Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Keep Calm and Enter This Contest

I'm sure you all have seen some of the hilarious (and some of the not-so-hilarious) "Keep Calm And Do Such-And-Such" posters floating around the Internet in recent months.  For those of you who have been living under a rock (tell me, what's that like?) the Keep Calm posters are a spoof on a speech Winston Churchill made during WWII, in which he encouraged the people of Britain to "keep calm and carry on".  
There are dozens of funny spoofs on the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan out there right now, as I said, and recently I discovered a whole slew of Les-Miserables-related posters that had me in stitches.  Excellent advice there on the right, no?

And then of course there's the one I began the post with-- and then this one, below on the left. 

Frankly, I'm quite disappointed that there was nothing urging people to "Keep Calm and Wear a Red Vest Of Power" or "Keep Calm and Hold the Barricade" or "Keep Calm and Lift That Vegetable Cart" or even "Keep Calm and Hear the Distant Drums", but oh well.  

You can see the collection on this Tumblr page.

Oh, and for those of you who know your 10th Anniversary Dream Cast, you have my permission to squeal with delight over this one here on the right. :D Not that you need my permission to squeal with delight, but it sounds nice, right? (I don't have space to post all that I would like to share with you, but I can at least link to just one more-- if you're looking forward to the movie as much as I am, you'll get a kick out of it.)

At any rate, there are lots and lots of these Keep Calm posters with many different themes out there, but as I searched around I found a sad, sad lack of Jane Austen themed Keep Calms.  And that, my friends, is what has prompted the latest contest hosted by Yet Another Period Drama Blog.

You've all seen the poster below, I presume, but I hereby challenge you to think outside the box and come up with something a little more creative than this one.   

Think of your favorite lines from Sense and Sensibility, funny themes in Northanger Abbey, hilarious situations in Emma. And then hie thee to Picnik or FotoFlexer and make thyself a Keep Calm button! (If you do not know how to make a button, you may simply leave your Keep Calm phrase in the comments and I will duly enter it.) Need some examples?

  • Keep Calm and Restrict Your Remarks to the Weather
  • Keep Calm and Hop In The Pemberley Pond 
  • Keep Calm and Look Behind the Black Veil
  • Keep Calm and Play in F Major
  • Keep Calm and Don't Call Him Knightley
Extra kudos if you can identify all the Jane Austen books that those jokes come from.  The contest will close on Saturday at midnight, and on Monday I will put up a poll with the top five entries so you can all vote for your favorite.  Limit two entries per customer, please.  Either make yourself a button and leave me a link to the image URL, or simply leave your Keep Calm slogan in the comments as aforementioned.  (Be sure to say which Jane Austen book or film your joke comes from.)  I'm eagerly awaiting your hilarity! 


Molly said...

Keep calm and always kneel down. From Sense and Sensibility 1995.

Maria Elisabeth said...

Over here we are having quite warm weather. How about you?

Following Mrs. Dashwood's advice doesn't say much. But this post struck me speechless and I have never stopped talking of it since!

Keep calm and try to limit yourself to just two. That is my state of mind right now. :-P

birdienl said...

Did you know there is a Keep Calm-generator on the web? You can find it here: www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
So people who don't have image software can also make their posters! I made a bunch of sciency once and hung them on the wall of my office on a Friday afternoon of desperation (after a failed experiment) and felt much better than!

Jemimah C. said...

What a brilliant idea, Miss Dashwood! I made two Keep Calm posters, and they can be found here: http://beautifulblankpages.blogspot.com/2012/04/keep-calm-and-love-jane-austen.html.

This one was inspired by Northanger Abbey (2007): http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NhUmoWiTIa8/T410ahU8DkI/AAAAAAAAChc/CxE2Y9dJVFM/s1600/Keep+Calm+and+Give+One+Smirk.jpg.

And this was inspired by Emma: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5VXMQOXhpLw/T410eXgkLDI/AAAAAAAAChk/gFGJtVuxqYY/s1600/Keep+Calm+and+Don%2527t+Eat+The+Wedding+Cake.jpg

I can't wait to see what the others thought up of and created!

Melody said...

Ooh, I like kudos....

