Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like - then cultivate it. That’s the only part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping.
I love your smile, your big bright eyes, your laugh, your cute giggle, your dorky side, your bad side, your mood swings, your potential psycho side, bitchy side and pretty much every everything about you. I just don’t pick one side of you. When I chose you, I pick all parts of you. That’s how much I love you.
∙ Simon Woods, who plays Bingley, I dyed his hair red for this film. And weirdly, it’s continued to grow red and he resents me deeply for that. He was actually blond. But he should get over it. Do you know what i mean? - Joe Wright
In Jane Austen’s world I can feel at home and be as much alive as in my own. The same laws function there that control me here. No licences are issued for distortion and improbability. I meet these people who are no mere characters in fiction, but sensible companions, and their thoughts and feelings are in close alliance with what I personally think and feel.
Sheila Kaye-Smith, ‘Talking of Jane Austen’ (1943).