Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pride and Prejudice 1995 As Compared to Pride and Prejudice 2005

*deep breath*

You ready for this?

So, I finished watching the 1995 P&P a few hours ago, and I am ready to compare the two movies. But before I start, in case you're wondering which direction this will go, let me just say that the original post name was going to be Why the '05 Pride and Prejudice is Better. And after watching the whole movie, I'm changing it.

First of all, here's a character comparison. I'll write which movie better betrayed these main characters(listed in no particular order, of course).

Lizzy- '95 "What are men to rocks and mountains?"
Kitty- '95 "I wish someone would die and leave me 10, 000 lb., then all the officers, would be violently in love with me!"
Mr. Bennet- '95 "I have a high respect for your nerves, they have been my friends these 20 long years."
Mrs. Bennet- '95 “Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.” 
Mr. Darcy- '05 "Every savage can dance."
Lydia- '95
Mary- '95
Mr. Bingley- '05
Mr. Collins- '95
Jane- '05
Lady Catherine de Bourgh- '95
Mr. Wickham- '95
Georgiana- '95
Charlotte- '05

And here is a comparison of elements I look for in movies--

The Music

However much I love the 1995 music, the 2005 soundtrack will always be the P&P music. Dario Marianelli really knew what he was doing. 

The Casting 

Quite well done in both editions. The only problem is that I can't shake the image of the '05 Lizzy as a pirate. :D But then I can't shake the image of Colonel Branden as a Harry Potter bad guy, either. :D

The Villains 

Since writing my list of favorite villains, that has become something I've starting looking for in books and movies. Mr. Wickham, though not exactly your typical villain, has probably made it onto my characters-I-like-the-least list. He's even worse than Denethor, which coming from a LotR nerd, is saying a lot. So, anyways, 1995 P&P is better in this regard. 
Speaking of LotR, I had a dream once that Sauron was at Lydia's wedding. That was slightly creepy. :D 

The Artsy-ness

2005 P&P, all the way.


The huuuuge poster on my bedroom door. :D 




Some other things about 1995 Pride and Prejudice:



  • Would someone please explain to me all the excitement over Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? He's great and everything, he was a good Mr. Darcy, but Mr. Darcy was just, better in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice. Maybe that's because I watched the 2005 film first. Can anyone else relate?


  • Also, 5 and 1/2 hours is a little impractical. Just sayin'. 


  • Oh, and the last "proposal" scene! Maybe that was truer to the book, but I put "proposal" in parentheses because there wasn't really a proposal. Not from Mr. Bingley. Not the 2nd from Mr. Darcy. Just from Mr. Collins. And Mr. Darcy's first proposal was there, too. At least the 2005 Pride and Prejudice gave us a decent last proposal scene. *cringes at how anti-1995 P&P that sounds* 


