Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

It's been an interesting past few months, but I have enjoyed blogging.  I have also enjoyed reading other blogs, as well as getting to know some fellow bloggers.  Thank you all for welcoming me so kindly, and I look forward to blogging more with you in the new year, and getting better at this whole thing! :-)

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!  (I'll be back in January.)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Memories

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   I dug back in my diaries this evening and was reading my Christmas entries in years gone by.  I just felt like sharing something sentimental tonight, so here are some of my little Christmas memories.
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   Dec. 2011:  This year I performed in The Nutcracker Ballet for the first time.  It was one of the most exciting times in my life.  There were busy rehearsals, fabulous costumes, and two magical nights of the actual performance.  Also, my youngest cousin was born just a few days before.  It was a very blissful holiday season.  The highlight of my Christmas gifts was the beautiful ballerina nutcracker my mom and dad gave me.  It's really special to me and now sits on my nightstand during the Christmas season. 
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   Dec. 2013:  It was our first Christmas at our new house, and we were still settling in.  It was also the year that my great-grandmother passed away exactly one week before Christmas day.  That was probably the saddest Christmas I can remember.   But we managed to have a close family Christmas (as always), buried in a good few feet of snow.  I remember that we lounged around and watched the stand-up comedy DVD my mom got for her mother, and I helped my Nana set up her new iPad.  After all, it was a good Christmas, knowing that my great-grandmother was spending it in a better place, celebrating in a glorious way. 

   Dec. 2015:  Funnily enough, I remember thinking to myself last Christmas, "What if this is our last Christmas here...and we don't even know it?"  Five months later, we were moving.  Honestly, last Christmas was a happy one, even without snow.  We had a Lego Advent Calendar last year because my two younger sisters are really into Legos.  And we went with our cousins to see Star Wars VII, which was awesome (and also tearful). My sisters and I made each other gifts.  I carefully chose materials that made me think of them and sewed infinity scarves for each of them.  

  There will always be those other memories.  The little things.  My sisters and I snuggled up around my mom while she read Christmas stories to us.  Bundling up in our pretty pink puffers to play in the frosty back yard.  Our puppy dog curled up under the tree, as she always loved to do.  Making Christmas crafts at school to hang on the tree.  My youngest sister watching Frosty the Snowman every. single. day.   Drinking hot cocoa and making Christmas cookies together.  Waking up at 5 am to run to the tree and see all the presents.  All those things are ingrained in my memory, and I fondly look back on them every year.

   I can only hope this year will bring many new memories for me and my friends and family.  Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of year, and so there's a little snippet of what Christmas has been like for me. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

10 Favorite Jane Austen Adaptations

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   Today is a special day, everyone.  It is actually the anniversary of Jane Austen's birth.  And, since she is the best authoress ever (don't even try to argue with me), I have decided to share my top 10 Jane Austen Adaptations (including movies inpired by or based on her work).  Note: I will only include one adaptation per story - though I know there are more than one for each of her novels.  Here we go:

10. Persuasion (1995)

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    Honestly, Persuasion is my least favorite of Jane Austen's novels.  I liked it, but I just didn't love it the way I did with the others.  I couldn't relate to pushover Anne - I mean, I get that she has a heart for serving others, but she has no confidence in her own heart until the end.  Also, Wentworth was not my favorite Austen gentleman.  But enough about what I didn't like!  In any case, Wentworth delivers one of the top most romantic lines she ever wrote, so... And the fact that in the end Anne makes up her own mind and follows her heart really helps make for a good romance after all.  This adaptation was wonderfully faithful to the book, which I liked.  (I really need to see the more recent BBC adaptation!)

