Pride and Prejudice and Disney

A few days ago I came across this hilarious pic on Pinterest

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…and it inspired me to search for five more similarities between Pride and Prejudice characters and those of Disney. Let’s start!

Lizzy: She loves to read. She is headstrong and brave. She is prejudiced against her future husband. She has dark hair in both 1995 and 2005 film adaptions. She is…

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Belle (from Nerdist)

Darcy: He is (seemingly) selfish. A terrible introvert. Does not want to admit his feelings. Undergoes a curing transformation and turns out to be quite tolerable. He is…

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The Beast (from Disney Movies). And do not get me wrong, I do not mean the looks 🙂

Jane: She is famous for her beauty. She is kind and naive. She believes in true love faithfully. She is definitely

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Princess Aurora (from  Disney Wiki). Remember Jane lying ill in 1995 film adaption and you will understand where the association has come from.

Bingley: A very simple minded, naive, cute, friendly guy. Never looks deep into the problem, expresses his feelings ridiculously openly. Although he is never portrayed to be dark-haired, I am still convinced he is a total

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Prince Eric (from Movie Pilot)

Charlotte Lucas: I would have never mentioned her if I did not have a strong association of this nice, modest girl with

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I am aware that I haven’t satisfied your curiosity about such significant characters as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Wickham, Kitty, Lydia and many-many others (oh, the irresistible Mr. Collins, too, of course!). I will definitely try to work on this in the future, but I also hope for your imagination! Let me know your thoughts here in the comments so that we can make a new Pride and Prejudice adaption featuring Disney characters!

Cathy

“Jane Eyre” Book Covers: Overview and Personal Favourites

I have always thought that a book cover is ridiculously insignificant. You have the contents of the book – that’s enough. The cover could be torn away, it is there just not to let the pages fall apart. I was mistaken after making a tiny observation and giving it some thought. How about repeating it together?

Open Google. Enter jane eyre book. Click on images. What do you see? Let’s talk about it!

There is a huge load of book covers. Do you like them? Yes, kind of nice, and all looking like this:

Three categories: Charlotte Bronte, A Random Girl and A Scene From the Novel. Something you do not want to know before reading. You are not deeply interested in what the author looked like, are you? You know without a picture that the novel will be about a girl (who else can Jane Eyre be?) – why put her on the cover? And you definitely are not a fan of spoilers – and seeing a scene from the book before opening it is already a spoiler attack.

A book cover should make you think. Think about the ideas you might find in the book. Think of your impressions from the cover and see how it echoes these ideas.

I am absolutely enchanted by this one:

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Firstly, it stands out of the common three types discussed above. Secondly, it leaves the mystery unsolved, and it still tells you enough to trigger your imagination:

A white dress – youth, chastity, purity, light, supernatural.

A bare foot – movement, travel, obstacles, overcoming, insecurity, curiosity.

Water – darkness, mystery, unknown, cleanness, salvation.

You do not see the girl – you will.

You do not see the colours – it allows you to choose your own.

You do not see the sky – the novel has to make you look up and see – see what you were missing before reading the text.

Conclusion: never underestimate the power of a common book cover.

Cathy

Images taken from:

Simon & Schuster Australia

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

No Wasted Ink

Jane Eyre Virtual Museum

Why You Should Not Eat Chocolate Cakes While Reading “Pride and Prejudice”

I was so eager to make an argumentative essay out of this, but I doubt whether my ambitions are commensurable with the content. Whatever the form of this text is, I urge you to read it – it will help you avoid tons of problems, while the experience of reading Jane Austen’s masterpiece will not become less delicious if you just put a couple of plates aside.

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There is a single reason for not trying to make the process of getting acquainted with an English literary classic twice as paradise-like: every plot twist will serve you for an excuse to sweeten the anxiety you will fell for the protagonists, or to celebrate the fortunate state of affairs. Imagine:

Mr. Bingley comes to Netherfield. No matter how silly Mrs. Bennet might seem to you, you cannot help rejoicing with her, because Mr. Bingley’s arrival is an inevitable start of some kind of a love story. A piece of cake to this.

Mr. Darcy refuses to dance with Lizzy. You know that Lizzy is watched by dozens of people and cannot cover her distress with a thick layer of chocolate cream. So you do it yourself.

Mr. Collins. Just everything about this fellow puts you under suspense, starting from his wish to marry Lizzy to his actual proposal which is hardly to be born. Your plate is empty and you go for another. You applaud Lizzy’s refusal by drinking some hot chocolate in addition.

Mr. Bingley leaves for London. The initial celebration of a possible good match proves to be an illusion. Hopes are shattered. You are almost in tears. Something sweet is the only escape.

Lizzy refuses Mr. Darcy. How about ordering a pizza? You have eaten lots of chocolate, but who cares now? There is such a collapse of everything!

And so it goes until the very end. Meanwhile, Mr. Wickham manages to damage not only your diet, but also your nerves (along with those of Mrs. Bennet). The final resolution of all pains results in a huge wedding party you organize for the protagonists – and get all the meal as the only guest.

So, my advice is – read Pride and Prejudice as far from the refrigerator as possible. Not that I am afraid for your willpower. It’s just that sometimes we sympathize with fictional characters that this sympathy might result in stress – and food, especially chocolate, and especially cakes, and maybe some pizza for dessert is the best cure for our all-consuming emotions.

Cathy

Image taken from wikiHow

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