And speaking of Pride & Prejudice …

pride and prejudiceYesterday’s realization that the historical romance I read on the weekend was written by one of writers for The Lizzie Bennett Diaries had me thinking about my love of a certain classic novel that the YouTube series was based on, so I thought it would be fun to write a post about my love of one very famous novel.

Pride & Prejudice.  

Can you believe that it wasn’t until last year that I read Jane Austen’s classic, Pride & Prejudice? I had actually attended university as an English minor and the one class that I dropped was classics in the 1800s. With HUGE books on the reading list, I knew that I just wasn’t going to have the time, so I dropped it in favour of some of the more modern 1900 classics and children’s literature.

I mean, I like to read, but back then I wasn’t such a devourer of books — especially when I still had readings to do for other classes.

It wasn’t until The Lizzie Bennett Diaries came on YouTube that I decided that I had to drop everything and read the book that started it all. And really, I wasn’t even one of the first people to watch The Lizzie Bennett Diaries. I had seen it mentioned all over Twitter and Facebook as it was playing and for some reason I assumed that it had to do with a teeny-bopper musician or something, so I just glossed over any reference. Then the lovely Anne, over at Creativity’s Corner, pointed out that I had to watch it and what was wrong with me that I wasn’t?

OK, maybe she was nicer than that, but still. I had to get on it!

Start watching The Lizzie Bennett Diaries here: 

 

pride-and-prejudice-movieAlmost immediately, I fell in love. The actors were amazing and the story kept me wanting more! I came in late in the game, so I binge-watched most of it and once I was partway through I decided I had to read the classic. And after THAT, I made sure I rented the 6-hour miniseries staring Colin Firth from the library and promptly watched it in an afternoon, falling in love all over again.

After that I was hooked.

Now, I find myself seeking out more modern day adaptations of the story in both book and film format. I still have a ways to go, but I can see myself watching and reading this classic over and over again. What is it about Mr. Darcy that keeps me coming back?

All I can think of right now is that it’s my love of romance that has me coming back to this great story. I’ve always been one to search for the romance — real romance — in a story, not the instalove garbage you see in books these days. I want people to be wooed, I want pretty dresses, I want men dressing up, I want flowers, I want butlers, I want horses, I want lakes (for men to fall in, of course), and I want love. Love, love, love.

And really, when it comes to swoon-worthy love, is there anything better than Pride & Prejudice?

Are you a fan of Pride & Prejudice? What are your favourite adaptations? 

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A {possibly full of spoilers} discussion on Jennifer Weiner’s All Fall Down

AllFallDownWhen I was in high school, I had a group of friends. They were really nice girls and I loved hanging out with them. It was the day that they decided to start doing drugs that I realized that I wasn’t one of those high school people who would follow my friends in the whole “if so-and-so jumped off a bridge” scenario. In fact, I’m pretty sure my mom hit that on the nail when I tried smoking when I was 15 and she told me she’d take away my piano if I continued.

The choice was obvious.

But these were my friends. If I told them I didn’t want to do drugs, would they still like me? If they didn’t hang out with me anymore, would I have any friends? Turns out, they mademy decision perfectly clear. Not only did I not want to do drugs, but one of the girls was constantly putting me down and I realized I didn’t want to put up with that garbage. So I told her. And you know what happened?

They stopped talking to me.

However, as I spent my last year of high school virtually friendless, I found solace in my piano and in writing poetry. Sure, it was angry poetry, but I still tried to vent my feelings in any way I could. And really, had I not dove into my piano, I probably wouldn’t have taken music in university, met some awesome friends, and ultimately followed the path in life I did.

Life is funny.

Anyway, this isn’t really about me, but reading All Fall Down reminded me about that time in my life because the story is about Allison, who finds her solace in pills. It’s actually kind of interesting because when you think “drug addict” you think of someone who’s on hardcore drugs, not prescription pills. The fact that Allison started on them like any normal person and then slowly started to take more and more, eventually taking them by the handful, is scary.

