Monday, November 30, 2015

Lucy Maud Montgomery Tag Answers

Today marks Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthday in 1874 and this week is LMM Week over on Coffee, Classics and Craziness. :) Here’re my answers to her great tag questions!

~ How did you first discover LMM’s books?
My first memory was watching Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea (we owned VHS copies as far back as I can remember, now replaced with dvd's :)).

We likewise owned a fair sized collection of her books and I think I was about eight or nine when I started reading them.

~ What’s your favorite LMM book? 
The Blue Castle. Emphatically. :D I love it to bits and it places among my Top Ten Favorite Stories of All Time.

~ What’s your least favorite LMM book?
Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside. (Dear me... that was three.)


~ Who is your favorite character in all of LMM’s works?
Barney in The Blue Castle.

~ What couple is your favorite?
Valancy and Barney Snaith.

I know... my answers here are heavily slanted, so don’t get me wrong. I’ve read a LOT of Lucy Maud including pretty much all her short stories, which include some of my very favorite couples -- TBC just tops the list in (almost) all categories. ;)

~ What is your favorite quote from LMM (either a quote from one of her books, or from her personal life)?
From Anne of Green Gables: “There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting.”

~ How many LMM books have you read?
In their entirety and multiple times, the first five Anne books, Kilmeny of the Orchard, The Blue Castle, A Tangled Web, and all her short stories (in the six volumes on Gutenberg and various other anthologies: i.e. Along the Shore, Chronicles of Avonlea, Further Chronicles, At the Altar, etc). So fourteen plus!

~Which LMM book would you most like to see made into a movie?
One of her short stories, The Wooing of Bessy, would be neat as a full length film. Note: I would say The Blue Castle, but TBC almost goes too deep for that. It’s one of those few books where I really don’t think it could possibly be better than my imagination. :) (Though, of course, if someone could do it exactly right, in every minutest detail, according to my specifications... it’s always a glittering possibility. ;))

~ Have you found a kindred spirit?
My experience on that score over the years has been much like Anne’s… from thinking they were scarce to being most richly blessed. :) Each one is truly such a dear and precious friend!

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Thank you Eva, this was lots of fun! And everyone, you can visit Eva’s kick-off post here to join in the party. :) I'd love to see your answers!

Tell me! What’s your favorite Montgomery?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving & New Blog Look! :)

(Yes, I'm getting extremely excited for Christmas.
Can you tell? ;))

Hello again, all you dear and wonderful peoples! We just got back from our great western jaunt yesterday and I'm spilling over with all the longing and glory and satisfaction of pine trees and mountain heights and wide spaces. I'm so glad we live on the edge of the west.

We were blessed with great traveling mercies, along with lots of delightful sights and adventures and lovely time with friends and family. I'm so thankful we were able to go; and I took about 2800 (and some few odd) pictures, so I hope to share some with all of you when I can.

And what do you think of my new blog design? I did it at one of our hotel stops and I'm still rubbing my hands about it.

Also, I have a big party idea coming up before too long, which I'm bubbling to share with all of you. I still have some details to iron out, so I haven't quite nailed down the date, but it's coming soon. VERY soon. (And it's super exciting, involving sparkles and swirling blue and sterling character qualities and different book and film comparisons. ;))

Now I'm off to plan some pies and finish consulting on our menu for tomorrow. :)

A Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

Tell me! What are you planning for Thanksgiving? And what do you think of the new blog design and a party?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

My 3 Favorite Austen Films

I finished my bridesmaid dress(!) and have time for a little more Austen loveliness for Naomi’s splendiferous party. :) As evidenced by the title, this one is highlighting my three top favorite Austen films. (And btw, just LOOK at how beautifully these three pictures go together. I can’t stop smiling about it!! ;))

My three favorites are…

~ Emma ’09 ~

Reviewed here

~ P&P ’95 ~

(And I have no idea why I haven’t reviewed this one yet. Actually, I do know why and I would like to get to it eventually. In the meantime you can read my sister’s excellent review here if you like. ;))

Persuasion ‘07 ~

 Reviewed here

Gold, mint green, and the gray blue of the sea.... gorgeous, beautiful, romantic and realistic.... emotionally and mentally refreshing.... these three always leave me fully satisfied -- spinning with happiness!

