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53 various icons made for icontests at [livejournal.com profile] the_histories, [livejournal.com profile] comeholdmyheart, [livejournal.com profile] period_rumble, [livejournal.com profile] ouat_stills, [livejournal.com profile] botanicalstills, [livejournal.com profile] greatbritain_ic and [livejournal.com profile] seasons_contest, requests and an icon battle at [livejournal.com profile] costume_awards


   

- 1-4: Downton Abbey
- 5: Our Mutual Friend
- 6: Sense and Sensibility (2008)
- 7-9: Pillars of the Earth
- 10: The Messenger
- 11-12: Once upon a Time
- 13-14: Colin Firth
- 15-28: Art, History and Stock
- 29-38: Tea
- 39-53: Icon battle at [livejournal.com profile] costume_awards (Atonement, Count de Monte Christo, Cranford, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Jane Eyre (2011), Little Dorrit, North and South, Pride and Prejudice (1995), Sherlock Holmes, The Tudors, The King's Speech)

+ 1 Return to Cranford William/Peggy picspam for [livejournal.com profile] comeholdmyheart
+ 1 coat of arms for [livejournal.com profile] period_rumble


I hope it is not vulgar in me to suggest that you find some way to overcome your scruples.  )

And, last but not least: check out this new icontest community for lovers of everything period, costume or fantasy related

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A loooong time ago, [livejournal.com 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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38 various period drama icons made for icontests at [livejournal.com profile] the_histories and [livejournal.com profile] comeholdmyheart

   

Just because it is, doesn't mean it should be )
 
Sign-ups for the new round of [livejournal.com profile] period_rumble are open until 2 September. The theme of this round is the Middle Ages!

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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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New icons from some lovely period dramas! And my first 20in20 entry. I very much enjoyed doing the themed icons, it 'forces' you to work with caps you would not easily have chosen otherwise IMO.

1-20 Sense and Sensibility (2008) entries for [livejournal.com profile] austen20in20 
21-29 Cranford II (2009)
30-38 Amazing Grace

   

A pony and trap would do me very well )
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My very first post on my new LJ! Here are some icons and a few banners from some recent period dramas.

1-13   Emma (2009) - episode 1
14-24 Emma (2009) - episode 2
25-26 Emma banners
27-33 Sense and Sensibility (2008)
34-58 Casualty 1909

   


Bessie wanted an outing. Didn't you, Bessie? )

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