1.) Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
2.) Tell us how you were introduced to Jane Austen and share one fun fact about your Janeite life.
3.) Answer the tagger's questions.
4.) Write seven questions of your own.
5.) Tag as few as one, or as many as seven, other Janeites and let them know you've tagged them.
THE HISTORY OF MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE NOBLE MISS AUSTEN:
She often condescended to drive by my humble parsonage in her little phaeton-and-ponies... er, my family owned the Penguin audiobook of Pride & Prejudice, read by Joanna David, which was magnificent (although, alas, abridged). I used to listen to it for hours while colouring. Soon after it was released, my older sister bought the 2005 version of P&P, which I really, really liked. Then I got the 1995 Sense & Sensibility for my birthday a couple of years back. I bought a copy of S&S, read it, bought a copy of Mansfield Park, read it, found a copy of P&P (unabridged this time), read it, and then watched Emma (the one with Gwyneth Paltrow), Mansfield Park (the one with Billie Piper), and some nondescript 1990s edition of small-time television Northanger Abbey, which I won't even reference except to say that it had Siegfried/Cornelius Fudge in it, and Bath was a disturbingly clean town.
OH. And can I just say that I loved Pemberley Digital. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved (particularly the latter) are just the easiest shows to marathon ever. Oh, and Snarky Knightley's declaration of affection melted my heart in three different ways.
MY FUN FACT:
I wrote a poem about Mrs Bennet and submitted it for my English class last year.
1.) Which elder sister would you rather have- Jane or Elinor?
One of my real elder sisters is rather like both of them. Convenient, no?
2.) Least favourite heroine?
I haven't read Emma, but judging from the film, she is, as the King of Siam would put it, very difficult woman, and a little too like myself for my taste. I also wasn't a particularly huge fan of the Northanger Abbey chick, and therefore can't bring myself to remember her name.
3.) Which friendship best describes you and your best friend?
ALL OF THEM. Haha, we're actually a bit like Kitty and Lydia, because there are times when we cannot stop giggling (we are the most obnoxious duo, I know), and we're also a bit like Emma and Annie, and then sometimes like Lizzie and Jane. Neither of us, obviously, is very decisive.
4.) Least favourite hero?
Is this a legitimate question?! *swerves chair* *flips hair* *walks away sassily with nose in the air*
Honestly, probably Edward Ferrars. He is lovely, manly, and good, and a great redemptive figure... but... he's too sedate. Can the soul really be satisfied with such polite affections?
5.) Would you rather visit Bath or Brighton?
Bath. Who wouldn't want to be in what is, apparently, the hub of romantic confusion, cleanliness, and healing spas?
6.) Would you rather have dinner with Mrs Elton or Lady Catherine?
Lady Catherine could exercise the privilege of her rank and order me about, and Mrs Elton would talk my ears off and order me about without the privilege of rank; I think, therefore, that Lady Catherine would be the better choice. One at least knows where one is with her.
7.) Do you know any English country dances?
Unfortunately and to my everlasting regret, no... or, at least, not yet.
PEOPLE I TAG:
I hereby nominate all ye who would like to participate. Answer in the comments, or on your own blog (but be sure to send me the link!).
1.) How do you pronounce Northanger? [For the record, though I've heard it most often said North Anger, I pronounce it North Anne Ger with a soft g, as in hinge. Come at me.]
2.) Which Austen family is most like yours?
3.) Favourite Austen quote?
4.) Which character is most like your best friend?
5.) You can visit the set(s) of any Austen film adaption ever made. Which do you choose?
6.) Regency fashion (Empire waists, ribbon belts, intricate hair, etc): yea or nay?
7.) If you, knowing how the novel ends, could go to the beginning of any Austen classic and give one piece of advice to the heroine, which book would you choose, and what advice would you give her? [This is technically two questions, but I do what I want! *more sassy hair-flipping*]
*all pictures from Google Images