lizzie your darcy love is showing

little (100% canon) things i love about the end of pride & prejudice that don’t usually make adaptations:

  • Lizzy offers to burn The Letter because Darcy’s embarrassed about how bitter he probably sounded when he wrote it
  • Darcy tells Lizzy that he told Bingley he was wrong about how Jane felt. Lizzy (parphr): “Did you decide that for yourself or were you just going off what I told you at Hunsford?” Darcy, the stubbornest nerd: “No, I figured it out for myself” Lizzy, sarcastically: “okay, Darcy”
  • When Lizzy tells Jane she’s in love with Darcy, Jane asks her if she’s joking six times
  • Next day: Darcy and Bingley show up at the house. Mrs Bennet’s upset that Bingley always brings Darcy. To get rid of him, she tells Kitty and Lizzy to take him on a walk. Bingley: “Kitty looks sick. Maybe Lizzy and Darcy should go…….. by themselves” Mrs Bennet: “I’m sorry Lizzy you must find a way to survive this” Lizzy, sarcastically: “Oh nooooooo”
  •  Direct quote, Mr. Bennet on Darcy saving Lydia: “It will save me a world of trouble and economy. Had it been your uncle’s doing, I must and would have paid him; but these violent young lovers carry every thing their own way. I shall offer to pay [Darcy] to-morrow; he will rant and storm about his love for you, and there will be an end of the matter.”
  • Lizzy writes a friendly, clever letter to her aunt and uncle that’s included in the text, the next line is “Darcy’s letter to Lady Catherine was in a different style”. The text of Darcy’s letter is omitted
  • Jane and Bingley move in next door to Lizzy and Darcy
Review: Anne with an ‘E’ (Spoilers)

So I had just finished the Netflix series Anne with an ‘E’ with my Mum (who watched all of it a week prior to me) and I feel as if I need to give a consensus as a child who read all the books and felt that the 1985 adaptation was as close to perfect as anyone could get. I also see my younger self as a little Anne Shirley which is why I am so fiercely protective of this series and any adaptation of said series. So lets get to it:

My Praises

-The Cast: Although I do have an enternal love for Megan Follows, Jonathan Crombie, Colleen Dewhurst, and Richard Farnsworth as their respective characters; I could not imagine another better cast as the one in Anne with an 'E’. Newcomer Amybeth McNulty undeniably shines as the fierce and imaginative Anne Shirley. She captures Anne completely with even the slightest of expressions. Lucas Jade Zumann becomes Gilbert “Heart-Eyes” Blythe with his loving smirk and utter adoration of Anne. I also commend Geraldine James for making such an exquisite Marilla. James nailed Marilla’s sterness and sensitivity. Lastly, Corrine Koslo made Rachel Lynde my absolute fave and I have no problems with that.
-The Soundtrack: That upbeat and vibrant Celtic music.
-The Cinematography: It felt like I was truly experiencing the world through Anne’s eyes. So stunning to watch.
-The Episode Titles: I just loved this little detail they added in making all the episode titles Jane Eyre quotes. Since it is my favourite novel of all time, it did make me squeal a little everytime they mentioned it in the show.
-The Directing: Speechless, honestly. Props to the 5/7 female directors. We honestly do not see enough of them in this day and age.
-The Feminism!: That theme of feminism that underlyed throughout the show was something that made it stick. In a young girl’s coming-of-age story, there always should be a bit of feminism and girl empowerment to make it relatable. It was also Marilla’s coming-of-age in a way as well, becoming a “Mother in a Modern World”.
-Anne & Diana’s Adorable Friendship: Bossom Friends till the end.

