Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ultimate Book Bash Tag: Part 3

The last part to my tag from Austenitis's Ultimate Book Bash.

 Name three books that have good movies to go with them.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 miniseries) ~ It's simply the best! The costuming is wonderfully done, the scenery is breathtaking, and the script is very close to the book. Highly, highly recommended!

Sense and Sensibility ~ Both the 1995 movie and the 2008 miniseries are very good (though you may want to skip the first scene in the 2008 miniseries). The 1995 movie isn't as close to the book, but it gets the tone of the book right. The 2008 miniseries is a bit darker than the book is, but it stays pretty accurate to the story. Both have great actors and actresses

Little Dorrit ~ The 2008 miniseries is very good and interesting (though be careful in episode 2, there are some inappropriate scenes there; and if you don't like blood, I would avoid the last scene in episode 13 and the first minute or so of episode 14). The costuming is good (though I thought the Dorrits' poor clothes looked better than their rich clothes), and the scenery is a bit dark since it's a serious story. I don't recommend the 1988 version of Little Dorrit, though... Not that there was anything inappropriate in it, but they managed to take an interesting story and make it completely boring.

Any books coming out soon that you're looking forward to?
I really haven't read any books that were new (I always go for classics), so no.

Name two authors you'd like to talk to.
Definitely Jane Austen - she seemed like such an interesting person you could talk to about life.

Science fiction or a fairy tale?
I do like Science Fiction movies, so I'll go with Science Fiction.

A classic book you haven't read is...?
Definitely need to read a lot more of them, but one that I might want to read (that I haven't started yet) is Barchester Towers (it's one of the books that make up The Barchester Chronicles miniseries: highly recommended).

Shakespeare or George Bernard Shaw (who wrote Pygmalion)?
Shakespeare! Of his plays, I've read Romeo and Juliet (though I hated it), Macbeth (which was okay), Hamlet (okay, though it has some mature themes), The Tempest (which was okay), and King Lear (which was good). I would also like to either watch or read The Taming of the Shrew or As You Like It (I'm interested in the 2006 version of As You Like It since Romola Garai (Emma Woodhouse from Emma (2009)) is in it and I also like traditional Japanese fashion)

Name a movie (or two) where it's actually better than the book.
I can't really think of any right now. I find that the book has more information and details that the movies tend to leave out.

Where is your favorite place to read?
Somewhere very quiet.

30. What are your favorite quotes from books?How soon he had walked himself into the proper resolution, however, how soon an opportunity of exercising it occurred, in what manner he expressed himself, and how he was received, need not be particularly told. This only need be said;—that when they all sat down to table at four o'clock, about three hours after his arrival, he had secured his lady, engaged her mother's consent, and was not only in the rapturous profession of the lover, but, in the reality of reason and truth, one of the happiest of men.
 From Sense and Sensibility. I love this quote since in most other books at that point, most authors would have filled it up with endless mushy language, but Jane Austen took another route and got straight to the point. I love it!

You judge very properly," said Mr. Bennet, "and it is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?"
 From Pride and Prejudice. Oh snap! Mr. Collins got told!

31. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Well, most of the books I read are classics and have mostly been made into movies. Though I've only started to read it and haven't seen any of the movies, I would like to see a "good" version of Mansfield Park (one that most can agree on as being accurate and wonderfully adapted). I would also like to see a better version of Northanger Abbey; I've heard the 1980's version wasn't too good, and though I kind of liked the 2007 version, there were still things that needed to be in there or there were things that shouldn't have been there.

32. What book character do you identify the most with? 

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice (yes, predictable!). But our personalities are very similar and her character is the character that I've related to the most out of everything that I've read.

That's the end of my tag! Head over to Austenitis to take part in the Ultimate Book Bash!

God Bless,
 God Bless, Miss Elizabeth Bennet


  1. Thanks so much for participating! I enjoyed "getting to know" you better. :)

    Make sure you leave me some links today, so that I get you in the closing post!

    Having Mr. Elton in the 2007 Emma ruined it for me...even before I knew he was Elton. :P

    "As You Like It" and "Taming of the Shrew" are fun. I think there's another film of "As You Like It," but I'm not sure...anyway, a Shakespeare movie starring Emma Thompson (aka, Elinor Dashwood 1995). I haven't seen the whole thing, but I know there's an inappropriate scene at the beginning. Something to watch out for. :) (aren't I lucky to have a Mom who loves to tell us about the books and movies she reads and sees?) ;)

    Finally, could you comment (or email) and give me more specific times on where the objectionable things in Little Dorrit are? We're going to watch it for Back-to-School this week (or Out-of-School or whatever a homeschooler should call it) and since we haven't seen it before, more detail on what to skip would be nice. Or maybe I'll just mention to Mom the stuff you said here...either way, thanks!


  2. Charity,
    I'll make sure to leave you the links. I'll do that and then I'll E-mail you.


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