olde_fashioned: (P&P2 -- Lizzy letter reading)
At long last, I've finished this [livejournal.com profile] icons100 batch...it took me longer than I wanted due to a lack of creativity. I'm satisfied, however, with FINALLY having made a proper batch of icons from one of my very favourite movies. ;-)

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My own affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.'' )
olde_fashioned: (P&P2 -- Lizzy & Darcy (Lambton Inn))
Arguably one of the best costume dramas ever produced (and one of if not THE best Jane Austen adaptation to date), this batch just kind of "happened"...and then it grew and grew and grew, so I figured why not get a [livejournal.com profile] icons100 claim for it! ;-P

I do love this movie, it'll always be one of my "feel-good" pieces, and I love how faithful (and LONG!!!) to the original novel it is. The costumes, the music (who else had to run out and buy a CD with "Mr. Beveridge's Maggot" on it?), the acting and casting... ♥

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. '' )
olde_fashioned: (writing -- Terborch)
So, last night while perusing my friends-list, I saw this entry in one of the communities I watch. After reading what quickly revealed itself to be a thinly-veiled assault on the concept of Intelligent Design as well as Christianity, THIS EXCERPT actually made me angry.

Let me show you why. A few quotes from the above linked pages for illustrative purposes -- please note that this is the author's idea of a good opening line for another one of those Jane Austen "mashup" books that have been so prevalent lately (ala Pride & Prejudice & Zombies):

In the beginning was the Word—also known as a very big banging marvelous sort of Expletive—a circumstance wherein God created the universe.
So God creates life out of nothingness by uttering a "very big banging marvelous sort of Expletive"? Hmm, interesting. I seem to have missed that portion of Scripture -- must make note to bring up at next Bible study!
.The latter ["the upright great apes called humans"], created most in His Image, immediately proceeded to “ape” for all they were worth—in other words, to create in turn—and were directly responsible for the manufacture of virtue and taste, style and erudition, and henceforth the knowledge of Good and Evil...
I suppose it's pointless to mention that Good and Evil already existed before man had knowledge of it?
To provide this teeming Creation with some modicum of order and supervision, God also created angels and demons and nephilim, and occasional great serpents and dragons, all of which he initially imbued with common sense—the one precious and infinitely rare faculty that the rest of the Creation was sorely lacking.
Now while I'm the first to point out the idiocy of most members of Creation, "in the beginning" it was not "lacking". Anyone who actually bothered to read the Scriptures might actually notice that according to God it was all "good", and since God is perfect and without fault, this means if He says so then His creation was too. (That was before the introduction of sin brought about by man, but this isn't my main thrust, as the excerpt's point of view is that Creation was imperfect to begin with, which is Biblically unsound, and, did I mention -- entirely pointless in a Jane Austen spin off???)
Common sense was not as common as the Deity might wish for. Indeed, not even angelic choirs were entirely free of a certain vice known as silliness.
"The Diety"??? That's like saying "the dog" or "the cat"!! I can only imagine what the rest of this "novel" (if it can indeed be deemed such) will contain if this is only a mere paragraph! And I thought P&P&Z was bad in its treatment of religion...*shakes head*

Does anyone see how much this ties into the plot of Northanger Abbey (JA's chronologically first and most naive completed novel outside of her juvenilia)? For those of you not familiar with the story, it's a Gothic parody that JA wrote imitating the popular fiction of her time. Somehow I managed to miss the part where JA is insulting religion and making a farce and mockery out of the first passages of Genesis delineating Creation (FYI Mr. Collins doesn't count).

There are few things that truly incur my anger, but blasphemy and intolerance hypocritically masquerading as otherwise are two of them. Even on a non-religious front, I'd still be annoyed, because someone has taken JA's work and hijacked it for religious effrontary and a means to political ends.

So consider this my official I-do-not-endorse/recommend/suggest/approve-of-this-book post, as promised in my own comment in reply to this situation.

Would someone please explain to me how standing up for one's religion makes me a ''fanatical'' and ''homophobic bigot''? (The parts of NA touching on homosexuality must have entirely slipped my mind, or else been deleted by elves, because when I last checked it wasn't there, not even in the modern mash-up excerpt or Andrew Davies' recent sex-laden screen adaptation.) I am never failing to be amazed how those most adamantly professing "tolerance" are among the most intolerant. It seems that anything save devotion to a religious ideal, and reverent mention of said ideals, are the only things not worth speaking respectfully of these days.

