Monday, June 22, 2009

Jane Austen Takes Over Chick Flick Sunday

Yesterday was the epitome of Chick Flick Sunday at work as Jen and I watched not one or two but THREE Jane Austen related movies in between being very busy with the radio and telephones. Jen wondered if I had gotten a little carried away with the NetFlix queue but I guess they just lined up that way when I was checking off movies for inclusion.

We watched the Masterpiece Theater editions of Mansfield Park and Northanger Abby and then followed that up with Miss Austen Regrets which was based on the last few years of Jane Austen's life as she looks back on her life and loves and helps her favorite niece, Fanny, decide about a husband. I believe that most of the movie was culled from letters to her sister and other bits and pieces of family correspondence.

Truth be told, it's kind of depressing as it's very sad to think that a woman who wrote so compellingly of love and passion ended up spending her life as a spinster living with her mother and her sister, Cassandra. Still, you've got to admire someone for sticking to their principals of not getting married simply for convenience or money - as was often the case during the time period in which Miss Austen lived. Jane wanted to marry for love and if she couldn't marry for that then she wouldn't marry at all.

One of the lines I liked best in Miss Austen Regrets is when she is talking to her niece Fanny about men and tells her that "the only way you can get a man like Mr. Darcy is to make him up". Sad, but true, particularly if your favorite Mr. Darcy is the one played by Colin Firth (rowr!). Still, if you're an incurable romantic like myself, you always hope that someday your own Mr. Darcy will show up on your doorstep perhaps lost and looking for directions that only you can provide him.

Alas, I am no Elizabeth Bennett, Catherine Morland, Fanny Price, Ann Elliott, Eleanor or Marianne Dashwood, or Emma Woodhouse though there are times when I fervently wish I was as even though they have to go through some tough times to get there - all of these heroines eventually end up with the man they love and, for all intents and purposes, live happily ever after. Right?

Just for kicks, I took a quiz to see what Jane Austen character I am and got the following results which I don't think are quite right:
You're Fanny Price from Mansfield Park! You are quiet and feel alone most of the time, and you don't usually speak out. Because of your quiet, sweet nature, you are sometimes used as a most unfortunate scapegoat.

Marianne Dashwood

100%
Catherine Morland

85%
Fanny Price

70%
Anne Elliot

55%
Elizabeth Bennet

55%
Emma Woodhouse

55%
Elinor Dashwood

45%

Alone - yes, for the most part ... quiet and don't speak out? No, I don't think so! And I also rather doubt I serve as anyone's unfortunate scapegoat! Still, she held out for her Edward and she got him in the end so in that case, I guess I wouldn't mind being Fanny Price after all. Truth be told, though, I really do believe I am more Marianne Dashwood then any other Austen character.

How about you? Anyone else want to take the quiz and tell me your results? Guys - you are excluded unless you're feeling brave!

9 comments:

  1. You had me at "Colin Firth" :)
    I think I am more Elinor Dashwood. She was always the one I could relate to the most.
    Plus, she gets Hugh Grant in the end, so who can argue with that?
    Have you seen the movie "The Jane Austen Book Club" ? I read the book - which was cute - but haven't seen the movie.

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  2. We watched Emma for the first time this weekend. I've never read Jane Austen... I think I'd probably like her so I'll have to take a look next library stop.

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  3. I recommend seeing the British tv production 'Lost In Austen' in which a girl from 21st century London swaps places with Elizabeth Bennett and tries to keep the plot on track!

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  4. I got the same result. I've taken a different quiz and got Elinor Dashwood, which is probably more accurate. In reality I am a romantic at heart, but also quite sensible, outspoken and responsible.

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  5. I've not seen the movies or read the books .so the results of the quiz would mean nothing to me.

    sorry to be a party pooper!

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  6. hmmmm maybe.
    especially this past year.

    We are big Austen fans here...our fave is the 8 hour A&E version of Pride and Prejudice...

    You Scored as Elinor Dashwood
    You're Elinor Dashwood, the "sense" of Sense & Sensibility! You tend to hide your emotions, but you feel deeply. You also feel obligated to carry the burden of keeping everyone in your family under control.


    Elizabeth Bennet
    70%
    Elinor Dashwood
    70%
    Marianne Dashwood
    70%
    Fanny Price
    65%
    Anne Elliot
    65%
    Emma Woodhouse
    50%
    Catherine Morland
    50%

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  7. I suck at the Jane Austin thing.. haven't seen the movies nor read the books.. i suppose I suck. I won't take the quiz because I believe the last quiz I toook told me I would die in my sleep in 2013 so I have get busy doing stuff...

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  8. I don't understand how I missed out on Jane Austin! I read "The Merchant of Venice," in 7th grade, and "Beowulf," in the 8th! I had to read Les Miserables in French and translate it to English when I was a Junior in H.S. But somehow, I didn't get any Austin. I'll have to break down and watch one of the TV programs! Your enthusiasm is contagious!
    ~~~Blessings~~~

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  9. I've seen the two Masterpiece productions you mentioned, but not Miss Austen Regrets. I love Olivia Williams though, so I can't wait. I'm actually in the process of compiling a list of Jane Austen Movies for my period movies website. BTW, I'm a retired firefighter and I wanted to tip my hat to you. Dispatchers perform a thankless task that all too often goes unnoticed. Cheers!

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