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In The Mood for Romance

I mean, Romantic Literature of course.  As a youth, I had challenged myself to read as many classics as humanly possible.  Some I grew tired of rather quickly (Wings of the Dove, Vanity Fair) while others I breezed through quite rapidly (Jane Eyre, Sense & Sensibility). 

The BBC has done many faithful adaptations on film.  You will need a weekend of laying on your Ektorp, with a cup of tea, some popcorn and a few boxes of Kleenex for your teardrop waterfalls.  Here are two of my favourites:

Awk-waaard: Lizzie and Darcy meet on the grounds of Pemberly. For the times, he's practically in his underwear.

Pride & Prejudice – The classic tale by Jane Austen of the Bennett girls quest to find proper husbands in English society without fortune or social connections.  Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennett and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.  Why did Keira Knightly bother? There is no comparison!  I could watch this over and over again.  Fun fact: They dated in real life so the chemistry is there.

Pride & Prejudice – Episode 1

How pretty are these girls? You would swoon for them too if you were a rich English bloke.

The Buccaneers – Another BBC period piece from Edith Wharton, young American girls take on England for a London season (of course to find husbands).  While this book does not have a fairy tale ending for all of our heroines, the common themes of love, wealth and society abound.  While everyone knows how amazing P&P is, this series also circa 1995 is completely underrated.  I absolutely adore a young Carla Gugino in this.  Get ready: It’s a tearjerker. 

The Buccaneers – A trailer from YouTube



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