Sorry. I just like that scene from the 2005 P&P(minus that one Hollywood-ish addition, "You have bewitched me body and soul.").  xD

~~~

*whew* What do you think?

"Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion."-Jane from Pride and Prejudice 

Just kidding. My opinion of these movies actually changes pretty often.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"Belle"

Belle is quite popular in my Disney quiz results. According to one, I should name my baby after her. Not a bad idea, really. ;)

She's also my favorite Disney cartoon character-- I almost see her as a Lizzy Bennet-type. Also, not to go off on a tangent, but isn't it funny how both Mr. Darcy and the Beast struggle with pride and dislike their future wives at the beginning of the story? Maybe it's just because I'm watching the BBC Pride and Prejudice now(you can expect a review sometime in the relatively near future).

So, it stands to reason that I'd love a whole song devoted to this character, and I do. Just ask my siblings. They have to put up with my singing it 24/7. 

My Annotations- 

00:23 The intro music-only section ends. I love how this song gives me time to enjoy the music before starting the words, rather like Let it Go!

00:43 Ah! The music kind of takes off, isn't it awesome? 

01:29 Bookkeeper- "But you've read it twice!" xD

02:44 I've heard a theory that Belle is referring to Aladdin here. What do you think?

03:24 *cue one of Disney's best villains*

I may not include all of the Broadway additions to the soundtrack, but I'll write a post on Me, tomorrow. :D

Why You Should Watch "The Apple Dumpling Gang"

A fellow blogger, Olivia, who you can find at Meanwhile, in Rivendell..., is co-hosting the Legends of Western Cinema Week with Emma at "A Lantern in Her Hand".

I've *cough* only seen one or two Westerns, *cough*, however before you unfollow this blog and block all communications with me, I'd like to write my thoughts on one particular Western, The Apple Dumpling Gang.



First, it's hilarious. It's the only movie that even comes into competition with The Princess Bride for funniness.

Second, this is the basic plot line:

The story introduces Mr. Donovan(whose name I very well may be spelling incorrectly). He enjoys gambling, is a frequent saloon-visitor, and not the sort of person you'd trust three kids to. I mean he's nice and everything, but you know what I mean.

A friend asks him to hold onto some "valuables" for a bit. Those valuables turn out to be the aforementioned three kids.

Mr. Donovan can't worm his way out of their care, so he proposes(in the most un-romantic fashion possible) to Dusty, a red-haired tomboy, and hopes that'll keep him from having to take care of them.

Meanwhile, a duo of bumbling criminals looks for trouble wherever they can find it. Their names are Amos and Theodore(played by Don Knotts). They were originally from another group of bad guys(for lack of a better term), but got kicked out for(if I remember correctly) accidentally shooting the leader's foot?


By a stroke of good fortune, the kids find a lump of gold in an old mine and it is brought to the town bank for safekeeping. That attracted Amos and Theodore like moths to a light bulb.

Anyways, I could go on, but all you really need to know is that it's hilarious, clean, and did I mention how funny it is?

Favorite Scene: The Ladder Scene
Favorite Character: Amos

Oh, and the music is great, too. And there's a sequel. You have to watch the sequel.



Monday, July 27, 2015

Blog Makeover~What Do You Think?

Hello! I've changed my blog look around a bit, and I'm not sure I like it. What do you think? Pink is fun, but maybe a little much, here? I'd really love to read your ideas, I'm a little new to Blogger. :)

Where the "Beauty and the Beast" Fangirl Rants

You all may have noticed my absence from the blogging/internet world that occurred last week. Sorry about that, I was in Kenai, Alaska with my family, fishing. : ) But, I'm back now(yay!!), and ready for a new blogging series in which I'll write a post on each song from Beauty and the Beast, beginning with the--

Prologue

There isn't too much to say about this song except that I still like it even though there isn't any singing. I love this movie wayyyyy to much. *cough* Anyways, if you listen to Beauty and the Beast, please, please, don't skip the prologue; it's beautiful and sad and awesome. Here are my rather skimpy(;D) annotations:

00:09- Does this remind anybody else of The Aquarium by Camille Saint-Saëns?
00:29- Yay! I love this story.
02:29- I love how it transitions nicely into Belle, here.

Seriously guys, you have to listen to this music. It's my second favorite musical(Les Mis taking first) and the songs and story is really, really good. I realize I'm a teenager which probably means I'm supposed to play Shake it Off over and over again on my phone and memorize the lyrics in a day, but usually I'm more likely to lip-sync Beauty and the Beast in front of the bathroom mirror.  I'm weird. :D

Well, anyways, I'll be back tomorrow for more fangirling on Belle, and I'll have more to say about it, too. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

10 Best Stand-Alone Books

I was thinking yesterday about how all my favorite books have prequels, sequels, or are members of a series. I absolutely love series, but it takes a certain skill to grab a reader without employing a whole host of books. *glares at the Warriors bookshelves that take up half our public library* Just joking; I have nothing against the Warriors books, they're just what come to mind when I think of extensive series.

So, without further ado(and in no particular order),


My Favorite Stand-Alone Books

