Monday, February 13, 2017

I ♥ Austen Week Tag!

Hi everyone! So Hamlette is hosting a week-long Jane Austen celebration over at her blog, Hamlette's Soliloquy, and to kick off this exciting blog event, she's created a tag here! Be sure to hop on over to her blog often this week for games, giveaways, and lots of fun Jane Austen-related posts.

So now without further ado, let's get into my answers!

1.) Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?

I remember watching the 90's adaptations of Sense and Sensibility and Emma, and I think P&P 2005, before I ever read any of Jane Austen's books. I was probably around ten or so at the time, and I really liked the movies, so after that I attempted to read Pride and Prejudice. Considering how young I was, though, I understood little of what I was reading, so I didn't finish! I think I was fourteen when I picked up Pride and Prejudice again, read through it, and just fell in love with the story. I'd say that's when my love for Jane Austen's works officially began. :)

2.) What is your favorite Austen book?

Of the four that I've read (I've still yet to read Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and her smaller works--'tis shameful of me, I know!), I'd have to say Pride and Prejudice. It's one of my all-time favorite books in general, actually! I like to re-read it each year during summertime.

My copy of P&P. ❤
3.) Favorite heroine? Why do you like her best?

I suppose I'll go with Elizabeth Bennet, because, well, she's just plain awesome! I love her wit and sense of humor, and how she isn't afraid to speak her mind and stand up for herself. (I mean, can we just talk about all of her clever comebacks during the scene where Lady Catherine comes and asks her whether or not she is engaged to Mr. Darcy?)
4.) Favorite hero? Why do you like him best?

Oh, this is such a tough question to answer! Hmm...I mean, I really like Mr. Knightley, because of how kind and good he is, and how he helps Emma grow. But I love Mr. Tilney, because he's such a sweet, funny, charming, kind, adorable hero. Since I have to choose, I think I'll go with Mr. Tilney. I mean, he understands muslin! <3

5.) Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Austen's work?

Yes, I do! It's the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice (I did a post all about why I love it so much here). The 2009 adaptation of Emma comes in very close second, though.
6.) Have your Austen tastes changed over the years?  (Did you start out liking one story best, but now like another better?  Did you think she was boring at first, then changed your mind?  Etc.)

Well, I never thought she was boring, but as I've gotten older, I can appreciate the stories she wrote much better. By no means do I consider myself an expert or anything, though! There are still quite a few of her novels that I need to read for the first time, and still others that I've been wanting to reread. Hopefully I can get around to that sometime soon!

7.) Do you have any cool Austen-themed things (mugs, t-shirts, etc)? (Feel free to share photos if you want.)

Let's see... I have two really cool Jane Austen t-shirts, a Jane Austen mug, a Pride and Prejudice tote bag and journal, a Jane Austen coloring book, a Jane Austen knitting book (which I hope to review on here sometime this week!), and a pair of socks that say, "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading."
I got this bag and journal from a company called Out of Print
This is one of my Jane Austen shirts, with a line from Mr. Darcy's first proposal on it! I love it. :)
8.) If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?

Maybe which novel she enjoyed writing the most? Or which out of her heroes and heroines is her favorite?

9.) Imagine someone is making a new film of any Jane Austen story you choose, and you get to cast the leads.  What story do you want filmed, and who would you choose to act in it?

I'm not sure! Of the film adaptations that I've seen, I can't think of any that I would want to have redone. 
10.) Share up to five favorite Jane Austen quotations!

"Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort." - Emma

"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." - Pride and Prejudice 

"Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again." - Northanger Abbey

"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun." - Pride and Prejudice


  1. Mr. Tilney for the win!!! :P And *swoon* is so right. I mean, I know it's "just the actor", but I've seen him when he's not Mr. Tilney, and then, well, he's not Mr. Tilney! IDK if that makes any sense, but anyway. You are right. :)
    PS I love all your Austen gear!