I’ve been on vicodin before, but only at the dentist’s office (Anyone else terrified of dental surgery? Anyone?) and I didn’t remember a damn thing after. I can’t even imagine trying to go after that feeling day after day. And Allison has a child. I have a child and I can’t even imagine losing my inhibitions like that during the day.

The sad thing is that she didn’t even realize that she had a problem because it wasn’t hardcore drugs. There were a few instances in the book that were like a slap in the face to Allison and they really were heart-crushing. To have your own child come up to you and ask if you need to have a sleep and tell you they’ll be quiet so that you can rest, when you’re on the prowl for some pills — that just shows how much they take in. And it’s sad.

This book made me wonder how many other people out there are abusing prescription drugs to the point that they barely feel the effect of the recommended dose anymore.

This is the second book I read about someone going to rehab and it was pretty good. I think I liked Catherine McKenzie’s Spin better. I think it was Allison that kind of bugged me and her never understanding that she had a problem. But I guess that is the problem, right?

At any rate, this book made me shake my head at times, feel horrified in others, and made me revisit the past. Nothing wrong with that! Sure it wasn’t my favourite book, but it did bring back some of the positive feelings I used to have about Jennifer Weiner’s books. Now I want to read the ones I missed!

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This Post is {Kind Of} Brought To You By The Letter … Q

So I kind of love memes. But I suck when it comes to participating in them. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but I’ll start off with a few weeks participating in a weekly meme, then slowly drop to every other week, then monthly, and then it just drops off the blog.

Oops.

But there is the odd meme that happens occasionally, like this one over on Trish’s blog, Love, Laughter, and a Touch of Insanity, originally started by Simon at Stuck in a Book. When I read her post I thought it would be a lot of fun to participate!

Until Trish told me what letters I could pick from — O, F, or Q — and, like a moron, I picked Q.

I never said I didn’t like challenging myself!

So, here we go … you’ll notice I’ve tweaked a few things. ;)

Favourite book that starts with the letter Q: 

I’m cheating slightly with this one because I did read a book that had an original title starting with Q, but the title everyone knows it by doesn’t, so I’m going to use that one:

slumdog millionaire

Did you know that the original title for Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup was Q&A? I’m definitely cheating since the book *I* had read was titled Slumdog Millionaire, but there are, like, 10 books that start with the letter Q, so I think I did pretty good! This is one of my favourite books I’ve read. I read it before I started book blogging, so I never did write a review for it, but if you ever tell me that the movie is good, I’ll probably bitch at you until you change your mind since the book is a million times better. I hated what they did to the movie, but was completely engrossed for the entire book. It was amazing! If you haven’t watched the movie, or if it’s on your list to watch, I highly recommend reading the book first.

The author I would like to read who’s name starts with Q:

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This one goes to local author Jennifer Quist! My blogging buddy, Laura, has read her book Love Letters Of the Angels of Death and really enjoyed it. I think it looks fantastic, so I hope to give it a go one day!

There’s also Kate Karyus Quinn who wrote Another Piece of My Heart, which looks super spooky.

Favourite song with the letter Q: 

This one is a toss up between Queen of the Prom by Terami Hirsch, and [If I Were] Queen by My Brightest Diamond.

Favourite film starting with Q: 

Definitely Quills, which stars my favourite actor, Geoffrey Rush! It’s a movie about the Marquis de Sade who, among other things, was an erotic writer and was quite … er … graphic in his stories. Rush does an amazing job of playing this character (as usual, since he’s a great actor!). It also stars Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, and Michael Cain.

Favourite object that starts with Q:

This one was hard! Is food an object? If yes, then I like quinoa and Quaker oats! I also like quilts, though I don’t actually have one. I’m cold ALL the time, so anything that keeps me warm is a win! I also like quarters because money is useful. ;)

What are your favourite Q things? Want to play along? Let me know in the comments and I’ll assign you a random letter!  

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