Thursday, February 2, 2012

Letter Tip #4: Look for Similarities Between the Two Characters - Period Drama Advice Column

We've all done it: while watching a movie (not necessarily a period drama), we have those moments where we think, "That's just like in *movie here*!" This happens in period dramas: it is possible that there are many similarities between two (or more) period dramas. They could have similar characters, similar situations, similar friends, similar enemies... Okay, you get the point. Use those similarities when you answer the asking question as another character. Below, I have some period dramas that have quite a bit in common.

Pride and Prejudice, North and South
Both have very similar plot lines and characters. Mr. Darcy makes a bad impression on Elizabeth which leads her to dislike him greatly. Mr. Thornton does the same to Margaret. Both men have their proposals rejected the first time around due to their previous behavior.

Emma, Wives and Daughters
Emma and Mrs. Gibson try matchmaking (though Emma is much nicer and well-meaning). Mrs. Elton and Mrs. Gibson are focused on themselves

Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility
The pair of sisters in each book are close.

Jane Eyre, The Sound of Music
Similar Plots: governess falls in love with employer who is unfriendly and planning to marry someone else (to an extent)

Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs
Two stories in one, lives of the rich and lives of the working class

Cranford, Sense and Sensibility
Mrs. Jennings from Sense and Sensibility and Miss Pole from Cranford take delight in gossip and matchmaking (remember Miss Pole with Mrs. Rose? Gloves were as good as a proposal).

Emma, Northanger Abbey
Imaginative main characters (Emma with her matchmaking and Catherine with her gothic novels)

Persuasion, Little Dorrit
Both Amy Dorrit and Anne Elliot are quiet, helpful heroines. Both of the heroines' families don't appreciate the heroines like they should (Amy supports her family and is told that she needs to put on a show like the rest of them, Anne is not appreciated by her father and sister)

Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey
Both stories deal with entails and marrying daughters so they will be provided for.

How helpful was this tip? If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. I'll try my best to help out.

Are there any other period dramas that you can think of that have some similarities to another? Leave a comment!

 God Bless,
 God Bless, Miss Elizabeth Bennet

1 comment:

  1. If you really want to see some similarities between two period dramas, check out my post -



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