You know, I'm getting rather tired of the whole let's-steal-Jane-Austen's-works-and-insert-some-lackluster-material-every-few-paragraphs-and-call-it-a-day type "books". P&P&Z was a raging success initially because it was a new idea -- I should say, rather, a cleverly-packaged-existing idea, because the notion of taking someone else's writings and passing them off as your own has been around for a very very long time -- it's known as plagiarism. I read it and was sorely disappointed though I came with only modest hopes of enjoyment, and I plan to expound on this later in future when I can manage to get a proper review written up.

Your friendly neighborhood fanatical homophobic bigot signing off (who, btw and fyi, just so happens to have a great many books post-1905 gracing her shelves)! ;-P

olde_fashioned: (Ever After -- just breathe)
Fresh from Round 1, my entries for the Last Icon Maker Standing contest [livejournal.com profile] costumelims. ;-) A bunch of various costume-related themes are all featured in this post, including but not limited to Jane Austen quote icons, the movie Ever After, one each of Pride & Prejudice 2005, North & South, Lorna Doone, as well as a few duplicates because sometimes I made multiples before deciding which to enter. ;-)

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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the water is wide // I cannot get over // and neither have I wings to fly )
olde_fashioned: (read -- Vigee LeBrun)
A very large and very random batch of Regency and Jane Austen themed icons from various icontests. Some of these are a bit old, since I haven't posted an icontest dump in quite a while. ;-) Nearly all of the Jane Austen adaptations are represented, some art and fashion plates of the period, and there is also a Pride & Prejudice journal header and a matching friends only banner.

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''The more I see of the world the more I am dissatisfied with it.'' )
olde_fashioned: (Default)
This made me laugh sooo hard. I am not joking, this is a real book. It sounds like something Catherine Morland would love to read. ;-P What won't they think of next?

''Pride and Prejudice and Zombies''


olde_fashioned: (TDK -- Joker ha ha ha)
Okay. Imagine Jane Austen's world, or rather, Jane Austen's exquisite manner of speaking, only with a Gotham twist. Imagine Austen-esque words coming from the horribly twisted and scarred mouth of the Joker...intrigued? Heheheh. ;-D

[livejournal.com profile] fioriture was kind enough to point THIS out to me, and seeing as it made me laugh so hard as to nearly choke on my dinner and imbed pizza in the keyboard, I just thought I'd share it with the rest of you, only with a warning to not eat whilst reading humorous articles...

I'm not even sure what to use as an icon for this post! Batman, or Jane Austen? lol.
olde_fashioned: (Default)
A massive batch of costume drama wallpapers, ranging from Pride & Prejudice 2005, the BBC's North & South, Jane Eyre, Emma, Lorna Doone, and 1950s fashion.

As ever, do not claim these as your own, please credit/comment if taking, and enjoy!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that any person in possession of a computer, must be in want of a wallpaper. )
olde_fashioned: (JA -- Love and Freindship)
...but as it is I hope she will forgive me for being a day late. :-/

On July 18th, 1817, Jane Austen died, leaving six wonderful major novels, two unfinished fragments, and countless other writings. She was 41 years old.

I'm quoting directly a lovely quote from a JA biography, shared on Pemberley by another devoted reader whose original post may be found HERE. I think it's beautiful and a fitting tribute.

"To the child for whom books were a refuge, offfering a world that sometimes made better sense than the one she had to find her way about. To the girl whose imagination took off in startling directions as she began to see the possibilities of telling stories of her own. To the energetic young woman who loved dancing and jokes, and dreamt of a husband even as she apprenticed herself to novel-writing with all the force of her intelligence. To the 25-year-old who decided she did not like people and could not write any more, and who was tempted to make a comfortable, loveless marriage and put the temptation behind her. To the loving sister and aunt who always made time for her family even though she would sometimes have preferred to be left to think and write in peace. To the woman who befriended governesses and servants. To the published author in the glow of achievement and mastery of her art. To the dying woman with the courage to resist death by writing in its very teeth. To the person who on occasion preferred to remain silent rather than cut across the views and habits of those she loved, and who kept notes of what people said about her work, to read over to herself."