My Criticism

-The Anne and Gilbert Love Story: Now before you all throw your hands 'round my throat, hear me out. These two are my precious babies. They are the teenage Lizzie and Darcy. Now Lizzie didn’t talk to Darcy because “a friend liked him”. No. Lizzie didn’t talk to Darcy because of her own stupid pride. Just like Anne. I have no idea why the writers thought of that “friend obligation” thingo. Anne was stupidly proud and ignored Gilbert because of that. Gilbert also was a bit of a twat when he pulled her hair and called her “carrots” (fucking iconic) not all soft and gentle. But the rest they got right. Except for the last episode (which a will get to..) where they called “truce”. Anne and Gilbert did not call “truce” until like 3 years later. Apart from that, the kids had amazing chemistry and were extremely adorable. Could have had extra time with spelling bees and stuff though.
-The Theives: I seriously have no clue. I was literally like this at that strange cliffhanger ending “!?!?!?!?!?”. It was really out of place.
-Gilbert working on the Docks: This honestly just made me really fucking mad. How is this going to change Anne and Gil’s relationship!? Is he coming back to school!? Is he going to become a doctor!!??
-The Lack of Anne’s Pride and Vanity: I wanted the Anne who accidentally dyed her hair green and climbed the roof of the school! The one who was so incredibly proud and vain. It made her relatable.

Overall, I think the pluses outweight the minuses. Y'all should give it a watch ASAP. Nothing will ever top the 1985 adaptation (or ya know the books) but this one certainly gives it a run for its money.

basmathgirl  asked:

I didn't know there were Austen gay otps (I'm very sheltered). Could you tell me what they are, please?

My time has come.

Because Jane Austen tended to foreground the importance of sisterhood and female friendships and bonds between women in her books, a lot of scholars naturally look to her for evidence of Sapphic love in Georgian and Victorian England. They use her works to prove that there was an awareness of female homoeroticism and an understanding of lesbian love in a sexually repressive era that denied female sexuality altogether.

It’s not a bad idea, and I’ve read some (good and bad) queer readings of Austen that:

  • Try to prove Austen herself was gay
  • Try to suggest that the relationships between sisters, e.g. Jane and Lizzie or Elinor and Marianne, are homoerotic (first of all, yikes, second of all, no)
  • Compared and contrasted her novels with the experiences of Anne Lister, a lesbian from Austen’s time who kept a diary and talked about her sexuality and all her crushes and cute girlfriends (quite informative, actually)
  • Straight up argue that their gay otps in Austen are real

There is an ungodly amount of meta arguing for erotic romance between sisters in Austen, none of which I find convincing, and all of which I find disgusting (Austen scholars, y’all nasty). But probably the two biggest gay otps, or at least the ones I’ve read about the most, are Charlotte Lucas and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice, and Emma Woodhouse and Harriet Smith from Emma.

The novel Emma begins with Emma Woodhouse’s governess Mrs Weston leaving her to get married; Emma is vehemently jealous and views the husband Mr Weston as a rival. It’s not inconceivable to believe that Emma had harboured secret feelings for her beloved teacher. In this sequence, it is worth noting that although marriages with men are said to bring practical advantages (a house of one’s own, security, money), friendships with women bring emotional advantages, true companionship, and affection. Women must abandon the comfort of their female circle for the social advantages of marriage, and you might even suggest that the love between women is more fulfilling as a result. This is a common theme in Austen’s novels, and so the search for a marriage that brings both emotional fulfillment AND coveted social advantages is a driving need for many heroines.

Emma later meets Harriet Smith, and if you’ve read the novel you’ll know why I bring them up as an example of a gay otp because Emma just adores Harriet. The first mention of Harriet:

Miss Smith was a girl of seventeen, whom Emma knew very well by sight and had long felt an interest in, on account of her beauty.

(Emma’s been scoping out the new hottie in the neighbourhood from day 1.)

She was a very pretty girl, and her beauty happened to be of a sort which Emma particularly admired. She was short, plump, and fair, with a fine bloom, blue eyes, light hair, regular features, and a look of great sweetness; and before the end of the evening, Emma was as much pleased with her manners as her person, and quite determined to continue the acquaintance.

