Saturday, 6 February 2016

Period Drama Challenge - January Recap and Tag Questions

As I have been away (and a lovely time was had by all!), I missed the January recap and tag questions for the Period Drama Challenge at Miss Laurie's.

I completed two reviews in January - Banished and The Water Diviner. Head on over to the January recap post above to see other reviews in the Challenge.

Now for the tag questions!

1. What period dramas did you view in January?

Banished and The Water Diviner.

2. What is your favourite Charles Dickens film adaptation?

It depends on whether we are talking about movie length adaptations or series.

For a movie, I would definitely say the 1946 adaptation of Great Expectations.

For a series, I would find it difficult to decide between Little Dorrit and Bleak House.

3. Would you rather visit Pemberley or Downton Abbey? Why?

It would have to be Pemberley, simply because Pemberley, Elizabeth and Mr Darcy have been a part of my life for so many years. I have re-read P&P so many times and watched so many adaptations, whereas I have not watched very much of Downton Abbey. That being said, I do love the historical era of Downton Abbey and am sure I will love the show once I am able to view all the series.

4. If you could be any character in a Jane Austen novel for a whole day who would you be and why would you want to be that character?

I would have to say Elinor Dashwood on the day she discovers Edward is not married. I have always related to Elinor as I am a similar personality. Mariannne always just annoyed me - I felt like I wanted to slap her sometimes and tell her to just get over herself! I always admired Elinor's self-control.
I have definitely been influenced in this by the movie version. Emma Thompson plays a wonderful Elinor. The moment in the movie where Elinor finds out Edward is not married has to be one of my favourite movie moments ever. That little noise she makes and then finally the dam breaks!

5. What period dramas are you looking forward to viewing in February 2016?

I have collected Picnic at Hanging Rock and My Brilliant Career from the library. I haven't seen either of these for probably 20 years, so we will see if they live up to my memories.


  1. Currently showing on Uk tv is Dickensian a well casted idea of cobbling together characters from Dickens into a story . Can't say I liked it , but it gets rave reviews. we also have War and Peace with added sex scenes

    1. That sounds like an interesting idea - I wouldn't mind seeing it to see what they do. I don't see why they have to add any extra to War and Peace! But I'll have a watch anyway.

  2. As Kate said previously there is a TV drams Dickensian but in truth I have not been keen.

    1. I'll still give it a look as it sounds like an interesting idea. I haven't heard of it before.