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Oh Jane Austen... sigh!

September 23rd, 2007 (06:05 pm)
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I am Elinor Dashwood!

Take the Quiz here!

Why does this result not surprise me. Not that I'm complaining - I knew there was a reason I loved Sense & Sensibility so much! Btw, kukamukies - you are SO Marianne, it's not funny! I encourage you all out there to take this test; it is undoubtedly a true revealer of character. Kukies, what do you reckon?



Posted by: oskar(ina) matzerath (kukamukies)
Posted at: September 24th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)

It's been a looong time since I watched S&S, like eight years or something when it was on tv. My main memory is of that guy backing out of the engagement, barely. But I get the Alan Rickman action, right? Reinform me, as I am less up on S&S than the others!

Posted by: stickytabs (stickytabs)
Posted at: September 24th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC)
Sirius Black

Yeah, S&S is great. Probably my favourite Austen, in fact. And the Emma Thompson version is beautiful, and stars Hugh Grant as Edward Ferrars (playing his foppish best - remember, this is before he discovered he could play an arsehole), Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon and of course a very skinny Kate Winslet as Marianne (during the course of this film, she weighed 54kgs, which is the lowest her weight has ever been as an adult, and as a result she was fainting all the time throughout filming. Emma Thompson famously bought her a copy of the beauty myth as a result). It is a really beautiful piece of work, and is directed by Ang Lee. Emma Thompson won an Oscar for this film for Best Screenplay.

Here is a brief rundown of the story:

Elinor, Marianne and Margaret Dashwood and their mother are left penniless after the death of their father, as his estate is bequeathed by law to his eldest son John from a previous marriage, who promptly turns the girls and their mother out of their family home on his succession at the behest of his wife, Fanny. Facing destitution (their annuity is only 100 pounds a year), they send letters out to everyone and anyone they can think of who will give them a home. It is during this time of letter-writing and grief that Elinor (the sensible, dependable one) forms an informal attachment with Edward, Fanny's brother who has come to visit.

They are then offered lodgings by Mrs Dashwood's cousin, Sir John Middleton, who lives on a large estate in Devonshire with his Mother-in-law, Mrs Jenkins, both of who mean well and are very warm-hearted, but who are also embarrassingly imprepriotous at times and find it highly amusing to embarrass the girls, particularly with their matchmaking efforts. During their stay, Elinor pines for Edward while Marianne draws the attention of Colonel Brandon, Sir John's most dear and loyal friend. However, just as things seem to be going well between Marianne and the Colonel, Mr Willoughby arrives in the neighbourhood, and promptly (and literally) sweeps Marianne off her feet. The poor Colonel is forgotten as she and Willoughby run around the countryside in a whirlwind of romanticism.

Posted by: stickytabs (stickytabs)
Posted at: September 24th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Sirius Black

Suddenly, however, Willoughby disappears. At the same time, Elinor finds out that a young cousin of the Middletons, Miss Lucy Steele, has secretly been engaged to Edward for the last 5 years. Elinor swears she will not tell a soul, and Marianne is too lost in her own pain anyway to notice anything is amiss. Mrs Jenkins persuades the girls to come with her to London to lift their spirits.

In London, they run into Mr Willoughby, who is now engaged to a Miss Grey, who has a dowry of 50,000 pounds. Marianne is shattered. After the revelation, the Colonel admits to Elinor that Willoughby is a scoundrel anyway, having impregnated his own surrogate daughter at an earlier date. He does this in an effort to ease Marianne's pain in the long-run, but she unfortunately only continues to spiral downward. Around the same time, Lucy and Edward's engagement is exposed to his family and an uproar ensues.

The girls return home. They stop at the Palmers (Mrs Jenkins' daughter and her husband) place on the way home, where Marianne takes violently ill after running around the countryside in the rain, wailing after her lost Willoughby. Colonel Brandon finds her and carries her back to the house, and Elinor nurses there, are she is unable to be moved. It's touch and go for a while, but she gets through in the end.

