hi! what are some of your favorite period drama pieces?
Emma (2009): God-tier. The best Austen adaptation. The best Austen hero. I die every time.
Pride and Prejudice (2005): Obviously. I prefer the movie to the series, but if you’re looking for straight up accuracy and exhaustive detail, BBC is the way to go
Room With a View (1985): Good vibes af. EM Forster is a gem. (I haven’t seen Maurice, yet, but if you like this check out that movie. Also Maurice is Gay, so.)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2015): Regency era magic English history AU. Kinda different from the book, but still very good.
A Little Princess (1995): Alfonso Cuaron directed this movie. I haven’t seen it for a while, but I remember doing some interesting things with race and colonialism. It’s really sweet, though I remember the end departing from the book somewhat.
Wuthering Heights (2011): Okay, so I have a Lot of opinions on the failure of the film/TV industry to adapt Wuthering Heights properly, but this movie at least makes Heathcliff a person of color (FINALLY) and captures the tone perfectly. If you’re looking for an adaptation of the complete novel, the 1992 movie isn’t too bad.
Jane Eyre(2011): It’s Jane Eyre. The movie is really pretty. The 2006 version is pretty popular, but I’ve never seen it.
Marie Antoinette (2006): The French Revolution with a rad soundtrack
North & South (2004): Pride and Prejudice but with northern accents and a lot more death.
Atonement (2007): I saw this movie when it came out and I’ve been fucked up ever since
Belle (2013): Admittedly, I haven’t seen this but I know I’m gonna like it
Turn (2014): Pretty white, but if you’re at all into the American Revolution, this is a good series. Ben Tallmadge is h*t.
Death Comes to Pemberley (2013): Jane Austen fanfic; murder mystery AU. Fun but don’t take it too seriously.
Mansfield Park (1999): Okay, I actually do Not like Mansfield Park At All, but Jonny Lee Miller is in this and I think it’s the one adaptation that actually makes Austen’s discussion of race and Empire in the novel explicit.
Shakespeare in Love (1998): Is cheesy af, but fun especially if you’re into Shakespeare
I’ve heard relatively good things about Fingersmith and The Handmaiden (which is based off the Sarah Waters book), but I haven’t seen either yet.
It’s been a while since I’ve promo-ed! Here are some of my fics for your perusal as I try and get myself in the zone to get something new done :)
(All links are AO3 - all fics can also be found on my ff.net account here [x])
Under the Crimson FlagDesperately running away from her past, Emma disguises herself as a boy and seeks an escape in the freedom of the open seas. All is well until she crosses paths with the infamous Captain Hook. (Still the favourite thing of mine I have ever written…)
With This Ring…This was just about the dumbest idea she had ever heard. Marry a guy she barely knew?? But sometimes desperate people do crazy things. And crazy things can sometimes be the best things you ever do…
Take a Chance Emma Swan will never be the princess - or queen - Misthaven really needs. Neither will a man ever own her heart again. Guarded and proud, can a forward young Lieutenant sneak beneath her emotional walls? And more importantly, will he even want to? Lieutenant Duckling AU with a sprinkling of Pride and Prejudice.
The New GirlHeartbroken Emma Swan needs a place to live - fast. Killian, Robin and Dave had a spare room. Surely nothing could go wrong here? Surely ladies man Killian Jones can resist her charms? And surely there is no chance of straight talking Emma Swan falling for the hot English guy across the hallway? New Girl AU, as prompted by AthenaScarlett on tumblr.
First ImpressionsCo-Star AU. Emma Swan is the star of the hottest show on TV, The Analyser. She’s professional, polished, poised… But there is something about that damn Killian Jones that gets right under her skin. ( Title shamelessly borrowed from Jane Austen)
The HeroA princess. A lieutenant. A storm. A hero. Will honour or love rule the day? (Lieutenant Duckling fic slightly inspired by While You Were Sleeping).
Ship to ShoreThis cruise was meant to mend their relationship - not tear it apart! Emma Swan is left alone on a ten day cruise after an ill-timed break-up. Is there any way she can salvage this vacation? And just what is it about that first officer, Killian Jones…
Fragile Heart Emma doesn’t mean to have feelings for the Lieutenant currently stationed in her small town. She means instead to further her friend’s adoration of his older brother. But circumstances have other plans. (Austen-eque AU)
Off The MenuThe kitchen was too small for two chefs: especially when one was an arrogant flirt who was after HER job.
ClicheHe’s the talent. She’s his manager. That’s where things get complicated.
