|*Naomi starts off 'minor characters' post with two major characters.* Whatever.|
Ahhh, those poor lil' minor characters that get shoved into the corner. Today I will pull them (as in, the Jane Austen minor characters, duh) into the middle of the room, and give them some love and praise.
First though, let me tell you how I define a 'minor character.' To me, Mr Bennet or Henry Crawford are not minor characters. They are part of the plot. To me a minor character is - to be blunt - a character that doesn't really do anything to the plot. If you'd take it away, the story would be more or less the same. But that doesn't mean they HAVE TO GO. Because, as I said, there are SO many dear Jane Austen minor characters that I love. (This is why I got angry at P&P05 for taking away Maria Lucas (and Louisa Bingley). And that old S&S version which took Margaret away. That was mean. I love Margaret.)
Okey? Let's start.
8. Maria Lucas
Maria! She's a bit empty-headed, but I just can't help but love her! HER SCARED FACE THOUGH. Like, she's so scared and nervous and stressed out about everything to do with Lady Catherine de Bourgh; it's pretty hilarious. "Maria! Lady Catherine will never know!" I love that she and Kitty are friends and that they hold up the bough-things at The Wedding in the end. Aww.
7. Mrs Palmer
I can't heeelp it! Mrs Palmer just makes me laugh SO HARD. I love the way she states the obvious, and JUST AHH. SHE'S HILARIOUS.
Mrs Pole Imelda Staughton (However you spell that - I'm horrible at spelling actor's last names) did a such an amazingly good job acting. :-)
6. The Capital Capital Man
... aka, Sir William Lucas. But we always call him 'the Capital Captial Man' - because that's what he always says. "Good, Good. Excellent, Excellent. Capital, Capital." We love this character SO much in our house. Giggle every time he's on screen. (He's one of my brother's favourite P&P character; which says a lot, right?) What I also love about Sir William Lucas is that he SHIPS it. It's awfully embarrassing for them, but he makes the match. :-D
5. Margaret Dashwood
How can you not love Margaret. I love both the tomboyish-twelve-year-old Margaret in the movie (where she hides under tables (in both movies?!! Really?) and where she builds treehuts and blows on grass) and the lady-like-thirteen-year-old in the book (who wishes she was rich and delights in watching Whilloughby cutting bits of Marianne's hair and then kissing it. *Shudder*) Yes, I wish they would have kept the movie-Margaret more like the book-Margaret, but I still love the movie-Margaret(s.) "Yes, and his name starts with an F"!
(Gotta love her.)
4-3. Isabella and John Knightley
Ahhhh, Isabella and Johnnnnn. I love them SO much. When they fight in the garden and Emma makes the match. When they marry and then have children. And when they look at their younger siblings going off on their honeymoon and they're like, 'Awww, there go our younger siblings.' IT'S SO CUTE. Yes, they are a bit broody and sometimes grumpy, but they're so adorable and I still love them. I JUST LOVE THE KNIGHTLEYS AND THE WOODHOUSES together in general. :-D
2. Kitty Bennet
I LOVE Kitty. She's so forgotten, poor girl. I think Polly Maberly did a very good job- she made Kitty both 'peevish' and 'adorable.' I love how she improves over the book - it makes me so happy to see my little Kitty turning out so well.
- When she peeks through the window to see if Mr Collins is gone all-ready.
- When she makes the bonnet and then gives up.
- When she falls off the swing and falls in Denny's arms. (Hmmmmm.)
- When she says her 'Why are you winking at me?' line. BEST EVER.
I just love Kitty. :-) In fact, I love her so much that once when I was like, twelve, I wrote a (very stupid, never-ever-to-be-shown-to-you) sequel where she was the main character. (It's a very embarrassing 'book.')
1. Mr Palmer
|Just LOOK. This picture.... IT GIVES ME SO MUCH JOY. :-D|
I MEAN SERIOUSLY.
I love this guy. He's SO FUNNY AND OH MY GOODNESS HUGH LAURIE WAS AMAZING THE END.
"Oh, if only the rain would stop!"
"If only YOU would stop."
"She'll be wet when she comes back!"
"Thank you for pointing that out, my dear."
Who are some of your favourite JA characters?
Sorry I don't really address Mansfield Park and Persuasion in many posts. Although I love all Jane Austen's books to some extent, my four favourites are S&S, P&P, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. You probably have noticed that I mentioned those four the most in my posts. Yeah, sorry about that. :-/