anghraine: watercolour of jane austen; text: intj (jane austen (was an intj))
I didn't sign up for [community profile] month_of_meta , but I did want to do something, preferably several somethings, as they occurred to me. A lot of this is probably familiar to my f-list (I originally did it on Tumblr), but I think it's worth repeating a few dozen times :)

disclaimer: it doesn’t mean your fic is terrible badwrong if you don’t do these things or that nobody likes it or that your fic is even not good or that I am a perfect Georgian-period Austen fanwriter who has followed this to the letter from seventeen onwards, it’s just stuff that makes me (and most of my friends, but don’t worry, I’m not a BNF), more likely to read. Also, I tried to list things that are helpful for fic based on any of the novels, but the examples are from P&P since that’s like 95% of the fandom.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
So, good Austen fanart is not quite so abundant as SW -- though this may be that I tend to dislike the adaptations, especially the 1995 one, so the various versions of Colin Firth or whomever don't generally make the cut. Anyway, here's some of the stuff I've found.

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I've discovered that I don't hate religion, per se, just mine. Um, yay.

But seriously. A teacher explaining that there has only ever been one universally accepted model of marriage until now as the lesson to be learned from Abraham's family is so horrifically wrong that, in retrospect, it starts coming around the other side. That family tree is the simplified version I made to help me sort out the main characters. Now I wish I'd drawn it on the board.

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Title: First Impressions (8/13, 9/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: Henry finishes his trip to Hunsford, discusses the fallout with Jane, then goes with the Gardiners to Pemberley and gets another harsh dose of reality.

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Chapter Eight )

Chapter Nine )
anghraine: leia in the death star cell; text: distressing damsel (distressing damsel)
I keep running across a not-quite-trope -- an argument -- that I find immensely problematic. I'm going to talk about it now, through my own feminism, which may not be yours. Consider yourself warned for that, along with discussions of violence and sexual assault.

A defense of double standards )

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Title: First Impressions (6/13, 7/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: Jane goes to the Gardiners' and Henry to the Collinses'; Henry meets Lady Catherine, Anne, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and (once again) Catherine; many hints are dropped.

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Chapter Six )

Chapter Seven )
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
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Title: First Impressions (4/13, 5/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: Mr Collins chooses the companion of his future life, Mr Wickham tells of his tragic, tragic life, the Netherfield Ball happens, as does some minor inbreeding.

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Chapter Four )

Chapter Five )
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I like Cracked, but just about every time they mention Padmé I prepare to board the failboat.

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Title: First Impressions (3/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: As always, Jane gets sick and stays at Netherfield; the various residents disagree about everything.

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Chapter Three )
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Title: First Impressions (1/13, 2/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: A reimagining of Pride and Prejudice: how would the story have gone if Darcy were a woman and Elizabeth were a man?

Pairings/warnings/assorted notes: Darcy/Elizabeth, Jane/Bingley, others; genderswap!

Length: 36,470 words (thirteen chapters; finished)

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Chapter One )
Chapter Two )
 

Days 7 & 8

Mar. 22nd, 2011 04:30 pm
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
I'm on vacation!  Freedom, finally -- which mostly seems to involve babysitting my nephew Luke, but it's still good.  And Luke is a tiny golden-haired mass of adorableness, anyway, as long as he's not left alone for a single moment.

Also, my mother and I celebrated my liberty by watching Eclipse.  I'd already read it, so I fully expected lulz, but it was even better than I'd hoped.  Even Mother, who is significantly more positive about the whole Twilight thing than I am, snickered through about half.  Also, she apparently had blocked Breaking Dawn from her memory, so she made me tell her what happened in it.  Everything that happened.  I might have enjoyed that more than I should.  ("So the death baby breaks her ribs and she guzzles blood from a sippy-cup -" "What?")

So!  Next day memeing:

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We all have a personal canon -- the X that exists in our heads, with all the little additions and details our minds supply.  Sort of like fanon, but for one person instead of a weird fandom virus.  So, for Pride and Prejudice, this is mine:
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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (pastrylove)
I cannot say how many times I have heard certain fanon "facts" about appearance repeated over and over - and they're not just popular and prevalent, like a good deal of fanon, either.  With appearance, people will actually insist that they're what Austen/the book says.  e.g., Jane is listed under the TV Tropes entry "Hair of Gold," with this explanation:

Following the frequent book descriptions as 'fair-haired', in the two most recent film adaptations of Pride And Prejudice, the prettiest (and most innocent) daughter, Jane, is a blonde 

It's stretched far beyond purely Internet fanon, too:  Colin Firth's hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes were actually dyed for the 1995 P&P; blonde Jennifer Ehle wore a dark wig for Elizabeth and even Susannah Harker's naturally blonde hair was lightened.  Mary got spots, and Mr Collins grease.  The 2005 P&P likewise gave Keira Knightley a wig much darker than her naturally light brown/dark blonde hair, and Matthew Macfadyen insisted that he wasn't dark enough to physically resemble Austen's Darcy.

So, given the rampant assumptions and clichés, I decided to track down what canon actually tells (or more often, doesn't tell) us about what the characters look like.

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[reposted from wordpress]

It’s a common fiction that Elizabeth Bennet is the narrator of Pride and Prejudice, or that the story is told solely from her perspective.  Those arguing for a nicer, gentler Darcy (or, alternatively, a crueller and less virtuous one), often invoke the argument – e.g., “we only see what Elizabeth sees,” or “we only see him through Elizabeth’s eyes” – ignoring the many occasions when we see his thoughts – or Bingley’s, Mrs Bennet’s, Lydia’s, Jane’s, Georgiana’s, Mrs Gardiner’s, Mr Bennet’s, Caroline’s, etc etc.

Of course, Pride and Prejudice is not told (or seen through the eyes of) any one of these people.  It has – in common with all the Austen novels – an omniscient narrator.  She relates the story – events, thoughts, perceptions – usually as the characters themselves would see/think/perceive them.  Sometimes, however, she reverts to her Voice of God authority, speaking as herself and saying This Is So.

 

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
Pretty much what it says on the tin, really.  This time starring mage!Darcy:

Not Usually Influenced )

anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (warning)
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I recently rediscovered my copy of So You Think You Know Jane Austen? and, just for kicks, went through the P&P section, as that’s the one I know the best. If I may offer a word of advice? If you own and/or are considering owning this book, take everything the authors assert with a grain of salt — with a mound of salt, as it were.

So, largely for the purpose of venting, here are my ‘Yes, I rather do think I know Jane Austen’ replies; by the way, this is supposedly arranged by level of difficulty, from easy to difficult.

(For convenience’s sake, I assume the events of the novel occur over 1799-1800; ‘A1′ is my original reply, A2 their answer, with some typically kind and sweet-natured comments on my part.)Read more... )
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[reposted from wordpress]

Back when I was in high school, my entire class had to take these tests for a health class – I was an INTJ, to my utter non-surprise.  Then, when I went into college two years later, I took it again – INTP.  Since I was always a borderline J anyway, and also a bit off my head at the time, also not surprised.  The other day, I took it at work, again, and I was back to my old INTJ-ness.  Which was awesome, because I get – er – more P-ish when I’m not quite well.  Anyway, I took the link over to the ‘these are what INTJs are like, and these are some examples’.  The RL examples were pretty cool, but not half as much as the fictional ones.

Hannibal Lecter, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and Gandalf the Grey.  It just doesn’t get cooler than that.

 

Analyse here . . . )

 

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