As my last post, I decided to add a review to the Review page to the rest of the Pride and Prejudice adaptations we covered in this class including the 2005 version, Lizzie Bennet Diaries and the original book. I also added Lost in Austen to the page even though we didn’t watch the full show in class.. As an avid Pride and Prejudice enthusiast I can’t say how much I enjoyed this class and studying (in my opinion) one of the greatest literary works of all time.
I wrote my opinion on Lizzie Bennet vs. Bride and Prejudice page. I wrote about how significant and socially acceptable arranged marriages were in Bride and Prejudice versus LBD. This is largely related to the culture differences in India versus America- but it did play a big role in the Bride and Prejudice movie. In fact, it was one of the main struggles Lalita had in the movie. Lalita said she would never agree to an arranged marriage because she couldn’t imagine marrying someone she hardly know or even love. In the LBD, the girls just felt pressure from their mother to marry- but it was never arranged like in Bride and Prejudice.
I found a review from The New York Times that perfectly relates to how I feel about the adaptation of Bride and Prejudice. I inserted it at the end of my review from my last post.. I especially like when the critic who wrote the review said Lalita was able to “be a heroine who can have her sanctimony and eat her wedding cake, too.”
I wrote a review for Bride and Prejudice in the Rate and Review post. If I’m being completely honest, Bride and Prejudice is my least favorite of the Pride and Prejudice adaptations. Perhaps Bollywood films in general are just not intriguing to me, but I thought Bride and Prejudice lacked certain aspects of the book that other adaptations maintained. I also thought that the dancing and singing was too over the top for my taste. I know that Bollywood is notorious for this, but it felt like I was watching High School Musical.
I included a link to the Bride and Prejudice tab that gives pros and cons of almost all Pride and Prejudice movie adaptations- including the BBC, 2005 and 1940 version, Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Bride and Prejudice, Austenland and even Pride and Prejudice: Zombies. I like this article because the author brought up a good point that I never noticed before when watching the LBD and Bride and Prejudice; the author states that “both Bride And Prejudice and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries drop the ball when it comes to romance (neither finds a particularly compelling Darcy), their other strengths largely make up for this deficiency. Austen’s work remains surprisingly rich even when stripped of the Lizzy/Darcy tension.”
I added a link to goofs in the Bride and Prejudice film. These are my favorite thing to read about a film because they point out little tiny mistakes made in the film that the audience usually never notices. They usually consist of slight changes in wardrobe or actor placement changes- but I still think they are fun to read and try to find when re-watching the film.
I included a link on the Bride and Prejudice tab on a biography on Aishwarya Krishnaraj Rai- the actress who played Lalita in the film. The first thing I noticed about Lalita in the film was how beautiful she was- and that Aishwarya did an incredible job acting, so I was curious to find out more about her. Apparently she first became noticed when she started modeling (her most famous gig was a Pepsi commercial). From there, she began acting in films working her way up to starring in major movies. She even won won the Screen best female debutant award for her role in Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya and the Filmfare Award for best actress for her performance in Straight from the Heart. A lot of fame for a woman studying to be an architecture. Aishwarya has had an interesting life and her biography is a good read.
I stumbled upon a Pinterest board loaded with Pride and Prejudice memes and I just had to add some of the funny ones onto the Picture is Worth 1,000 words page. Cause who doesn’t love a Mr. Darcy Grumpy cat? (;
I added a link onto The Lizzie Bennet Diaries page. The link is a very interesting website that reviews exactly why The LBD were such a big hit. Like the way the director set up the videos to be light, comedic and was made in a way that the audience could connect with the characters in the show. I just found it amazing how much thought went into this process- and in response, multiple other people made their own modern adaptations of classic novels following the premise of The LBD . (The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy, Frankenstein M.D., and Emma Approved for example) I definitely want to check these shows out.
I added a link to a page describing Feminism in the LBD. Anyone who continued on watching the LBD until the end would have seen the shocking event that happened with Lydia and George. He records them having sex and then posts it on Youtube- I thought this was an incredibly interesting way to portray the manipulative character of George Wickham, and I must say that I thought it worked really well. I think girls nowadays can relate to how guys manipulate girls in the way that George did in the LBD. It gave me a greater understanding of how Lydia was easily swayed by George in the novel. A lot of people commented and said the situation was “too dramatic” and “overdone”- but I think it was a good way to portray Lydia’s situation into modern day culture like the LBD has been trying to do all along.
