Obsessions

At any given time in my life, I have been obsessed with something or another. I mean, remember the time I met all of my friends on a Buffy fan board? Still friends with a lot of them. (Still grieving one of them.) Still no idea how to talk to people who don’t like Buffy.

My current obsession? Pride & Prejudice.

History:

  1. Started reading in 1995, age 17. Haaaaaaaaated. Suffered until I could suffer no more.
  2. 16 years later, downloaded on Kindle and read the whole thing in less than a month (which is, sadly, very fast for me these days given all of my distractions).
  3. Realized the irony of disliking the novel based on first impressions, but loving it later.
  4. Immediately watched the two more recent* BBC mini-series (1980 and 1995) and the Keira Knightley movie.
  5. Submitted a pattern idea to Jane Austen Knits, which was accepted and is in the Fall 2012 issue.
  6. Tried to read Sense and Sensibility, got about 85% in and stalled, finally watched the movie before going back and finishing the novel.
  7. Tried to read Emma but couldn’t stand reading about so many insufferable asses.
  8. Started Persuasion but set it aside recently because…
  9. Watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries in three big chunks; realized I was all caught up.
  10. Panicked.
  11. Watched 1940 film with Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier. Had a fit over how stunningly attractive Olivier is.
  12. Had a fit over how stunningly attractive Olivier is.
  13. Had a fit over how stunningly attractive Olivier is.
  14. Had a fit over how stunningly attractive Olivier is.
  15. Had a fit over how stunningly attractive Olivier is.
  16. Started re-reading Pride & Prejudice.

Please note that #s 10-16 all happened in the last 24 hours.

Because I am obsessed, here are some incomplete, highly subjective, and sometimes controversial rankings.

Darcys, by attractiveness:

  1. Lawerence Olivier
  2. Colin Firth
  3. everyone else

Best Darcys (by non-physical resemblance to character):

  1. (tie) Matthew MacFadyen, Lawrence Olivier
  2. Daniel Vincent**
  3. Colin Firth

Worst Darcy:

  1. David Rintoul

Ugh, could he have been any more stiff? Please consult with Mr. Vincent for lessons on acting stiff while still acting. (This may well have been the director’s fault.)

Best Elizabeths:

  1. (tie) Greer Garson, Keira Knightley
  2. um, were there other good Lizzys? I know Jennifer Ehle gets a lot of love and she is, indeed, lovely, but Eliza she is not.

*I did not know until this morning that there was a 1952 series with PETER FUCKING CUSHING as Darcy. Obviously my life will remain sad and incomplete until I find it.
**I was not sure whether to include him, as I think modern adaptations are a different animal altogether, but he is in fact NEARLY IDENTICAL to book Darcy. LBD Lizzie, however, is very different and therefore not included.

Please join me next time for a look at the various film Rochesters and a rant on how Jane Eyre is the second-worst love story of all time.

11 thoughts on “Obsessions

  1. Katie Lynn

    January 31, 2013 at 5:43pm

    I agree with basically everything you’ve stated here. Love, love, love all of these. Favorite is probably the new Keira version, just because they managed to do a reasonably good job fitting the entire story into two hours. I think I know it word perfect.

    Have you seen the new Emma with Jonny Lee Miller and Romola Garai? Highly recommend. And the new Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion from about 2009.

    They used to have Lost in Austen on Netflix (I believe it has been taken down), which is about a modern woman who loves P&P who ends up switching places with Lizzie. I believe it was just made into a feature film that was shown at one of those film festivals. Pretty sure it got picked up for distribution, so look for it soon.

  2. Annika

    January 31, 2013 at 5:47pm

    I saw Lost In Austen and haaaaaaaated it. :(

  3. Annika

    January 31, 2013 at 6:18pm

    I will elucidate. I loved the CONCEPT of Lost In Austen. I liked the actors all well enough that I watched the whole thing. But I did not like what they did with the story, even though it was theoretically clever. The whole thing just read like Mary Sue fan fiction. Which, actually, it was.

  4. Sonja

    January 31, 2013 at 6:52pm

    I do want to hear all about Jane Eyre. I may be a wee bit obsessed with that book/movie/story.
    Sonja´s last post ..sniff

  5. Nana

    January 31, 2013 at 8:59pm

    >Sigh<

  6. Kim

    February 1, 2013 at 11:38am

    I recommend The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde…

  7. Annika

    February 1, 2013 at 8:42pm

    I got the sample sent to my Kindle!

  8. Lucretia

    February 2, 2013 at 9:01am

    I liked Jane Eyre a lot, and it is the only book that has ever made me cry. But I absolutely see your point of view about it.

    I didn’t like Pride and Prejudice. However, I last read both books when I was a teenager, so perhaps if I read them again my opinion would change.

  9. CosmicAvatar

    February 3, 2013 at 12:11pm

    The year I studied Jane Eyre was the only time I got a D in English Lit. HATED IT. Maybe I should try reading it again, but I just can’t. Blech.

    And yes, I remember…

  10. Crystal

    February 7, 2013 at 2:42pm

    Oooh, so if Jane Eyre is the second worst, I’m guessing Wuthering Heights gets the top spot?

    (This belated comment brought to you by me finally going through my feed for the past month or so)
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  11. Annika

    February 7, 2013 at 2:48pm

    Damn right. They love each other so much that they… marry other people and just pine for each other until they DIE. What the ever loving fuck. (Although to be fair, I have never read it. Maybe it’s NUANCED or something.)

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