Thursday, February 22, 2018

My Mini Dream Cast for {Ivanhoe}

WELL.  Y'all were kind enough to support my idea of creating a dream cast for Ivanhoe, so here I am!  


For those of you who don't know, I recently finished re-reading this book for the first time in a while, and I discovered that I still loved it every bit as much as I hoped I did. IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS. And, as some of you may know, it's been made into more than one movie adaptation already. So the challenge that faces me is that I feel like the adaptations have cast certain parts flawlessly, but either the acting itself didn't quite fill the role, or other things about the movies are off, etc. So who would *I* cast if given the choice? ;)

By the way, the reason the title says "mini" is that I have ideas for the four main characters and the four main characters only.  I'm flexible about the others.  I'd know if I approved a casting choice after I'd seen this hypothetical movie. :-P  The only other character I would be more picky about right off the bat is Wamba, but I think the actor in the 1997 version already ACED it, so how could it be improved upon??  I don't know, I assure you.  Also, I'm not including quotes like I did in my last dream cast post -- sorry!  I guess I'm lazy. :-P

Let's start off with the two characters who come to mind immediately whenever I think about Ivanhoe: Brian de Bois-Guilbert and Rebecca of York.

I think I'd choose Richard Armitage for Bois-Guilbert.


The thing is, I feel very confident that his acting could work for Bois-Guilbert.  I mean, do his roles not scream Tortured, Angsty, Misguided Soul?  (Thornton's middle-distance smolder alone, people.)  

However, I also think Hugh Jackman could pull off a great Bois-Guilbert.


I think both these actors have a knack for portraying a blend of misguided brutishness hiding vulnerability and a longing for acceptance and love.  (I mean, I haven't really seen Hugh Jackman in such a role -- unless I'm forgetting it -- but I just Feel Like He Could Do It?)

So, yes.  Richard Armitage or Hugh Jackman.  I'd be glad with either. :-P

Now, moving on to Rebecca of York.  

Y'all, this girl be one of my favorite literary characters, so who the heck do I cast???  The problem is, I think Olivia Hussey (1982) looked just about exactly like Rebecca, and I think Susan Lynch (1997) acted just about exactly like Rebecca.  So I need someone who unites it. ;)  AND I CAN'T DECIDE.  

First up, we have Astrid Berges-Frisbey.  


I've only seen her in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but I loved her in that, and I feel like she could possibly work for Rebecca.  She's beautiful, and she seems to have the ability to bring out this "retiring," sweet, and strong character.  And I don't know, I just think it'd be really interesting to see her opposite Armitage.

Another possibility is Rachel Hendrix.


I could see it.  But I don't know . . .  Others I thought of were Emmy Rossum and Lucy Griffiths.  I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH BRUNETTE ACTRESSES, GUYS.  

I thiiiiink the one I would lean most toward would be Astrid Berges-Frisbey.  I'd be very interested to see her portrayal.

As for the titular hero himself (who, I realized this last read-through, really is a pretty good guy -- not quite so irritating and superfluous as I have hitherto thought him), the only ideas I have are Armie Hammer . . . 


Or Jason Burkey.


As for Rowena, I would like to state here and now that Victoria Smurfit owned that role like a #queen.  It was flawless, basically.  But since that couldn't be duplicated for a new movie, I've got quite a few other ideas, actually.  

First, Sarah Gadon.


Having seen her in Belle and watched clips of her in other things, I'd certainly not be disappointed if she were to be cast as Rowena. ;)

However, I'd also be excited to see what Emilie de Ravin might do in the role.


I thought of Charity Wakefield, but I'm pretty sure she's probably getting a bit too old, not to sound like a terrible person or anything. ;-P

Also, "out of a clear blue sky" (as Bertram Wooster would say ;)), Jennifer Lawrence popped into my head, and while she's not at all one of the first people who would come to mind, I can actually see it working?


Well, fam, that's all I've got!
What say you?
Any ideas as to who could play the secondary characters?




















Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lovely Blog Party || Top Ten Book Couples


As promised, the third and final installment of my LBP contributions: my top ten book couples!  

This list was fun and a bit challenging to compile -- at first because I honestly couldn't think of that many (apparently my favorite books don't necessarily include my favorite romances *shrugs*), and then because once I did start to think of them, they started pouring in!  So this list, like the movies/TV one, has changed around quite a bit, and even now I couldn't positively guarantee its accuracy.  But I feel like that really doesn't matter to anyone but me, so I shall shut up about it forthwith. ;)

Hope you enjoy the post!

#10. Neil & Christy
From: Christy {by Catherine Marshall}

I actually don't really like this picture, for some reason.

"Impetuously, I leaned forward and kissed Neil MacNeill gently on the cheek.  Before he could say anything, I had vaulted off Charlie's back and dashed into the mission house." {Ch. 41}

I like the "slow burn" of this relationship, so it was difficult to pinpoint a single passage (other than the very end).  It's more of a subtle build-up -- the small little hints here and there -- that makes this romance work.

#9. Kit & Nat // John & Mercy
From: The Witch of Blackbird Pond {by Elizabeth George Speare}

[I CAN'T FIND GOOD PICTURES I'M SORRY. *wails unnecessarily*]

"The man did not even hear her.  His eyes had gone straight to Mercy where she sat by the hearth, and her own eyes stared back, enormous in her white face.  Then with a hoarse, wordless sigh, John Holbrook stumbled across the room, and went down on his knees with his head in Mercy's lap." {Ch. 20}

(YES I'M USING TWO COUPLES AS ONE SSSSHHHH.)  Kit and Nat are just adorable and sassy and beautiful throughout the whole book, and the above quote made me feel all the fluttery feelings the first time I read it, because John and Mercy are such sweethearts. <3

I really need to reread this book.

#8. Jude & Jing-wei
From: The Hunting of the Last Dragon {by Sherryl Jordan}

This could be them, except I don't think the girl is the right ethnicity.

"Then, an hour before sundown, we spied the dragon -- a small spot in the northwest skies.  Without a word, Jing-wei and I both stood and went into the shrine.  I stood behind her, looking over her head, as we watched from the tiny window.  We did not speak, but we both knew that if the dragon came down first to the beach, as it had before, then these moments might be our last.  I put my arms about her, and she covered my hands with her own, and held tight." {Ch. 18}

I found this couple adorable.  They're very unique, which I liked, and I liked how their relationship developed from friendship to romance, and how one of them (naming no names *aHERM*) took a little while to realize it.  (Let's just say that that one part with the monk whose name I've forgotten was quite satisfying. ;))

#7. Rose & Mac
From: Rose in Bloom {by Louisa May Alcott}

Mac is on the left, leaning on the mantle.

"'Good-bye, Milton.'

'Good-bye, Sabrina.'" {Ch. 17}

I haven't read this one in a while, but I remember loving it. <3  Similar to Neil and Christy, though, it's difficult to pinpoint a single passage -- it's the way the relationship develops throughout the whole book!

#6. Percy & Marguerite
From: The Scarlet Pimpernel {by Emmuska Orczy}


"She looked round her eagerly at the tall cliffs, the lonely hut, the great stretch of rocky beach. Somewhere there, above or below here, behind a boulder or inside a crevice, but still hidden from her longing, feverish eyes, must be the owner of that voice, which once used to irritate her, but now would make her the happiest woman in Europe if only she could locate it.

'Percy! Percy!' she shrieked hysterically, tortured between doubt and hope. 'I am here! Come to me! Where are you? Percy! Percy! . . . '

'It's all very well calling me, m'dear!' said the same sleepy, drawly voice, 'but odd's life, I cannot come to you. Those . . . frog-eaters have trussed me like a goose on a spit, and I am weak as a mouse . . . I cannot get away.'" {Ch. 31}

(Okay, also, for the record, the entirety of Chapter 16 is like really really amazing?!  And I, for one, have no real issue with the way it ends, though I have Heard Complaints. ;-p)  This couple has Very Deep Things going on.  And it's Rather Good, old sport.  I mean, for real.  