I added a link to a website that gave a closer look into The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I like this website because the author breaks the episodes down and further explains them along with her opinions of them. She states in one of her passages that she especially likes the LBD because the focus is entirely on Lizzie and her sisters. We hardly ever see Bingley or Darcy, so instead the audience grows a deeper connection to Lizzie and her sisters instead of focusing on Darcy or Bingley. The author of this websites also includes the best quotes featured in that segment of episodes along with further reading that goes along with the episodes.
I added a link to a quiz titled “Which Pride and Prejudice Character are You?” I thought it was a fun little quiz- I ended up getting Elizabeth Bennet. However, it is hard to remain unbiased because in the back of your mind you know which answer goes to which character… It still is a cute quiz you can take in less than 5 minutes though.
I included a link to a poll titled “Favorite oft-adapted female literary character from the 19th century”. Choices included iconic female literary characters such as Emma Woodhouse, Jane Eyre, Alice from Alice and Wonderland and others. The results after I voted showed that Elizabeth Bennet was the #1 choice out of 2,991 votes. I think such adaptations such as Kierra Knightly and even Ashley Clements from the LBD helped popularize the love for Elizabeth Bennet adaptations.
I added a photo onto the Modern Interpretation page of a Pride and Prejudice children’s book. I stumbled upon it in a book store and thought it was so cute- inside it said 1 english village, 2 rich gentlemen with a photo of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley and so on. I think it is so impressive that a book that college level adults are reading for class has also been turned into a children’s book for counting. Apparently this brand BabyLit has multiple children books based around classic novels such as Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Wuthering Heights.
I adore Lost in Austen. The first time I saw it, I immediately went onto Amazon and purchased the DVD so I could own a copy of it. I love the way the director and screenwriter modernized Pride and Prejudice but also made it funny and not in a cheesy manor. I also liked how they contrasted worlds where Amanda and Darcy were able to see each other’s world, and what it would look like if Darcy was walking around the streets of New York. So I added a picture of Amanda watching Darcy come out of the lake- reenacting Colin Firth’s famous scene in Pride and Prejudice.
I added a link under the Lizzie Bennet Diaries to a different WordPress that reviews and gives an overview of the LBD. It’s a little bit lengthy, but the author does bring up some interesting points if you read the whole thing. It shows how much of an impact this series has made. The group has since released DVDs of the series along with books.
I added a link to the full movie of Bridget Jones Diary on Youtube and a Wikipedia page explaining the off Broadway play I Love You Because. Both are modern day adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice book. I think it’s really cool how a book written hundreds of years ago can still have an impact on our society and people are still looking for ways to modernize and interpret Austen’s work differently.
I added theory number 7 to the boat theory page. I believed it belonged to Mr. Bennet’s father and he inherited it when he passed away. However, his 5 daughters occupies whatever free time he has and thus the boat remains in the backyard rotting away in the mud.
I added a link to Pride and Prejudice film trivia. I thought these were fun to read and a lot of them had a lot of useful background information that helped me better understand the film. A lot of them were just really interesting though- like for example, “While editing the scene with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s first dance, director Joe Wright discovered that they had inadvertently gotten the entire scene in one take via a camera in place to take establishing shots. The single take version is in the finished film.”
I included a link on the Pride and Prejudice film tab that shows someone playing the piece that Georgiana was playing when Elizabeth was watching her through the cracked door at Pemberly. The movie doesn’t show Georgiana’s hands while shes playing it- you only see her back. I thought it was cool to watch someone actually play it. It gave me a greater appreciation towards Georgiana after seeing the complexity of the music she was playing on the piano. Especially during 1:50 of the youtube video when the speed picks up and her hands just move all over the piano.
I added the link to the full soundtrack of Pride and Prejudice. I listen to this soundtrack all the time when I’m studying. It’s just so calming and Dario Marianelli did such a phenomenal job composing it. My favorites are Mrs. Darcy, Georgiana and Dawn.