9. The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

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   Despite some minor problems, I thought that this was a sweet story about modern-day Janeites.  It's interesting to watch how each of their situations relate to the novels they read in their book club and how they help in their own real-life love stories.  Hugh Dancy's character, Grigg, is the best!  He's just adorably hilarious.  Just made me realize how much more lovable is a guy who gets into Jane Austen.  ;-)

8. Northanger Abbey (2007)

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    I liked this adaptation a lot, though it is hard to beat some of the others, which is why it ranks so low on the list.  The sets and costumes are charming, and the dark dreams Catherine experiences really draw out the effect of Gothic novels which Jane Austen implied in her writing.  While, again, it's not my favorite, I definitely enjoyed this mini series.

 7. Mansfield Park (1999)

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    I do love Fanny Price.  She is probably the sweetest, most selfless Austen heroine.  Her tale is kind of a Cinderella story, and the end of this movie is so satisfying, seeing each character get exactly what they deserve - especially Fanny's happily ever after.  Fanny really reminds me of my mom in many ways, and maybe that's why I love her so much... 
(Just so you all know, the 1999 movie is a thousand times better than the 2007 mini-series.) 

6. Love & Friendship (2016)
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    I cannot help loving this movie!  It's too funny and perfectly dramatic.  If you want to know all my thoughts on it in detail, check out my review.

5. Becoming Jane (2007

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   Personally, I love this movie about the life of the author herself.  Sure, it is a bit dramatized...but we will never know for sure what really happened.  Either way, I think it's lovely, and the actors are perfect for their roles.  The love story behind the novels is really fascinating, so if you haven't seen this one you really should.  (Now that I'm thinking about it, I need to watch this again sometime soon because it has been awhile.)

4. Austenland (2012)
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    This is the laugh-out-loud story of an Austen-addict who goes on her dream vacation to Austenland...and then gets hit by reality.  I love this movie and, while it is not a direct Jane Austen adaptation, it has many crossovers of her novels within the plot.  This Jane's adventures are funny and charming, and it's hard for an Austen fan not to enjoy this light-hearted comedy.

3. Sense & Sensibility (1995)
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    My third favorite Austen novel is Sense & Sensibility.  Of course.  I really love the sisterly bond between Elinor and Marianne, the way they encourage each other and care about the other's lives and feelings.  They may be complete opposites, but they are also close friends.  As their love stories intertwine, there is a lot of emotion, but it is all so beautiful.  I honestly tear up every time, and it's the only Austen story that brings out the feels like that for me.

2. Pride & Prejudice (1995)

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  Alright, Pride & Prejudice in general is such a good story, but this mini-series is just perfection.  (It's an extremely close second to my number one!)  If any movie has ever brought a book to life, it's this one.  I just can't say anything else about it.  It's that good.  If you don't believe me, go watch it yourself

1. Emma (2009) 
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   However great Pride & Prejudice is, Emma is my favorite.  Favorite book - like, ever.  Favorite movie.  I just absolutely love it.  Emma is the queen bee of Jane Austen heroines (and her story itself).  I absolutely love Mr. Knightley, too.  The lovable characters and the perfect romance make Emma a story I can't read or watch too many times! 

So there you have it.  A quick write up on my favorite Jane Austen adaptations in honor of what would be her 241st birthday.

(Now, it's really late.  I started writing this morning and didn't get to finish until now.)

What's your favorite Jane Austen film adaptation ever? 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I Just Love This Time of Year!

 It has snowed two weekends in a row, and my city is a world of white.  You can just imagine how happy it makes meThings are looking up like we just might have a white Christmas here.  I have already enjoyed hot cocoa and a book by the window as the snow falls outside

  There's just something about Christmastime.  That feeling in the air that affects everything you do, that fills you with peace even in the middle of all the craziness, that  gives you the joy of the real reason we celebrate. 
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    Our family has been enjoying the fun activities on the Advent calendar my mom made.  We have had movie nights, picnics by the tree, family game time, lights drives, and all that fun stuff.  I can't believe there are just 12 days left!

   It is so nice to be on Christmas break from school now!  But that doesn't make us any less busy.  There's a lot of shopping, baking, wrapping, etc. still to be done before the 25th.  I have some posts planned, but they may be few and far between because of the busyness.  