Also, props for the fact that this couple is already married. *thumbs up*

#5. Bryce & Juli
From: Flipped {by Wendelin van Draanen}

I couldn't find any kind of fan art for the book itself, but the actors in the movie are basically
the characters in the book, so. 

"'Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss . . . '  He turned to me. 'But every once in a while you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.'" {Ch. 7}

I kind of died.  

While reading this book, I mean.  I was having a serious feels overload from the sheer adorb.  

True, Bryce and Juli don't have the best relationship ever -- I mean, they're quite young, so that's a minor concern.  But . . . it's also really stinkin' cute.  It's worth noting -- as I think I read someone else mention -- that were the situations to be reversed and Bryce was Juli's character and Juli was Bryce's, Bryce would be a disturbingly stalker-ish figure.  And, yeah, they both say some silly/inappropriate things (mainly Bryce, I think), but I CAN'T HELP IT I LOVE THEM.  I mean, when Bryce does the thing.  (No, not the first thing, the second thing, at the very end.)  I nearly cried.  IT MADE ME SO HAPPY. 


#4. Ella & Char
From: Ella Enchanted {by Gail Carson Levine}


"I thought of a silly explanation for my presence upstairs.

'You've guessed why I shut myself up here,' I said.

'I have no idea.'  He opened a door.  Nothing worth examining.

'To avoid temptation.'

'What temptation?'  He grinned, anticipating a joke.  He was used to me.  I would have to labor to surprise him.

'Can't you guess?'

He shook his head.

'The temptation to slide down the stair rail, of course.'

He laughed, surprised after all.  'And why were you lying down?'

'I wasn't lying down.  I was sitting.'

'Pray tell why you were sitting.'

'To pretend I was sliding down the stair rail.'

He laughed again.  'You should have done it.  I would have caught you at the bottom.'" {Ch. 21}

(Sorry, that was a little long.  But wasn't it cute? ;-p)  Char and Ella are such a well-done reimagining of the Cinderella relationship.  I've liked most of the versions I've read/watched, but these two will probably always have a special place in my heart since the book was (and is) one of my favorites. <33

#3. Coral & Jace
From: the Heart of India trilogy {by Linda Chaikin}

This looks a little like them, but I don't think I'd cast those particular actors.

"'The waltz is so lovely, Captain. . . . Will you forget what I said in my letter?  I see now that I was wrong.  Can you forgive me?'

Was his grave expression a pretense?

'Well . . . '

'Oh, please!'

'I will give serious consideration to your request, say, during the next five waltzes?'" {Ch. 25 of Silk, the first book}

Have I squealed about this trilogy enough?  I rather doubt I have.  Guys, this is a fantastic Christian fiction trilogy that deserves to be better known.  It has its flaws, yes -- parts of it unavoidably fall into the cheesiness cliché -- but it's exemplary in its general avoidance of such pitfalls, in my opinion.  Like, the faith element is actually a thing.  AND GUYS THE ROMANCE IS VERY SQUEE-WORTHY.  It's been awhile since I've read the last book in the trilogy, but I seem to remember the first two being stronger.  Anyway, either way, YOU SHOULD READ IT.

#2. Shasta & Aravis
From: A Horse and His Boy {by C. S. Lewis}


"Shasta slipped his feet out of the stirrups, slid both his legs over on the left side, hesitated for one hideous hundredth of a second, and jumped.  It hurt horribly and nearly winded him; but before he knew how it hurt him he was staggering back to help Aravis.  He had never done anything like this in his life before and hardly knew why he was doing it now. {Ch. 10}

I LOVE THESE TWOOOOOOO. *happy sigh*  Both individually and as a couple.  I think they were one of the first couples that made me experience the joys of "shipping," though I didn't know what it was called back then, wee lamb that I was. 

