."


Yes, it is something that does require much thought. x


message 32: by L (new)

L There are many different film versions of Jane Austen's novels, and i was wondering what your favourite is?

Shall we begin with the classic Pride & Prejudice. Who is your favourite Darcy?

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Colin Firth as Darcy

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Mathew McFadden as Darcy??


message 33: by Valencia, Assistant Moderator (new)

Valencia Cain (IziCain) | 28 comments Mod
Elizabeth Bennet


message 34: by L (new)

L Valerie wrote: "Elizabeth Bennet"

I love Lizzy, she has so much spirit! Would you choose the dark haired Lizzie from the Colin Firth version, or the elegant Kiera Knightly??


message 35: by Valencia, Assistant Moderator (new)

Valencia Cain (IziCain) | 28 comments Mod
Lucinda wrote: "Valerie wrote: "Elizabeth Bennet"

I love Lizzy, she has so much spirit! Would you choose the dark haired Lizzie from the Colin Firth version, or the elegant Kiera Knightly??"


Lizzie!


message 36: by Julie (new)

Julie Rainey I loved McFadden as Darcy but since I've never seen the other version I guess I'm bias. :)


message 37: by L (new)

L What about the fantastic Emma by Jane Austen? Which Mr. Knightly do you prefer??

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(I would have to say C, as i love the latest adaptation).


message 38: by L (new)

L Julie wrote: "I loved McFadden as Darcy but since I've never seen the other version I guess I'm bias. :)"

The more recent version of Pride & Prejudice is really lively, and a lot more colourful than the older version; which is more detailed and lengthy. They are both good but i do feel that the modern version is in a way more authentic, because you could actually imagine it happening?? The dark haired outging Lizzie who falls for Colin Firth is how i would envision the character in my head.


message 39: by Teresa (last edited Sep 14, 2012 06:29PM) (new)

Teresa | 57 comments

Winona Ryder as Jo March and Christian Bale as Laurie in "Little Women." I LOVED that Movie.


message 40: by L (new)

L I lOVE little women. I have always loved JO as a character in both the book and the film, as she is a heroine of mine - persuing her writing career as well as not following in the 'steriotypical' lady fashion - i admire her greatly.


message 41: by Julie (new)

Julie Rainey Is Little Women the one where the one sister sells her hair to buy the other sister something and then that sister bought a brush or something like that?


message 42: by Teresa (new)

Teresa | 57 comments Yes, it is.


message 43: by L (new)

L Has anyone seen the new film of Anna corenya?


message 44: by Julie (new)

Julie Rainey Nope. What's it about?


message 45: by L (new)

L Sorry *bad spelling!* Anna Karenina

is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, now made into a film with Kiera Knightly.

Synopis:

Anna Karenina is the tragedy of married aristocrat and socialite Anna Karenina and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The story starts when she arrives in the midst of a family broken up by her brother's unbridled womanizing—something that prefigures her own later situation, though with less tolerance for her by others.
A bachelor, Vronsky is willing to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Karenin, a government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, her own insecurities and Karenin's indecision. Although Vronsky eventually takes Anna to Europe where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky's reassurances she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity, fears losing control.
A parallel story within the novel is of Levin, a country landowner who desires to marry Kitty, sister to Dolly and sister-in-law to Anna's brother Oblonsky. Levin has to propose twice before Kitty accepts. The novel details Levin's difficulties managing his estate, his eventual marriage, and personal issues, until the birth of Levin's first child.


Anna Karenina is commonly thought to explore the themes of hypocrisy, jealousy, faith, fidelity, family, marriage, society, progress, carnal desire and passion, and the agrarian connection to land in contrast to the lifestyles of the city.[4] Translator Rosemary Edmonds wrote that Tolstoy doesn't explicitly moralise in the book, he allows his themes to emerge naturally from the "vast panorama of Russian life." She also says one of the novel's key messages is that "no one may build their happiness on another's pain."

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message 46: by Julie (new)

Julie Rainey Sounds pretty interesting. May have to add it to my list. Thanks. :)


message 47: by J.W. (new)

J.W. Ellis (jwellis) Oh i adore the classics, such fabulously twisty love stories. Jane Austen, Bronte sisters, Shakespeare, etx

I adore Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice are my top 4 favorite books/movies.


message 48: by L (new)

L Jamie wrote: "Oh i adore the classics, such fabulously twisty love stories. Jane Austen, Bronte sisters, Shakespeare, etx

I adore Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice are ..."


i love them all too! Have you seen the recent new adaptation of Jane Eyre?


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