About a million years ago (okay, okay- it was like, five years, tops) I did a tag rather similar to this one. So when I saw this one making the rounds I though, well, why not? I mean, other than the fact that no one actually tagged me (I don’t think? My poor blogging friends have probably finally given up on tagging me because I never fill them out. My blogging has been sporadic since I decided to attend college. But I’ve only got 2 1/2 more semesters to go and then I’m freeeeee)
1. What was the most recent period drama you watched? Share what you thought of it.
I actually wanted to do this tag because after a drought of not watching any period dramas, I finished one yesterday! I just finished reading North and South (for the second time) because I’m writing a research paper on it for my Victorian Literature class, so it seemed like an opportune time to watch the film. It’s not my favorite period drama, but I hadn’t seen it for a few years, and it’s been lovely revisiting it after so long. It was actually better than I remembered (My favorite part will forever be in the last episode when Thornton and Higgins begin to become friends).
2. Do you generally prefer period dramas in the form of a movie or a TV series/mini-series? Why?
I don’t mind movies, but if the period drama is based on a book, then I generally prefer a miniseries- you can just pack so much more into it than a movie.
3. What is your favorite musical period drama?
This is hard because most of my favorite musicals are historical. My Fair Lady, Singin’ in the Rain, and now The Greatest Showman are definitely at the top.
4. Read the book first or watch the movie first?
I generally prefer to read the book first, but sometimes watching the movie is useful; when I was first getting into Charles Dickens’s works, for example, there were so many characters that it was helpful to have a face to go with the names (I’m looking at you, Bleak House). Now I’ve gotten used to Dickens enough where that’s not so much an issue, but if my interest in a story is only so-so, I tend to be more willing to watch the movie, since it’s less time consuming.
5. What is a valuable life lesson you learned from a period drama?
Don’t try cleaning lace in buttermilk if you have a cat around.
6. Which period drama hero would you be likely to fall in love with in real life?
I DON’T KNOW.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Professor Bhaer, though? (plus I’m pretty much Jo. In so many ways…)
Also Mr. Knightley. I could definitely fall for Mr. Knightley. Or Henry Tilney.
7. Do you ever like to binge-watch a period drama series?
Yes in theory, no in practice. I’m not the best binge watcher (which is probably a good thing) because anything more than 4 hours gives me a headache and I just feel ick. So if something is more than four or five episodes, I generally won’t watch it all at once.
8. What things go best with watching a period drama?
Something hot to drink, a blanket, and snacks (usually something chocolate).
9. Which period drama do you think you would fit into best?
I was made for that Cranford life. I mean, can’t you just see me with a pajama-wearing cow?
No? You think I’d find it too boring? Well, I’d take a jaunt to 1920s Egypt in The Mummy, then. (These movies totally count as period dramas! As does Indiana Jones. Feel free to fight me on it.)
10. If you could have any period drama character for a best friend, who would it be? And why?
I just want to be Poirot’s friend. He might let me come along with him and solve mysteries, and I feel like he’d give good advice, too. (I’d love to be Miss Lemon, honestly. And her outfits are delightful, as well.)
11. Show us a picture of a period drama costume you wish you could wear in real life.
You can call me Agent. (Really, though, all of Peggy’s outfits are fabulous- plus, I totally would wear them in real life.)
12. Are there any period dramas you like to watch during a particular season or holiday?
I know everyone says Little Women at Christmas, but there is something so cozy and Christmas-y about it.
13. Which period drama has your favorite soundtrack?
I love the soundtrack of North and South. Sadly, it’s not available for purchase. Of course, you can always buy yourself a violin and teach yourself how to play for the sole purpose of learning the North and South main theme. Not, of course, that that is anything I would ever do. *nervous laughter*
(In my defense, this was years before I had Spotify, so…)
14. Dream cast your favorite actor and actress in a period drama of your choosing; tell which parts they would play and why.
Natalie mentioned in her answers to this tag that Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander (who are married in real life) would make an excellent Barney and Valancy in The Blue Castle….and I can’t stop thinking about how perfect that would be.
15. Are there any period dramas you like more than one version of?
I liked both versions of Sense and Sensibility. Also, though I hated it at first, the newer version of Emma is one that has definitely grown on me and now I like it almost as much as the 1996 one.
16. What are the top three period dramas that you haven’t seen on your to-watch list?
Well, I have seen most of the period dramas that I’m interested in. There are a few that I’ve meaning meaning to watch, though some of them have content issues which is why I’ve been putting them off.
- The Great Gatsby
- Far From the Madding Crowd
- The new Little Women (except I’ve heard some things that make me fear I’ll hate it?) and the newest season of Victoria
17. Show a picture of your favorite period drama hairstyle.
Downton Abbey has the best hairstyles. (I love all the flapper ‘dos later in the series, too)
18. What was your favorite wedding in a period drama?
Victoria and Albert’s wedding is just so pretty!
19. What is your favorite biographical period drama?
Y’all…biographical movies are hard! I always get caught up in whether or not they are accurate (well, except in the case of The Greatest Showman…) Honestly, I don’t know. I did like Belle, but that one was more inspired by a true story than strictly biographical.
(although the previous question reminded me of Victoria, so I suppose that one counts? I also like the movie The Young Victoria. And now I’m remembering Amazing Grace. Okay, maybe there are good biographical period dramas out there.)
20. Which historical novel will you forever recommend to anyone and everyone?
I don’t really recommend a single novel to everyone, because everyone has different tastes! BUT I’ll go with something by Rafael Sabatini- either Scaramouche or Captain Blood. They’re just fun. They’ve got adventure and romance and duels and shenanigans.
Feel free to take on this tag if you so feel like it!