Anyway, I thiiiiink this is my favorite Narnia book.  I can't be entirely sure, because The Magician's Nephew and Prince Caspian are both very far up the list, but I think this is my favorite.  So it's fitting that my favorite couple should be in this book, wouldn't you agree?  These two are preciousness personified, with all their bickering and distrust of each other at first.  And I didn't include the ending quote just in case some of you have been living under a rock and haven't read the books yet (YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF GO FIX IT IMMEDIATELY), but . . . those of you who've read it . . . the ending quote, am I right?! ;) ;) <3

#1. Eowyn & Faramir
From: The Lord of the Rings {by J. R. R. Tolkien}


There's really no question.  THIS couple is my favorite. <3

You can read their scene(s) -- which give me ALL THE FEELINGS -- in this post, if you wish.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Thank you SO much for such a truly lovely blog party, Cordy! :)


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lovely Blog Party || Couples for Couples Tag

Happy Valentine's Day, m'dears!  May we never forget that God's love is the greatest. 

Today I shall be filling out Cordy's tag for this wonderful blog party of hers.  I decided to pick couples that I haven't used in either of my "Top Ten" posts (watch out for my top ten book couples tomorrow) for my answers. :)  That way, I can include some other favorites who didn't quite make it onto either list.

Ivanhoe and Rebecca: Name a couple that should have been together

[For the record, just so we're clear, I don't necessarily think that Rebecca and Ivanhoe should have ended up together, but I love that one of my very favorite stories is represented in this tag!!!]

Okay, now, about the actual question:  Can I name four?  (I have problems, hehe.)
  • Bella and Vernon from This Beautiful Fantastic
  • Tara and Ronin from Epic {I'M STILL MAD, BLUE SKY PRODUCTIONS}
  • Ruby and Whale from Once Upon a Time
  • Rory and Jess from Gilmore Girls

I mean am I right?!

Jo and Laurie: Name a couple that should have stayed friends...or did stay friends...

*ahem*  Well, playing off the first question, Bella and Billy from This Beautiful Fanastic. :-P


Jane and Mr. Rochester: Name a couple that looked like the chances of a happily ever after were next to none!


Things weren't looking so hot for John and Lorna in Lorna Doone, that's for sure.


Jane and Mr. Bingley: Name a couple that is just sooo happy!

Oh, golly . . . um . . . ???  I guess Snow and David from Once Upon a Time are a very lovey-dovey couple, and they would be happy were it not for all the drama of the show, heh.




Kit and Ella: Name your favorite fairytale couple

Probably Kit and Ella, honestly!  Also love Henry and Danielle from Ever After, but . . . I dunno, Kit and Ella are hard to beat. :)


Molly Gibson and Roger Hamley: Name a couple where the woman is basically ignored by the suitor until the end of the story (frustration at it's finest!! :P :P)

Um, every period drama couple ever?  I mean, if you wanted to gender-bend that question, you could say Colonel Brandon and Marianne Dashwood. :-P


Sarah and Jacob Witting: Name a couple that found love later in life

Remember that couple from Rainbow Valley?  The one where the two sisters had promised each other that they'd never get married (that's a really dumb thing to do, btdubs -- don't try it, kids), and then the younger sister fell in love but the older one was like "No," but then the older sister fell in love with her old flame?  Anywho, I know that eventually became two couples, but I'm thinking of the older, cranky sister's one.

(No picture for this one, sorry! :-P)

Don Lockwood and Kathy Seldon: Name a couple from a musical

Just one?!  Hmm . . . oh!  Charity and Phineas from The Greatest Showman!


Anne and Gilbert: Name a couple that didn't start out on the right foot

Parker and Hardison from Leverage had a bit of a rocky start, didn't they?  I mean, the whole team got off on the wrong foot, so . . . it counts, right?




