There have been many incantations of Elizabeth Bennet in a multitude of formats. Books, big screen films, plays, as well as several TV adaptations. I personally prefer Jennifer Ehle’s portraytion of our Pride & Prejudice heroine, but I know not everyone agrees with me.
Jennifer Ehle 1995 TV series
I have to admit, I also like the passion that Keira Knightley puts into the speech when first proposed to by Darcy,(Matthew Macfadyen), but I think shes a little to thin, and her clothes a little to dowdy. I would have hated living in the 19th century if I had to wear brown and green dresses like Keira, especially if all my siblings were cavorting about in pretty floral patterns.
Anyway I digress, what I wanted to know is, who is your favourite Elizabeth Bennet, and why. Here are some of the contenders.
Keira Knightley 2005 film & Gemma Arterton 2008 Lost in Austen
Elizabeth Garvie 1980 TV series & Greer Garson 1940 Film
When I watch the 1940 film version, I am struck by the number of inaccuracies, and although Miss Garson was a superb actress, it put me off this version. Now in the 1980 TV series, I find the acting a little wooden, and it seems dated by todays standards. But having said that, it was a true rendition of Jane Austen’s book, something that had never been done before or since.
Thursday night past, I was told, “Pack a bag, we’re going away for a long weekend.” Well, you don’t have to tell me twice. Next morning I was ready and sitting in the car by 07.15.
“Where are we going?” I asked.
“Your special place,” he replied.
I didn’t need to know more, I knew where we were going.
So, I have enjoyed a mega busy, but supremely happy weekend, doing what I love best, where I love best.
Long idle walks, cream tea’s, coffee at midnight on the balcony and most of all, quiet adult company.
Here it is in four amazing pictures.
Can you guess where I’ve been?
Not only do I appreciate how lucky I am, being treated to a surprise trip away, but I also appreciate just how many beautiful and historic places there are to see, and visit in my own country. No need to travel abroad to enjoy history and culture, its right here on our doorstep. It makes me immensely proud of my heritage, and my wonderful country.
I Love, Love, Love the original Pride & Prejudices in all forms, book, audiobook, film, TV series, and anything else you can imagine, BUT this is how it should have ended. Elliot Cowan is just amazing as Mr Darcy, and if he looked at me with those smouldering eyes I would certainly swoon into his arms.