Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lost in Austen

I am watching Lost in Austen...again. I just finished with the 1st episode and I think I will watch the 3 remaining episodes today also. Can't wait for the "lake scene". :D Elliott Cowan is such a hottie as Mr. Darcy.
I watched Bridget Jones' Diaries this morning. I love that movie. I can watch it over and over again even tho I have seen it many times. Colin is amazing as Mark Darcy. I can see the same facial impressions that he uses in Pride and Prejudice 1995.
My mom brings me today a movie called Silk with Keira Knightley. I am really looking forward to it. I think I will blog something about it after watching it... probably tomorrow because today I will watch Lost in Austen.
I am still sick, but I think my fever is finally going down. I still have to be absent from school tomorrow. Next week will be the winter break, so I will have the whole week free from school. I am really happy about that, I will have time to read books and hopefully my health gets better so I can go to the city. And I think I will go and cut my hair next week. I just need to find a proper hairmodel first.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Book Review: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

This was my second time reading Northanger Abbey and I think this time I got more out of it. First time I read Northanger Abbey years ago in English, and that time my english sucked. Now, when my English is better I could have read it in English, but this time I chose to read in Finnish, just for a change.
I like Catherine as a character. She is funny.
Henry Tilney is a little dissappoinment to me. I have fell in love with all the other Austen heroes, but Tilney just don't make it. He seems very polite and gentlemenlike, but I just don't see any romantic side at him. I understand, that Catherine is really fond of him etc. but I just don't really get much out of the love story between Catherine and Tilney. I think the love between them is not the main idea in the book.

I liked the story and the way it was translated in Finnish. Really good story, but not my Austen favorite. :)

I want to see the movie/TV adaptation next because I haven't seen it yet and that guy looks pretty hot! :)

Book Review: Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead

There is many sequels written to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and Mr. Darcy Presents his Bride is one of them. Most of the sequels are not part of the collection in the library of my city, but I found this book by "accident" when I was searhing books with a word 'Mr. Darcy'.

The story in the book takes place mainly to the time after Darcy and Elizabeth has married. It starts from the point when they are still at Longbourn. Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Bingley are married at the same seremony and after it Mr. and new Mrs. Darcy leaves first to Pemberley and from here to London. In London Elizabeth must find new friends and make a entrance to the society as Mrs. Darcy.

The book is a lot about Elizabeth and her new acquitances, but it also tells more about Kitty, Georgiana Darcy, Jane etc. and represents new characters like Mr. Turner.

I really liked this book. I just kept missing some more details about the life of Elizabeth and Darcy. The next P&P sequel I will read will probably be Mr. Darcy's Diary by Maya Slater.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Book Review: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park is Jane Austen's novel written between 1812 and 1814.

The main character is Fanny Price, a poor family's girl who moves to Mansfield Park to live with her aunt's family. She has four cousins; Tom, Edmund, Maria and Julia, and she is always threated as a inferior to them. Only her cousin Edmund threats her as equal, which makes Edmund Fanny's dearest friend, and person she deeply loves.

When the children are grown up, Sir Thomas, the father of the children leaves abroad to take care of his businesses. Just after his leave Henry Crawford and his sister Mary move to the parsonage near Mansfield Park to live with their stepsister and her husband.
First Mary is very determined to marry Tom, while Henry is flirting with both Maria and Julia.
Maria is engaged to Mr. Rushworth, so basicly Henry is for Julia.
When Maria and Rushworth gets married after Sir Thomas is back, Julia leaves to London with Mr and Mrs. Rushworth and Fanny is then the only young lady in Mansfield Park.

Sir Thomas becomes really fond of Fanny, and he starts to take care of her more.
After Maria and Julia has left, Henry Crawford tells to her sister,that he determined to propose Fanny. Fanny do not accept his hand, because she is secretly in love with her cousin Edmund.
Edmund is blindly in love with Mary and does not see her flaws. Edmund is to be a clergy man, and Mary does not approve clergy men.

In the end, Maria leaves her new husband and home and runs away with Henry Crawford. Also Julia has got married with Mr. Yates, old friend of Tom's. Edmund has also realized that the picture of Mary which is inside his head is really Fanny. It is Fanny who took care of his mother and stayed loayl to Sir Thomas.

Edmund and Fanny gets married and they move to the parsonage near Mansfield Park.

Mansfield Park is my favorite Austen book after Pride and Prejudice for many reasons. I really like Fanny as a character. She is loyal and respectful, but also smart by her own way. She has learned a lot from her cousin Edmund. Edmund is my second favorite Austen hero after Darcy. I think the way Edmund threats Fanny is so loving, but also brotherly. I love to think, that all the time Edmund was thinking of Mary he was really thinking ofd Fanny.

Sometimes I feel bad for Henry Chawford, because I really think he loved Fanny. But I understand why Fanny did not accept his proposal, she knew she would not be happy in a marriage with Henry. She believed, that in the end her love for Edmund will win.

Mansfield Park is one of those books I can read again and again and again. Just like all the other Austen books too. I have said this many times, but Austen was genious writer and Mansfield Park is a genenious, amazing piece of literature.