   In the meantime, I am going to sign off for now, and jam out to my Christmas playlist on Spotify while I decorate the tree in my room -- I have put it off for far too long! 

  What's your favorite part about Christmastime? 

Saturday, December 03, 2016

A Very Merry Tag

 I found on Naomi's blog, Wonderland Creek, this fun Christmas tag from Abby at Lavender Spring, and I decided it would be a fun way to kick-off December.

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   1. Does it snow where you live around Christmas?  (If it doesn't, you have my sincere sympathy.)  How much?  Any special snowy Christmas stories?

Typically, we do get snow, but there have been a few sad Christmases without it.  In 2013, we got our first snow in October and it was a blanket of white clear into April of the next year.  That was a very cold, but lovely Christmas (and Halloween and Thanksgiving) in a winter wonderland. 

   2. Do you get a real tree or a fake tree? 

Oh, we have a fake tree.  Real trees can be a hassle, though they are quite pretty.  

   3. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

I do not know how to choose!  There are so many good ones.
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   4. Where in the world would you like to spend Christmas the most?

Hmmm...I think it would be magical to spend Christmas in Vienna, Austria.  It seems that they go all out for Christmas there, and I would love to go to concerts, visit the Christmas markets, look at all the lights and displays, taste their food, and whatever else they offer for the season! 

   5. What fictional/literary character would you love to spend Christmas with?

I have no idea.  Perhaps Elizabeth Bennet?  I like to imagine what Christmas at Pemberley would be like... Or maybe Bilbo Baggins - I mean, what cozier way to spend the holiday than in a hobbit hole with "good food, a warm hearth, and all the comforts of home"?

     6. What is your favorite Christmas song?

Like classic carol?  Or do pop Christmas songs count?  Going by traditional Christmas carols, my favorite is probably "O Holy Night" or "Joy to the World".  My current favorite modern Christmas song is "December Song" by Peter Hollens - I am totally obsessed with this song right now.

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   7. What is your favorite Christmas book/story (besides, ya know, the story)?

There's this really sweet story about the meaning of Christmas called The Legend of the Candy Cane - my mom read this book to my sisters and me when we were little, and I always loved it.

   8. Which do you prefer: multi-colored lights or white lights?

White, for sure.  I have never cared for the look of all those rainbow lights - they're a bit too much, imo.

   9. What time period/decade would you most like to spend Christmas in?

Honestly, as surprising as it sounds coming from me, I am quite content to spend Christmas in the 21st century as it is.

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   10. Which period drama has the best Christmas scene/episode?

Little Women has the two best.  I can't decide between the March sisters willingly giving what they have to the poor Hummel family or Beth receiving her piano and their father coming home from the war hospital - both Christmas moments in that movie are heart-warming and give me that happy feeling of the season.

Anyone who's reading this is officially tagged by me. Happy December

Friday, November 25, 2016

Holiday Look 2016

 Since we traditionally decorate for Christmas today in my house, I have decided to update my blog for the holidays as well.  

 Now that Thanksgiving is over (Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I know I am way late.), I can finally blast the Christmas tunes, wear this adorable snowflake sweater from American Eagle, and set up my sparkly silver tree in my bedroom. It seems like once Thanksgiving hits, everything speeds up and Christmas goes by way too fast. In fact, this season comes and goes faster every year.  

 Right now, we are in the process of taking down fall decorations and lugging out the Christmas ones.  I love this time of year so much!  Expect some Christmas-y posts coming up.  Have a wonderful Friday!

 - Elanor

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Moving On

 Life can be confusing from day to day.  Trust me.  Read my journal sometime and check out how crazy things in my life get often enough.  The past few months since my family moved to a new town have been...different.  But I think it's all going to work out.  No, sorry - I KNOW it's all going to work out.  God must be growing me through this in some way.  At least, that's what happened the last time my family moved (three years ago).

 Leaving everything you're familiar with to start over in a new place is nothing if not unnerving.  And then, once it seems like you're finally settled there, you have to pick up and move again?  No, it's far from fun. 

