That's right, readers. Today, just in case you might be interested, is my sixteenth birthday. Yay! My Liesl years have started, I don't need a governess anymore, I'm in the second half of my teen years, I would be able to learn how to drive if I lived in America, and I can marry with my parents permission! Of course, I won't, haha. I'm happy to stay with all my fictional heroes for several years yet. :-P
So yes... Happy Birthday, myself!
Many people have birthday traditions. I definitely have. Here's a list of things I always do on my birthday:
~ I go up a year. Every birthday. I know, it's such a coincidence, right?
~ I wake up early. I can't help it, I always do.
~ I get clothes. For Christmas I get mainly books, and for my birthday I get mainly clothes. It's not a rule in our family, it's just how it always happens to be on my birthdays the last few years. I bought myself a whole new outfit several weeks ago, and now I'm enjoying them. I'm a bit of a fashion-geek. And yes, my new clothes do have some pink. And yes, also some sparkles. :-)
~ I watch Pride and Prejudice 1995!!! I've done this for four year already, and I'm going to do it every year. P&P on my birthday. It's tradition. And a very good one, too.
~ I get to spend the whole day not-doing-schoolwork. This is the best thing about being homeschooled! You can get a free day on your birthday! (And no, my siblings still have to do their work. I'm the only lucky one today. *evil grin*)
~ I have quiet birthdays. While I like people and I like talking with people, I do not like parties (unless they are family parties). So I never have birthday parties. I prefer doing it my way, quiet and just NICE. :-)
I intended to make a 'Period Drama birthdays' post - but all the birthdays I could think of were Bobby's one in 'The Railway Children' and Sara's one in 'The Little Princess'. And - heh - those two movies aren't exactly my favourite movies (I don't dislike them, they just aren't post-worthy) so I set off to think of something else.
So I decided to do something different... I'm going to have a look at all my fellow sixteen-year-olds (in the fictional Period Drama world.) Here goes!
The first that comes to mind, is, of course, Liesl von Trapp in the Sound of Music. We all know her, 'I'm sixteen years old and I don't need a governess' and her famous song, 'I am Sixteen going on Seventeen' (which I'm going to sing a lot this year because it's the only year I can sing it in without lying.) Liesl is a nice girl, dreamy, rather naïve, sweet and innocent. While I personally think sixteen is far to young to go out with boys, I really like Liesl.
Did you know that Charmian Carr, who acted Liesl, was not really sixteen, but twenty-one? Yes, you did. Everyone knows that 'did-you-know.'
Sweet Georgiana! She is sixteen too. The actress however, just like Charmian Carr, was twenty-one when she acted in P&P. Oh well, I suppose twenty-one-year-olds look like sixteen-year-olds. I hope that doesn't mean I look ten. :-P
We all know Georgiana got swept away by Mr Wickham, but we all forgive her for that because she's sorry for it and she's just a gorgeous, sweet, shy lovely girl. She's rather a lot like Liesl, I think - she has the naiveness, and she had a something with a boy that ended wrong. Of course, Georgiana is shyer. Did you know that in the book, Georgiana never talks? Not directly, anyway. I believe Jane Austen did that to emphasize how sweet and quiet she is. I think Emilia Fox did a charming job. I love Georgiana.
And her sister-brother relationship with Mr Darcy is so sweet. :-)
I read Gone with the Wind in five-and-a-half days. I love it to bits. I don't really know why, because all the nice characters die, and the majority of characters are annoying, including the main character. The famous Scarlett O'Hara. You know, there were times when I read the book when I thought, 'Oh, maybe she's not too bad, maybe I could like her.' But then something popped up and I perished the thought again. I do not like Scarlett, but, as Emma said in her review of GWTW, I like her just enough to care what happens to her.
Anyway, Scarlett is sixteen in the beginning of the book, and no, I will not follow any of her examples in my next year as a sixteen-year-old. No. way. Scarlett is not a role model and that's all there is to it. :-)
I know, Lydia is fifteen, but she's sixteen by the end so I thought I'd just pop her in - seeing as I'm in a Pride & Prejudice mood and all that. :-)
And no, Lydia, I shan't follow your example and marry at the age of sixteen.
I always seem to forget that Marianne is sixteen! But she is, so Jane Austen tells us. I like Marianne. She is perhaps a little too carried away in emotions, which I am not (only sometimes, and when I write), but despite that, I like her. Especially when portrayed by Kate Winslet, who did a marvellous job.
Gosh, I'm so glad times have changed with the marrying age. In the old days, marrying at sixteen was considered normal. I can't imagine marrying for some time yet. :-)
Jo March is fifteen in the beginning of the book, but I always think of her as sixteen during the majority of the book. Don't ask me why. :-) I like Jo, but I do not relate to her much, apart from the fact that we both love writing and that we have three sisters. I am not a tomboy at all, but still, I like Jo. She's a funny sweet kind of girl. I absolutely love Winona Ryder's performance as Jo. She was brilliant.
Meg is sixteen in the beginning of the book. In some ways I relate more to Meg than Jo, but in other ways I don't. I have Jo's creativity and lust-for-life, but I'm practical and responsible like Meg. And I have a fondness for fashion like Meg, too. :-)
Can you think of any other sixteen year olds?
What are some of your birthday traditions?