Monthly Archives: June 2012

Jane Austen’s movie marathon

As I stated before, my mother is staying with us for the summer (along with my father). And since she’s been very supportive of the project from the start she has suggested to stay with my kid one day a week. That way I’ll be able to work in another project I’ve been talking her about for what seems forever.

I’m resolved to do a Jane Austen Movie Marathon. I read all her novels when I was in college and I know I can’t read one in a single day, that’s why I’ll do a movie marathon. With the help of modern technology I’ll be able to visit my public library -or any other place for that matter- and watch the movie and if possible write on the spot my impressions. I know watching a movie is not the same as reading the book, but it’s the best next thing at the moment.

The following schedule places the movies according to the publication date of its inspiration novel:

  1. Sense and Sensibility, 1811 – The 1995 Columbia Pictures version starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Kate Winslet.
  2. Pride and Prejudice, 1813 – The 2005 Universal Pictures production featuring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
  3. Mansfield Park, 1814 – The 1999 BBC production starring Frances O’Connor and Jonny Lee Miller.
  4. Emma, 1815 – The 1996 Miramax film featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam.
  5. Northanger Abbey, 1817 – The 1987 ITV feature starring Katharine Schlesinger­­ and Peter Firth.
  6. Persuasion, 1817 – The BBC film featuring Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds.

I’m not sure if  I’ll have the time to watch two more movies, but if I do, I’ll also watch:

  • The Jane Austen Book Club, 2007 – An all-star cast film starring Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Hugh Dancy, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, and Jimmy Smits.
  • Becoming Jane, 2007 – A pseudo-biography featuring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy.

As a matter of convenience I’ll watch only feature films and not miniseries. I won’t post anything about my reading because I’ll be writing my opera prima‘ s draft that you’ll read as soon as I finish the marathon.

I’m looking forward to this summer movie adventure.

Jane Austen's Signature from her 1817 will.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Black and white vintage picture of seated a father with his two kids, a boy a and a girl.

Today my father called and said he was getting sick without so he’s moving in too. The first thing that struck my mind was that I was supposed to be the one calling him. Then I realized that he’s very attached to my mom and he wouldn’t wait for me to call. He’s been calling every single day since my mother arrived.

My dad is the kind of man who married his high school sweetheart and still is in love with her. He raised his kids in a very unconventional way but still made us realized how important family is. And he’s very lovable. He’s been gently chastising me for giving away too much personal information lately. That’s the kind of guy he is. Family is a sacred private circle for him.

I know my experience is not everybody else’s but I wanted to share how lucky I am to be my dad’s daughter. To him, to my husband and to all fathers out there: Happy Father’s Day!

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It all started with a room with a view

I too want a room with a view. E . M.  Forster’s A Room with a View is one of those novels I enjoy rereading again and again because it reminds me of why I became an English major. Forster’s ability to create characters still amazes me. It’s difficult not to fall in love with Lucy, George, Cecil, and even Eleanor or pretty much everybody else in this novel.

Lucy Honeychurch is clueless girl who almost made the biggest mistake of her life by marrying Cecil Vyse, a guy so snob that he couldn’t stand himself. Meanwhile she’s actually in love with handsome George Emerson, whose father is so open and straightforward that the snobbish society Lucy belongs to is mighty uncomfortable with the father and son pair. Luckily her fate turns and she’s able to realize the foolishness and emptiness of a life with Cecil, break up the engagement in one of the best scenes I’ve ever read. She tries to escape only to fall into George’s arms in the same room with a Florentine view they exchanged the first time they met.

I want to write like Forster. He has a very unpretentious style that I enjoy a lot, and a cunning way to create complex and interesting characters that I want to emulate

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