Since I will have all my uni stuff done after March 11th before one last final on April 6th, I will have a lot of time to read. My TBR contains:
> Jane Austen - pride and prejudices > Rick Riordan - the last olympian > Sarah J. Maas - heir of fire > Ruta Sepetys - salt to the see > Rick Riordan - the lost hero > Patrick Ness - the rest of us just live here
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For years, I have done the best I could to raise you. Have I been perfect? No. Do I know anything about children? No! Should I have picked up a book on parenting?! PROBABLY! Where was I going with this? I had a point.
Hi, I love your blog! Question: what do you think of Edward Ferrars? I feel as if a lot of people on the internet dislike him, but I can't see why. Do you like him as a character?
Thank you so much! :)
I think every Austen ‘hero’ has some flawed element about them which humanizes them. Certainly since we spend less time in their company than the heroines and, socially, none of the men are ever at risk of suffering the decline of genteel poverty if they do not marry, so altogether I’m less inclined to be as sympathetic to them as I am to the ladies they eventually wed. Of course Austen’s heroines are human and flawed, too, but it’s just made a lot easier to generally bash on the dudes because they have fewer excuses for being fuckups, honestly. (Except Emma Woodhouse, like, honeeeey STOP.)
I think the issue encountered with Edward is that he’s not as dashing as other heros, in the Austen canon in general, and in S&S in particular. There’s Willoughby to first compare him to–dashing. as. fuck. Then there’s the Colonel, who, though older and more reserved than Willoughby, has a sensitive and poetic soul, the true courage of an active soldier, and the deep passion of a romantic gentleman. Edward is dreadfully prosaic by comparison! And he was foolish enough to be ensnared by Lucy, at a young age.
It’s very easy to slag off Edward; and, as a lot of more sensitive young readers might more readily identify with Marianne sooner than steady, cool, rational Elinor, the temptation to agree with her judgements of Edward is immediate and powerful. Edward seems to bumble about the plot, inadvertently messing with Elinor’s feelings, and we despise him for putting her in the position she ends up in as a jealous Lucy’s confidante.
BUT, I gotta admit I have a soft spot for ol’ Ferrars. In his defense, he’s kind of perfect for Elinor, and that’s the point. Marianne has finite, naive, and shallow ideas of what True Love ought to look like, and writes off every other possibility as Lesser. Elinor doesn’t want High Drama and all that rot…she wants someone companionable, honourable, and kind. Of course she doesn’t escape being touched by the agony of love, because in a weird twist of ironic fate, she cannot wholly command her heart quite as well as everyone (read: Marianne) seems to think she can and does, and she and Edward experience their share of lovelorn misery thanks to misunderstandings and the constraints of duty.
Point The Second: Edward was very young and naive when he engaged himself to Lucy. He later admits that he very quickly realized how awful an idea this was once he’s gone and lived a grown-up life around literally any other people for even a short period of time; and it’s only because he was a young man, kept idle, in the company of a pretty girl determined to make herself pleasing to him, that he made a foolish promise. His misery has been low-key ongoing before he even appears on the scene in the book. His grim acceptance of his eventual fate as Lucy’s husband prevents him from even letting himself think of Elinor as a possibility–he honestly doesn’t believe himself to be attractive enough a prospect, and figures he is not exerting himself to please as a man might attempt to please a woman to gain her regard, because they just get along in a friendly way and they’re sort of almost family, after all. In this weird grey-area limbo, disaster strikes and they both find themselves caught up in their affections before they realize what’s going on, and before they can stop it. Should Edward have been more guarded? Possibly. But again, Elinor’s coolness of manner and level-headedness is well-known to all her friends and family. In the style of Jane Bennet, Edward might have felt his heart unfortunately involved, but may have doubted Elinor’s returning his feelings in the same fashion.
Ultimately, Edward’s mistake in attaching himself to Lucy is no worse than Marianne’s attaching herself to Willoughby–and better, for Lucy and Edward don’t even really love one another, so there’s zero heartbreak in their eventual split. And Edward’s honour and chivalry go a long way in absolving him for some of the inadvertent crap he pulled. Eyes wide open, he knowingly severs ties with his mother (and his inheritance) to keep a promise made long ago, in error, to a girl he cannot even respect, because he knows how cruel and damaging it would be to her if he were to give up the engagement, once it was made public. Such promises, even held in secret for years, were a huge deal, and to break them could have even meant legal repercussions–though given the Steele’s comparative poverty and the Ferrars family’s money, it’s likely they could have bought their way out of any suit brought against Edward in the courts by Lucy. No, Edward sticks it out for honour. It was wrong to make the engagement, but it would be even more wrong for him to be the one to break it. Lucy is the only one who can release him from it, and, thank fuck, she does.