Faramir and Eowyn: Name a couple with the sweetest love story

I think Hassan and Marguerite from The Hundred-Foot Journey are absolutely precious. <3


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lovely Blog Party || Top Ten Movie/TV Couples {2nd Edition}

Hello, all!  This is the first of my three posts for Cordy's Lovely Blog Party, going on the whole month of February!  I decided to make a "Valentine sandwich" for my contributions: my two top ten couples lists (one today, one the 15th) bookending my answers to Cordy's tag, to be answered on the 14th itself. :)


So!  Today's post is my second attempt at a top ten list for my favorite movie and TV couples.  (I did one before, but I shan't link to it -- if you really want to, you can find it fairly easily.  It's no longer entirely accurate, and hence the reboot. ;-P) 

Now, I majorly overthink things and am also rather indecisive, so you may imagine how difficult such endeavors often are for me. :-P  All's I can say is, this list has changed quite a bit in the brief span of time I've been working on it, so I hope it's accurate, but I couldn't swear to it in court, dontcha know.  The order is roughly accurate (with the very top favorites toward the end of the post), but I haven't actually numbered them, because, again, I'm indecisive and easily stressed by such things. :-P  And, like, this list could change in a matter of hours.

Also, to make things easier for myself, I'm just listing a few bullet point reasons for each couple instead of trying to create actual paragraphs.  So.  Here goes.  

~ ~ ~ ~ ~


Joe & Kathleen
From: You've Got Mail

Some Reasons Why
  • ANONYMOUS ONLINE PEN PALS!  (I mean, don't try this at home, kids, but in the movie, it works :-p)
  • "Hey, I keep running into you."  "Yeah!  . . . Wanna run into me on Saturday?" (It went something like that, at least)
  • the whole premise of their relationship/the misunderstanding :-P
  • "You probably rented those children."
  • daisies <3
  • OKAY BUT THE PART WHERE HE GOES TO CHECK ON HER WHEN SHE'S SICK


Sorry, the picture's bad quality

Sophie & Charlie
From: Letters to Juliet

Some Reasons Why
  • they get off on the wrong foot, and I usually like that
  • he's British, she's American
  • thus: "You live in New York, which is highly overrated." "Pardon me?"
  • their rearview mirror glances
  • the wedding and their awkwardness thereat
  • "Oh, she's coming!  Oh, splendid, splendid!"



Aragorn & Arwen
From: The Lord of the Rings


Some Reasons Why

  • the constancy
  • the Evenstar necklace (okay it's shallow but for real)
  • I MEAN SHE GIVES UP HER IMMORTALITY FOR THE DUDE
  • how she's the force driving him to keep going
  • THE CORONATION/REUNION




Jason & Hannah
From: October Baby

Some Reasons Why
  • friends since childhood
  • the opening credits with them running to the pier and jumping off
  • how he takes care of her and is there for her
  • really, just how they're such good, true friends
  • "I am -- "  "I am not."
  • I mean, Jason goes to jail for her, basically, so
  • their first date <333  
  • the very end



Tom & Sun Fu
From: Broken Trail

Some Reasons Why
  • the language barrier
  • how much Tom wants to protect her
  • the way Sun Fu says "Tom"
  • how Tom says, "Her name's Sun Fu."
  • Sun Fu's face crumpling as she touches Tom's cheek in that stagecoach scene
  • that whole stagecoach scene



Emma & Killian
From: Once Upon a Time


Some Reasons Why
  • all the ups and downs of their relationship
  • "Perhaps gratitude is in order now?"
  • the fact that Emma helped bring Killian back from the proverbial dark side
  • the way Killian looks at Emma
  • how basically everyone in the show ships it (after Neal, of course)
  • "One of these days I'm gonna stop chasing this woman."
  • Killian pulling Emma into his arms when she's watching the Evil Queen try to execute Snow
  • how much Emma believes in Killian's redemption
  • also I just noticed this but how she's sort of bashful around him?  like whenever he's paying her a compliment or something like that? because she's not used to people treating her like the princess she is (*crying*)



