I saw this tag at RiverMoose Reads, and I thought it was just so much fun. I don’t think it’s a secret how much I just loooooovvvveee Pride and Prejudice. In light of my current read, Eligible, and P & P modern re-telling, I thought this seemed like an appropriate tag for me to do this weekend. 🙂
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While Mr. Bennet silently reads in the study, and Mrs. Bennet’s tales of woe can be heard from miles away, you spend a lovely afternoon in the garden with your dramatic and doting sisters. What is a favourite novel of yours that features a strong sibling relationship?
Other than the obvious choice of Jane and Elizabeth?
I love Little Women. The Marches have such an interesting and unique family dynamic. I love how even though all of the sisters are different, they celebrate each other for their individuality, and that’s what makes them stronger and able to make it through the hard times. And while, yes, there are some sisterly spats, jealousy, and growing pains, the Marches really love each other. Such a special book.
You and Mary have decided to walk to the bookshop in Meryton to search for the newest releases. Which book or books are you likely to purchase?
When I’m at the bookstore I’m either looking for something specific and head straight for it with blinders on, or I just pick up whatever catches my eye. So let’s assume I’m on a mission. The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond would definitely be on my list, because I think it’s a book my husband and I would both enjoy, and now that he’s reading more I would like to try reading something together again.
Netherfield Park has been let at last, and the owner, a Mr. Charles Bingley, hosts a magnificent ball at his new estate. What fictional ball gown would you wear?
Um … ALL OF THEM?
It is the Christmas Ball and Maria has asked you to join her at the piano. What music or song would you choose as an accompaniment to your current book?
As I said, I’m reading Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. It’s definitely super modern, and a little pretentious. I feel like I’m not enough of a hipster to properly pick a good song for this book. But my instincts are telling me Maroon 5. I don’t know, there’s just something about people who still like them that makes them think they’re better than everyone else. (Sorry if you still like them!)
You’re helping Jane to take care of her younger cousins whilst staying with the Gardiners. Which fictional children would you include in your own family?
The Baudelaire orphans really need a good home! I WILL BE THAT HOME FOR YOU BAUDELAIRES!!! I promise that I will believe you about every Count Olaf sighting and keep you safe. I will love you and do my very best to encourage your passions for inventing, reading, and biting things! I know I might not be the closest living relative (or even a relative at all…) but I am willing and eager to get to know you.
It’s a sombre evening at Hunsford Parsonage, and after dinner, Mr. Collins stands by the fireplace and quotes from the Good Book, while the party tries not to yawn too obviously. What is a memorable quote from a novel that has always stuck with you?
My favorite quote has always been from Aragorn’s poem in The Lord of the Rings. “Not all those who wander are lost.”
That’s always really resonated with me, because I have been a bit of a wanderer. I’ve struggled to find my place, my niche, and I’ve changed directions several times. It’s so comforting to know that searching doesn’t always mean I’m lost. As long as I keep my purpose I can’t really be lost. Because God is watching over me and guiding my footsteps, even when I have no idea where I’m going.
…You’ve been invited to dine at Rosings Park by none other than the infamous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but the evening ends in disaster as the pompous Lady insults you and your family. Who’s your favourite fictional villain?
The villain I most love to hate is Umbridge. Seriously, that woman is worse than Voldemort. But, I don’t know, something about her keeps me from actual fire-in-my-eyes hatred the way I feel about, say, Bellatrix Lestrange. Instead, like I said, it’s more of a love to hate.
As Lydia has gone down to Brighton with the Forsters, and Elizabeth is off on her jaunt to Derbyshire with the Gardiners, you also want to go away for a quick break. Which fictional location would be your perfect holiday destination?
I would love to travel anywhere. Any holiday destination is my perfect holiday destination. But I LOVE to visit Le Cirque des Reves. My goodness, what a magical and mysterious place! I adored The Night Circus, it was a beautiful book, but I think the most captivating thing for me was how Erin Morgenstern created a place I wish was real in a way no one has since Jo Rowling. I would love to stay up all night exploring the tents, watching the shows, and enjoying the atmosphere.
You’re running to the fine horse chestnut tree on the green to relive some of your favourite childhood reading memories. What is one that you remember most fondly?
So many! I’ve mentioned before that I was a huge Animorphs fangirl. Then, obviously, Harry Potter. And of course what girl didn’t love Ramona Quimby and all of Beverly Cleary’s books? And Little House on the Prairie, I was obsessed with the entire series!
But today I’m feeling the most nostalgic for Bunnicula. That book was just laugh-out-loud funny, and I read the whole series over and over again. But I think the reason why I remember it so fondly was that my mom and my brother read them too. I even remember reading them out loud together. My mom worked and was in college, so there aren’t a lot of things I remember doing with her. And my brother and I fought ALL THE TIME (seriously, more than normal sibling rivalry stuff), so anything we agreed about is special to me. I can’t wait to read this book with my son!
You’re on a tour at Pemberley and you come across Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy emerging from the pond, scandalously clad in only his wet underdrawers and shirt. You can’t help but swoon at the sight. Aside from Mr. Darcy, who is your favourite romantic interest?
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m rather partial to Sir Percy from The Scarlet Pimpernel. Talk about a guy who is hopelessly romantic! I know I’ve said it a million times, but I can’t say it enough: If you haven’t read The Scarlet Pimpernel then DO IT! It’s such a great book!
I’m tagging anyone who loves Pride and Prejudice.
What’s your favorite version/re-telling of P & P? Let me know in the comments!