A common theme in Austen is the danger and misery of marrying without affection–and, in several cases, the worst marriages are the ones where there is not even a shred of respect between spouses. This would have been Edward’s willing fate, and though it breaks our hearts to think of so strictly denying oneself happiness, it’s a sign of how deep his personal convictions are, and how admirable his sense of self-sacrifice, to keep his own terrible, foolish promise. Certainly, in intentions, Edward was more than ready to pay for his mistake for the rest of his life.
If Elinor is willing to forgive Edward, I certainly am, and I think, by the end of it all, Edward has certainly suffered just as much as Elinor, (even, I think, partially believing that Elinor might be likely to go on to marry the Colonel, mistaking their friendship for some deeper connection,) and was prepared to suffer a great deal more, in marrying Lucy, that his quiet bravery and steadfast honour make him a hero worth liking.
But is Rochester more of an ass than Beast, or no? These are the questions that haunt me....
Oh, definitely more. Like, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Jane Eyre, and Rochester totally has his own very strong charm, but objectively, he’s manipulative and he lies and he has his mentally ill wife locked in an attic okay I know it’s the Victorian era but good heavens man! The Beast, while angry and occasionally unreasonable, is not deceptive about who he is or what is going on (except possibly for keeping the curse from Belle, which I argue is actually a positive thing because he never pressures her into loving him). He recognizes that Belle cannot truly love him unless she is free. Rochester pulls some shady shit to try and get Jane to stay with him.
Lmao it still boggles my mind that in all the popular and progressive Media™ ive seen recently Jake Peralta is the only dude who confesses his romantic feelings with zero attitude of expectation or entitlement and completely puts the person he’s confessing to’s emotional agency as the priority over his own disappointment
Y'all it’s not that hard to write baseline respect of autonomy into your male character’s interactions with the women they love
“Comrade Darcy is a man gifted with emotional sensitivity but unskilled in his communications with the fairer sex. The negative bent of his approach would not in itself be sufficient to condemn him to a lonely existence, given that he is well-proportioned and sitting, it would appear,on a pile, but he lacks Finnese. He lacks the Smooth Touch. In this paper
*twelve-page discourse on how Darcy could have got much farther had he professed interest in Elizabeth’s hobbies, stolen an umbrella, and flirted with her under a false identity*
sooo thanks to your post about persuasion and the excerpt of THAT LETTER I immediately got the book and read it in a day and lemme just say that I have read every other one of her novels and persuasion blew them all out of the water I am absolutely in LOVE. I put off reading it for years and I have no idea why. the scene with Mary's toddler son? the carriage? being so completely aware of each other all the time? every single time they saw each other and blushed like murder me!!! AAAHHH thank u
Like, there is charm in each book, of course, and each is unlike any of the others, but for INTENSITY none can hold a candle to Persuasion! I’m so thrilled my post made you give it a go. I mean, that thing with the toddler is SO underrated because we so rarely get to get a glimpse of what an Austen hero would be like as a dad. I mean, Mr. Knightley is a cool uncle and all, and some adaptations get him to hold Isabella’s youngest baby, but those scenes, to me, almost feel more about softening Emma by having her hold the baby and his (subconscious?) viewing of her as a mature and maternal figure. The infant is a prop. The Musgrove toddler being a little shit? That is too real. Wentworth wading in to swiftly and silently do the sensible thing?
Be still, our pulsing gonads.
Anne is left to contemplate the children she’d imagined having with that caring, generous, strong, practical, delicious hunk of a seafaring fellow.
Now, as soon as you can, check out the 1995 film adaptation! The 2007 is quite adequate but the 1995 is superb. The director decided not to allow the use of make-up, and wanted everyone and their environment to feel lived-in and realistic for the times, as well as shooting the scenes in chronological order to allow the natural progression of characters’ arcs as Anne and Wentworth slowly come back to life as something more like the people they once were, together.