Restrict your remarks to the weather is Mrs. Dashwood from the 1995S&S, hop in the Pemberley pond (bahahaha) would be our P&P, referencing Mr Darcy... the Black Veil (LOVED that one) would be a reference to Catherine Morland and her Udolpho adventures in Northanger Abbey, F Major... haha, Mrs. Jennings in S&S95, don't call him Knightley would be from Emma, referencing the insufferable, upstart, vulgar Mrs. Elton! :D

Interesting contest!

Miss Woodhouse said...

Keep calm and rave about Jane Fairfax

Miss Woodhouse said...

'Keep calm and try not appear overbearing"

Anne-girl said...

Keep Calm and be Nice~ Narthanger Abbey

Keep calm and eat gruel ~ Emma

Scullery Maid said...

Keep calm and take pleasure in a good novel. (NA)
Keep calm and be tolerable enough to dance with.(P&P)
Keep calm and slap Mr. Thorpe!(It's of my own invention)
Keep calm and marry a hero in spite of the perverseness of forty surrounding families.(NA)
Keep calm and it will not rain!(S&S)

Miss Dashwood said...

Wow, thanks so much for your entries, everyone! This is going to be so fun!

Scullery Maid,
Your slogans are hilarious, but unfortunately the contest is limited to just 2 entries per person. Can you choose just two of those to enter (your favorites, of course)? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

HA! I loved all the Les Mis ones, but the link to the last one didn't work. Loved all the ones you came up with, too, especially the Pemberly pond one. lol! And that one *should* say "Keep Calm and Find Yourself a Mr. Knightly." : )

Only two... : P I'll do my best to pick my funniest. (I came up with QUITE a few!)

Keep Calm and Apologize for Not Turning Georgiana's Pages (P&P)

Keep Calm and Never Complain (P&P)


Rosamund Gregory said...

Keep Calm and Remember Udolpho. (Is that self-defeating? Miss Morland isn't quite calm...)
Keep Calm and Reject the Chain. (Mansfield Park--mr. Crawford's cruel trick.

Abilaine said...

Ooooooo!!! I DID squeal! "Hop in the Pemberley pond?" (*snort/laugh*) OH dear!!! My little sister always dies laughing at that scene on P&P 95!!! You can find here.



I could not come up with any so... I'm thinking, I'm thinking and now I will tell you.

Keep calm and inform your mind with extensive reading ~ P&P... and I don't know if that is quite original!

(I will think of something else later)

What fun this is! I'll give you the link to the one made! *smile*

Caitlin said...

Keep calm and rehearse your manners! (P&P)

Maria Elisabeth said...

This was way too much fun. Here are my entries: http://missgeorgianadarcy.blogspot.ca/2012/04/keep-calm.html

Carrots said...

Love this!!!

Keep Calm and Send Mr. Bennet to Netherfield (P&P)

Keep Calm and Marry Charlotte (P&P)...Mr. Collins' perspective!

By-the-by, I laughed out loud at the Les Mis ones! Oh, Philip Quast........whew. Keep Calm and Swear by the Starrrrrrrrsssssss!!!

Rachel Heffington said...

I made two over at my blog, Amy! :)


(Keep calm and laugh at Mr. Darcy)


(Keep Calm and think of superior men :)

Charity U said...

Will enter if I can figure out how to make one! :)

Alexandra said...

I made one...only it wasn't JA. Cough, cough. I can't help it!!! Current events have me in a not-so-JA mood. Cough. But I will try and pull out an idea from the brain... :-)

Jessica said...

Delightful Contest! I posted them at my blog.


Keep Calm he is single of good fortune and in need of a wife


Keep Calm she is not handsome enough to tempt Mr. Darcy.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

Keep Calm and Stop Coughing So,Kitty.

Keep Calm and stop talking of Mr Bingley,Lydia.

Abilaine said...

OK... 2 more. :) I'll choose which one later!

Keep calm and have a horror of finery~ Emma Mrs. Elton :)

Keep calm and have a good taste in ribbons~ Mr. Wickam P&P 05 :)

Rhoswen Faerie Wrose said...

Here are my two entries!


