me:lost in austen

anonymous asked:

Do you know how much money I would give to have the reverse!Lost In Austen miniseries about Elizabeth in the modern day? So much. So much.

You and me both, honestly. Like, I get that it’s Mr. Darcy and that’s some people’s dream or whatever, but me I like my voting rights and antibiotics, so my time-travel into the past is always gonna be a tourist activity and not a permanent move for any reason. Give me Lizzy thriving in a modern world. Like, she scoots out of that bathroom into the night, finds a job and clothes and new foods she loves and embraces it all and I love that about her.

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I’m not hung up about Darcy. I do not sit at home with the pause button on Colin Firth in clingy pants, okay? I love the love story. I love Elizabeth. I love the manners and language and the courtesy. It’s become part of who I am and what I want. I’m saying that I have standards.

(requested by @lovejaneausten)

anonymous asked:

Have you seen the miniseries Lost in Austen? If so, what's your opinion of it?

I have and I thought it was pretty fun. The mechanism of the portal between worlds is never really explained but the portal is hardly the point and while the main love story is a bit predictable Jemima Rooper is a delight and Gemma Arterton’s Lizzy is heaps of fun. The men…meh? Elliot Cowan’s Darcy is highkey Not My Favourite but it’s not TOO all about him, and he has some funny lines. The meta moment in the pond was fucking hilarious, the supporting cast of Bennets a joy, and canny lady-loving Caroline Bingley gives me life (and is maybe a li'l bit of a shout-out to the Sapphic longing between Rooper and Cole in Hex?)

haha but seriously guys

MODERN GIRL FALLS INTO THE ANTIQUATED CANON WORLD

pisses me off so much

ESPECIALLY for something that is just set in the past of our own world like pride and prejudice

because it almost NEVER actually addresses how completely effing fucked up living in that time period would be after having been born and raised in the late 20th century

and i’m not just talking about LOL NO TECHNOLOGY

but i’m talking about the deeply rigid, stifling, and oppressive social mores, gender, and class roles that the girl would now find herself bound by (and let’s not even get into if said girl was anyone but a conventionally attractive cishet able-bodied neurotypical thin white one)

no in these stories the girl just prances around with her aughties ideas and sensibilities

and everyone just looks at her funny and then comes to be charmed by her whimsical and DIFFERENT!!1 ways

and it perpetuates this awful, ignorant idea that women who lived in other time periods obviously just needed some MODERN!! SPUNK!!! and then everyone would have treated them equally and it would have been just fine!!!

which completely erases the fact that women have been resisting and fighting back against society’s sexism and misogyny since ALWAYS

and they have been ostracized, tormented, tortured, and KILLED for it

and the fact that they did it anyway is why things, as shitty as they are, are at least BETTER now

but no let’s just ignore all that and dismiss them as having been too weak and stupid and retiring to actually resist

because it’s not like the utterly male-dominated historical discourse is largely based around convincing us that women basically never did anything important or really anything at all until like forty years ago or something right????

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Jane: I could never be with Charles.

Charles: Why not? Because of society? I’m through with it. Society can go hang. Jane, the day you are at liberty from Collins is the day I take you to America…It shall be our new-found land. John Donne, don’t you know? “License my roving hands” and so forth. In America we shall be recreated, married by liberal Episcopalians. We shall have 25 children and name them all Amanda, even the boys.