 But I have been continually reminding myself to trust in God's plan.  Sometimes I fail.  I miss my old home and bedroom and dance studio and friends.  In those moments, it's time to count my blessings. 

 How about the new friends I have made here?  Making new friends is one thing every single person who's ever moved away has worried about - even if they don't admit it.  I have been lucky to get quickly involved in an outgoing youth group at my new church which really eased the effects of the move.

 Oh, and what about all of the city shopping availability?  That's certainly a plus, since I moved from a small, antique-hotspot town located at least half an hour away in each direction from name brand stores.

 Sure, there are plenty of things that are less than ideal.  It is still going to take time to settle in completely.  Yet I am still trying to look on the bright side of things, knowing that by the time we've been here a year, it will seem more like home.  Like I said, there are days when I fail miserably and I lose myself complaining.  (I'll just admit it.)  However, in the words of Anne Shirley, "Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it."  And how true that is, when I really think about it.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Five Character Crushes: A Silly Side of Me

Hello, everyone!  And happy November to you all.  I cannot believe that it is November already, and the holidays are getting closer and closer every day.  This is my favorite time of year, so you may expect some enthusiastic posts.  

I have been absent from Blogger for a short while; I got a bit busy.  I wanted to post, I truly did, but I couldn't find a spare moment.  Now that I have got one, I wrote up a silly little ramble that just shows you what a ridiculous, moony girl I can be at times.

Ok, so I decided to do a post on my character crushes because I know I am not the only girl who fantasizes about the guys in books and movies.  There are so many fictional men who are so far superior to the real life guys.  I know there's Mr. Darcy, but let's look beyond him...

1.   Faramir

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    You may be surprised that of all the fantastic male characters in Middle-Earth I would choose him, but Faramir is way underappreciated.  He has so many good qualities.  First, he let Frodo and Sam go even when he believed doing so would forfeit his life.  He is courageous and hopeful, loyal to his country and and his father, however awful the latter treats him.  Then he has only love for his brother rather than jealousy, which shows a mark of true excellent character.  Plus, he is quite romantic in his own way when he is with his fair maiden in the House of Healing.  So yes, I would pick Faramir over Aragorn, Legolas, and even Samwise Gamgee.

2.    Prince Kit

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       Alright, it's no secret that from the moment I caught sight of those dreamy blue eyes and that charming grin I was head-over-heels for Cinderella's handsome prince.  Kit has more than just fabulous looks, however.  He appreciates courage and kindness, and he is determined to marry for love rather than advantage. *dreamy sigh*  He doesn't abuse his power as a prince and later a king, but instead rules wisely and generously.  Finally, Kit looks beyond outward appearances and focuses on true beauty within.  He could have married any rich, gorgeous, and snobby princess, but instead he chose a poor, sweet, and humble maid.  But it doesn't hurt that he is also handsome (which, as Elizabeth says, a man ought to be if he possibly can).

3.    George Knightley
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      Besides Mr. Darcy, Jane Austen has some other heartthrob heroes.  Mr. Knightley is one of them, in my opinion.  He is a true gentleman with high standards yet a compassion for the less fortunate.  He is opinionated and passionate, but he is also sensitive and would do anything for the woman he loves.  Oh, Mr. Knightley.  He is far superior to every other man, you know.  His one fault: jealously.  But considering it was out of love, perhaps we can forgive him there.  Otherwise, Mr. Knightley is very wise and good and sensitive, and that's what I love about him.

