This question thingy has been super-fun! Without ado (I haven't really ado'ed at all yet, so I can't say "without further ado"), here are the answers you've been waiting on tenterhooks for. (Oh, and I have a question for you: what are tenterhooks?)
Outside of period drama, what are some of your loves?
Reading, writing, cooking/baking/cake decorating and bike riding are some of my favorite things to do. And talking with friends is another favorite. Singing with my siblings, also. Loudly. :D
Top 5 favorite blogs?
(I'm not including my sister's blog on here because y'all know I love that one, and so that gives me an excuse to technically list six instead of five, since I just mentioned her blog. :D)
Miss Georgiana Darcy
Of Trims and Frills and Furbelows
The Inkpen Authoress
(and there are tons and tons of other blogs that I absolutely love-- I just couldn't fit them all in a list of five!)
What are you currently reading?
I'm on the last chapter of David Copperfield, but it's been kinda on hold for the past month or so, so I really couldn't say I'm "currently reading" it. So what I'm currently enjoying would be Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence series. And I read my first Hercule Poirot novel this week and loved it. I'm also currently dabbling in Northanger Abbey. Sigh of pure happiness...
What movies have you yet to see, but wish to?
The Young Victoria, Sense and Sensibility 08, Night at the Museum, North and South and Cars. (Yes, I happen to like Pixar movies. Your point?) Oh, and of course Les Miserables 2012.
Have you ever been to a period drama ball, or some other gala affair that requires dressing up?
Ha, ha. I wish! Nope, sorry, never have.
Rose M. asked...
Was there anything/anyone in particular that inspired you to blog?
Writing is my passion, so that was a given, and I really liked the idea of connecting with a community of like-minded people who enjoyed the same kinds of things that I enjoy. And it just kinda... went from there.
What's your favorite thing to blog about?
Characters in books and movies. I love studying people, and have been known to go into long-winded discourses about why I love or hate or have no sympathy for such-and-such character in such-and-such book/movie.
Where do you wish you lived?
I would love to live in a lighthouse on Prince Edward Island. Pipe dream there. Or else... the English countryside. Yes.
In writing stories, what is the hardest part for you (introducing characters, etc.)?
Plot, definitely. I have the most tremendous fun creating characters and writing dialogue for said characters, but when it comes to actually moving the story along... "it's a total mystery to me." (Edmund Sparkler)
What do you say about the common advice about writing about what you know very well (the time you live in, where you live, etc.)?
Well, in actual fact, I'll be addressing this very topic quite soon at my brand-new writing blog, The Quest for Stories. So why don't you all hop over there and start following (not like that's a hint or anything) so that you'll know right away when I write a post on that subject?
Have you read Jane Eyre? Seen any movie versions? Read anything else by the Brontes?
I have indeed read Jane Eyre, and it's one of my favorite classic novels. I haven't seen any movie versions yet, but I'd like to see the 2011 adaptation with Mia Ican'tspellherlastname and Michael Fassbender. I've also read Wuthering Heights, which I despised (do not speak to me of that dreadful Heathcliff at this time) and I started Agnes Grey, but got bored with it. I would like to read Villette at some point, though.
Why Miss Dashwood and not Miss Woodhouse or Bennet?
Because I identify more with Elinor Dashwood than any other Austen heroine, even Elizabeth Bennet (though I love Lizzy) and also because I wanted a username that wasn't already taken. From the limited perusing I'd done of other period drama related blogs before I started my own, I knew that there were already a couple of Elizabeth Bennets and at least one Elinor Dashwood out there, so I decided to become the ambiguous Miss Dashwood. Originally I had intended the name to apply to either Elinor or Marianne, but it didn't take me long to decide that I was Elinor after all.
Elinor Dashwood or Anne Elliot?
Elinor Dashwood, definitely.
"Favorite" villain? (yes, you're getting some of Miss Georgiana's questions -- I'm curious!)
I have a real soft spot for Frank Churchill of Emma, despite his bad qualities. And Inspector Javert from Les Miserables would probably have to be my very favorite-est villain ever.
Favorite period drama actors (up to three)?
Alun Armstrong, Romola Garai and Anthony Andrews.
Some favorite not Jane Austen books?
Wives and Daughters, Jane Eyre, Little Dorrit, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Not My Will, The Hiding Place, Two Are Better Than One, The Scarlet Pimpernel, El Dorado, The Elusive Pimpernel, Johnny Tremain, The Star of Kazan, The Penderwicks, The Secret Adversary, At Home in Mitford, North and South, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Eight Cousins, The Secret Garden... shall I go on? :D
Anne Shirley or Emma Woodhouse?
Anne Shirley. Without a doubt. Sorry, Emmer.
Somersaulting Through Life asked...
Which is your least favourite period drama adaptation ever?
I didn't care for Mansfield Park (1983), but I don't think there are any period dramas out there that I really truly dislike. This is probably because I pick and choose my movies super-carefully, and don't like to watch anything unless I'm positive I'll like it! Persuasion (2007) was a real disappointment, too, but I don't know if I'd classify it as least favorite ever.
Are there any film/tv adaptations out there which you found more enjoyable than the original book? (likely to spark off a bit of controversy!)
Little Dorrit is better than the book. And The Scarlet Pimpernel is better than the original book (the first one), simply because it combines elements of the two best books in the series. :D And I would say that I enjoyed watching Emma (2009) more than I enjoyed reading the book, but I'm feeling the need to read the book again, so my opinion may change drastically in that respect.
Maria Elisabeth asked...
What are your opinions on poetry?