The truth about your writing
is that it’s not brilliant. But it’s also not terrible. It’s not worthless. It’s
not the best thing ever written. It’s not proof that you should give up. It’s
just what you can do right now. It’s a reflection of you, complete with
strengths and weaknesses. Thinking about things in terms of black and white,
and “never” or “always” statements isn’t very helpful. Don’t tell yourself you’ll
“never make it.” Equally, don’t tell yourself that “this is going to make me a
millionaire.” Your writing is in progress, like you are. As a writer, you are
on a journey. Each manuscript is a way station. It’s not a permanent
When you’re feeling
discouraged, here are some things to think about:
wonderful books are rejected over and over again.
can only get better if you make mistakes and learn from them.
putting things away for a while is a good idea to get perspective.
sun will come out tomorrow—meaning, get started on the next book. It will be
better, I promise.
you believe in a book, keep sending it out. You may be one rejection away from
that every genius has detractors. Some people hate Shakespeare. Lots of people
hate Jane Austen, my literary hero.
author is perfect. Every author does certain things well, and certain things
are left undone or are terrible. Some critics value certain things over others,
thus resulting in judgment of certain authors as “the best.”
can give up on something temporarily and go back to it later with a more mature
perspective. It may turn out to be workable, with new skills. It may not.
you have people around you who are also brilliant, it is great because it
inspires you. It an also be intimidating. Maybe you need to spend some time
with regular people?
some food, take a nap, and try again.
are things that are more important than writing.
27 Things I've Learned From My Favorite Books, PT.1
Today is my birthday. I am 27 years old and I am having a crisis. I am not who I thought I would be at 27. I have not done the things I thought I would do by the age of 27. And, I’m still reading the same kinds of books that I read 7 years ago at 20. Am I the same person I was 7 years ago? Have I not evolved, have I not changed? More importantly…is it time to grow up? Should I be reading more serious books? Should I put down my fantasy worlds, my YA books and my romance novels and finally submit myself to lit? Non fiction, history books?
It took me a few days, but the answer is HELL NO. My books are real books and they are age appropriate. Why? Because, I learn from them. Because, they’ve changed me. BECAUSE I LOVE THEM.
Below is part 1 of the 27 Things I’ve Learned From My Favorite Books:
1. It’s never too late
to make it right. From Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
After abandoning Harry
and Hermione in the worst possible moment when they needed each other more than
ever, Ron came back with a vengeance, saving Harry’s life, taking out
horcruxes, fighting in a major battle and winning the girl. If Ron can come
back from his selfish actions, who is to say that I can’t?
2. Never too old for
love. From Anne Elliot in Persuasion
It’s been a long time
since I’ve had a boyfriend, had strong feelings for another person or even held
someone’s hand. Sometimes I feel like it will never happen. Then I think of Ann
Elliot in Jane Austen’s final book Persuasion. She was well and truly on the
shelf. A spinster who at the ripe old age of 27 rekindled a love that she had
ruined and got her happily ever after.
3. Never be afraid to
try new things. From The Night Huntress series
This is a little bit
different than the rest. I won One Foot in the Grave the second book in the
Night Huntress series by Jeanine frost in a Facebook competition held by the
publisher. I had never read fantasy or paranormal romance and thought vampires
were stupid. Then I got this book in the mail and I consumed it. When I say
consumed I mean I recently found my copy and both the back and front covers are
missing. I read it so many times it began falling apart. From there I
discovered my undying love for urban fantasy and kick ass girls in high heeled
boots who are deadly as their boyfriends, if not more so. If I hadn’t been
willing to try this book, which at the time was completely different from
anything i’d ever read, I would have missed out on the great loves of my life.
4. Sometimes the thing
that makes you weird is the thing that makes you stronger. From Cat in One Foot
in the Grave
Cat is an anomaly half
vampire, half human. Unheard of. It makes her an outcast, neither human nor
vamp and no one knows what to do with her. But, do you know what Cat is?
A half breed! It means that she is as fast, as strong and as fierce as any
vampire but is not an animated corpse. She gets the supernatural skill but
still gets to eat, and breathe and watch the sunrise. I love that, because my
loud personality, my inability to be embarrassed, my brutal honesty are the
things that make me stand out, gives those people who don’t like me a clear
reason not to, but it also makes me strong, makes me able to adapt and roll
with the punches. Being a little odd can be an asset.
5. Sure, you could get
even or you could forgive and have an enriching life. From Captain Wentworth in
When Captain Wentworth
returns to upper cross he has one thing in mind, to show Anne Elliot everything
that she’s been missing. He wants to flaunt the fact that she was wrong about
him and that he was so much better than she thought all those years ago when
she broke their engagement. But, after a few days in her presence, after
seeing her strength, her kindness and talking to her and remember her keen
mind, he can’t hold on to the anger any longer. He needs to forgive and allow
himself to love her. And you know, I absolutely believe they lived happily ever
after because of it.