4.    Poe Dameron

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        If you're thinking that a futuristic Star Wars character seems out of place with my other character crushes, let me remind you that Star Wars really happened a long time ago, so it fits.
Anyway, I have just been in love with Poe since I saw The Force Awakens in theaters last December.  He's such a dashing, daring, fun guy.  Some people may say he is arrogant, but I don't think so.  Poe is a brave fighter pilot for the Resistance, he has no problem giving a stormtrooper a chance to do what's right, and he is then kind and encouraging to Finn.  Not to mention that he always puts others before himself.  He is willing to die in order to keep the First Order from finding the map to Luke Skywalker, and his courage is admirable.  Plus, he has such rugged good looks!  ;-)

5.    Gilbert Blythe

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       Oh, Gil.  He is so sweet and patient, a true kindred spirit if ever there was one.  I love that he never gives up on his true love, but waits for her without complaining.  He is the definition of commitment, and what girl wouldn't want that?  Also, he is ambitious and hardworking.  It doesn't matter if it takes two years or ten years, Gilbert will achieve his goals, working his way through any and every trial that comes his way.  He may seem serious sometimes, but he does have a teasing, playful side.  Granted his teasing often winds him up on Anne's cold side, but in the end he is too lovable to hold a grudge at forever.  Yeah, Gilbert Blythe is pretty much goals. Why are Gilberts so scarce in the world today?

So there you have five of my favorite character crushes.  

Comment below and tell me who you would add to the list!  It can be a character from any book or movie ever.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

What I Love About Fall
  Here in the US, fall has arrived.  As the temperature dips down below seventy degrees, I find myself already missing summer!  But I do love autumn for many reasons.

  First,  where I live, the leaves of our trees turn beautiful shades of gold and scarlet.  It creates fantastic backdrops for pictures and a calming atmosphere for an afternoon stroll.  I just love to look at the colorful leaves scattered along the ground, distracting me from the cloudy grey sky.

  Campfires are another delightful part of the fall season.  It's so fun to pull on jeans and a sweatshirt and gather around a fire to toast marshmallows, all the while laughing and chatting.  My family and I had this pleasure on a Labor Day weekend camping trip we took earlier this month.  There's something about being out late in the chilly air under a star-speckled sky framed by the silhouettes of pine boughs.  Yes the outdoors are fabulous in the autumn.  But indoors, too, become all nice and cozy.  And then there is hardly anything more pleasant than curling up with a book and a cup of hot tea, perhaps with rain pattering against the windows and a pumpkin pound cake baking in the oven.
  Oh, and I love the autumn decor!  There are a few holidays in the fall season, and, while I am not particularly fond of the creepy decorations for Halloween, I do adore the leaves and pumpkins, mums, haybales, and scarecrows typically used in fall decorating.  My mom manages to transform our house into a warm, homey fall cottage, where everything smells of pumpkin spice and apple.

  Fall fashion is, of course, another great part of the season.  Sweaters, leggings, boots, and scarves and all the deep colors like plum and mustard, burgundy and taupe.  I love putting together outfits for my annual fall fashion shoot, where I dress up my sisters in their cutest fall clothes, do up their hair, and take lots and lots of pictures of them posing outside amid the falling leaves and misty skies.  It is such fun!

  Then there's the food.  Soups and delectable desserts.  Not to mention Thanksgiving feast.  Yes, autumn is one of the most delicious seasons, from chili to apple dumplings.  My mouth is watering just writing about it!  And let's not forget apple cider and hot cocoa which further increase the coziness of the descent into winter.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

New Look

 I have decided it's time for a new look here on my blog.  I've had the same header and background since I started in August, and I know that hasn't been that long but I needed something more October-y, I suppose.  So, yes, I've given the blog a breath of fresh air.  

Have a wonderful evening!

(Original Look:)

Friday, October 07, 2016

Anne of Green Gables Week: Kickoff Tag

 Miss Evie of  Over the Hills is hosting Anne of Green Gables Week, and, as a huge Anne fan, I am thrilled about it!


 Here are my answers to her kickoff tag:

1. How did you get introduced to Anne of Green Gables?
     My mom has loved the series since she was in jr. high, so I kinda grew up with it.  She read the books to my sisters and me, and we all loved the movies together. Image result for anne shirley megan follows

 2. Are you more like Anne or Diana?  Why?

  Definitely Anne.  I am very imaginative, and just like with her that sometimes gets me into trouble.  When Anne forgets to put the cloth over the pudding sauce because she was distracted by her imaginings...yeah, that would be exactly the kind of thing I would do.  I tend to cause other people to laugh at my expense.  I am stubborn and sometimes quite silly.  I could go on and on.  So, yes, I am Anne.  (If only I had red hair and freckles!)