(A wonderful tribute to JA from 'Jane Austen: A Life' by Claire Tomalin)

I can't ever tell how many countless hours of enjoyment I've had because of her wonderful, delightful stories, and they've also been incredibly inspiring for me in other ways, too. :-) Requiem in Pace, and I hope I get to meet her in heaven. :-)

olde_fashioned: (JE -- Charlotte Bronte)
It's amazing how fast all these things collect in my files!! These ones are a bit older -- I'm not making these as fast as I post them, lol. ;-P

Close to four dozen icons this time, of various Regency fashion plates, as well as a lot of C.E. Brock illustrations for some of Jane Austen's novels. Also some illustrations by Hugh Thompson for Jane Eyre, various images of the Brontë sisters, and some Pride & Prejudice 2005 icontest entries. ;-)

As always, never alter my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

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''All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence for ever.'' )
olde_fashioned: (P&P2 -- Lizzy @ peaks)
Another batch of costume drama icons that I made for various icontests, including both versions of Pride & Prejudice (1995 and 2005), various other Jane Austen adaptations, as well as some from The Prestige and Daniel Deronda. There is a P&P Friends Only banner of Jane Bennet (Rosamund Pike) as well, for good measure. ;-)

As always, never alter my graphics, please credit/comment if taking, and enjoy!

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Have a care, Dawkins! )
olde_fashioned: (S&S3 -- Elinor shelves)
My first official batch of icons from the new Sense & Sensibility. :-) Do I need yet another subject to icon? Not really, but oh well. ;-P It's too pretty to pass up.

Twenty icons of the Dashwood sisters, mostly Elinor. Sorry, no heroes this time around! ;-P

As always, my icons are not bases so do not alter, please credit/comment with the numbers if taking, and enjoy!

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Deliver me // Out of my sadness // Deliver me // From all of the madness )
olde_fashioned: (JA -- P&P -- Jane & Bingley love)
Well, I've finally seen it! I've finally seen the duel!! 8-D *lol* And I must say, that the clever editing with the red sealing wax as "blood" was ingenious. I liked that very much.

I'm afraid I haven't much else to say, since this was pretty much what I expected, and I did like it, so I'll try to keep my snark to a minimum. *pause* Oh who am I kidding?? ;-P
Can you forgive me? Can you love me? )
olde_fashioned: (S&S2 -- Marianne)
At long last, we get to see the rest of the Complete Jane Austen Season! I thought it was very unkind of the PBS/BBC/whatever execs to torture us with such a huge gap between the adaptations. *pouts* But anyway, patience is a virtue. Or at least so I'm told. ;-P

Firstly, I obviously object to the "seduction" in the opening scene. What, is a Jane Austen story not attractive enough without "spicing" it up?? (Andrew Davies, I'm looking at you!) There is more to love than lust and eros. It was not as bad as I thought it might have been, thankfully. *wipes prudish sweat from brow*

Also, aside from my moral objections to such an addition, I find it highly and materially altering to the story, that we are given such a hugely crucial "spoiler" and clue to Willoughby's true nature so early in the story. We are supposed to be as ignorant as Marianne!! We are not supposed to view him with suspicion. Even the actor they chose makes me raise my eyebrows -- he's too "caddish" looking, in my opinion.

Elinor and Marianne are both well cast, IMO, and I like Elinor especially. I'm a little less fond of Marianne, possibly because I am comparing her too much to Kate Winslet. But seeing her performance once Willoughby breaks her heart will be much more "telling" than what we've seen so far. It's difficult for me to form a "just impression" when I've only seen half a story. ;-)
I am excessively fond of a cottage! )
olde_fashioned: (S&S2 -- Marianne)
A batch of icons from the 1995 adaptation of Sense & Sensibility, with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, which is another one of my favourite movies. :-) These are mostly of Elinor and Marianne, with a wallpaper, and a love banner with two variations.

As always, my icons are not bases, please credit/comment if taking, and enjoy!

