Monday, May 23, 2011

30 Days of Books - Day 20

Howdy y'all! I know I've been mysteriously absent for a while. I was in Melbourne for Little Miss A's 6th birthday, which also included a babysitting stint, making chocolate and orange truffles, and getting the world's most annoying song stuck in my head - Little Miss A's lyrics to The Chicken Dance ("I don't want to be a chicken, I don't want to be a duck, so I wag my butt" *clap clap clap clap*). Oh, and I saw the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. To whoever cast Missionary McHotty, thank you. Really. 
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Also, I noticed that there were a couple of historians listed in the credits. If anyone hears of a job going as a consulting historian to a movie set, let me know?? I can TOTALLY become an expert in whatever overnight. Kthnxbai! 

Day 20 - Your favourite romance book

Okay, seriously? They pick out ONE genre to specify your favourite book in, and it's ROMANCE? I'm not really a fan of chick lit and whatnot, so I was tempted to change this to sci-fi. But then I remembered this:
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Persuasion by Jane Austen. I went to see the Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds movie version for my 13th birthday, and I still adore it. (The 2007 mini-series starring Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins is ridiculously inferior.) Back in first year English at uni, I studied Persuasion and realised just how awesome it really is. In terms of Austen books, it's always a distant fourth behind Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma. But I prefer it to all of them (yes, I prefer it to P&P. So shoot me...) Anne Elliot is the underdog, the forgotten sister who, at the grand old age of 28, is on the shelf and taken advantage of by her family. It's only when the man she loved eight years earlier comes back into her life that she starts to come out of her shell. (Huh. I should get a job writing book blurbs...)

The real romance comes when Captain Wentworth overhears Anne discussing with Captain Harville whether men or women are more constant to an absent love. Unable to speak to her directly, Wentworth writes her this note: 
"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. I offer myself to you with a heart even more your own, than when you almost broke it eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone I think and plan. - Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? - I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice, when they would be lost on others. - Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating in
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I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening, or never."

Obviously after Anne reads the letter, she rushes off after Captain Wentworth and they live happily ever after. So, gentlemen, let this be a lesson to you: never underestimate the power of a well-written letter. It can be enough to make even a cynic like me weak at the knees! ;)

K xx

Day 01 - The best book you read last year
Day 02 - A book you've read more than 3 times
Day 03 - Your favourite series
Day 04 - Your favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 - A book that makes you happy
Day 06 - A book that makes you sad
Day 07 - Most underrated book
Day 08 - Most overrated book
Day 09 - A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 10 - Favourite classic book
Day 11 - A book you hated
Day 12 - A book you used to love but don't any more
Day 13 - Your favourite writer
Day 14 - Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 - Favourite male character
Day 16 - Favourite female character
Day 17 - Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 - A book that disappointed you
Day 19 - Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 - Favourite romance book
Day 21 - Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 - Favourite book you own
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't
Day 24 - A book you wish more people would've read
Day 25 - A character you can relate to the most
Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 - Favourite title
Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 - Your favourite book of all time

5 comments:

  1. P&P used to be my most favourite book ever UNTIL I read Persuasion. I love the Pride & Prejudice characters, but I can definitely see myself in Anne. I think because the book seems a lot more internal, analysing sentences and glances etc. I don't read it often though because once I do I don't do anything else (including sleep) until it's finished!

    Short version of comment: good choice :P

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  2. P.s. Never knew there were movies of it! Though it seems the Lake House is loosely based on it sort of (not usually one for those type of movies EXCEPT when they contain Keanu Reeves!)

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  3. Oh I love Persuasion, granted i love all of Austen's books. But its nice to know you can still find love at the grand old age of 28.

    Also i want one of those historian jobs, hopefully one with like Henry Cavill and Orlando Bloom in the cast!

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  4. I'm not really a romance reader either - but I think you can redefine books as being romantic without them being chick-lit. Therefore, I choose Jane Eyre. (also, because I love it)

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  5. Lozzz123 - the movie version is great! And far more authentic in terms of lighting and general grot than any of the BBC adaptations. The second Bridget Jones BOOK is based on Persuasion. The movie is based on a pile of shit.

    Coyote Rose - it is indeed!! There's hope for me yet... Perhaps we should found a company doing historical research for movies? With a caveat that there be hot men in the cast, obviously! ;)

    Kat - Yeah, Jane Eyre is up there too. But considering I already chose that for two days, it seemed like cheating!

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