(Harriet you beautiful tropical fish.)

She was so busy in admiring those soft blue eyes, in talking and listening, and forming all these schemes in the in-betweens, that the evening flew away at a very unusual rate

(Time flies when you’re fucking gay, am I right?)

Emma’s attempts to make “worthy” men fall in love with Harriet can be seen as an attempt to sublimate her own desires for Harriet, and even court her by proxy. Similarly, her command that Harriet reject Mr. Martin can be seen as a lover’s jealousy.

The friendship between Harriet and Emma is also depicted as dangerous and inappropriate – ostensibly because of the class differences, but one may also suggest because the intimacy between them was too intense, since Mr Knightley objects specifically to “this great intimacy between Emma and Harriet Smith.”

There’s a lot more written on this subject and how it compares to her desires for Knightley, and why her desires eventually shift to Mr Knightley, but I might leave it there for brevity’s sake.

My personal favourite queer interpretation of Austen comes in the figure of Charlotte Lucas from Pride and Prejudice. As anyone who follows this blog knows, I adore Darcy and Lizzie with a passion, but I am partial to readings of Charlotte and Lizzie’s friendship as romantic.

Charlotte is introduced to us as “Elizabeth’s intimate friend.” She and Elizabeth are always gossiping together; she “told all her griefs to Charlotte Lucas.” On Charlotte’s part, there appears to be an uncommon adoration; she is always encouraging Lizzie to play and sing. Charlotte makes her laugh, and on the whole there is an ease and a lightness and a joy to their friendship that is remarkable. One of the cutest passages:

When the dancing recommenced, however, and Darcy approached to claim [Lizzie’s] hand, Charlotte could not help cautioning her in a whisper not to be a simpleton, and allow her fancy for Wickham to make her appear unpleasant in the eyes of a man of ten times his consequence.

(Lizzie, he’s rich, don’t be a fuckwit.)

Charlotte, I believe, is in love with Lizzie; but of course, she cannot really pursue her in a romantic way. She ends up marrying the disagreeable Mr Collins. Austen narrates:

The whole family, in short, were properly overjoyed on the occasion. The younger girls formed hopes of coming out a year or two sooner than they might otherwise have done; and the boys were relieved from their apprehension of Charlotte’s dying an old maid. Charlotte herself was tolerably composed. She had gained her point, and had time to consider of it. Her reflections were in general satisfactory. Mr. Collins, to be sure, was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary. But still he would be her husband. Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want. This preservative she had now obtained; and at the age of twenty-seven, without having ever been handsome, she felt all the good luck of it. The least agreeable circumstance in the business was the surprise it must occasion to Elizabeth Bennet, whose friendship she valued beyond that of any other person.

I always find this passage unbearably upsetting - as indeed it is meant to be. Charlotte has no other options than to marry a man - any man who will have her - and she is a burden to her family and to society until she does. When she tells Lizzie about the match, the following exchange occurs:

   "Engaged to Mr. Collins! my dear Charlotte, impossible!“ … "I see what you are feeling,” replied Charlotte; “you must be surprised, very much surprised – so lately as Mr. Collins was wishing to marry you. But when you have had time to think it all over, I hope you will be satisfied with what I have done. I am not romantic, you know; I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins’s character, connexions, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state.”

The picture of Charlotte Lucas, the plain, 27 year old woman who marries a tedious man simply to gain security and a “comfortable home” becomes all the poignant if you view her as a lesbian, hopelessly in love with her best friend, yet forced to conform to heterosexual marriage simply to survive.

And this reading becomes even more tragic when you consider that she has a whole speech where she talks about the dangers of losing one’s love by leaving that love unspoken:

“It may perhaps be pleasant,” replied Charlotte, “to be able to impose on the public in such a case; but it is sometimes a disadvantage to be so very guarded. If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all begin freely – a slight preference is natural enough; but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten a woman had better show more affection than she feels. Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly; but he may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on.”

