1. What was the most recent period drama you watched? Share what you thought of it.
I'm currently watching Victoria, which is so beautiful and lush with detail! I love studying the hair, clothes, and furnishings. The characters are (for the most part) very well-written and acted. I always have Sunday nights to look forward to, when I watch it.
I'm also watching a period drama on Netflix called The Time in Between and it's all I can do to keep myself from watching it this very minute. I have a blog post to write, for heaven's sake! This a great, high-quality show about a seamstress who becomes a spy in Madrid during World War Two. It's Spanish, but the subtitles are very good; I feel like I'm not missing out on anything.
2. Do you generally prefer period dramas in the form of a movie or a TV series/mini-series? Why?
I love both kinds, but I like series a bit more in general, partly because there's more period drama to enjoy! Movies can feel overly Hollywood-ized, or at least cramped into a 2-hour time limit. On the other hand, there are a few period dramas that are too drawn-out over multiple seasons. As much as I love watching them, some directors need to wrap things up before they run out of good ideas!
3. What is your favorite musical period drama?
1776, hands down. Cheesy? Absolutely! But I'd like to see you watch it from since you can remember every Fourth of July, on the living room floor with the smell and sounds of the day's fireworks in the air and tell me it's not a good movie!!
4. Read the book or watch the movie first?
It depends, and while I would think myself the kind of person who would have a standard order, the time-frazzled me says just watch/read whichever comes your way first!
5. What is a valuable life lesson you learned from a period drama?
I try not to use period dramas as a moral guide per se, but I do try to emulate Austen's characters in general. Collectively, they have influenced my behavior. I want the goodness and kindness of Jane and Lizzy, the responsibility of Eleanor, even the sweetness of Harriet.
One specific lesson I have learned surrounds the "badly done, Emma" scene. It's a strong reminder not to get careless or lazy about the way I talk about others.
6. Which period drama hero would you be likely to fall in love with in real life?
Mr. Tilney. :) He's so kind and witty. He can dance, he's a noble, honorable man, and hey, he does understand muslin!
7. Do you ever like to binge-watch a period drama series?
Part of me does, but I don't always feel very good after doing so. Period dramas are great, but I feel so terribly unproductive if I watch more than two hours at a time. Being sick is the one exception. There's nothing like having wisdom teeth out for watching BBC's War and Peace in a matter of days!
8. What things go best with watching a period drama?
Tea is a given. Blankets, if it's cold outside. If it's one you've seen before, then you can add coloring, drawing, or sewing in the works. :)
9. Which period drama do you think you'd fit into the best?
I think I'd fit in with Little Women. I'd be used to the American customs (although New England has a few unique ways of doing things), and I would definitely fit into the physical climate there. Having a bunch of sisters would be new, but I think I would happily adapt to that!
10. If you could have any period drama character as a friend, who would it be? And why?
Jane Bennet. Because I don't think there would be an unpleasant moment in her company. She would be a good blend of kindness and cleverness, though I wouldn't mind at all if Lizzy would join us to add more sparkling wit to the mix ;)
11. Show us a picture of a period drama costume you wish you could wear in real life.
THIS DRESS. I would love to wear anything from Victoria. And basically any period drama. :P This was a tough question!
12. Are there any period dramas you like to watch during a certain season or holiday?
In theory, I like to watch Little Women around Christmas because of its wintry scenes, and Jane Austen movies in January to coincide with my birthday and serve as a winter pick-me-up. But I haven't necessarily been faithful to that. It's always a good season to watch period drama! :)
13. Which period drama has your favorite soundtrack?
Nope. Too hard. :P Go read this post if you want some old favorites!
14. Dream cast your favorite actor and actress in a period drama of your choosing; tell which parts they would play and why.
I love Lily James and James Norton both, and their chemistry was amazing when they starred together in War and Peace! I'd pay to see them in any period drama, but I'm thinking they would make a really good Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley, or even a sequel of their marriage like Death Comes to Pemberly!
15. Are there any period dramas you like more than one version of?
Sure! I like both '95 and '08 Sense and Sensibilities. I also like both "versions" of Victoria (but I like the series better!).
16. What are the top three period dramas that you haven't seen on your to-watch list?
There are so many, I have no idea! Right now some ones I really want to see are The Darkest Hour, The Crown, and Cranford.
17. Show a picture of your favorite period drama hairstyle.
If you can ignore Mr. Tilney's hilarious facial expressions for a moment, take a look at Catherine's hair! I love Austen-drama hair (with few exceptions), and really there are so few I dislike in the entire period-drama world. Honestly Catherine's hairstyles are just one of many favorites.
18. What was your favorite wedding in a period drama?
This may seem like a strange answer, but I really love the wedding scene in the Luther movie. Martin Luther clearly had a lot of challenges throughout his life, and the movie reflects that; there are plenty of tense and stressful scenes. And then there's this scene of joy and celebration as he and Katharina von Bora get married. The story behind Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora is really neat, and the reflection of their love in this movie is something I always enjoy watching.
19. What is your favorite biographical period drama?
Probably Lincoln. What an amazing, man and leader! This movie was really powerful, and though it doesn't cover his whole life, it involves an important (and often misunderstood) portion of it. And as a side note: the soundtrack is INCREDIBLE.
I think Lincoln is on Netflix now, so I highly recommend you check it out!
20. Which historical novel will you forever recommend to anyone and everyone?
Little House on the Prairie. Technically the whole Little House series, but if I've got to choose one, I"d recommend that classic of classics. It is good for so many reasons, but it means a lot to me specifically as a factor of my choosing history/historic preservation as a career.
Thanks again for the tag, Molly! I would try to track down some people to tag, but I have a paper due Monday that needs finishing...and starting. So if you'd like to do this (it's fun I promise!) consider yourself tagged!