Penelope & Johnny
From: Penelope

Some Reasons Why
  • I LOVE HOW THEY BEGIN
  • their interrogation-mirror interactions
  • the "You Are My Sunshine" song
  • just how adorable they both are
  • her insecurities and his lack of faith in himself
  • THE SCENE IN HIS APARTMENT
  • how he pushes her on the swing at the end



Han & Leia
From: Star Wars

Some Reasons Why
  • # sass goals
  • "NERF-HERDER!"
  • their hug in the garbage chute
  • how Han instinctively turns to shield Leia during the cave-in in The Empire Strikes Back
  • basically all their scenes ever
  • "Who's scruffy-lookin'?"
  • *refrains from typing the iconic line b/c it's too cliché, but . . . the iconic line*


This edit makes me happy. <3

Faramir & Eowyn
From: The Lord of the Rings

Some Reasons Why
  • they're perfect, that's why
  • seriously, I love how they've both been through really tough things and then they find each other *sappy smile*
  • I love how Faramir's gentleness (which doesn't negate his strength) balances out Eowyn's wildness
  • their scene is like my favorite 45 seconds of the entire trilogy (okay, at least one of my favorites)


NATALIIIIIIIEEEEEE

Robin & Marian
From: Robin Hood

Some Reasons Why
  • um NEED I EVEN ELABORATE
  • BASICALLY EVERYTHING
  • I DON'T THINK I CAN STOP USING CAPS
  • (okay never mind I can) again, long-standing relationship with plenty of ups and downs
  • they bicker -- boy, do they bicker -- but they're also willing to work it out
  • THEY'RE LEGIT ONE OF THE FEELSIEST COUPLES I'VE EVER ENCOUNTERED AND I'M NOT OKAY
  • they've just really captured a piece of my heart


Do we share any favorites?



Friday, February 9, 2018

Liebster Award

Two tag/award posts in a row?!  I know, I know.  But, you see, Hamlette the Dame has honored me with the Liebster Award, and, true to her norm, she's given it a cool twist.  Her "questions" are which movies we would choose as the winners if we got to judge the Academy Awards this year.  Isn't that fun?!


Now, this means that we can only use movies released in 2017 for our answers, and I've seen a total of five 2017 movies so far (hopefully I haven't forgotten any), so there will be multiple awards given to each, heh.  Also, I'm an indecisive little person, so most of my answers are, "Wellllll . . . either [blank] OR [blank]." :-P

(I'm also required to list 11 random facts about myself, so that should be interesting. *wiggles eyebrows*)

~ The Rules ~
- Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
- Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you
- Give 11 random facts about yourself
- Nominate 11 blogs
- Notify those blogs of their nomination
- Give them 11 questions to answer (all part of the fun!)

~ The Questions & My Answers ~

1. Best Picture

*chews nails*  Um . . . I don't know!  My personal favorite was probably This Beautiful Fantastic.  But I thought Beauty and the Beast was really outstanding, too.  (AND I MEAN ALMOST ALL OF THEM.)

2. Lead Actor

Either Kenneth Branagh (for Murder on the Orient Express) or Hugh Jackman (for The Greatest Showman).


3. Lead Actress

Daisy Ridley in The Last Jedi.

4. Supporting Actress

Hmm . . . Michelle Williams (Showman), Zendaya (Showman), Laura Dern (Jedi) . . . OH!  Anna Chancellor in This Beautiful Fantastic.  I FREAKING LOVED HER.

(Okay, so maybe we don't see enough of her to really merit an actual Oscar.  Whatever.)

5. Supporting Actor

So I was going to say that I was really impressed with Josh Gad's acting in Orient Express, and with Zac Efron in Showman, BUT THEN I REMEMBERED MARK HAMILL IN JEDI.



