1. What period dramas have you watched in February?
Watched and reviewed Little Men (1998). Watched bits of Elizabeth Gaskell film adaptations for the Valentine's Day video I made. My family and I rewatched Sense & Sensibility (1995) together (honestly, we were just testing that the TV was hooked up right but ended up watching the whole thing!) and we showed The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) to a friend when she came for a girls movie night.
My sister and I also watched North & South (2004) with a bunch of our Bible study friends at a girls movie night for Valentine's Day (so much fun exchanging thoughts and remarks with all the girls!).
I honestly can't remember if I watched any other period dramas this month, it's been a more "modern" month for me I guess.
2. How many Charles Dickens adaptations have you seen?
A long list! Let's see...
A Tale of Two Cities (1980) & (1935)
Barnaby Rudge (1960)
Bleak House (2005) (and a bit of the 1970's Bleak House)
David Copperfield (1999), (2000) & (1969)
Dombey and Son (1983)
Great Expectations (1981), (1999) and (BBC 2011)
Hard Times (1977)
Little Dorrit (2008) & (1988)
Martin Chuzzlewit (1994)
Nicholas Nickleby (2002) & The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001)
Oliver Twist (1999), Oliver Twist (2007) and Oliver! (Musical)
Our Mutual Friend (1998)
A Christmas Carol (1984) & (1999), The Muppet Christmas Carol, and the 2004 musical version (probably a few others)
The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) & The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012)
The Old Curiosity Shop (1979, a bit of it) & The Old Curiosity Shop (2007)
The Pickwick Papers (1985)
also seen some Dickens bio pics and documentaries like The Life of Charles Dickens (2002 Bio)
That's roughly 30 film adaptations!!!! Wow! I've got to get out more!
|Mr. Thornton in North & South|
I asked y'all this because I've been asking myself this recently and finding it hard to answer. I love the spotless wealthy gentlemen of Jane Austen novels, or the knight in shining armor who comes in and saves the damsel in distress. Recently though I've been a bit more into Gaskell stories and characters like Mr. Thornton, Nicholas Higgins, William Buxton, Frank Harrison and Roger Hamley who work with their hands doing dirtier jobs. While it's nice for a gentleman to have a large country house (like Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightley or Colonel Brandon) there's also something so admirable in a man who works through sweat, blood and tears to provide for those he loves.
So I guess I'd say I like a combination of both, so long as the guy is gentlemanly, chivalrous and honorable then he is worthy of admiration and the title of hero. And just because a guy has money or has a job like a minister doesn't mean they aren't hardworking (Mr. Knightley is one of the hardest working gentlemen I know of!). :)
4. Do you tend to prefer heroines that are sweet and gentle or adventurous and spunky?
I prefer Sweet and Gentle heroines. Adventurous and spunky is fun but I definitely prefer Fanny Price and Anne Elliot and Amy Dorrit to Elizabeth Bennet and Scarlet O'Hara.
5. Do you enjoy listening to period drama soundtracks? Do you own any?
Oh yes I do! I've listened to many soundtracks and own several including: P&P 2005, P&P 1995, S&S 1995, MP 1999, Emma 2009, Emma 1996, Ever After, Cranford, Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Ladies In Lavender, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Austen Regrets, Pirates of the Caribbean, Seasons of the Heart and Rigoletto. I also have an album called Cinema's Classic Romances including songs from various films.
How would you answer these questions?