I'm going to watch as many as I can, approach them objectively, and give clear reviews; if they're direct adaptations, I'll read the books at the same time and compare...
OR I'm going to watch all the versions of one, and give you a point by point analysis of which is better and why.
OR I'm going to just discuss favorite scenes, or maybe characters. OR fashion in the movies. OR I'm going to turn them into a drinking game...
You get my drift. Every year, I sit down with the best of intentions to talk about the movie adaptations with you, because I know that for many, this is what lures you into Janedom. But the thing is...
I sit down to watch them, pen and paper in hand
I do not make popcorn or turn the lights off
I sometimes take a few notes, or screencap a few things for pictures and gifs.
And that's as far as I get before I'm sucked in. I can't make my dutiful blogger-ness go much further than the opening credits before I melt into "Ahhh, Jane..." mode.
This year I was planning a combo Viewing Party/Drinking Game for Persuasion, an analysis of Sense and Sensibility, and a discussion of the character changes (and why I loved them) in Lost In Austen. In preparation, I've watched the 2007 version of Sense and Sensibility three times and the 1995 once; I've watched both recent P&Ps twice apiece (just because, as you see it's not on the list above...); the 2008 Persuasion twice and the '95 once; I've watched bits and pieces of Lost in Austen as a means of gathering pictures, and watched it countless times in a fit of "Ahhh, Jane..." - in short, for the last 3 years I've had all these plans, and for the last 3 years, I've failed at them.
But I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Next year. I promise, next year I'm going to rock your faces off with awesome movie posts. Maybe every weekend, as a night out at the movies thing.
Until then, please enjoy:
A sneak peek at why I love this interpretation of Wickham, from the Fuck Yeah Lost in Austen tumblr.