Tell me! What are your three favorite JA films?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Jane Austen Party Tag

It’s Jane Austen Week over on Naomi’s beautiful blog Wonderland Creek and oh, are her tag questions ever fun! Here we go…

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much of a Jane Austen fan do you consider yourself? ~10. Most emphatically.

2. If "they" would make a new Jane Austen Movie, and you would be able to be cast in it, which Jane Austen character would you most like to play? ~ Anne Elliot (in part because I’d so much like to be her ;)), but of all the heroines I’d probably be quite the best at Elinor.

3. Is there any felicity in the world superior to a walk? ~ Writing!!! ;D (But this question is making me think pleasantly of enjoying the crisp fall air. :) Oh, and of course, unless we're talking about hiking out west or something. ;))

4. Who's your favourite Jane Austen 'villain'? (As in 'villain' meaning 'the bad guy.') ~ Frank Churchill, by quite a lot.

5. What/Who introduced you to Jane Austen? ~ My very first introduction was when I was around seven or eight and my mother was checking out all the available films from the library. Such fun! It was a vivid introduction.

6. Did you love/enjoy Jane Austen immediately, or has there been a time when you hated (um, prejudged) it? ~ Starting with the films, besides the ’95 S&S (which we owned on videotape) after that initial period we didn’t really rewatch any of them for a number of years, hence I don’t think I had a super clear idea of what they were, but after I read P&P and S&S for the first time myself when I was twelve… well, the rest was promptly history. Now, while certain other films top my absolute favorites list, quite a few of hers still land securely among my top 10. As for the books… see my answer to question #8.

7. Who, in your opinion, is the funniest Jane Austen character? ~ Mr. Collins. :)

8. Do you quote Jane Austen randomly in public? ~ No, but particularly as I’ve gotten older I’m floored by how many times different lines have popped into my head when I’m people watching observing a situation. Or when I’m going through the nitty gritty details of personally working through life. Her perception and commentary on the constants of life remain true as gold through changing fashions and periods. She’s amazing. And on the writing side I’ve learned so much from her!

9. Are children allowed to eat cake at weddings? ~ Yes, indeed, and ice cream, too, if it's served.

10. What is your reaction when you hear that an acquaintance (e.g. A lady at Church) of yours loves Jane Austen? ~ Pleased surprise.

11. Who writes better letters, Mr Darcy or Captain Wentworth? (If you forgot what the letters were, shame on you, instead tell me if you prefer Strawberries to Chocolate or not.) ~ CW! ;D (And no, I’m not biased... I’m NOT. P&P is one of my favorite stories. :))

12. Which Jane Austen heroine do you relate the least to? ~ I like her, but I find it hard to relate to Catherine Morland.

13. What's your favourite Jane Austen house (from one of the movies)? ~ I love some of the mansions, etc. but as a house to live in (and speaking absolutely, utterly, and entirely aside from anything to do with the different proprietors ;)), I think the Collins’ house in the ’95 P&P would be quite comfortable -- shelves, stairs, rooms, garden, and gravel sweep complete.

14. What's your favourite Jane Austen dress (from one of the movies)? ~ *Gasps in horror…* Oh NAOMI, how could you?!? What a question!!! :P Okay, I’ll go with the first favorite that springs to mind:

THIS ONE. (But mind you, it’s just a sample.)

15. Can you turn off lit candles with your fingers? ~ I just lit a candle and tried with… success! So yes, I can. :)

Thank you, Naomi! These were great questions and lots of fun. And everyone, be sure to check out Naomi’s blog here for more party festivities!

Tell me! Do we have any answers in common?

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