1. Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?
A play based on one! My mom took me to a local Pride and Prejudice when I was young and afterwards I got about five pages into the book and lost interest. xD
Later she hosted a Sense and Sensibility movie night for the women in our church and I read about a third of the book in "preparation". (I didn't actually finish a Jane Austen book till I was 13)
Sooo, it's hard to say. I'll say book, but I didn't finish it until after I'd seen the movie.
2. What is your favorite Jane Austen book?
Pride and Prejudice.
3. Favorite heroine? Why do you like her best?
Probably Elizabeth Bennet.
I appreciate how independent she is and that she finds humor in people, because I do to.
4. Favorite hero? Why do you like him best?
Mr. Darcy. He's kind and earnest and humble(well, by the end), and, to think, 10,000 pounds a year! :)
5. Do you have a favorite film adaption of Austen's work?
Pride and Prejudice 1995. I really like the 2005 as well, but Mr. Collins wins the 1995.
6. Have your Austen tastes changed over the years? (Did you start out liking one story best, but now like another better? Did you think she was boring at first, then changed your mind? Etc.
Yep! When I was younger I approached Austen very gravely, reading Pride and Prejudice very slowly over the course of many months. (My mom had suggested it)
Then I watched the movies and found the humor lurking behind every chapter. I learned to appreciate the satire and now I eat up the pretty romances. :)
7. Do you have any cool Austen-themed things(mugs, t-shirts, etc.)?
Well, here is my small Austen library, including the beautiful annotated P&P:
And the P&P 2005 poster on my bedroom door...
8. If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?
This is a bit nosy, but I would ask her to describe her idea of a perfect husband and which of her fictional heroes most closely resembles him.
9. Imagine someone is making a new film of any Jane Austen story you choose, and you get to cast the leads. What story do you want filmed; and who would you choose to act in it?
Good question. I would request a new Sense and Sensibility, with...
Anna Popplewell as Marianne,
Anne Hathaway as Elinor(even if she is a little too old),
Isabelle Allan as Margaret,
Meg Ryan as Mrs. Dashwood,
Richard Armitage as Colonel Brandon,
Matt Milne as Edward Ferrars(I'm only 60% percent sure about this),
Tom Hiddleston as Mr. Willoughby.
That would be an awesome movie.
10. Share up to five Jane Austen quotations!
Sir William: "There is nothing like dancing, after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies."
Mr. Darcy: "Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world; every savage can dance."
"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope...I have loved none but you."~Captain Wentworth, Persuasion
"She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me." ~Mr. Darcy
Mrs. Bennet: "You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves."
Mr. Bennet: "You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least."
"Your portion is unhappily so small that it will in all likelihood undo the effects of your loveliness and amiable qualifications. As I must therefore conclude that you are not serious in your rejection of me, I shall choose to attribute it to your wish of increasing my love by suspense, according to the usual practice of elegant females." ~Mr. Collins
What is your favorite Jane Austen story? Who do you think I should have chosen for Edward Ferrars?