3. If Rachel Lynde called your hair as red as carrots, how would you react?
     Probably not as angrily as Anne.  I like red hair :)

4. Gilbert or Morgan Harris?
      Gil, of course <3  This is one of my favorite scenes.

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5. Honest opinion on the third Anne film.
      I suppose it was alright.  I love Anne, and she never changes.  I cried more in this one, but I wish it had been more true to the books.

6. Have you seen the new Anne film?
      There's a new one?  I was not aware.  Somehow.

7. What, in your own words, is a Kindred Spirit?

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      A Kindred Spirit is one who  shares similar thoughts and opinions with you, and more than that, I think.  I mean, a Kindred Spirit isn't just any friend.  They are sympathetic to the human plight, like Miss Stacy, right?  They are bosom friends, like Diana...people who can more than relate to you, but have the same feelings and thoughts.  Or maybe they are so opposite you that they attract.  I would say it can't be limited to one definition.  There are many different kinds of Kindred Spirits.  (I have no idea if that sounds right at all, but I'm going with it.)

8. Movie Gilbert or Green Gables Fables Gilbert?
      Movie Gilbert.  (I have never seen GGF.)

9. Does anyone know where we can watch Road to Avonlea online?
      Sorry, no :/

10. Favorite book cover?

I think this one is a charming little cover.

11. The films or the books?
       As much as I LOVE the movies, I have to slightly prefer the books.  There's a lot in the movies, but there's so much more in the books.  Those are some of my favorite books ever, which are probably due for a third read sometime in the near future.  (Some books just deserve to be read three times, right?) 

Check out Miss Evie's blog for more Anne every day for a week.  (Link is in the side bar.)

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Pride & Prejudice

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 This is my old and well-loved 1945 copy of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice.  It actually belonged to my mom (and before that I'm not sure; it is very old), but she also has another, newer copy of it, so she gave this one to me in 2012, when I first read it.  (Has it really only been a little over  four years?!  It seems like ages.)  

 Pride & Prejudice is arguably Austen's most popular and well-known novel, and it's one of the best, as well.  It wasn't the first Jane Austen I'd ever read, but it pushed me over the line into the current obsession I now have with all things related to Austen and her world.

 For anyone who hasn't read the book or seen the movie (and if you haven't, you totally should do both!), I will lay out a brief intro in my own words, beginning with the opening line of the book:

 "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife."
 It all begins when Charles Bingley- said single, rich man- relocates to Netherfield Park, a country estate near Longbourn, the Bennet residence.  Mrs. Bennet is determined before she even meets him that he will marry one of her five daughters.  Upon their first meeting, Bingley is immediately smitten with the lovely eldest, Jane, while his best friend, the excessively rich and proud Mr. Darcy, looks down his nose on the entire community, especially the Bennets.  This causes him to clash with the lively, witty second eldest daughter, Elizabeth who has formed an unfavorable first impression of him.
  Seriously, I count this classic among my most favorite stories ever written.  It's just so good and clever and all around funny with memorable characters and such sweet romance.  *Warning: Some spoilers ahead.*

 Elizabeth Bennet is a fabulous heroine.  And, well, if you have not at least once in your life heard of Mr. Darcy and all his greatness...where have you been for the last two hundred years?  Mr. Darcy is like some sort of standard that everyone compares men to.  He sets the bar pretty high.  The only guys who are right up there with him are...fictional.  (Comment if you want a fictional character crush post!)

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 My favorite part of P&P is...well, it cannot be limited to one part, but it is simply any exchange between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.  Their witty banter is so adorable.  I love the way their story plays out amid all the other things going on around them.  The best part of the romance between Lizzie and Darcy is the way they change each other for the better.  Darcy is humbled when she refuses to marry him, telling him exactly what she thinks of him.  He doesn't want her of all people to think badly of him, which causes him to do everything he can to make things right.  When Lizzie sees the goodness in him, she, of course, learns not to be so prejudiced upon first impression.  It's really a story anyone could learn from.

