Lizzie Bennet Diaries (P&P challenge #3)

Do you ever find it difficult to consistently keep a journal, a blog, keep in touch with people you contact through fora and what more? I know I do. I have a wondrous collection of journals from when I was younger, containing fragments of my life. I could write every day for months and then forget about it for weeks. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t have the time or was too tired. Checking them, it is wonderful reading what I was concerned about back then. The earliest journal I kept started just after my birthday in 2003, when I turned 12. I wrote in a letter format, which I recall was inspired by the journals of Anne Frank. My journal therefore always had a name, which evolved as I befriended other people (I usually used a combined name of best friends). Today is the first time in years I have taken the journals out… I remembered so many things I’d forgotten, reading everything. I plan to start again!

Diaries are great ways to express yourself, and they are often used in novels. Sue Townsend for example has written an entire series about Adrian Mole using diary format. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Tom Riddle has contained his 16-year-old self in a diary, making it a key element of the book.

Diaries do not play a role in Pride and Prejudice, yet a wondrous modern adaptation of the book has been produced on YouTube called the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. If you liked P&P, you ought to watch it. There are 100 episodes of this video blog in total and it follows the essentials of the novel very well. There is the mother wanting the daughters to get married, the handsome Bing Lee who is new to town but suddenly leaves, leaving the caring Jane heartbroken. Haughty Darcy, the owner of Pemberly Digital gets off on the wrong foot with Lizzie and resents her friendship with Wickham (obviously). Lydia is even worse than she seems in the novel. Even Mary and Kitty, who are less important in the novel, play a role in the vlog (though Kitty is merely the kitten).

In my opinion, the series really adds to the novel, creating a depth of character that I miss in the original. The cast is great and portrays the characters really well. Apart from Darcy and Lizzie, who are quite well portrayed in the book, the other characters remain quite shallow. Well, that changes with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, definitely. In addition, this production doesn’t stick to merely Lizzie’s vlog. It has created additional video blogs for Lydia and Pemberly Digital for example, several twitter and facebook accounts and more, encouraging fans to interact with the characters. It is in short the best adaptation of Pride and Prejudice I have seen so far!

If you haven’t seen it yet, go and check it out, because you really can’t miss it! If you want to read some more first, check out the intro to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries at Austenprose.

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Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013

The Pride Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge (2013)With the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, it is a great time to read the book again, watch the movies, read spin-offs etc. in honour of this great novel! Austenprose hosts the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013, with the purpose of letting people discover P&P once again. 

I have committed myself to reading or watching 9 books/movies at least, so the Aficionada level. I don’t have a planning, nor do I know exactly what I will read yet. Here a selection of books/movies I know already I want to read or watch:

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice (1995) – BBC series (I have already seen this in January)
Pride and Prejudice (2005) – movie
Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Lost in Austen – BBC miniseries

 

In addition there will be at least 4 more books, but as I don’t know the possibilities yet, I will roam around to find these 4! If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

200 years Pride and Prejudice (P&P challenge #1)

Yesterday it was Pride and Prejudice’s 200th birthday. For a novel that perhaps didn’t inspire much thought when it was first published, it is now one of the most well-read Jane Austen novels and one of my personal favourites. Why? Because it is so easy to get into the head of Elizabeth Bennet and understand what she goes through, even though society has changed greatly since the novel was first written. I have reread the book for probably the 5th time and still fell in love with Darcy as Elizabeth did, and I still felt curious: will they get together in the end? Of course, I know, but the way the book is written makes me question is every time again.

ImagePride and Prejudice has inspired some great movies, the latest from 2005 with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Wonderful costumes, picturesque villages and mansions, traditional dances (which I LOVE) and naturally the wonderful story. Yet, it doesn’t tell the entire story. I found that I missed parts of the story. Especially Darcy’s side of the story barely is enlightened, though it is hinted at in the novel. Had I not known the story yet, the (very sudden) admiration for Elizabeth had come across quite odd. Within the short time frame I have to say that Matthew Macfadyen makes the most of it, though… A very handsome Mr Darcy indeed!