I'm really not much of a one for poetry. There are some poems I like-- I was on a big poetry-memorizing kick in sixth and seventh grade, so classics like The Spider and the Fly, Barbara Frietchie and The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere will always be close to my heart, but I'm not a romantic poetry gal. Except for the classic Sonnet 116, of course. "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds..." And The Highwayman. "And he lay... in his blood on the highway... with a bunch of lace... at his throat."
Do you start your stories with knowing the plot pretty well, or do you find it out as you write?
Well, it depends... but I usually find it out as I write. I generally begin with a premise and a few characters, and it goes from there... or doesn't go. Depending. ;) I'm horrible at plots. I'm working on that.
What's your least favorite school subject?
Science. Without a doubt. Literature and history fascinate me, but science and math are not my strong points. (Math isn't always as bad as science, though. But of course once you get into chemistry, it's both combined. Which is not fun.)
What's your candid opinion of Edmund Bertram?
He's boring, doesn't deserve Fanny and isn't really worthy of being an Austen hero.
Well, you did ask for my candid opinion.
(Oh boy, am I ever in for it now.)
Do you quote as much in real life as you do on your blog?
Heehee. Well, you see, in our house we have a rule about not quoting movies at the table. This is because dinner conversations would consist of nothing BUT movie quotes otherwise. But the rule isn't very strictly enforced (except when someone remembers and virtuously reminds the others) so we quote... a lot. But hey, don't worry about it-- because now I know about Buzz's Spanish mode!
Would you rather marry Mr. Darcy or Mr. Tilney?
I think Henry Tilney and I would get along better than Mr. Darcy and I would... so I'll go with Mr. Tilney. Besides, I shouldn't like to be mistress of Pemberley. It's too big.
(I notice Mr. Knightley never even entered the question, but I guess that's because Melody already knows my opinion of him.)
If you had to write a sequel to a Jane Austen novel, which one would you choose?
Sense and Sensibility, I think. Or Northanger Abbey.
Who do you consider yourself more like: Elinor Dashwood or Anne Shirley?
I'm probably more like Elinor-- I identify with Anne, but not as much as my sister does.
Will you be good enough to list the Jane Austen heroines from favorite to not-so-favorite? (Because really, none of them can be called "least favorite," right?)
(Well, I have a really hard time deciding between Lizzy and Elinor for the top spot, so I'll just put them there together.)
- Elizabeth Bennet and Elinor Dashwood
- Emma Woodhouse
- Marianne Dashwood
- Catherine Morland
- Fanny Price
- Anne Elliot
Are there any particular phrases you come across in books that you find just plain irksome?
I hate it when an author talks about a hero's strong arms. I don't know why, but this just annoys me to no end. If you must mention his arms, fine, but do you need to keep reminding us how strong they are? Does it really matter? It does not, unless he's actually in the act of wrestling a bear. Someday I'm going to write a book with a hero who can't lift a toothpick. And wrestles bears anyway. Just to be different.
What colour is your bedroom?
Pale pink, a shade that the paint store calls Fragrant Rose.
How tall are you?
Five feet, six inches. If I stand up absolutely straight and breathe deeply.
What is your favourite chore? (or the one you dislike the least, anyway!)
I really enjoy vacuuming. It's fun and it's a good opportunity to sing at the top of my lungs without anyone pounding on the wall in the next room because they can't hear themselves think. And the roar of the vacuum masks any squeakiness in the end cadenza of Think of Me. :D
Do you have a favourite artist? If so, who is it?
I'm not much for art, but I really enjoy Norman Rockwell's paintings because they always seem to tell a story. This one, this one and this one (I can identify with that experience) are some of my favorites. I have this one hanging in my bedroom.
Which invention from the last 100 years do you think is the most brilliant?
The Internet's pretty amazing. :D
How many siblings do you have?
Four--three sisters and one brother, all younger than I. They are not all shorter than I, however. 'Nuff said.
Have you ever actually finished anything you've written (e.g. short stories, novels, etc)?
I've finished several short stories and a medium-length nonfiction book, but as yet I have never finished a novel.
Are you homeschooled?
I am indeed, and have been since I can remember. I'm finishing eleventh grade right now, and I wouldn't trade the experience of being homeschooled for anything.
Eowyn and Lydia both asked...
Where do you live (in the US or someplace else)?
I live in the eastern United States, but I'm not going to get any more detailed than that for security reasons. :D
Charity and Eowyn both asked...
Any favorite not-period-drama movies? Unheard of question, I know...
Well, I really love musicals, but I'm not sure if they apply in this case, as I think you might have been referring to more modern-day films, but the fact is that I have seen very, very few movies that take place in present-day. (Excluding animated films, of course---which I do love.) I really enjoy Roman Holiday--does that count?
Charity and Maria Elisabeth both asked...
What inspired your blog name? What made you call this blog 'Yet Another Period Drama Blog' instead of, well, anything else?
You would not believe how many names I considered and rejected when starting this blog... but finally, after what seemed like eons of staring at the Blogger page and mindlessly tapping my fingers on my desk, I decided to simply call it "yet another period drama blog" simply because I knew there were already so many blogs in this genre. I was originally going to call it "yet another Jane Austen blog", actually, but I decided to change Jane Austen to period drama because this blog isn't exclusively made up of Janeite material. It isn't exclusively period drama material, either, but hey, poetic
Whew! That was a lot of questions, but I had a lot of fun doing that. If there was anything I skipped over or missed, shout out in the comments, please. And don't forget to check out my writing blog. No, I'm not hinting. I'm not.