birdienl: (Jane Eyre)
Here we are, at the third and final part of Far from the Madding Crowd and this watch-along. I sure enjoyed rewatching and thinking about this adaptation.

Last week, we left Bathseba and Troy very married and very much in love and Boldwood in misery. Bathseba and Troy throw a belated wedding party for the farm employees and here Troy shows a bit of his not-so-charming side. He speaks crudely and basically gets Bathseba's employees drunk. Meanwhile, outside a storm is raging and Gabriel single-handedly tries to rescue the hay-ricks. Single-handedly, that is, until Bathseba comes out to help him. And spills her guts about why she married Troy: because he told her he saw a woman more beautiful than her ('between jealousy and distraction', I do love Hardy's way with words)

The first cracks are showing
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birdienl: (Jane Eyre)
Dear readers, I'm so sorry I'm only now posting this second part of the Far from the Madding Crowd watch-along. I was so very tired this week that my evenings consisted of hanging on the couch and going to bed early in stead of blog writing....

Without further ado, let's get back to the adventures of Bathseba and Gabriel ;-) For this second part, I watched until 2.11, until the scene where Boldwood confronts Troy in front of Bathseba's house.

In the beginning of this 'episode', we learn two things: Gabriel is not afraid to be honest, not even now that Bathseba is his employer and Bathseba doesn't like being criticised. In fact, after a discussion with Gabriel about her treatment of Boldwood, she even fires him! Not long afterwards, her sheep overeat themselves (and yes, sheep are very unfortunate, I've heard that often enough from family members who keep sheep!) and Bathseba simply needs Gabriel. Isn't his response interesting? In the previous episode Bathseba said that Gabriel would never be able to tame her, but isn't that just what he's doing here, in demanding to be asked for help properly?

'Sheep are so unfortunate, there's always something wrong with them'
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birdienl: (Jane Eyre)
Welcome everyone to the Far from the Madding Crowd watch-along! Hope you were able to find a copy of this period drama and you enjoyed watching the first part. I sure did!

First a practical comment: because there are not really episodes in this adaptation, I sort of randomly cut the movie in three parts to watch and discuss. For part 1, I watched until 1:10 (until the scene where Batheseba leaves on horseback after her conversation with Farmer Boldwood)

On to the adaptation and we travel to Wessex in the mid-19th century where we meet Gabriel Oak (Nathaniel Parker), a shepherd who has just been able to buy his own small sheep-farm. He comes across the beautiful Bathseba (Paloma Baeza) who works on her aunt's farm and is immediately smitten. Though Bathseba flirts with him a little, she is absolutely not planning to be wooed by Gabriel and proudly refuses his proposal of marriage (And he even brought her a lamb to rear, how could you refuse that!)

Bathseba hates to be thought men's property

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birdienl: (Jane Eyre)
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)

1. Hello everyone! How are you all doing now that summer has ended and 'normal' life has resumed? I must say, I don't mind that it's September, August was so hot and humid in The Netherlands, blegh. I'm also quite pleased 'things' are starting up again, like my children's club in church and my sword fighting lessons. Though I had a severe case of muscle pain after my first sword fighting class in two months last week ;-)

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The independent Bathseba Everdeen (Carey Mulligan) inherits a farm from her uncle and is determined to run it herself, no easy task for a woman in the 1870s. Three men vie for her hand and her heart, her rich neighbour Farmer Boldwood (Martin Sheen), the handsome and charming Captain Troy (Tom Sturridge) and kind and dependable Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts).

Strange as it may seem, Thomas Hardy, known (and feared?) for his tragic stories also penned one of the most touching love stories in British 19th century literature. Far from the Madding Crowd completely captured me a few years ago when I read the novel and watched the 1998 BBC adaptation, so I was very pleased and interested when I heard a new movie version was being made. This week I went to the cinema and again, Bathesba's story totally captivated me.
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A loooong time ago, [ profile] litlover12 posted this character meme and I asked her for a letter. As I was doing my post-holiday-email-cleanup this afternoon, I came across the letter she gave me. High time to post the meme myself!

1. Comment -- intelligently or in a nonsensical fashion, requesting to play. General comments are welcome too!
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

B is quite a difficult letter, so I counted both first and last names.