Recently I bought the 1995 BBC series, starring the brilliant Jennifer 

ImageEhle and Colin Firth. Though I very much liked the 2005 film edition, I absolutely LOVED the series and spent an entire day with simply watching Pride and Prejudice. It is so truthful to the story, telling every little bit, showing how Darcy feels, having the clothing and environment that perfectly fits with 200 years ago. Contrary to the movie, the colours in the series are quite plain, but as I noticed that, I realized that plain colours are way more natural!

One of my favourites at this moment is a modern adaptation of the story as a video blog on Youtube. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, short videos of 3 to 6 minutes, and they’re great! The additional characters get way more depth than in the original novel or the movies. You can view the first episode here. If you like it, there are currently 83 videos, and Lizzie is at Pemberley (yes, the story line is followed, but it is a very modern adaptation). According to some, this adaptation stays true to the novel best… Go check it out!

I’m definitely not the only one to love this classic, 200 year old novel. Many more people do. Some people have been inspired to write about Jane Austen’s world, others take a more feminist approach as a Modern Mrs Darcy (she has written very nice reviews of the different film editions as well!) and yet others simply love Pride and Prejudice, such as The Bennet Sisters and Austenprose.

 

 

 

Enjoy learning!

I haven’t posted for a while, I apologize for that. The reason was the beginning of a new year at the university, for which I still had to work out quite a few things in order to begin with my final year. So I’ve been working hard on that and I made it! Only one year to go and I’m done with school. I can barely imagine how life will be next year… I have always loved school, I like learning, and I was happy when school started again after the holidays. But this has been the last time I could look forward to classes starting after the summer holidays because, frankly, I won’t have summer holidays anymore!

I am determined to make the most of it, though 😉 Because I like learning, I will probably pick up some course to follow. And reading books is learning as well. Just like my mom, I like reading: I used to “borrow” my brother’s library card in order to take more books home! I have been awfully neglecting the nice folks at my library the past few years, busy as I was with college. But that will change.

Someone once said that where christians and muslims and jews are people of the book, witches are people of the library. You are never finished with learning, there are always more books to read. So I guess I know what to do. When I have finished school, I can go to the library more often again and make a beginning with those books. But I’ll never finish learning! That’s OK… I enjoy it 🙂

Feeling the chakras

English: Illustration of the main 7 Chakras, a...

English: Illustration of the main 7 Chakras, as taught by contemporary Reiki masters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Currently, I’m reading ‘Wheels of life‘ by Anodea Judith, a book about the chakra system. I had already once followed a chakra e-course, but I haven’t done anything with it. Well, I have done some of the exercises in the book!

For the first time ever I have experienced the forcefield from chakras. I was amazed! I ‘activated my hand chakras’ (which tingles, by the way) and when I moved my palms closer together, I came to a point where I could feel pressure. I could have easily moved my hands closer together, but the field was quite distinct!

Probably the book holds way more to practise with. At the very least there is an introductory meditation about each of the seven main chakras, so I will try to meditate on them.

If you have become curious and want to experience this energy force field produced by the chakras, here is the exercise I did:

Sit down comfortably and stretch out your arms, keeping the elbows stretched. Turn one palm upward. Open and close your hands 20 tot 25 times (keep your elbows stretched!). Turn both hands, so the other palm is facing up and repeat the procedure. This will open your handchakras.
To feel the energy you have to slowly bring your palms together, starting at approximately 60 cm and closing the gap. At a certain point you can feel a subtle ball of energy (I had about 10 to 15 cm between my hands then). Perhaps if you pay attention you can feel the rotation (I didn’t, but I’ll keep practising). The feeling will disappear after about a minute, but you can experience it again by repeating this exercise.

Exciting, huh! 😀