Friday, 4 December 2015

Two Guest Posts (and an Edward Ferras gif.)

Hello, dear people. I hope your December has started off nicely. (December is my favourite month and I have decided to make the best of this one. I'm going to listen to millions of soundtracks, and eat sugary stuff, and journal in red and green ink. I'm so freeeeeeeeeekin excited about Christmas it's not even funny hello.)


Anyway, this is just to say that I've written two Lucy Maud Montgomery-related guest posts for my friend Eva, for her LMM week! Do go and check them out, if you haven't yet. Here's one about Jane of Lantern Hill, and here's one about Maud's life.

Must buzz off now; I have work to do, and a book to write, and Sense and Sensiblity to re-read. Have a lovely day.

Wait, I have something to tell you. Very quickly.

I just rewatched Sense and Sensibility 2008, and GUYS it's official. This is my favourite Sense and Sensibility. Although Mrs Jennings and the Palmers and Marianne and Mr Whilloughby are all, in my opinion, much better in the classic 1995 version, I think everything else in better in here. I just LOVE this Elinor, and OH I LOVE THIS EDWARD SO MUCH. No, not just because he's Dan Stevens, really not. HE'S JUST SPLENDID. I cried and cried when they kissed. Also, all the characters and the lines and the plot twists are in there, and it's three episodes. Nawh, I just love it.)

I LOVE HIM. My favourite JA hero after Mr Knightley. It's OFFICIAL. :-)

(Although what's up with those dusty strawberries in Colonel Brandon's piano room?!!!! And Miss Grey's dress at the ball?!! What da. (And also, there are far too many shots of shells.) But never mind.)

REALLY must go now. Schoolwork is rather boring, but at least I have Thomas Newman soundtracks and drinks. I'm everlastingly thankful to be homeschooled.

Don't forget to check out the guest posts!

33 comments:

  1. My sister and I rewatched it recently too. I really like the Edward Ferras better in it too but I'm not sure about Elinor.... they're tied. They are both really good! Mr. Palmer is so much better in the 1995 version for sure!

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    1. Yeah, I agree. Hugh Laurie's Mr Palmer is IMPOSSIBLE to beat.

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  2. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh . . . S&S 08 . . . I LOOOOOOVE that movie. It's the best JA adaptation EVER MADE EVER (in my very 'umble opinion ;) )

    Edward and Elinor--yep. They're just awwwwwwwwwesome. And I really, really, REALLY love Marianne and Colonel Brandon in this movie, too. Especially Colonel Brandon. I know I've said this all before, but he is just soooooooooooooooooo sweet and patient. I can't even. And I love how quiet he is and sort of all "strong and silent." I know I sound like a ridiculous fangirl, but really, he IS and that's my favorite kind of hero. Ever.

    Oh, and I LOVED the seashells. I thought they were beautiful. I know there were a lot of shots of them, but I was like "YES KEEP SHOWING THEM TO ME THEY'RE AMAZING."

    (It's probably because we live six hours away from the nearest beach and so seashells and salt water basically spell "paradise on Earth" to my mind. Seriously. They're sooooooo awesome.)

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    1. I know you love it, Jessica! :-D Yes, you are quite crazy about that Colonel Brandon. :-P I love him much more than the Alan Rickman one, but I'm still not crazy about him as a person. (I guess 'strong and silent' heroes don't QUITE attract me. :-P) I really ship the Colonel and Marianne in this version, though - and I didn't in the other one. They ARE cute. :-)

      Well, I DID love the shells, there just were a taaaad many shots of them. But they are gorgeous.

      ~ Naomi

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    2. No, Naomi--I don't think a "strong silent" guy would suit you at all. You want somebody who's much more lively and jolly and teasing--whereas that would just overwhelm/irritate me :) And that's totally okay! Like Hamlette said the other day, if we all liked the same things the world would be VERY BORING. (Plus we'd all be fighting over the same guys, haha)

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    3. You're right. The 'silent' type would perhaps bore me a little - I want to be teased and have a long good laugh and be silly together. :-)

      No, you're right, thank goodness we're all different! :-) I mean, THANK GOODNESS. :-D

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    4. I like to be silly too . . . but . . . it's just different. I don't know how to explain it. I just tend to like more "quiet" humor, at least in guys--you know what I mean? I don't mind if they tease me JUST a little, but it has to be MY kind of teasing or I get really upset. So I like Colonel Brandon . . . I also love Captain America (Steve Rogers). I love him even better than Brandon sometimes. (Which, as you know, is saying quite a lot :) ) He has this sort of quiet, almost "gentle" sense of humor that makes me really, really happy.

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    5. Yes, I really do get what you mean. Like, Colonel Brandon has a sense of humour, but it's less obvious. (For example when he said, "There was a mistake on this line," or something like that, after Marianne played the piano.)

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    6. Yep :) And I like Mr. Darcy's sense of humor, too. He's also pretty quiet.

