Thursday, January 17, 2008

an afternoon with Jane

Photo from the BBC website

I've been fighting a cold all week and today it won. So I cancelled my lessons, curled up on the sofa, drank lots of hot tea and soup and spent the afternoon with Lizzie and Mr. Darcy. All 5 1/2 hours of the BBC version. In addition to all the witty lines which make me smile every time, some of my favourite moments include when they dance at Netherfield, when she accidentally runs into him at Pemberley (you know the scene I mean!), and later when they're walking down the lane and she tells him how her feelings are quite the opposite of what they were the first time he asked...(sigh). As always, it makes me want to read the books and get lost in Jane's world but I really should get back to the Dickens I'm reading for My Year of Reading Dangerously. I'm already falling behind on the reading I'd like to do this month. Oh well, this counts as my first selection for the Austen Mini-Challenge. I hope it's not too long before I get to spend some more time with Jane.

12 comments:

  1. I love this version of P and P, and it's the first thing I pull off my shelf of DVDs when I'm sick or down in the dumps, so I could relate to your post! Hope you feel better soon!

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  2. Colin Firth is just dreamy. I bought this series on DVD last year and haven't yet watched it - I should set aside some time to do so soon!
    Stephanie
    www.thewrittenword.wordpress.com

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  3. I'm with GR - I adore this version of P & P and I pull it out when I can't function. Perfect, perfect for a cold. So sorry you have one, though. Hope you recover quickly. :)

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  4. Gentle Reader- Thanks. I've still got a sore throat but I do feel better. It really was the perfect way to spend a sick day!

    Stephanie- Oh you should! I can't believe you own it but haven't watched it yet! It's in 6 episodes so you could watch one a day! :P

    Nancy- Thanks. It's not a real nasty cold, just a feeling of complete tiredness and sore throat and stuffed up. I'm feeling a bit better though. As for P&P I could've started watching it all over again but figured that might be a bit much! ;)

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  5. I simple must tell you how ardently I admire and adore this version of P&P! As a close friend would say, all those other versions are dead to me! Nobody does literary adaptations like the BBC.

    I've watched it so many times, that I often catch myself silently mouthing the dialogue along with the actors. Tragic. Hope your feeling better!

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  6. Cass- I watch it at least once a year. It's definitely my most watched DVD. I know many of the lines too and half the fun is anticipating them. I will watch the other one with Keira and Matthew when I don't have time to watch all the BBC one, but it doesn't really compare!

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  7. I had to chuckle when I read this post. My mother, my sister-in-law, and I have long believed that the cure for the common cold is to watch all 5 1/2 hours of this version of Pride and Prejudice. It's our standard prescription when anyone in the family gets sick!! I hope you are feeling much better now.

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  8. Thanks Robin. I'm actually still feeling kind of lousy. Maybe I need to watch it again? :)

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  9. This is one of my favorite movies, especially Colin Firth. Yowza!

    I was sorely tempted to join the Year of Reading Dangerously challenge but I just knew I'd fall hopelessly behind in it. Good luck and I hope you feel better!

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  10. Lesley- He's a great Darcy! :)
    Thanks. I still don't feel great but I'll survive. As for the challenge, we'll see how I do. It's a great idea so I decided to at least give it a try.

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  11. The Public Broadcasting System here in Illinois has been showcasing Jane Austen through Masterpiece Theater this January (and February). Last night's novel was Northanger Abbey, the one from two weeks ago was Persuasion. The only novel I've read of Austen is Pride and Prejudice, so these are very informative as well as lovely renditions of her novels. Even my husband is enjoying them! So, I can see how you lost your afternoon, and in quite a delightful way.

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  12. Bellezza- Yes I'm a bit jealous. An Austen occasionally comes on TV here (I saw P&P was on, and later Emma) but not these more recent adaptations. I'm tempted to order a couple of the DVDs. If you haven't seen this version of P&P yet, you really should! :)

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