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Finally rounding out my Austen education by getting through Northanger Abbey. I have attempted this book many times, but it always failed to grab me. Last night I picked it up because I’m doing a Twitter book club with some Downton friends and 100 pages later, my eyes were drooping closed but I just wanted to keep reading. Why do I always forget that there is fascinating banter to be had in Austen novels? Banter, my ultimate weakness! With charming and 19th century dialogue! Ugh, so good.

Today is going to be an interesting test of willpower because I’m avoiding Twitter (and about to add Tumblr to my list). The tragedy in Connecticut is abhorrent and visceral and my heart goes out to everybody affected: children, teachers, parents, the community. I don’t think it’ll do me any good to listen to people tweet angrily into the ether, however, so just stepping away is the best option.

Also, I sold my Canon. I’ll miss the camera (the white balance button on the body instead of buried in the menu was handy, lemme tell you), but it’s been doing nothing but gathering dust because I have Nikon glass and no adapter. Speaking of things that are gathering dust, is anybody interested in purchasing an iPad 2 (wifi only, great condition, price about $300)? I realized that it’s been sitting in my laptop case for three weeks without power, and that is probably a sign that I could just use the $300 for my trip next fall.

Speaking of cameras, it’s roughly five months until my sister’s wedding. If I’m going to be a respectable wedding photographer, I should probably start learning to pose people or something. Perhaps I should take a class or attend a seminar. Sigh. Also I need to find an all-black outfit and a beret (that was their request: I could get out of being a bridesmaid, provided I wore all black, a beret, and took the pictures. Every time I think I’m about to do something crazy, I just have to remember that this is my family).

Date: 2012-12-14 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Finally rounding out my Austen education by getting through Northanger Abbey. I have attempted this book many times, but it always failed to grab me.

That's how I am with Emma. You stink, Emma. *nods*

NA is a little more "Austen Does YA." I like it, though it probably helped that I saw a film version before I read it.

Date: 2012-12-14 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, my hold-outs have been Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey. I can't even get through the S&S movie, which sucks because of my love for Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. I've heard from a lot of people that NA has a lot more meaning if you're at least familiar with the gothic novel, but given my avoidance of all things Bronte, I think I'll just have to soldier on without the added benefit.

Also, it's funny you mention the film version because that's precisely the focus of this reread. We're picking books, reading them, and discussing adaptations in particular. We're all big Lizzie Bennet Diaries fans, which I think was what inspired this whole idea.

Date: 2012-12-15 01:08 am (UTC)
ext_36286: (movie // pride // die in a fire :D)
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Aww, I loooove S&S. It's such a soap opera, but I adore it. I imagine a lot of that is thanks to Alan Rickman as Col. Brandon. :D And Emma Thompson does make a lovely Elinor. Marianne is a twit but Lucy and Fanny are so fun to hate :)

That version is the only theatrical-length Austen adaptation that I feel realy reflects well on the book. (We will not speak of the most recent P&P theatrical, except... well, what Lizzie says *points*)

ETA: Okay you FORCED me to go back and rewatch NA and I had forgotten how delightfully wry and snarky Henry is and what a bitch Isabella is :)
Edited Date: 2012-12-15 02:21 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-15 05:56 am (UTC)
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Isabelle really is coming across as the ultimate bitch! And her brother is just facepalm worthy, arrrrrgh.

I'm at home, where there's a very good copy of S&S that I swear I'm going to watch this weekend. I must atone for my sins, I see. I wiil get through it because hey, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. Plus, I fear my friend [ profile] sabra_n, really. ;)

Oh, man, the Joe Wright P&P made me want to breathe fire in the theater! What the HELL was that hot mess?? WHYYYYYYYY WOULD LADY CATHERINE EVER, EVER, EVER VISIT THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT?!?! AREKLJA LIDJSA ARRRRRRRRGH.


Date: 2012-12-15 06:11 am (UTC)
ext_36286: (movie // pride // horse)
From: [identity profile]
Isabelle really is coming across as the ultimate bitch!

Yup. Of course, by the end it's hard not to feel a LITTLE sorry for her.

I must atone for my sins, I see. I wiil get through it because hey, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.


Oh, man, the Joe Wright P&P made me want to breathe fire in the theater!

I didn't see it in the theater but I did make the mistake of watching it on DVD and omg so, so bad. I've really tried to repress most of my memories, but I can never really enjoy another Kiera Knightly movie.

Date: 2012-12-15 06:44 am (UTC)
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That's basically Austen's main skill, though, isn't it? By the end, you feel just a little bit bad for Louisa Bennet, after all. And then she goes on to be freaking Lix Storm and you realize that the actress is everything amazing.

But I digress.

Yeah, best friend and I went to go see it because we're both huge fans of the 1995 BBC series. Friend thought it was only okay, but we were completely puzzled by Wright's desire to make it into a smoldering, sexy music video of sorts. No. Austen is about the dialogue, the propriety, things like that. aaargh. I choose to stick to Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean if I want to watch a Keira Knightly film.

I'm STILL mad at Atonement.

Date: 2012-12-15 07:42 pm (UTC)
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CLUE! I LOVED that movie!

Date: 2012-12-15 01:13 am (UTC)
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*gasp* The Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility might be my favorite straight adaptation of Austen because Emma Thompson is a queen. (My favorite Austen adaptation overall is, of course, Clueless.)

Date: 2012-12-15 05:51 am (UTC)
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I know! I know! I'm a straight-up heathen. Clap me in irons and drag me away, magistrate, I've committed the sin of having no taste again. :) Clueless is all kinds of wonderful. I saw a great gifset to the Romola Garai Emma with Clueless lines over it today. It warmed my shriveled heart quite well.

Date: 2012-12-15 08:11 am (UTC)
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Hee, I saw that gifset, too! The one about being in love with Mr. Knightley?

Date: 2012-12-15 08:41 pm (UTC)
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You...may have been the one to link me to that I'm thinking about it. Whoops.

Date: 2012-12-14 10:29 pm (UTC)
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This is one of the few times I'm glad my tumblr is full of fandom (which is focused in other areas of the world) and writing thing, and few if any personal blogs.

Good luck.

Date: 2012-12-14 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I follow a lot of actors on various shows, but they're all pretty liberal and they're all retweeting up a storm today. Usually I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, but today I've got lines from Get Smart playing on a loop in my head. "It's too bad about all the dead movie stars." / "Yes. What will we do without their razor-sharp political advice?"

Date: 2012-12-15 12:49 am (UTC)
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I'm adding Facebook to the list of things to avoid - because it goes from tragedy to political in a heartbeat, and I HATE politics.

Date: 2012-12-15 06:02 am (UTC)
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Oh, geez, Facebook was the first place I avoided. One single "And this is why we need God in our schools" message would have sent me over the edge. aaaaaargh.

Date: 2012-12-15 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I had just seen one of those, actually, which is why I shut it down.

Never mind the schools, how about the home?

Date: 2012-12-15 08:40 pm (UTC)
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I dislike them because they make God seem like this vindictive jerk. "Take me out of your schools? FINE I WILL KILL YOUR CHILDREN." Evil is evil. Abhorrent behavior is loathsome. Telling somebody "I told you so" after a tragedy marks you as the lowest scum. Let the people mourn, acknowledge that it was awful, and then seek to be the positive change.

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