Dad B-DAY!

Today is my Dad birthday.

Dad is gone to Canada since January, so in moments like this, I guess he must feel lonely. Luckily my aunts and cousins are with him! I hope they prepared something to celebrate, since we won’t be able to do it.

897I can’t wait for him to come back! Somehow, 6 months seems longer now than it did when he just left. I miss him a lot. Luckily, Skype exists!

So, Dad, Happy Birthday! Let’s meet on Skype tonight!

I love you

 

Exams in a week

Classes are over. The end of my Bachelor Degree is near, but I don’t want to think about it just yet. It’s scary, and sad.

I have a week to study for my exams. I wonder if it’s enough? I already studied a lot, but somehow it never seems enough. I hope I’ll be fine.

So many things to worry about lately… will I be accepted in the MA I want? I don’t have a backup plan. It better works!

I should stop worrying but somehow I can’t. Anyway!

I won’t be able to post in while, I bet you understand. Exams come first, you know?

For everyone who have exams, do your best! Good luck!

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If only Hogwarts hadn’t forgotten my letter…

When I was 11, I patiently waited for my letter to arrive. I seriously did, just as many other children the same age as me. It was nearly 10 years ago… At the beginning, I created all sorts of scenarios to explain why I hadn’t yet received this letter. I remember some of them, like… “they forgot about me!”,  “Maybe I’m under a spell that errased my powers and they can’t locate me!” or “they want to protect me because a very bad wizard wants to kill me!“… silly stuff like this. Who didn’t? I was pretty sure I was a forgotten-muggle-born-witch and that at some point the Magic world had made a mistake and had yet to discover my existence.

It goes without saying that I was an unpopular, lonely, bookworm little girl with lots of imagination. 

I am 20 now. It seems rather certain that I am a muggle. Which is a shame. I would LOVE to be a witch. I am sure I would have been very good at school. But let’s imagine for a minute what would my life have been if I had received that letter.

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I took this picture at the Harry Potter studios earlier this year~~

I would have been a student there from 2003 to 2010. Sounds great to me. Those are not my favourite years. I still remember just how cruel children and teenagers can be. A little bit of magic would have helped.

If I am to believe my Pottermore results, I would have been a Ravenclaw. I was surprised. Honestly, when I read the book, I thought “ah, so I would have been an Hufflepuff, right?“. I really admire them, in some way. I admire their qualities. Anyway. Ravenclaw definitely suits me, I guess. Though I am not the hardworker Ravenclaws usually are, I think I understand why the little quizz put me in that House.

I would have been terrible at flying, so Quidditch was probably not for me (I am awful at any sport with a ball, so with or without a broomstick doesn’t make much difference). However, cheering my House team would have been a pleasure~!

The subject I would have loved the most is certainly History of Magic. I know, I know, it sounds terribly boring and all, and I read just like you how soporific Binns classes were. But it just fascinates me. The subject, I mean. I would have loved to learn all those things. In middle school and High School, History was my favourite subject. Seriously. I love it.

Potion would have been terrible. I know Snape was dead, in 2003, so maybe the teacher was somewhat kinder, but still, I know how I cook. I overlook quantities and just stop when it seems right. Potions need way too much precision for me.

Charms and Transfiguration both sounds very interesting, so I really wish I could be a witch for just one day and try those two. Please! I want a wand!

I would probably have had good results to my O.W.Ls, and continued some classes to N.E.W.T level. I am sure it is much easier for young wizards to find out what they want to do with their life. Magic is amazing. You can actually do anything, really…

If I had gone to Hogwarts, I would have graduated three years ago. So, by now, I would probably already have found a fascinating job, maybe at the Ministry? Something like that. Sounds great.

But, all of that will never happen. (Yeah, for those of you who doubted it, I am perfeclty sane, don’t worry!)

And, honestly… since I am French, Beauxbatons would have been my school, not Hogwarts, right?

So, what about you all? Did you dream to receive your letter? How would have been your life if you had gone to Hogwarts?

For those of you who wonder “why such a post?”, well, I am completing application forms for Master degrees lately, and I’m definitely dreaming of NOT having to do all of that right now. It just makes me panic.

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PS: please don’t re-use my photo of the letter without my consent, thanks!

Sunshine Award ~ brighten my day!

Everyone! I am extremely happy today! Fancy Little Talk has been nominated for the Sunshine Award~ Well, today is a rainy day here in Paris, so I must say it totally makes my day. And, and, that’s not all, of course! The person who nominated me… I am a regular reader of her blog, I love her way of writing, I love her book reviews, and since we often have the same tastes in books, I add some of the one she introduces to my list (which is growing longer and longer everyday… luckily, I will graduate soon!)… well, that is to say, I am even more happy to know she enjoys my blog!