1. Bathseba Everdene, Far from the madding crowd

One of  Hardy's complex female heroines who survives the end of the novel and even ends up with a loving man! This is one lucky book character ;-) I really love Batsheba. Yes, she  makes some pretty bad choices, but she's also a strong female in a men's world. I think Paloma Baeza played her very well in the 1998 adaptation of the novel (sadly often overlooked by period drama lovers)

2. Prof. Friedrich Bhaer, Little Women and sequels

I really love the love story between Jo and prof. Bhaer, which is a little more explicit in the movie than in the book. The ending of the movie is so beautiful! But his character, which we already get a glimpse of in the movie and the book Good Wives, becomes really clear in the books Little men and Jo's Boys. While Jo may be the heart of the school she and Friedrich start together, prof. Bhaer is the soul. He loves all the boys (and girls) under his roof as if they where his own children. One of the most touching scenes in Little men is prof. Bhaer teaching a boy a lesson by  making the boy punish himself (the professor)!

3. Col. Brandon, Sense and Sensibility

I've always seen Colonel Brandon as the hero of Sense and Sensibility, so much more than Edward Ferrars. A man who secretly loves from afar, tries to help and protect the young woman he loves, even though she doesn't look at him twice, how romantic is that?

4. Tom Branson, Downton Abbey

What's not to like about this dashing, intelligent driver? He's not ashamed of who he is, where he comes from and what his opinions are. But I love that besides a revolutionary, he's also a realist. When he drives Lady Sybil to a protest, he doesn't encourage her to go, but tries to stop her, because he knows it can be dangerous. Besides that, he's also not bad on the eyes, both in his uniform or his shirt sleeves. I can understand why Sybil eyes him the way she does ;-) I'm really curious what's in story for Branson in the second series of Downton!!

5. Betsey Trotwood, David Copperfield

I'm actually in the middle of reading David Copperfield at the moment, so while I was browsing my head for characters whose name started with a B, hers came up. Though she may not seem like a very nice character in the beginning of the book, later on you see she's all bark and no bite. She doesn't doubt to take David in in a difficult period of his life and pays for his education. Besides this, she's also very funny, especially in her pursuit to chase passing donkeys from her lawn and not afraid to tell anyone the truth! Definitely one of those gems of characters Dickens writes so well!

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Day 01 - Favourite foreign film
Day 02 - A film that is underrated
Day 03 - A film that brings you unadulterated happiness
Day 04 - A film cliché that you love
Day 05 - Favourite love story in a film
Day 06 - Favourite actor/actress
Day 07 - The most surprising plot twist/ending
Day 08 - The best opening/closing credits
Day 09 - The best soundtrack/score to a film
Day 10 - Favourite classic film
Day 11 - Favourite black-and-white film
Day 12 - A film that permanently altered your point-of-view
Day 13 - A guilty pleasure...
Day 14 - A film that you used to love but now hate
Day 15 - Favourite film sequel
Day 16 - Favourite film character
Day 17 - Favourite film quote
Day 18 - The best overall cast in a film
Day 19 - The most hilarious film you've seen
Day 20 - A moving (emotional) scene
Day 21 - Favourite film from your favourite actor/actress
Day 22 - Favourite Academy Award acceptance speech

Day 23 - A character who you can relate to the most
Day 24 - The best page-to-screen film adaptation
Day 25 - Favourite film villain
Day 26 - Favourite film poster
Day 27 - A film that you wish you had seen in theaters
Day 28 - Favourite film from your favourite director
Day 29 - A piece of trivia from a favourite film
Day 30 - Your favourite film of all-time?

Day 23-25 of the movie meme )
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More icons from Emma and banners from multiple movies and tv-shows, hanging around on my hard-drive.

1-3: Emma (2009) episode 2
4-21: Emma (2009) episode 3
22-23: Lark Rise to Candleford banners
24-25: Little Women banners
26: Jane Eyre (2006) banner
27-29: Far from the Madding Crowd banners
30-33: Grey's Anatomy banners


Knightley indeed! Never seen him in her life and she calls him Knightley! )

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