Quarantine Diaries: Escaping 2020 with Historical Dramas/Period Films

So we’re all on the same page when it comes to 2020 being the worst year in existence, right? Yeah? Okay, cool.

I’ve found comfort in trying to escape all these horrid happenings (i.e. COVID-19, murder hornets, God knows what else) by watching historical dramas and period films on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drama is my favorite genre, and I love seeing the cool costumes and set design that goes into making the scenes look realistic for the time periods they are set in.

Below are a few of the films I’ve enjoyed during quarantine so far.

Mansfield Park (1999)
Time Period: 1810s

This film is based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name. Fans of the Amazon Prime series Rome will enjoy seeing James Purefoy (Mark Antony) and Lindsay Duncan (Servilia of the Junii) star as Thomas Bertram Jr. and Mrs. Price respectively.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

W./E. (2011)
Time Period: 1930s/1990s

Directed by Madonna, this film has some stunning cinematography despite it’s negative reviews. I happened to really enjoy the story of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Wally Winthrop’s obsession with the couple is a bit excessive as she visited the Sotheby’s exhibit daily, but I still found this movie to have its charms nonetheless.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

Love and Friendship (2016)
Time Period: 1790s

This movie took me a whole three days to finish because it was super boring at the beginning. The excitement in this drama begins at the very end, which made me wish they had incorporated more humor in the moments leading to the climax. Based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan.

My rating: ⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

A Little Chaos (2014)
Time Period: 17th Century

Who doesn’t love a strong, independent female lead like Kate Winslet’s character Sabine de Barra?! I adored everything about this film, from the landscape architecture to the romance between Sabine and André Le Nôtre.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

Troop Zero (2019)
Time Period: 1970s

This film has Viola Davis death stares galore! A must watch for anyone who is a fan of the amazing Viola Davis. I legit almost cried at the end of this but my tears dried up well before they fell when I saw the rest of the troop stand in solidarity with Christmas Flint.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

North & South (2004)
Time Period: 1850s

This BBC serial is a four-parter that will for sure reel you in from the moment you meet John Thornton. Based on the 1855 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, this serial gave me Pride & Prejudice vibes through and through.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

The Rain Collector (2015)
Time Period: Victorian Era

This amazing short left me wanting more! A brilliant young woman finds love unexpectedly as she goes against the expectations of women in Victorian England through her love of science.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

 

Stay safe and stay home!

 

 

Fan Art Fridays: Pride and Prejudice‘s Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesa film inspired by Jane Austen’s book Pride and Prejudice and Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 zombie infused novel version, is in theaters starting today.

I’m not sure what would possess Grahame-Smith or ‎Burr Steers, the director of the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, to do such a thing.

They ruined all that was good about Austen’s 19th century romance. She’s probably rolling in her grave right now.

Anyway, I found this lovely cartoon version of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy over on DeviantArt to ease the distress caused every time I see that damned trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies while watching television.

The cartoon was done by viria13. I just love how incredibly handsome yet distant Darcy looks in the scene she chose to draw!

View the original fan art here.

Celebrity Dating Profiles

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Ever wonder what it would be like if our favorite celebrities were normal people like us, with profiles on dating sites?

I can’t fathom a celebrity looking for love online, but Buzzfeed could! Check out their version of celebrity profiles here!

Since I loved the idea of this so much, I decided to write some for today’s post.

Behold—I present to you, “Celebrity Dating Profiles: The Whisper Box Edition.”

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Bradley Cooper
38 / M / Straight / Single / Los Angeles, California

About me: I have a weird fetish for getting roped up in sticky situations. My dogs are my best friends. I love weddings. Just make sure no one ruins that occasion for me. Please.

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I clean up nice.

On a Friday night I am: Drinking a bottle of Jack with my buddies at the bar.

Biggest Achievement: Being the best man at my best friend’s wedding.

Catch phrase: Baby, I’m limitless.

 

 

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Florence Welch
27 / F / Straight / Single / Camberwell, London

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You’ll never know what a fool I’ve been.

About me: Lover of tragic romance. My love has concrete feet. Love me or leave me where I stand.

On a Friday night I am: Living on such sweet nothing.

Biggest achievement: Kissing a guy with my fist. He’s fine, don’t worry!

Catch phrase: The kindest of kisses break the hardest of hearts.

 

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Keira Knightley
28 / F/ Curious / Single / Teddington, London

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Lips.

About me: I have the worst luck sometimes, but I make the best if it. I love Jane Austen. Sailing is one of my hobbies. Nothing but Chanel No. 5 is allowed to touch my bare neck.

On a Friday night I am: Spinstering it up with my Jane Austen book collection.

Biggest achievement: Finishing Pride and Prejudice in less than 8 hours. I have a lot of time on my hands.

Catch phrase: Peace, love, and Coco Chanel.

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Ezra Koenig
29 / M / Straight / Single / New York, New York

About me: Columbia literature grad. I love medieval culture. I’ll read you Dante’s Inferno or Thomas Aquinas any night.

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I have friends, I promise.

On a Friday night I am: Writing poetry in my NYC loft.

Biggest achievement: Writing an allegorical poem at 1am titled “Ottoman.”

Catch phrase: Ride on time.

 

 

Any of you a match for these lovely singletons?

Hope you enjoyed my version of celebrity online dating profiles! I had a blast writing it!

Kelly Clarkson’s Jane Austen Gold Ring Fiasco

Vaizey and Clarkson

UK Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey and Kelly Clarkson

Once upon a time, Kelly Clarkson bought British writer Jane Austen’s gold ring at a Sotheby’s auction.

For over £150,000 ($228,000 USD).

That’s a large amount of British pounds there!

However, the odds don’t seem to be in Kelly Clarkson’s favor with this ring.

The UK’s Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey placed a ban on the ring, preventing her from taking it out of the country.

Image: Jane Austen's ring, on auction at Sotheby's

Jane Austen’s ring

According to DailyMail, “the ring is one of only three surviving pieces of jewellery known to have belonged to the Pride and Prejudice author, having been given to her sister Cassandra and then passed down through the family before it was sold.”

Vaizey is hoping that a Brit will buy the ring so that the late author’s jewel stays in the UK.

“Jane Austen’s modest lifestyle and her early death mean that objects associated with her of any kind are extremely rare, so I hope that a UK buyer comes forward so this simple but elegant ring can be saved for the nation,” he said.

The ban expires on September 30th. If proof emerges of “a serious intention to raise funds” to match the price of the ring, the export license can be extended until December 30th.

So will that ring be leaving the UK before 2013 is over? Or will Kelly Clarkson have to leave the jewel in its native land?

If the Brits manage to keep the ring, at least Kelly still has that first edition copy of Austen’s novel “Persuasion” she also bought in the Sotheby’s sale.

Remember Kelly, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”