Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 10: Mafia

My little sockies have 'Mafia' written on them. I thought these were super cute! He reminds me of a cartoon evil guy. Maybe because he is a cartoon evil guy.

I have decided that today I am going to talk about the 2005 movie version of Pride and Prejudice. At Krista's house last night, this was our movie of choice.

I just want to start off by putting it out there that I am pretty sure Pride and Prejudice is essentially emotional porn for women. I am definitely not complaining about this! If there is any movie (or book!) in the entire world that can make me giddy, conflicted, or fall madly in love with just hearing or reading a line or two, it's Pride and Prejudice. How can one story written so long ago still have this incredible effect on women all around the world? I wonder if it's to do with the timelessness of a well written love story. No matter where in the world we are, or when, our world is driven by love.

The movie is so fantastically done. I know people will say that the 2005 one doesn't compare to the original movie version, but I have not seen the original mini-series version as of yet, so I have no judgment or comparison. The only think I can speak to is how much I LOVE this version. The casting for this show was done exceptionally well. The only character I would complain about is Georgiana. Not because I think they cast the wrong person, but rather I feel her character in the book is not much like the character portrayed on the screen. Other than that, I think every person in the cast does a stellar job of acting their part. Oh, how I would love to be in a movie where I get to wear dresses (and ribbons) like that!!!

And then of course, the story. Never again since Pride and Prejudice have I read a book that had the ability to make me fall completely in love with fictional men. I wish they were real! Especially Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy. What delightful characters! Mr. Bingley with his sweet naivety and cheerful disposition. And Mr. Darcy the brooding, mysterious, often times cold and unaffected man. These two characters are polar opposites and yet Jane Austen writes them in a way that draws you to each of them for such completely different reasons.

After watching the movie, Krista and I delved into the topic of which Miss. Bennet we were the most similar to. We thought I would be a mix between Elizabeth Bennet and Kitty Bennet. I have the sharp tongue of Elizabeth where I make remarks that I deem to be appropriate at the time, even if I regret it later; and Kitty because I am giggly and silly.

I think Elizabeth is a character that every girl can see some small part of themselves in. At times she is funny, she is rude, she is nurturing, she is conflicted. She feels. I think that is what makes her as a leading lady. If people feel like they know her, they possibly will feel like they like her. She doesn't have it all figured out and makes mistakes, in cruel words or unjustified comments and thoughts, and yet she moves on, and in the moving on falls 'violently in love' with one of the most romantic characters in history.

I will end this blog with a favourite quote from each of the movie and the book, respectively.

Mr. Darcy proposing to Elizabeth: "My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."

Mr. Darcy explaining when he fell in love with Elizabeth: "I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun."


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