I hope Little Miss Fran sees this post, though as you probably noticed she isn’t so active in the blog lately. She is studying hard for the exams, so she has no time for posting! I guess I am less serious when it comes to my studies, since we do have the same exams…

So, let’s try following the rules for once:

Include the award’s logo in a post or on your Blog (Done!).
Link to the person who nominated you. (
here: => GO CHECK IT OUT! My Feather Quill is a jewel! <=)
Answer 10 questions about yourself
Nominate 10 Bloggers
Link your nominees to the post and comment on their Blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

10 questions about myself… well, well… I don’t know what might interest you…

1 – A song I can listen to thousands of time without getting tired:

-> At the Beginning, Richard Marx & Donna Lewis (Yes, the one you can hear in Anastasia, I love it so much!)

2 – The book I am currently reading:

-> Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In Spanish. I need to improve my Spanish and to achieve that, I have to read, right? So, why not combine useful with pleasant?

3 – A bad habit I should get rid of:

-> Bury my head in the sand when something makes me nervous. That’s not a solution, and it only makes it last longer. But it seems to be a strong habit, I still have to work on it.

4 – A book I would like to change to end of:

-> Harry Potter and the deathly hallows. Not that I’d like to change the whole end. Just saving Tonks and Lupin would be enough to make it a lot better. Why, whyyyyy did you have to kill Tonks and Lupin?

5 – A quote I love:

-> Every day you spend without a smile is a lost day. I don’t know who said this, but I love this sentence. I cannot imagine spending an entire day without smiling. However hard is life, smiling is what makes it worth living, right? So, please, SMILE!

6 – A celebrity I would love to meet:

-> Beverley Mitchell. She seems to be an amazing person and I would absolutely love to have a conversation with her.

7 – A country I would love to visit:

-> Mongolia. It sounds weird, I know, but I am a huge fan of horse riding, and I dream of doing a trek in Mongolia.

8 – The weirdest thing that ever happened to me:

-> Two or three years ago, though my i-pod was on pause, I heard very clearly a voice whispering “Your father promised her…” several times! I totally freaked out. I was like “e~h? I’m crazy or what? I did hear it, right? I’m sure I did!”. Well, I later discovered that my i-pod was bugging and played songs on its own, while supposingly on pause, and even if the screen showed another song title. In fact, it was the beginning of a song from The Phantom of the Opera… Totally weird and scary.

9 – Favourite snacks:

-> Nachos with salsa dip!

10 – Worst movie I ever watched:

-> Probably “Cherchez Hortense“. You lucky English speakers will never have to watch it. It is a French movie, and after only 3 minutes I was looking for an exit. Well, I ended up staying in the cinema because there was no way to get out but it was really REALLY that bad.

Pfiou! Finally got ten! What a challenge!

So now… my nominees are…

-> Tales Of Life Love And Ice Cream

-> Letters to Cinderella

-> Shh!…It’s a Library

-> The World’s Top 10… of Anything and Everything

-> Curious Mother

I will stop at five. I know, I know, I am supposed to nominate 10 of them, and I woud really love to, but it so happens that I don’t follow many blogs. I don’t have much time to read blogs lately (I will when holidays finally come!), so I prefer reading well the few ones I follow for now. But, do check out those blogs, they make me smile everytime I read them!

Thank you again Lydia for nominating me, it really makes me super happy!

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Why I love the 2005 ver of Pride and Prejudice

It is 8:30PM, holidays end in a week, nothing interesting on TV… of course, I ask myself, what should I do? And, as every other night when there is nothing good on TV, I find myself staring desperately at my stock of DVDs, hoping that some new, exciting movie appears there. Well, it never happens. Very often, I end up picking something I don’t really want to watch just because there is nothing better. But tonight, I was staring at my DVDs like usual and stumbled upon Pride&Prejudice. You know, the 2005 version with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFayden.

I love this movie. I really do. Some quite radical and somehow extreme Jane Austen fans will tell you that this version is bad, and that the one with Colin Firth is the only acceptable one, but I don’t share this opinion. The 2005 ver. is really good considering it is a more or less 2 hours ver. of a legendary book, the cast did an amazing job in giving life to the characters, and, hey! Keira Knightley did receive an Oscar nomination for this role! It really is that amazing. I am not the only one with this opinion, though. The critics received the movie very well and I still don’t know how some fans keep disliking it.

So, I wondered “how long has it been since I watched it?” and suddenly realized I couldn’t recall the last time I did. Which basically means: it was too long ago. And then, I put it on. Mom was supposed to go to bed early, but Pride&Prejudice has that “magnet” effect and it is impossible to leave the room in the middle of the movie – only my brother can do that, but he is a teenage boy, and teenage boys definitely DON’T get the magnificence in Jane Austen masterpiece.