6. One great friend
can make all the difference. From Ron and Harry
There are people who
hate Ron Weasley. People who think he shouldn’t have gotten the girl and that
blows my mind. Because, when I think of Ron I think of the boy with the big
family, who had inadequacy issues and still took the most famous boy in their
world under his wing. I think of him not going home with his siblings to stay
behind at Hogwarts so Harry wouldn’t be alone. I think about him believing
somewhere in his heart that the girl he loved was into his best friend and
coming back an saving Harry anyway. I think about the dark tunnels he walked
into, the spiders he faced, the trolls he fought and the best game of chess
ever played all in service to his Bff. What’s funny is that I don’t aspire to
be Harry and have such friends. I aspire to be Ron Weasley who is so much
better in the books.
7. Sometimes actions
speak louder than words. From Aristotle in Aristotle and Dante Discover the
Secrets of the Universe
This will be difficult
without spoiling the plot. But, towards the end of the book the question of how
Aristotle truly feels is on the forefront of his mind. But, what I love most
about this book is that halfway through, way before he asks himself the
question, he takes an amazing action that puts himself at risk. That action
answers all the questions and doubts whirling inside of him more incredibly
than any words ever could.
8. You don’t have to
settle, no matter the circumstances. From Lizzie Bennet in Pride &
Let’s face it, Ms.
Elizabeth should have accepted Mr. She just should have. She was 1 of 5
daughters in a world where she couldn’t work, in a town where the men were
scarce and she had younger sisters who were sixteen years old and already on
the marriage mart. There was a great chance that she wouldn’t get a second
proposal. And, when she did get a second proposal from someone as rich as Mr.
Darcy who was socially her superior she absolutely should have accepted. But
she didn’t, because she wanted to to be happy. She wanted to be respected and
respect her spouse. She wanted the truest love and she risked everything until
she got it.
9. Letting people in
is the scariest thing you can do, but it could change your life. From Kate
Daniels in Magic Shifts
When the Kate Daniels
series begins, she’s alone. Not just alone, but lonely and grieving. She has to
be alone and has to keep herself secret simply because of her heritage because
the man who is her father who will come looking for her one day and when he
finds her, he will kill her and lay waste to her life. So, she keeps to herself
as not to take anyone down in the cross fire. But, as the series continues she
gets a best friend, a badass teen protégé, an adopted daughter and one of the
most amazing men in books as the love of her life. Is she afraid for them
constantly? Yea. But, they’ve all proven themselves strong, capable and deadly
enough to walk into an unbreakable prison to break her out.
10. If You Don’t fuck
up where’s your halo? From Keith Richards in Life.
Keith Richards has
been addicted to heroin, he’s watched the woman he loved almost die in a wreck
while carrying his first child, he’s fallen out of trees, he’s had his girlfriend’s
lover shoot himself in his bed, he’s been in love with his best friends girl,
he’s had his best friend sleep with his girl, his been banned from France, put
on the USA’s watch list and has been in rehab several times and he is one of
the greatest guitar players and song writers of all time. By all rights, Keith
Richards should be dead, but be was alive to write Life one of my favorite
memoirs and to make me cry during a performance of one of my favorite songs
Happy in 2015. He’s not perfect, he’s fucked up but he’s alive and has done
some amazing things with his life. No one is perfect. We all make mistakes it’s
how we come back from those mistakes that matter.
11. Sometimes you just
have to hold on to what you love. Percy Jackson in the Mark of Athena.
If you haven’t read
this book, skip this one.
At the end of mark of
Athena, the heroes win. At least, they think they win until the villain while
falling into Tartarus makes one last play and wraps her web around Annabeth’s
leg and begins to pull the daughter of Athena into Tartarus, the hell of the
titans. The unsafest place for a demigod to be. Quick thinking Percy grabs her
hand. He holds on for as long as he can. Until he realizes there’s no use,
she’s going to fall. So he makes a quick choice. He knows that the prophecy
calls for the doors to be opened from inside of Tartarus. He knows that the
girl he loves is going to fall and he knows that he doesn’t let go of the wall
he will fall with her. So, he gives his friends instructions to meet him on the
other side, then e holds on to Annabeth’s and together they fall into hell. I
love this scene, one because it proves once and for all that Percy Jackson is
THE hero.( sorry Jason grace) and, it shows thy when you love something or
someone you hold on to them no matter what it takes. Especially when that
person makes you better, especially when you know that together you are
12. Don’t be the
fantasy, be the real. Remington “Riptide” Tate in real.
When Brooke meets
Remy, the MMA fighter that every girl wants she wants run away, hook up with
her fantasy guy and have an adventure. Remy refuses to sleep with her, because
he doesn’t want to be her one night stand, that steamy story she tells her
friends, a night of adventure. He wants to be her adventure, her guy, the one
she says goodnight to every night. He wants to be her real.