Jane Austen Week on Wonderland Creek is here! Naomi Bennet has oodles of spiffy games and other Austenian delights coming all week long, so if you're at all a fan of Jane Austen novels or movies, trot on over there and join the fun!
Here are my answers to the initial party tag. I'll be participating in other ways later this week, too, but I'm doing this for starters :-)
1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much of a Jane Austen fan do you consider yourself?
Hmm. Probably an 8. I really enjoy her books and many movies based on them, and I love learning about the history of her era, and about Jane Austen herself. I consider myself an Austenite, not a Janeite, just because "Janeite" seems to be used by people who are more interested in the romantic aspects of her novels, whereas I enjoy them more for her writing style and the characters as a whole. Which doesn't mean I don't enjoy the romances too, but they're not what primarily draws me to her books -- they're more like the whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate.
2. If "they" would make a new Jane Austen Movie, and you would be able to be cast in it, which Jane Austen character would you most like to play?
Mrs. Croft from Persuasion. She is such a joy -- helpful, kind, intelligent, enthusiastic, warm... I am exceedingly fond of her. Also, she and Admiral Croft have one of the best marriages we see in Austen, and I like to think my own marriage is rather like theirs.
3. Is there any felicity in the world superior to a walk?
Well, I prefer reading and writing novels to taking walks, and also watching movies. I only really enjoy walks if I have a destination -- if it's walking just for the sake of walking, I'm not really a fan.
4. Who's your favourite Jane Austen 'villain'? (As in 'villain' meaning 'the bad guy.')
No, no, see, I don't have favorite villains! I don't like villains! There are only degrees of how much I dislike them!
Wait, is Frank Churchill considered a villain? I don't find him villainous, but I know a lot of people think he's awful. If so, then I choose him, because I think he's silly and vain and thoughtless, but not awful. I know, I know, I'm weaseling here.
5. What/Who introduced you to Jane Austen?
My mom. She rented the 1995 Sense and Sensibility when it came to video and we watched it together. I thought it was okay. Then she gave me four of Austen's novels for my 16th birthday, and then my friends and I rented the Gwyneth Paltrow 1996 Emma and I loved that.
6. Did you love/enjoy Jane Austen immediately, or has there been a time when you hated (um, prejudged) it?
Oh, hah, I kind of answered that a little above. I never hated Jane Austen's stories, but until the Gwyneth Paltrow Emma, I didn't really enjoy them much. And until Persuasion, I didn't love any of her novels.
|(This is only here because I was looking for images of someone gasping, |
and this made me laugh aloud.)
7. Who, in your opinion, is the funniest Jane Austen character?
Probably Mr. Woodhouse. I feel too sorry for Miss Bates to find her truly hilarious, though she does make me laugh. But Mr. Woodhouse is like an extreme version of my own germophobic father, and he amuses me greatly.
8. Do you quote Jane Austen randomly in public?
9. Are children allowed to eat cake on weddings?
On weddings? Surely you mean at weddings? This must be one of those Europe vs. America things? Anyway, yes, I encourage children to eat cake at weddings because otherwise I will eat it, and I don't need more cake.
10. What is your reaction when you hear that an aquaintance (e.g. A lady at Church) of yours loves Jane Austen?
Oh, good! Someone I can have Intelligent Conversations with. Let's go out for coffee!
11. Who writes better letters, Mr Darcy or Captain Wentworth? (If you forgot what the letters were, shame on you, instead tell me if you prefer Strawberries to Chocolate or not.)
Captain Frederick Wentworth. Mr. Darcy writes nicely, but he has never curled my toes with unutterable joy the way Captain Wentworth has.
(And may the record show that I like strawberries dipped in chocolate, but I don't know if I could choose between the two.)
12. Which Jane Austen heroine do you relate the least to?
Fanny Price. I really don't understand or relate to her at all.
13. What's your favourite Jane Austen house (from one of the movies)?
Hartfield from Emma (1996). I went into raptures about it here. I would LOVE to live there.
|(I could live very happily in this library alone, much less the rest of the estate.)|
14. What's your favourite Jane Austen dress (from one of the movies)?
Ummmmm. Probably Emma's peachy ensemble here:
15. Can you turn off lit candles with your fingers?
Yes. I often do. It helps if you lick your fingers first, by the way.