6. Director

Okay, so I know exactly nothing about directing and I hardly ever pay any attention to which directors are which, so for the purpose of the question, I'll treat it as: which movie, overall, showed great cohesion and commitment and excellence in its individual parts (assuming that this is the result of a head honcho who knows what he/she is doing).  So I guess I'll go with Simon Aboud for This Beautiful Fantastic.

7. Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran for Beauty and the Beast, probably?  Or Murder on the Orient Express, or The Greatest Showman . . .


8. Screenplay

I'mma go with Beauty and the Beast, because I think the way they managed to stay true to the original while still adding in a few new elements was On Point.  (I mean, I'm not talking about The Controversial Issue, but just on the whole.)

9. Original Song

The Greatest Showman for "From Now On".

10. Original Score

Anne Nikitin for This Beautiful Fantastic.



11. Visual Effects

Probably The Last Jedi.

~ 11 Random Facts about Moi ~

1.  I'm a fanatical animal lover and I get all kinds of upset when they get killed.  Was reminded that I may not have shared this yet by the book I read recently (which was Behold the Dawn, by the way, and it was really good). :-P

2.  As a result of this, I may or may not have spent around $20 on one of those "humane spider catcher" things.

3.  I've recently discovered that happy Disney songs and Taylor Swift both make for excellent study music.


4.  I used to think I liked winter more than summer, but have now realized that this is not the case.

5.  I'm learning to play "A Little Fall of Rain" from Les Mis on the piano, and I love it so much.  It doesn't really make me sad, even though it's a sad part -- it's just so beautiful and relaxing.

6.  I love (and eat) chips more than is healthy, though I like to think I've gotten a little bit better about controlling myself.

7.  Domino's pizza is my favorite pizza ever and I highly doubt that any other kind will ever trump it.


8.  I recently bought new earbuds because my headphones stopped working.

9.  I've had my laptop since the summer and I love it muchly. <3

10.  Unless I'm also wearing shoes, it's rare for me to keep socks on.  My feet get hot easily, I suppose. :-P

11.  I have a bunk bed in my room (even though it's just me) and I sleep up top.


~ My Nominees ~

Okay, can I break the rules again?  I'M SORRY I KNOW I DO THIS A LOT.  But I will officially tag anyone who has changed their blog header within the past two months (or thereabouts)


That's all for now, folks! *waves*


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Another Period Drama Tag

The lovely Miss March obligingly tagged me for this (after I *cough* mentioned that I'd seen it floating around and had been meaning to do it), which was originally created by Elanor.  (Elanor is also responsible for the lovely graphic down below.)  Thank you, Miss March! :)  Now I feel more justified in filling it out. ;)


~ Rules ~
#1. Answer the questions
#2. Link back to the person who tagged you
#3. Tag at least one other blogger to do the tag

'Ere we go!  (There might be spoilers, fyi.)

1. What was the most recent period drama you watched? Share what you thought of it.
'Twas the 2009 Emma with my parents and my aunt, and I enjoyed it immensely.  That movie is fabulous and I ought to watch it more. <3


2. Do you generally prefer period dramas in the form of a movie or a TV series/mini-series? Why?
Hmm, good question!  I like Miss March's answer to this -- it really depends on the story, I think.  My initial thought would be miniseries, but then, I love both versions of Persuasion and neither of them is a miniseries. *shrugs*


3. What is your favorite musical period drama?
Girl, are you kidding?!  How can I choose?!  I love Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and several others quite a lot, so . . . I can't say!

Yeah, no, it's fine, it's okay -- I didn't have plans for the blood-pumping organ anyway. 

4. Read the book first or watch the movie first?
Usually I end up watching the movie first, and I really don't see the problem with that. *assumes defensive tone*  Sometimes, however, I do like to wait and read the book first. :)


5. What is a valuable life lesson you learned from a period drama?
Well, Persuasion gives me hope that even if a love story has been "interrupted," it's possible for it to be resolved and for the couple to end up together.  I'm not totally sure why, but it's always meant a little something to me. <3


6. Which period drama hero would you be likely to fall in love with in real life?
This would take me way too long to figure out, because I feel like there are so many.  But I'll say Henry Tilney or Allan-a-Dale (from the BBC Robin Hood).