 The story takes so many twists and turns that it was hard to put down when I first read it, having then not yet seen any of the film adaptations.  I really should re-read it, I think, sometime in the near future.

 Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book: 
Thanks for taking a moment to listen to me ramble about this fantastic work of fiction.  Comment below and tell me your favorite P&P quote or part of the story. :)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Things

 As a new blogger, I realize I should continue to share more about my self.  When thinking of a way to do this, the song from one of my favorite musicals came to mind: "A Few of My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music.  And, my, my, do I have quite a few favorite things!  People who know me well tell me often enough that I am rather indecisive.  It is very, very, VERY hard for me to pick a favorite out of any category.  But, for the sake of this post, I will try.

I'll start out by stating that my favorite color has always been and always will be PINK.  Any shade from coral to rose to magenta.  Some people could actually define me  by that color because there are few among my acquaintance that find it at all attractive (which I fail to understand).  Alright, now that that's out of the way...
 One of the first things I love are books.  If you are a bibliophile like myself, you know the sweet sensation of opening a brand new book. The smell of the fresh, unread pages.  The feel of it fitting nicely in your hands.  The sight of all those beautiful, inky words strung together one after another to weave a brilliant story that will make you want to ignore everything else...
People know I love to read and often ask those two typical questions: Who's your favorite author?  What's your favorite book?
Well, the answer to the first is simple.  Jane Austen.  Always and forever.  I read Sense & Sensibility five years ago (when I was eleven) at my mother's (fellow Janeite) recommendation and was hooked.  As to the second...that is much more difficult to answer.  It is between Emma and Pride & Prejudice.  While I loved all of Austen's novels, I have a hard time choosing between those two.  They are the best books I've ever read.  Second to those, Anne of Green Gables remains a top favorite of mine as well.
 I adore movies as much as I adore books.  My sisters and I can quote movies tirelessly, and we watch our favorites over and over again, for, you see, they never grow old.  Besides Jane Austen adaptations, what movies do I like?  My taste in movies is much more varied than my taste in books.  I do love other period dramas from the fictional such as Bleak House (my favorite Charles Dickens) to nonfictional like The Young Victoria.  I also enjoy musicals and  Disney movies, too.  And, though I have not read the books--yet--I love, love, love The Lord of the Rings!  Seriously, those are some of my favorite films of all time.  For more movies I would recommend, you can view my blogger profile.  There are simply too many to list.
  I am not really into many TV shows that are currently airing here in the US.  Just patiently awaiting Sherlock season 4.

  So let's get a different sort of list going to keep this post from being way too long, shall we?  Here's a list of  random favorites (questions provided by my best friend) that stray a bit from the typical what's your favorite _____ questions.

Favorite vacation spot?  That would be the fabulous Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.  It's one of the most amazingly beautiful places in creation, and I would love to go back for another visit.

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Favorite Disney animated movie?  Tangled.  Yes, I have a lot of favorites, because I am a huge Disney fan, but when it comes right down to it, Tangled would be the one I'd pick if I could only watch one for the rest of my life.  Even though I know it by heart.

 Favorite holiday?  Christmas, without a doubt.  There's so much to love about the Christmas season.  (And that's another post in itself.)

Favorite sport?  Does dance count?  I have been dancing and tumbling for most of my life.  I also really like baseball (Go, STL Cardinals!).  In the Olympics, I like to watching gymnastics and ice skating.
Favorite musical?  Wow.  That's too hard.  I adore The Phantom of the Opera.  But there are so many like Into the Woods, Wicked, The Sound of Music... ugh! I can't pick.

Favorite hobbies?  Reading, writing, singing and dancing, taking pictures of EVERYTHING.

So there's a bit more about me.  A fun, American Janeite.  Hope you enjoyed. :)