Back in Devonshire, the girls have surfaced from their respective tragedies wiser if not happier - Marianne has begun to understand the value of propriety, while Elinor resigns herself to spinsterhood. Meanwhile, the Colonel and Marianne are getting closer again, which is a source of delight to all.

Finally Edward Ferrars arrives unexpected one day to the family's complete surprise and disarray. It is discovered that Lucy decided she was really in love with Edward's brother Robert instead, and on Edward's willing relinquishment married him instead. Edward reveals to Elinor that he loved her all along, that he had been an idiotic child when he engaged himself to Lucy, and that while he could never expect her to forgive his behaviour, he still loved her and wanted to marry her if she would still have him. A double wedding ensues, naturally. All is well, as J.K. would say.

How was that?! IMDB worthy, I reckon. Alan Rickman is lovely as the Colonel - you're one lucky chicken, bub! My favourite character is probably Mr Palmer though, who is played by Hugh Laurie. He's bloody hilarious (and very sweet at the same time) as the grumpy Mr Palmer who is now regretting the fact that he married a ridiculous woman, but who still has a heart of gold (in my opinion, anyway - in the book, he isn't portrayed as sympathetically). Sir John and Mrs Jenkins are beautiful too - while embarrassing at times, they really do love the girls as their own, and would do anything for them. I don't know - maybe I just like them so much because they remind me of my own family :P

In short: I think we should watch it when you come over on Thursday. Can't wait!!!

Posted by: oskar(ina) matzerath (kukamukies)
Posted at: September 24th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)

Hee hee!! Sounds suitably awesome my Ban! I remember some parts more now, I think I do remember the crazy running around in the rain bit and when Elinor meets Edward VAGUELY. Yes, let's watch it!! Excitement!!

I finished the "Jane Eyre" just then - I was quite impressed, I must say. It's a very capable version, though it definitely has a few "giddy" moments. Plus the girl playing Jane is suitably plain, St. John is SUCH A DICK [as he should be], Mr. Rochester does well too... I'll bring it for you to borrow, though I know you're v. attached to your Zeffirelli! :) It captured the Bronte spirit, however, which is pretty rare as we well know!

Posted by: stickytabs (stickytabs)
Posted at: September 25th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Jamie T Laugh

Can't wait to be likewise impressed by your Jane Eyre version!!! Who is in it/who did it? (ie. Mr Rochester better be hot!)

Yes, S&S is made of awesome. We shall watch it together and bask in its beauty. *Han squees around her room, then quickly shuts up lest she wake anyone up*

Posted by: oskar(ina) matzerath (kukamukies)
Posted at: September 25th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)

I'm imdbing the guy now, cause I know I've seen him before - they've gone more with the brooding Rochester than the hot one this time though. There's actually quite a few references to him being unattractive as well... which is amusing.

The girl who plays Jane is really good, and totally looks the part - sometimes she looks attractive, other times extremely plain. Which is how I always saw Jane personally.

I think you might know this Rochester from dodgy Die Another Day cause he was in that... I remember him vaguely in that, I think he was the bad guy... Though, this is more funny: he played one of the Gay Traitors (aka Philby and Burgess/aka the guys the special bar in the Hacienda was named after!!) a few years ago, which I remember seeing. And this weird but good miniseries a while ago too that had Mr. Felix Carbury as the main character.

I'm also bringing up the Shirley Henderson/Rufus Sewell "Taming of the Shrew" - hope you haven't seen it yet, you'll seriously piss yourself at Rufus, so fucking hilarious!! And people wonder WHY I want to work with the BBC?!

Posted by: stickytabs (stickytabs)
Posted at: September 26th, 2007 08:33 am (UTC)
Too Hot Too Greedy

I checked him out too, and I actually know this Rochester from "Onegin" with Ralph Fiennes (which I similarly loved - fucking awesome interpretation). It looks really interesting - squee, I'm so excited! I'm gonna see my Kukies tomorrow....!!!!!

Heh, nearly hired out Taming the other day, but didn't for some reason... can't remember why... but yeah, am v. excited to see that too!!! Yay, fun fun fun at RMC!!!

I love Jane Eyre. The Brontes fucking rule the school.

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