    1. I totally know what you mean! It's not necessarily the actor, but just the way he brought Mr Tilney's character to life.
      Thanks, Abby! :D

  2. 3. Ok, yes, Elizabeth's wit is at it's peak when she receives a visit from that insufferable Lady Catherine de Bourg!

    7. Still obsessing over the coincidence of both of us having the same t-shirt ;)

    9. I have often wondered myself who her favorite of her heroes was. I suppose we all assume it was Darcy, but was it? Guess we'll never know:)

    1. 3.) Right? I don't how she could come up with her responses so quickly; I'm sure I couldn't!

      7.) I know, I just think that's so cool! :)

      9.) Wouldn't it be so interesting to know? Yes, Mr Darcy is probably the best guess. :)

  3. And, by the way, I love your new look! Lovely!

  4. Oh, my goodness! Your shirt! Your copy of Pride and Prejudice! Mr.Tilney! Yes, LOVED this post girl! Sorry for all the exlamations in advance!

    Found your blog through a fellow blogger and so glad I did! Hope you don't mind me following!

    1. Aww thank you so much, Morgan! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :)

      And no, not at all! I'm happy to have you follow along. :)

  5. Oh, Molly...lovely answers to Hamlette's questions! What fun this tag has been...oh, how I love Austen! {{smiles}}
    Always a joy ''visiting'' with you!

    1. Aww, thank you as always, Kelly-Anne! :)

  6. Wonderful. I liked and enjoyed too much. :D and after to read the 7 question, I think you don’t have anything about Jane Austen… Nope. Nothing… hahaha I’m Joking. I love making tags and more when is about Jane Austen. I’m going to collect this one.

    1. Thanks Miss Josephine, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
      Haha, I know, as I was listing everything out, I was like, "How did I end up with so much Jane Austen stuff?" ;)

  7. Love this!!! I agree with most of your answers. :) I loved reading this!
    (I really don't have time to comment on posts properly like I wish to. I have so much more to say about this but I guess those first sentences sum it up!)

    1. Thanks, Rae! Glad you enjoyed it. :)
      Oh I can totally relate; I've been busy lately, too, so it's hard to find much time for blogging!
      Thanks for your comment! :)

  8. Love your answers!!!

    Haven't seen Pride and Prejudice 1995 yet, but I want to. I just can't find it anywhere. Have looked on youtube, couldn't find it. :(

    Love your Jane Austen shirt!!!

    1. Thank you, Rachel!
      The only place I've found P&P 1995 online is on Amazon. If you have Amazon Prime, then you can watch it on there for free. :)
      Thanks!! :)

  9. We have a favorite line in common! Sweet!

    I kind of want those socks now :-o

    Thanks for joining the party!

    1. Oh awesome! :)

      Haha, they are really cool! I got them for Christmas, but here's the link if you want to check them out:

      Oh you're welcome, it was so much fun! Thank you for making such a lovely tag! :)

    2. Thanks for the link! Those might just have to go on my wish list!

  10. 3. Yeeees! Let's talk about that conversation between Lizzy and Lady Catherine!! That has got to be one of THE most satisfying conversations ever! I love all of Lizzy's quick rejoinders. It's just perfect!! <3

    4. Oh, I know! It really is SO hard to choose a favorite. I love Henry Tilney, too. He's such a dear. And so much fun! :D

    8. Eeek! Yes. It would be so cool to know the answers to those questions. :)

    Great answers, Molly! And great choice of pictures, too!

    1. YES, satisfying is the perfect for that conversation! I love that scene. :)
      Thank you so much, Miss March! :D

  11. I kind of love how Jane Austen products accumulate... Suddenly you start listing and there are almost too many to post! I would probably find myself in the same position if I were to look about my belongings. xD I love fun socks, but I don't have a Jane Austen pair! Those must be neat. :)

    1. Hehe, I know, right? I truly was surprised by how many Austen-themed things I had! ;) And yes, the Jane Austen socks are super neat! I got them for Christmas and I've worn them a gazillion times since then. :)
      Thanks for your comment, Skyeler!


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