austen talks

The problem with receiving a Good Classical Education is that I’m going to college in a few weeks and this is going to be my fourth time reading the Lattimore translation of the Illiad for school.

fanboyofallthingsfandom  asked:

"Hey, you slept with my roommate who's a notorious slut but you seem like a decent guy and here have some pancakes and we can chat and wow you're actually really sweet and genuine are you sure you wouldn't prefer this roommate to the other one?" Any ship you please.

Here you go, Hun! I went with Merthur because the story was practically written for them in my head before I finished reading the prompt haha :P

Send me a ship + AU and I’ll write a ficlet (preferably Merthur, Bagginshield, Wolfstar or Johnlock

Oh, no. Not again.

That’s Merlin’s first thought upon seeing the strange blond man in his kitchen. He’s wearing what are clearly last night’s clothes (dark wash jeans and a scarlet button-up) as well as that look of regret and embarrassment he’s seen on so many of the people who have been through Gwaine’s bed.

He knows Gwaine doesn’t mean to hurt anyone (the man is basically a human labrador puppy) but he’s impulsive and careless and no matter how many times Merlin has told him to be discerning about the men and women he sleeps with, he can’t seem to understand that not everyone is as good at one-night stands as he is.

Merlin, for instance, is still dealing with his string of ‘just-tonights’ with Gwaine five years later.

The current victim turns around sharply when he hears Merlin enter the kitchen, causing the water in the glass he’s holding to slosh violently and spill onto his hand. He looks like he’s been caught in the middle of a burglary and Merlin has to fight an amused smile at his look of terror.

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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

dangerousfiction replied to your post “Had to unfollow you because last time I checked, trashing Wuthering…”

Didn’t Charlotte Bronte trash talk Jane Austen though? How is discussing Austen’s contemporaries not Austen related? Not that you need a reason to respond to asks on your own Tumblr but the topic is clearly related to Austen.

Oh, Charlotte rather famously had a hate-boner for Austen. Not that people need to Pick a Side and can’t enjoy both, but this idea that they should be lumped together because 19th Century English Women Authors ignores a heap of stylistic differences and frankly if they’ve been seated together in the afterlife I have no doubt Charlotte and Jane are absolutely seething about it.

someone: after all they had been through, han and leia deserved a better son. they actually deserved a daughter like rey. god, they must hate their own child.

me:

anonymous asked:

I have recently read emma and was a little intrigued by the social position of illegitimate children in during austen's time, could you talk about It a bit?

Weeeeeell it would really depend whose illegitimate child one was. Emma’s insistence that Harriet is a gentleman’s daughter speaks to her snobbery about bloodline above even the stigma of being born outside of wedlock, whereas the very legitimate but lower-class Robert Martin is, to her mind, unworthy of her friend.

Of course it depends on where you go and what circles you’re trying to move in. Harriet’s situation is more ambiguous because no-one really says out-loud that she’s a bastard, because she’s been given a decent education and is a sweet young woman and doesn’t have ideas above her station. (Until Emma comes along.) If Harriet went to London and tried to entice a viscount or something, questions about her birth would certainly be raised if there was any hint of a potential connection to a man of wealth and rank.

One of my Regency characters I write is a young man who is illegitimate, and a doctor, and so on both counts he considers himself as less of a gentleman than his genteel cousins by blood, due to his profession, but mostly due to his illegitimacy. As a result he is very scrupulous about not crossing professional lines, nor presuming he will find a welcome in every social circle. He may attend the sick and injured of high society, but he cannot assume they would extend an invitation to him to join their parties and events. (He’s rather surprised when they do, and guiltily assumes they must not know the scandal around his birth.)

anonymous asked:

Why do you dislike the 2005 Pride and Prejudice so much? I thought it was a pretty good movie?

Okay, here’s the thing. Like, it is a “pretty good movie” - it’s visually gorgeous and the soundtrack is stunning and yeah, okay, from many angles it can be considered a great movie. 

But it’s not Jane Austen. 

Let me explain: the thing about Pride and Prejudice is that it is fundamentally a social commentary expressed through a comedy of manners. So much of Austen is about claustrophobia and people rubbing each other the wrong way in these tiny social circles because travelling was so much more effort. But in order to make his film so beautiful, Joe Wright completely disregarded this. 

For example, possibly my biggest pet peeve about this movie is Darcy’s first proposal scene. In no way shape or form did that need to take place in a thunderstorm. That pathetic fallacy is completely unnecessary and actually detracts from the drama of that scene. The whole point is that they’re in this tiny room together with these emotions running high but they can’t raise their voices, they can’t get away from each other because of the social rules they’re still bound to. 

What’s brilliant about the BBC version is that it captures that perfectly. Jennifer Ehles does such a good job of this seething rage beginning to get the better of her so that when she finally says “you are the last man in the world I could ever marry” she brings herself up short because she knows she’s gone too far, she’s been too rude. Elizabeth may be witty and ahead of her time but she remains a product of her time and she wouldn’t get all up in Darcy’s face about it. 

I don’t dislike Keira Knightly as an actress, I’ve enjoyed her performances in many things but she was not right for this role at all. (Though the thing about film acting is that it’s so dependent on the director and the editing that hey, maybe under different circumstances she could have done a good job, but I’m unsure). She played Elizabeth as a modern woman in a Regency Era setting, and that just doesn’t work. She’s too loud, too physical for the kind of environment that Pride and Prejudice takes place in. 

But while her performance is too big and too unrestrained, things that should have been big were too small. Again, Tom Hollander is an actor I like very much, but his Collins was all earnest and small. He barely made my flesh crawl at all, which he really should. (And when you look at David Bamber, he’s flawlessly slimy, and hilarious to boot). One of Austen’s strengths is this wonderful melding of big and small - her principal characters are stuck in these tiny communities with these huge supporting characters that only increase the sense of claustrophobia. 

One thing I will say for the 2005 version is that Jane and Bingley were lovely. Though I will never understand how that one thing was so perfectly Austen while everything else was trying to be a Bronte novel. 

WHICH IS ENTIRELY THE THING. Joe Wright tried to play Pride and Prejudice as if it were written by Emily Bronte. Like that scene with Darcy walking through the fucking mist in the morning to confess his love to Lizzy again - that’s just wrong. And I know what you’re about to say: “if you’re complaining about that, why aren’t you complaining about Colin Firth’s wet shirt in the BBC version?” Well I’ll tell you: because it was played right. When Lizzy and Darcy come across each other in that scene it is painfully awkward because it would be. Darcy asks if her parents are well about three times and Lizzy can barely make eye contact. It might not be in the book but, were it to have been, that’s how it would have gone down. Instead, Joe Wright gave us this… whatever it was with dramatic whispering and hand kissing. 

(Don’t even get me started on that “Mrs Darcy” scene, which luckily wasn’t in the UK version because everyone knew we’d hate it as a nation)

And the thing is, this style might have worked for a different Austen novel: Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion are all novels that are in dialogue with the Romantic ideology of the time, and maybe Joe Wright’s style would have worked with them, but it doesn’t with Pride and Prejudice. 

So that was really long, sorry. 

TL:DR - it is by many standards a “good movie” much like Game of Thrones is by many standards a “good show”. The cinematography is good, the score is good, the acting is good (because poor characterisation and bad acting aren’t always the same), but it completely misses the point of the original text upon which it is based.