One of my all time favorite is Pride and Prejudice
I enjoy reading and watching the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. It is a romance where in the end, I am exstatic that they end up with each other. I just love a good, clean love story.
This last week, as I have been down, I always turn to an Austen movie to lighten my mood and whisk me away to a different world. I checked out the movie "Persuasion" by Jane Austen, that was done by PBS Master Piece Theatre in 2007.
Can I just say, I have a new favorite Jane Austen movie!!!
The story of Persuasion is about Anne Elliot who meets the love of her life at 19. They become engaged and her family persuades her to call off the marriage because Wentworth had no money or rank. Wentworth leaves heart broken and joins the Navy. 8 years later, Anne is still not married and finds out that Wentworth is coming back. Now a Captain of the Navy with rank and fortune. He is now quite the bachelor that every girl has their eye on, and Anne watches as they all try to court him to earn his hand in marriage. She still loves him and regrets the decision she made 8 years earlier.
OH!! I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this story. It hits home in many ways. At first I was not impressed with the demeanor of Miss Elliot, but the more I think of her characteristics, well the characteristics of any of Austen's leading ladies, the more I love Jane Austen's work and her portrayal of women. That will be another post that deserves to be written just about Austen's leading women.
So, I guess I can say now that I am not as big of a fan for Mr. Darcy anymore.
A few things have contributed to this.
1. Collin Firth creeps me out as Mr. Darcy
2. Mathew Macfayden who plays Mr Darcy that I like was tainted for me when I watched the first 10 minutes of BBC's "The Way We Live Now". He plays Felix Carbury who is a gambling, drunk, woman user and it tainted me.
If you want to see, watch it here.
If you have a free moment, watch "Persuasion" by Jane Austen. I can say that I am a huge fan!
I leave you with Captain Wentworth's letter to Anne:
"I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never."
- Jane Austen, Persuasion