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''Good morning, Fanny. How did you find the silver? Was it all genuine?'' )
olde_fashioned: (JA -- I should infinitely prefer a book)
Well, I've finally seen it. I have satisfied my curiosity. And it was about what I excpected it to be. Once again we have a major Austenian production and the studio is unable to leave unappropriate (and unecessary, IMO) references out of an otherwise clean film. I won't go into any details, but Tom Lefroy is depicted as having a skirt problem (amongst many other things!) and we have Northanger Abbey 2007 deja vu with Jane reading Tom Jones after Tom Lefroy has dared her to.

The music was lovely (and I loved hearing Hole in the Wall at the big dance, which I've loved ever since I heard it in Emma and Wives & Daughters) the scenery was picturesque, and the costumes were tolerable enough, but not historically accurate enough to tempt me. What was with the red apron worn while playing cricket? And the lack of hats and bouncing waistlines? Here we have a big to-do at Lady Catherine's er, um, Lady Gresham's estate and we have girls dressed as in costumes ranging from twenty years apart! I can understand the decision to have the working-around-the-farm dresses with old and out of date styles, but the ball gowns?

And then we have the austere-yet-loving aunt, who, strangely akin to the 1940 Pride & Prejudice's devation from the novel, is actually trying to help her nephew win his lady fair. And she is strangely clad in a dress oddly reminiscent of Judi Dench in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice -- purple 18th century attire, fuzzy grey wig and all. *shakes head*

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman in posession of a good mind and no fortune, must be in want of a husband )
olde_fashioned: (S&S2 -- Marianne)
A miscellaneous batch of costume drama icons that I made for various icontests, including both versions of Pride & Prejudice (1995 and 2005), both versions of Sense & Sensibility, (1995 and 2008), both versions of Northanger Abbey, (1986 and 2006) as well as some from North & South, Emma, Becoming Jane, Amazing Grace, Lady Jane, and a few others. As always, please credit/comment if taking, and enjoy!

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When the light begins to fade, and shadows fall across the sea... )
olde_fashioned: (JA -- MAR -- Jane undressed)
Since this was part of the Complete Jane Austen season including ITV's laughable Manfield Park and the less-than-perfect Persuasion, I was dubious at best about what to expect from Miss Austen Regrets. I had thought it would be lame and sentimental without any substance, and riddled with inaccuracies. Having watched this last night, I was most pleasantly surprised.

I am going to say again that ever since seeing the Kate Beckinsale adaptation of Emma with Olivia Williams as Jane Fairfax (who played Jane Austen in Miss Austen Regrets) I have always believed she would be an excellent Jane Austen if she ever got the chance to play her. Imagine my surprise (and delight!) when I learned she would indeed get the chance.

Now for the review, which, due to my rather liking the film, is not very sarcastic, I'm afraid. Apologies to those of you who came here hoping for a laugh. ;-)

the only way to get a man like Mr. Darcy is to make him up! )
olde_fashioned: (JA -- MP -- Fanny)
I have just finished watching ITV's skeleton of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. I am most seriously displeased. I am now going to bring out my sarcastic weapons without any apologetic restraints and wield them with utter ferocity in the general direction of whoever is responsible of ruining this story. Do not read this tirade review if you are an ardent fan of this movie. (although I do not see how any could exist, haha) They seem to have kept the names and changed the rest. Why bother to adapt something if you're not going to tell the story properly???? Grrrrrrr…

I knew I would not like Billie Piper the moment the cast list was released and I saw her picture. Without seeming to “judge a book by its cover” she is not at all period-looking or suitably “meek” or sweet or downtrodden enough to play Fanny Price. At least Jane Austen’s Fanny, that is. I was left with the distinct impression that somewhere along the line, PBS was given the wrong tape and we were subjected to some non-Austen contraption designed to torture and confuse the viewer.

What was with the HAIR in this movie? Fanny has a bleach job (and a bad one at that!) while Tom and Henry looked like something a cat would drag in. Edmund’s hair was plastered to his head like he hadn’t taken a bath in weeks. And makeup? Lipstick?? *fans self*

Her hair Louisa! Her HAIR!!! )
olde_fashioned: (JA -- Love and Freindship)
A survey of true Austenites is being conducted! The only requirements are that you must have read all six of Jane's major novels (Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey) and that you must consider yourself a sincere fan. ;-)

The results are being privately compiled in order to produce a report called "Anatomy of a Janeite" and may be published in JASNA materials.

I've already taken the survey, and you can participate HERE


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