7. Do you ever like to binge-watch a period drama series?
I mean yes, doesn't everybody?


8. What things go best with watching a period drama?
Fambly. ;)  And food.  And blankets if you want them.  (A fire is also a nice aesthetic touch.)


9. Which period drama do you think you would fit into best?
Again, like Miss March, possibly Little Women.  But maybe also Wives and Daughters, or maybe Persuasion?  (My family is a lot better than Anne's, obviously, but I do think she's pretty relatable, so.)

Waaawwwww . . . I hadn't seen this pic before.

10. If you could have any period drama character for a best friend, who would it be? And why?
Hmm . . . I feel like more than one person has already said this, but maybe Anne Shirley?  Oh, or Jo March!


11. Show us a picture of a period drama costume you wish you could wear in real life.
THIS OOOONNNEEEEEE:


Like, I just, yes.  (Also, any of Juliet's costumes in Romeo + Juliet '13.)

12. Are there any period dramas you like to watch during a particular season or holiday?
Not necessarily.  I mean, if you count The Nativity Story as a period drama, then yes.


13. Which period drama has your favorite soundtrack?
I love the Little Women soundtrack. <3


14. Dream cast your favorite actor and actress in a period drama of your choosing; tell which parts they would play and why.

Richard Armitage or Hugh Jackman as Brian de Bois-Guilbert in Ivanhoe, and Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Rachel Hendrix, or someone else as Rebecca of York.  (Actually, I'm thinking of doing a full dream cast post for Ivanhoe after I finish this reread.  What say you?)


15. Are there any period dramas you like more than one version of?
Bless you, yes.  Persuasion, Emma, Pride and Prejudice . . .


16. What are the top three period dramas that you haven't seen on your to-watch list?
Ooh, right this minute?  Probably A United Kingdom, Breathe, and Goodbye, Christopher Robin.


17. Show a picture of your favorite period drama hairstyle.
Hailee Steinfeld had some amazing hair in Romeo + Juliet (2013).


18. What was your favorite wedding in a period drama?
I really don't know.  I feel like there has been one, but it's not coming to mind at the moment. :-p

Here's a period drama wedding, though (which I still haven't seen yet).

19. What is your favorite biographical period drama?
Probably Belle?  I love so many . . .


20. Which historical novel will you forever recommend to anyone and everyone?
I feel like probably Ivanhoe.  (I mean, I don't think anyone and everyone would like it, but I'd probably still recommend it. :-P)


~ I Tag ~
Movie Critic
Lissa {Classic Girl}

And here are the questions again:

1. What was the most recent period drama you watched? Share what you thought of it.
2. Do you generally prefer period dramas in the form of a movie or a TV series/mini-series? Why?
3. What is your favorite musical period drama?
4. Read the book first or watch the movie first?
5. What is a valuable life lesson you learned from a period drama?
6. Which period drama hero would you be likely to fall in love with in real life?
7. Do you ever like to binge-watch a period drama series?
8. What things go best with watching a period drama?
9. Which period drama do you think you would fit into best?
10. If you could have any period drama character for a best friend, who would it be? And why?
11. Show us a picture of a period drama costume you wish you could wear in real life.
12. Are there any period dramas you like to watch during a particular season or holiday?
13. Which period drama has your favorite soundtrack?
14. Dream cast your favorite actor and actress in a period drama of your choosing; tell which parts they would play and why. ***
15. Are there any period dramas you like more than one version of?
16. What are the top three period dramas that you haven't seen on your to-watch list?
17. Show a picture of your favorite period drama hairstyle.
18. What was your favorite wedding in a period drama?
19. What is your favorite biographical period drama?
20. Which historical novel will you forever recommend to anyone and everyone?

*** Deceased actors do count.

Have fun!!