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

A historical fiction story set during WWII about a group of kids who smuggle gold on their sleds. I really liked it. 

The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo


If you like fantasy and sweet, random stories-- read this! 

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw


Another historical fiction, sorry! 

Beowulf 


I'd love to read the edition Tolkien translated someday. But regardless of which edition, this book is terribly awesome. 


Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw


Eloise Jarvis McGraw combines action, romance, and history well. This has been a favorite for almost 7 years, now. Read it!

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom


One of my favorite books. I almost cried at the end, and I never cry during books, so that's a good indication. :)

 The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty


Mom read this to me in 2nd grade, then I picked it up again in 6th grade. It drags in some parts, and yes, it is historical fiction again, but it's well worth the read. 



"There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books."--Martin Luther


Friday, July 10, 2015

A Couple Blog Tags

My blogging friend Olivia(whose blog, by the way, is really good!) has nominated me for a few tags, so thank you, Olivia!! First, the–
Rules
1.  Thank and link to the blogger/s who nominated you
2.  Answer the 11 questions
3.  Nominate/tag 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions
Okay, here are the 11 questions and their 11 answers:

Do you have a hero(someone who has inspired you)?
The reformers(Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, etc.) and protestants who risked their lives to glorify God have always stood out to me.
Books touch us all: which book or story has touched you in particular?
Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia(surprise, surprise!). But one I don’t talk about as much which has particularly touched me– The Hiding Place. Everyone should read this book.
What was one of the most ridiculous things you have done in front of a stranger?
Who knows. . . :)
Do you have any pastimes or hobbies?
Well besides the obvious reading and writing, I enjoy cross-stitching, music(the playingand listening of) and blogging.
What is a book or movie that you fangirl over excessively?
Pride and Prejudice. I talk about that book too often. : D
What are some of your life’s goals/dreams (say as little or as much as you like…)?
I’d looooove to publish a book someday– that and read Les Miserables which counts as a life goal, because it will probably take a long time. (:
What is something you wished you were better at?
Self-motivation. And science. Science is not my favorite subject.
What character from a book or movie do you love?
Besides the characters I listed in my top ten list, I really like Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables.
What character from a book or movie do you hate?
I honestly can’t help feeling bad for him in some parts, but Uncle Andrew from The Magician’s Nephew is pretty nasty.
Have you ever cried when reading a book?
I realize this may make me look like a cold, heartless bookworm, but the honest answer is no.
Where would your dream vacation be?
Like Olivia wrote, Prince Edward Island or maybe I’d go for New Zealand.
My questions(which I’m trying to keep all book-oriented)–
1. Which was one of the first chapter books you remember reading?
2. Is there a book you’ve read which everybody else seemed to like but you didn’t?
3. Which is the longest book you’ve read?
4. Do you have a favorite quote from a book?
5. Would you rather read a book or write a blog post?
6. How many books(if any?) have you read that are worse than the movie?
7. Which book character do you relate to the best?
8. Do you watch movies based on books you haven’t read yet or do you not really care?
9. Which is the most boring book you’ve ever read(not including textbooks)?
10. Can you read and eat at the same time?
11. Which is your favorite place to read?

And moving on to the 2nd blog tag. . .
Do you have a favorite mug or teacup?
Unless thermos bottles count as mugs, not really.
Are you an adventurous eater?  (Do you try “strange” foods?)
Yes! Sushi is one of my favorites.
What fandoms are you into?
Lots– but I’ll try to keep it to the ones that are actual fandoms and don’t just consist of me.
Lord of the Rings. Chronicles of Narnia. Captain America. Les Mis(though I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, I love some of the songs). Beauty and the Beast.
What famous author/book do you not really care for?
Most of the popular books nowadays I don’t really care for, but particularlyDivergent which you can see from one of my earlier posts.  (:
Which obscure author/book are you crazy about?
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. It’s kind of meant for younger kids, but I loved it.
What’s the oldest movie you’ve ever watched?
I honestly don’t know.
What did you have for breakfast today?
Bagels with butter and honey. Yummm.
When did you first see your favorite movie?
I think my favorite movie is Return of the King, which I believe I saw with my Dad a few months after turning 12.
Do you prefer fantasy or sci-fi?
Fantasy!! Though there’s a lot of fantasy out there I don’t care for.
What did you expect your blog to be like when you started it?
Well, this is my first post, but I'm expecting to talk about my fandoms and other nerdy things.
Has it changed?  If so, how?
Hasn't really had time to change yet. ;P
And, as far as nominating goes, I’m nominating anyone who wants to do it. :D Thanks for reading!

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony Snicket, from Horseradish