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  3. Oh! That gif is so sweet. Edward is such a good character. I really like how the 2008 movie portrays him and Elinor. I only wish that version was not so dark, and didn't have certain objectionable parts. I could have liked it a whole lot better that way. (I like Marianne best in the 1995 movie, too!)

    Well, it sounds like you're having a lovely December! Isn't it crazy how fast this year flew by? Christmas will be here before we know it!

    Thank you for this post. I enjoyed reading it. :)

    ~Miss March

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    1. I know, it's SO sweet! Yeah, I agree - we have always skipped the first scene. I have never considered this version so 'dark', actually - although the duel scene is kind of. I just heard that they expected the weather to be really sunny but that it ended being very rainy and windy during all the outside scenes!

      I know. TIME FLIES. It's not fair. :-)

      ~ Naomi

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  4. Oh--is Miss Grey's ball gown period-inaccurate, or something? I wouldn't know. I just remember liking the color :)

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    1. It's okay, her dress, but I think it looks more like a 2015 prom dress or something. :-P

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    2. Yeah, I looked it up and you're right :) I'd gotten it confused with another dress. It doesn't have SLEEVES. Not right, peoples.

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  5. I just read your guest post about Jane of Lantern Hill! I love that book! Dad and Jane are so sweet together. And yes, the ending! It's perfection. I wish they would make a movie of it. A GOOD movie. And spooky is definitely not the way to go. Where in the world does one get spooky from Jane of Lantern Hill? Nonsense! You are so right. It's a cozy book. I think that's about the best word to describe it. It's cozy and fun and beautiful. NOT spooky. :)

    Good post, Naomi. I need to read that book again.

    ~Miss March

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    1. Thank you for reading it, Miss March! I know, a cozy movie would be AMAZING. :-)

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  6. Hm.... Now you are really helping remind me to check out that version of Sense and Sensibility. I have seen the '95 version, but never the new one. Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Emma (2009) are my favorite Jane Austen adaptations.

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    1. I highly recommend it, Sarah!!! My two favourite Jane Austen adaptations are also P&P95 and Emma09! You have a very good taste. :-)

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  7. I have to say I clicked on this post because you said there was an Edward Ferrars gif. :P I LOVE Dan Stevens as Edward. It's the bestest. And I actually kind of like the Marianne in this one, although I do prefer Kate Winslet. And VERY TRUE about Miss Grey's dress, and the shells... didn't notice the strawberries though!

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    1. Haha, I added the "(and an Edward Ferras gif)" because of That Reason. It worked. :-) Marianne bothered me much less than my first watch, but Kate Winslet will always me my Marianne, I think.
      You didn't?!!!! About the strawberries. They're really dusty and it's WEIRD. :-P

      ~ Naomi

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    2. I didn't notice the strawberries either :)

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    3. Here's a (very bad) picture of it. It's the best I could find. https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7o6nKyp-pIs/hqdefault.jpg

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    4. I see now . . . :) Oh, well, you can't win 'em all, I suppose, if you're a film director :)

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  8. Thank goodness for Thomas Newman soundtracks! How would I survive my life without my soundtracks? I shudder to think. (By the way, what TN soundtracks are you listening to?)

    Maybe I should watch S&S again. All I can remember about it is that I really liked Elinor and Edward and really disliked everyone else. ;-)

    ~Emma

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    1. I know. Soundtracks make days SO much better. The Thomas Newman soundtracks I've listened to are 'Saving Mr Banks' and 'The Help.' (We watching the former very soon. SO excited. :-D)

      I loved loads of the characters too, in the re-watch. Marianne didn't bother me even! :-O Yes, I think you should rewatch it. :-)

      ~ Naomi

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  9. YES! S&S '08! IT IS MY FAVORITE MOVIE EVAH. (Not kidding.)

    Oh Naomi - that gif - it is Doing Things to me! Just . . . EDWARD. I wish I could re-watch the movie right now :)

    I agree. Schoolwork IS rather boring. Being homeschooled helps a lot though :)

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    1. It's doing things to ME tooo. :-) Aw, schoolwork. Well, at least we're homeschooled. :-)

      ~ Naomi

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  10. I totally agree about the Sense and Sensbility. I like the new version's Elinor and Edward (they were far too old in the older version), and the older version's Marianne and Willoughby. My sisters cannot get over Kate Winslet's wig though. I dislike both Colonel Brandons, the newer one the most (ugh); one for being too old (35 not 50 people!) and the other because he is slimy seeming.

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    1. Well, Hugh Grant wasn't too old, but I think Emma Thompson really was. I like the 2008 Colonel Brandon, actually, a lot! He still looks a bit too old, but at least not as old as Alan Rickman!

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  11. That Gif.. I'm blushing at my phone now.. :P

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  12. Ah yes, being homeschooled is so much more convenient, even if the workload isn't any more fun. And Thomas Newman! Yes!
    I admit I've never seen the 2008 version because of starting it and immediately turning it off, and then really liking the 1995 version. But perhaps I ought to check it out.

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    1. Yeah, the first scene isn't very welcoming! But skip that, and you're fine!

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