Charlotte did not admit her love, and never showed Lizzie just how much she adored her, and so Lizzie never did more than like her. On Lizzie’s side, the loss of her deeply intimate friend left a great hole in her life, and the loving marriage she forms with Mr Darcy helps to fill that hole. Charlotte was her deepest confidante and friend, and she was stolen away by Mr Collins; Darcy’s conversation with her, which evolves from verbal sparring to deep and intimate exchanges, replaces those discussions with Charlotte. Darcy becomes her best friend; he shows his affections plainly; and he marries her.

Charlotte’s tragedy is that she does not marry for love. Read her as queer, and her tragedy becomes that she cannot marry for love. It adds another dimension to the novel that I find quite satisfying.

To my knowledge there aren’t as many discussions of male homosexuality in Austen. Most of the focus seems to be on ladies loving ladies, but I’m sure there are people out there passionately shipping Darcy/Bingley anyway. 

parks-n-heck  asked:

So I watched 12gw and it was so good and I love it. Now i am looking for other web-series things to watch but, especially ones with LGBT+ characters. Is there any you would recommend?

oooooh I’m so happy that you like it!!! honestly more people need to watch 12gw, it’s so extremely underappreciated.

as to other suggestions, huh that’s tough, because I’ve literally never seen a webseries (or any piece of media) that’s so diverse about all things queer. 

I’m not sure if you’ve seen any webseries so far, and if so, which ones, so I’m just going to name a few:

  • Nothing Much To Do/Lovely Little Losers: Now those two are pretty much standard for any webseries fan. I loved both of them a lot, but there are people who loved NMTD and disliked its sequel lolilo. lolilo is the one where it gets really queer tho. In NMTD you basically have one gay character and one bi character as a side plot. In lolilo they’re the main plot, and there’s queer ladies, and more new characters that can be read as queer. Oh jeah, it’s an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and then in the sequel of Love’s Labour’s Lost.
  • Call Me Katie: this one just owns my heart. It’s an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming Of The Shrew and oh man, it’s wonderful. Feminist, queer, funny, serious, and they pretty much have one straight couple. One. (Okay, maybe two, that’s debatable and depends on how you read that one scene.) But they have the most beautiful coming-out storyline, they have not-straight boys, they have a queer lady (/queer ladies), and they have a canon nonbinary character. The best thing about it? It will get a sequel in December.
  • Green Gables Fables: This adorable, lovely show has two seasons and is just really, really good. It’s not as queer as the first two, but definitely worth a watch. the queer characters are there in season 2. Oh, and if you watch it, bring tissues. Seriously. (oh, it’s an adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, in case that wasn’t obvious.)
  • All 4 One: A female-driven webseries based on The Three Musketeers. It’s the musketeers, sorority style, and it’s really cool and has some awesome wlw.
  • Northbound: very short, but just The Cutest. Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Features one wlw couple and also Jeremy Stewart - you know him now as Anthony in 12GW, but here he’s Henry Tilney and that alone is worth watching. (everybody else in this webseries is equally adorable.)
  • Couple-ish: aka. “Fake Dating Trope The Webseries”. I wasn’t sure if I should put that on here, because I kinda disliked the last episode of s1, but then again, that’s just a personal thing, and I know lots of other people liked it. And also I really love the rest of the series, it’s really cute and about a nonbinary bisexual artist, their pansexual sister and their british queer roomie. then there’s also Ed, the straight guy with the great butt. Or so he’s called. S2 will happen, so we’ll see how it goes. 
  • Carmilla: Can’t say couple-ish without also giving you Carmilla. It’s not really my kind of show, but it’s really good, very famous and has lots of queer ladies. and, both couple-ish and Carmilla have the wonderful Kaitlyn Alexander, who is the beautiful nonbinary cinnamon roll we need, but do we really deserve them? the answer is no, they’re too good for this world. Too pure. “Carmilla” is based on the vampire novel of the same name by Sheridan Le Fanu. That’s cool because this novel basically invented the modern vampire and inspired Bram Stoker with his Dracula. AND it’s lesbian vampires, so how much better can it get?
  • Lizzie Bennet Diaries: no webseries list can exist without the one webseries that started it all. (not webseries in general. just the trend of modernized literary inspired webseries.) not exactly queer, but just really, really cool. Everyone in that cast is a precious cinnamon roll and tbh, you can’t really watch Lizzie and Mr. Darcy fall in love in various ways often enough, right?