Plus a couple freebies. :-)

Hayden said...

hahaha! I loved these. I came up with one...once. Only it wasn't JA...it was Tangled :) "Keep Calm and Carry a Frying Pan"

Anonymous said...

Okay, I hope anyone hasn't entered this one already, but.... (and I don't have the ability to actually make it, so I just have the text)

"Keep Calm and Try Not to Kill His Dogs"

=) I will try to think of another one, but I just wanted to enter that one before I forgot it!! =)

Alexandra said...

Ok, so I haven't made it yet...and it's not a direct quote, but it's from S&S 95...

"Keep Calm and Eat Olives."

If I think of another one I'll let you know. :-P

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

This is a very fun contest and a wonderful idea Mouse! I had way too much fun making a bunch of posters but I've posted my two entries here: http://old-fashionedcharm.blogspot.com/2012/04/keep-calm-and-love-jane-austen.html

Thanks! :)

Rachel Heffington said...

Oh! Mine are from P&P and Emma, just so you know. :D And I love Jessica's about not being handsome enough to tempt him! :D

In His Wings said...

Keep Calm and perhaps if I loved you less, I could talk about it more. (Emma)

Keep Calm and in the name of heaven, who is that old fellow! (Persuasion)

God bless,
Sarah Grace

Charity U said...

Yay! Very fun. :)


My entries... :D

Miss Elizabeth Bennet said...

I'll enter two. Being a little short on time lately, I'll just write them in the comments:

1: Keep calm and meditate on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow. (P&P, Mr. Darcy) (I know a little long, but I just couldn't break up that quote)

2: Keep calm; Harriet can pick and choose! (Emma 2009, Emma Woodhouse)

Lit~Lass said...

I thought of many, but these are the ones I had time to make. The first two (Be A Stranger to One Parent & Be Partial, Prejudiced and Ignorant) are my entries. http://frigatetoutopia.blogspot.ca/p/delight-of-my-life-jane-austen.html

GreenMedallion said...

What a fun contest! I would like to thank Birdienl for the link she provided; it helped me make my buttons. So, here they are:

Keep Calm, Give One Smirk, And Then We May Be Rational Again:

Keep Calm and Make Sport For Your Neighbours:


Margaret Hale said...

I must have been living under a rock because I hadn't heard about the whole "keep calm" thing.
Here are my entries:
Keep Calm And Put Shelves In The Closet (from P&P '95) and
Keep Calm And Put A Pink Ribbon On Your Basket (from Emma 2009).

Emily Gracen said...

Hi Amy! I found your blog recently (through Alexandra's blog) and have thoroughly enjoyed what I've read!

Below is the link to my submission your "Keep Calm..." contest. (Great idea!)


MonicaP said...

This is a fun idea!

The first thing that popped into my head was Willoughby & Marianne, thus Keep Calm and Ride Your Gift Horse.

Another is inspired by Elizabeth Bennet, Keep Calm and Delight in the Ridiculous. I know I do. Lol

Somersaulting Through Life said...

What a wonderful idea, I have very much enjoyed reading everyone's!
I came up with three and put it to a quick poll. The favourites were:
Keep Calm and Marry Her Nephew (Pride and Prejudice, Lady Catherine)
Keep Calm and Admire the Veg (Pride and Prejudice, Mr Collins)
But I also came up with
Keep Calm He Understands Muslin (Northanger Abbey, Mr Tilney)
Images can be found here:

Miss Dashwood said...

Thanks for your entries, everyone! The contest is now closed and I will not be accepting any more entries. I'll put up a poll on Monday so you can all vote for a winner!

Scullery Maid said...

Hmm...................................................................................The first and fourth, I guess............Or the third..................................... You pick;p.

Zoƫ Quinn said...

Miss Dashwood,
Having discovered your lovely blog only recently, I was unable to participate in this fun contest you held. However, had I been here at the time, my entry doubtless would have been:

Keep Calm and Dance On!

(From several of the books/movies, actually... ;] but it fits especially well with the Elizabeth/Mr. Collins scene and/or the Elizabeth/Mr. Darcy scene at the Netherfield Ball in P&P95...)

Excellent blog you have here, by the way - it makes for highly enjoyable reading!