Something amazing with this movie is that, no matter how many times I watched it, I still enjoy it as if it was the first. There are so many reasons why I love it that I cannot list them all. But basically, if you never watched it, DO! Don’t be prejudiced against this version because people often say that the 1995 BBC ver. is better. They are different. Different actors, different styles, different lenght too. How can you compare a 2 hours ver. with a +/- 5 hours ver.?

So, let’s focus on the 2005 one here.

Music

I must say that I am not really the kind of people that remembers movies’ musics easily. I have a tendency to not pay attention to it, and when someone tells me “I love the soundtrack in this movie!” I’m like “uh? I don’t remember, was it good? I didn’t notice“. I know, I know, it’s not good. But hey, not everyone is sensible to music, you know! Anyway. In Pride&Prejudice, I did notice the music. It was quite good, and suited the atmosphere of the movie really well. I even asked my parents for the CD! Well, they never bought it, but still. It shows how good the music is. It gives a completely different vibe to the scenes, and probably accentuate the “Jane Austen” mood, somehow. it’s hard to explain. It just fits, you know? Without this particular music, the movie wouldn’t be the same at all.

Casting

But music isn’t the only thing that makes me love this ver. I also kind of like the cast. I say “kind of” because when you love a book so much, it is always hard to see it adapted on TV. You are always wondering “but why did they choose this actor/actress? That’s not at all how I saw him/her in my head!“. Of course, the cast director cannot find somebody that will fit every single fans’ imagination. However, sometimes I wonder how did they cast the actors and actresses for the BBC ver. I mean, Jane isn’t beautiful in the 1995 ver. She is supposed to be handsome, right? She really is. But in the BBC adaptation she is just plain. Really. Rosamund Pike however is splendid, and she has an innocent aura that suits Jane’s character very well.

I should also probably apologize in advance to any Colin Firth fan here. I don’t like him. I don’t like him at all. I am not denying that he is a good actor, but I just can’t. I know, I know, the “going-out-of-the-water-with-his-white-shirt-wet” scene is more than famous, but I still prefer Matthew MacFayden. He isn’t perfect for the role either though. He is great, but not amazing. It isn’t against the way he plays the character, but Mr Darcy is… well, he is Mr Darcy. I dreamt of marrying him (who didn’t?) for god sake! Any actor playing Mr Darcy will have to face my much-too-critical eyes, and I don’t think any would suit my imagination. But Matthew MacFayden was good. As for Keira Knightley… well, I love her. And I am so jealous of her ability to wear Historical costumes so well! It really fits her. And she really rocks those kinds of movies (come on! The DuchessPirates of the Caribbean… she just looks so great with Historical dresses!), so she makes a really good Elizabeth Bennet. I actually don’t see any other actress that might fit the character as well as Keira Knightley did.

As for the rest of the cast, I think they are all quite good as well. I was particularly happy with Tom Hollander portraying Mr Collins, and he did an amazing job looking as pathetic and disgusting as possible in the short screen time he was allowed, so that was great. Bingley looked cute, though not quite as handsome as I had imagined, but it didn’t really matter. And of course, the three younger sisters were really in character, in particular Jena Malone (Lidya in the movie), as the other two didn’t get much to do other than figuration. Elizabeth’s mother, played by Brenda Blethyn, is also exactly as I imagined: crazy, obsessed with the weddings of her daughters but still caring and loving.

Story

When it comes to the plot in itself… adapting Pride and Prejudice is a complicated task. Even more complicated if you have to fit in a “Hollywood” format: limited lenght, appealing for a large public… Because not everyone is a Jane Austen fan, Pride & Prejudice had to be able to attract people who wouldn’t normally read the books. Of course, it amplifies the love story at the cost of minor stories that make the charm of the book. But it doesn’t mean the movie is bad. The sacrifices made don’t waste the final result. I love the book and I love the movie. I do think that some cuts are a pity, because some of my favourite parts were left out, but I understand that it didn’t fit in the movie.

Sometimes, when I watched it for the first time, I went like “e~h? But… but, no! That’s not how it is!“, but I guess it’s normal. I felt the same with Harry Potter… I’m thinking especially of the scene where Catherine De Bourgh comes to Longbourn to convince Lizzy not to marry Mr Darcy. In the book, it happens in full day light, and I didn’t quite understand why suddenly in the movie Catherine de Bourgh shows up in the middle of the night, as everyone is sleeping. I mean, reading the book, I would never EVER imagine Catherine de Bourgh going anywhere in the middle of the night. It is so not “correct”. But, anyway, it does add some drama. So, that’s fine with me.

I think this movie is way easier to watch for non-fans than the 1995 version. It is shorter (by far!), the story is easier to understand and it is a classic romantic movie that everyone can enjoy, even if you aren’t too much into “historical” stories.

I hope that through this amazing adaptation, more people will get to know Jane Austen and try reading her books. Though Pride and Prejudice is easily the most famous one, I would love more people to see the amazingness of Persuasion. Hollywood, please, why not a movie with this story too? Please?

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