okay whoops, I might have gone a little overboard with this. I hope one or the other show on that list is to your liking. and if you ever want to talk about any of them: I’m literally always down for excessive conversations and in-depth analyzation of any of those shows.

Love is for Fools; Sherlock x Reader

Requested by Anon: Hello, I kinda wanted to make a request if you are already busy ignore this but well if you could do one where the reader explains love to Sherlock and she accidentally tells him she loves him. Just really fluffy. Thank you 😊

You and Sherlock sat in your separate chairs inside of Baker Street, warm and content watching Pride and Prejudice. Somehow you had coerced Sherlock into watching a move with you so obviously it had to be this one.

“I don’t understand this,” Sherlock finally admitted.

“What don’t you understand?”

He sat up, looking ready to give you a whole list of reasons. “First off, why does Lizzie even care about him so much he’s an asshole and historically he would clearly have other women in town? And second, Lizzie’s family is not doing too well financially it doesn’t make any sense for a man of Darcy’s stature to be marrying here.”

“Love, Sherlock. Just chalk it up to love. Love crosses social boundaries and it also requires quite a lot of trust that Lizzie has clearly earned from Darcy.”

“Love is your solution?”

“Love is always the solution.”

Sherlock rolled his eyes before pausing the TV, preparing to enter a heated debate. “I want one real life situation,” Sherlock demanded.

“Easily. Your parents, John and Mary, Molly and… Tom?… you and me- Obvis-“ you began before realizing what you had just let slip. You looked to Sherlock to see if he had caught your mistake and the look on his face showed he had.

“You and me?”

You looked away from him in shame, not in the mood to discuss your feelings, or rather get rejected. “I don’t really want to talk about it Sherlock,” you told him, unpausing the movie. Sherlock remained silent as the movie kept playing and he remained quiet until the credits began to roll. In fact he had been so quiet it scared you. “I think I’m going to bed,” you said, standing up before you felt Sherlock grab your hand.

He stood up and looked you directly in your eyes. “Love is for fools and… I think I’ve became a fool,” Sherlock whispered before he swept you up in a long awaited kiss. Your lips moved in time as you revealed in the long-awaited touch of his lips and Sherlock seemed just as eager as you were.

Finally Sherlock pulled away and stared deep in your eyes as you saw the look of desperation in him.

“If love is for fools, than love is for fools like us,” you whispered.

writingaloveaffair  asked:

What was it like doing the audiobook for The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet? (I'm two hours into it and it is so amazing and nostalgic.)

Mostly a lot of fun! It had some interesting challenges, too. I have a lot of respect for people who do audiobooks now because it’s very vocally demanding. I thought I knew how hard it was to talk for 8 hours a day but it’s even harder when the work is entirely about being clear and articulate and energetic and doing voices. There was a lot of vocal rest that week when I wasn’t working. (My Darcy voice is particularly hard on me, but I established it so long ago I didn’t feel like I could change it now.) It was also a new challenge to figure out voices for characters I’d never done before, and it’s interesting, because the some of voices I get the most complimentary messages about are also the voices I see the most complaints about, which really goes to show you can’t please everyone and you should just do your best work. 

Mostly it was lovely to revisit my old friends Lizzie and her gang and a story that is dear to my heart. Thanks to everyone who is listening to or reading it!