I added a link to a blog that gives ideas on how to have a Pride and Prejudice themed wedding for our time. I thought it was fitting for the reading that we had for today. Pride and Prejudice is such a romantic novel and the ending reveals a ‘happily ever after’ for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. I think it would be so fun to have a wedding based around this novel! This link has such cute ideas and I think it’s really cool to see a modern spin on this Jane Austen novel.
I inserted a link to the following Yahoo answer page regarding Lydia’s marriage:
I thought this Q&A forum did a pretty good job at explaining the event of Lydia’s marriage and why it was such a big deal. I like how the author added the social expectations of that time regarding marriage and the consequences of going outside the social norm.
I added the following link to the line where Mrs. Bennet says ‘the wedding clothes’ http://prideandprejudice200.blogspot.com/2013/03/but-clothes-wedding-clothes-fashionable.html
I was curious to see the fashion of brides during this time period. The dresses were actually quite beautiful! I liked this website because it also gave more information on Lydia and her marriage along with her mother’s point of view of the occasion.
I added two links to our reading for today. The first was a link I found was a website filled with links about historical details relating to Jane Austen’s books. It has everything from daily life to fashion and dining all in the regency period. It’s a really great source and is easy to navigate- and all of the information on it is relevant and interesting! The second link I posted was just for fun. I found out that last year, the family who owned the Pemberley house used for filming the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice was selling the house last year. The Wentworth Woodhouse is apparently “twice as large as Buckingham Palace, houses more than five miles of hallway, has the same number of rooms as there are days in the year (365), boasts the longest façade of any privately owned home in Europe, and, in 1841, employed up to 1,000 servants”. It can be bought for 11.1 million dollars.
I added the link onto Mary saying, “I should infinitely prefer a book.” I wanted to know how reading was viewed during the Regency era. I know it was highly valued and even an esteemed trait that some men (like Mr. Darcy) looked for in a mate. Mary is obviously very proud of her intensive reading and ability to memorize and quote books- however her talent is kind of canceled out by her lack of ability fully understand and critically think about the books she reads.
I added a link onto the Regency Period post to a Huffington Post page titled ’13 Reasons You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Jane Austen’s England’. I think that readers get so caught up with the love story, dancing, getting dressed up and going to balls, the curtsying and the bowing- it’s easy to wish that we lived in that time period. But we often forget some of the downfalls to living during that time- some things that Jane doesn’t mention in her book. That’s why I’m excited to watch Lost in Austen, because it gives us a little insight as to what it would be like if we were to trade places with Elizabeth Bennet and deal with the cultural differences that she faces compared to what we face today in our lives.
I added some memes to the “A Picture’s worth a Thousand Words”. The first one I posted was about Lady Catherine acting like a boss while Elizabeth is visiting Rosings. The other ones were from other scenes that took place earlier in the book- but I thought they were funny so I got a little carried away haha
On the line where Mr. Collins is telling the Bennet family that Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s daughter, Anne, was “her only daughter and the heiress of Rosings, and of very expensive property”, I added a link that describes this situation. In class, we learned that females were not allowed to inherit property- and that it would instead go to the first male in the family line. I was curious as to how Anne was allowed to inherit Rosings. The website I linked to the text makes a guess that before Sir Lucas died, he had either Lady Catherine or Anne able to inherit the estate. According to Pride and Prejudice enthusiasts, she would be able to live there and make improvements on the land- but would not be able to sell or transfer the estate.
I put a link connecting from “after morning service” to a website all about religion and clergymen in Jane Austen’s time. The church during Jane Austen’s life was somewhat transformed from the traditional church in England, and many believe that this influenced her depiction of clergymen in her books such as Masfield Park, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice. In fact, some even think they are a connection to her family!
I inserted a link to the line Jane say’s about Mr. Bingly, “He is just what a young man ought to be,”. I was curious to know just what the expectations for men in the 18th century were expected to act like. Mr. Bingly has some of the traits listed on the website, but like Lizzie said- having 5,000 pounds a year helps overlook any flaw Charles may have.
I added the link to a character analysis on Mrs. Bennet. I was interested in finding out a little bit more about the background of the girl’s mother and how her personality was viewed in the 18th century. A lot of people believe that she was very loud and did not have a filter for her thoughts- and while I do agree with this, there is another aspect to her behavior. One that is a very compassionate mother who only wishes the best for her daughters. I think this trait often gets overlooked by readers.