1. Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?
I definitely had a few Jane Austen movies in my system before ever picking up a book (thank you Masterpiece Theater!) Sunday pizza nights are my family's longest-held tradition, as all the good programming is on then (as you may have read here). Yes, I certainly have had my share of Jane Austen movies: the only problem is I only remember the tiniest snippets of them that my 8 year old brain picked up!
I like the story of Pride and Prejudice the most, but I believe I had the most fun reading Northanger Abbey.
I don't knoooow!! I can tell you who it's not: Emma (love her but she's pushy), Marianne/Elinor, Anne Elliot, or Fanny. Which leaves Catherine Morland, Elizabeth Bennet, and Jane Bennet. And I love them all dearly. I suppose I shall be a traditionalist and say Elizabeth Bennet, for her wit, spunk, and charm.
4. Favorite hero? Why do you like him best?
I am no more sure of this than I was of a heroine! I think we can safely rule out Mr. Collins, but beyond that it's nearly a draw. After much consideration, I think Mr. Tilney is my favorite. He understands muslin, after all.
Ah, now here's a question I can answer with a simple "no", since, as you can see, I have a hard time choosing a favorite anything when it comes to Austen!
I am on a journey (albeit at a sloth's pace) of enjoying and understanding Jane Austen's books more than I used to. For as much as I love Austen movies and stories, I have a shameful lack of experience with them all. I feel like I have no comprehensive knowledge of her works, especially since it's been years since I watched/read some of her stories. But like I said, I am working to change this, and now that I am older, I understand the wittiness Austen used in her writing.
I have a Jane Austen journal (that I am afraid to write in and mess up!) and a Pride and Prejudice puzzle.
8. If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?
Could you find me a perfect match like you did for your heroines? :)
9. Imagine someone is making a new film of any Jane Austen story you choose, and you get to cast the leads. What story do you want filmed, and who would you choose to act in it?
I really enjoyed Love and Friendship, which is based off of Lady Susan, so I think it would be great to make more films of Austen's early works, such as The Watsons. It would be wonderful if some genius Janeite could be inspired by an unfinished snippet of a story and create a convincing, accurate film out of it. Soon it will be time again to remake the Austen movies done in the 90s. Thankfully Pride and Prejudice 2005 has shown us what not to do. ;) (As for actors, I have no idea. I'm terrible with actors.)
10. Share up to five favorite Jane Austen quotations!
"Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again." -Northanger Abbey
"You have no compassion on my poor nerves!" -Pride and Prejudice
"She did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition." -Sense and Sensibility
"Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!" -Juvenilia
"If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad." -Northanger Abbey (I used this one as my senior quote for the yearbook!)