Happy February, everyone! Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly, isn’t it? (I feel like 2021 as a whole is going so fast already. Anybody else feel that way??) I’m one of those people who has always made valentines and probably always will make valentines, although my audience has, granted, diminished significantly as I’ve gotten older. (I don’t send valentines to boys anymore, for example. For obvious reasons.)
But that doesn’t mean I enjoy Valentine’s Day any less! Not only is the holiday a super fun concept (with a cool background), but there are so many awesome ways to modify it and celebrate it according to your current relationships. This year, my celebrations include a very special Valentine’s Day period drama tag. This tag was created by Heidi @ Along the Brandywine, and it looks super fun. Very gushy and lovey-dovey and all-around Valentine’s-y. ;P
Let’s get started!
Just as a disclaimer, this tag does contain spoilers for several different period dramas. If you’re okay with that, then please, read on! 🙂
1 | Your current three (or up to five!) favorite period dramas?
Hmm. I’ll stick with three favorites, since after that it gets hard to rank them. XD
The 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries is my all-time favorite period drama, and probably always will be. I first saw it in 2018 and have yet to see a period drama that has definitively usurped its top spot. The 2008 Little Doritt miniseries is my current second placer, and the 2019 Little Women film takes third. If you haven’t seen any of these, you need to. Seriously. Go and get them all from the library at the next possible opportunity. You won’t regret it.
2 | What would you recommend to someone who’s never seen a period drama as a starter?
The 2017 Little Women miniseries, perhaps? It’s entertaining, largely clean, and chock-full of the sunlit sweetness and attention to detail that every good period drama should have. Also, it’s not super intense, which makes it a good choice for younger viewers or, in this case, I guess, someone who isn’t used to the shocking energy and emotion that seems to come along with most period dramas.
3 | A favorite couple that wouldn’t be included in answer #1 and/or a favorite secondary character romance?
Oof… I’d have to go with Margaret Hale and John Thornton from the 2004 North and South miniseries. I can’t say exactly why, which probably means I need to watch the series again, but I remember just really loving their relationship and being irritated that the series ended basically immediately after they finally got together. XD
Valentine de Villefort and Maximilien Morrel from the 1998 The Count of Monte Cristo miniseries win favorite secondary character romance. They’re one of those couples that feels so perfect, like it’s so obvious they were made for each other.
4 | What do you consider foundational qualities for a healthy romance?
Ooh, I did a study on this a couple years ago, actually. *digs around for a certain set of notecards* Aha, here we are.
I believe patience, respect, honesty, kindness, faithfulness, grace, trust, supportiveness, and sensitivity are all crucial components to a Godly and successful romance/marriage. I also think it’s important to have the same political/religious views and a similar sense of humor as your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse. I am happy to say I do see these traits in many of the romantic relationships presented in period dramas.
5 | Worst villain/antagonist?
Monsieur Rigaud from Little Doritt, hands down. Most period drama villains are plenty slimy, but can be managed easily enough. Not so with Rigaud. Why? Oh, being a creepy and conniving seasoned murderer might have something to do with it. XD
6 | A favorite proposal scene?
*snorts* All of them? XD
Mr. Darcy’s famous first proposal to Elizabeth Bennet in both the 1995 and 2005 versions of Pride and Prejudice is what first comes to mind (I love seeing haughty guys flounder in the face of their feelings), but I also love Edward Ferrars’ proposal to Elinor Dashwood in the 1995 film version of Sense and Sensibility. It’s so earnest and sweet. ❤
7 | Favorite period drama characters based on a real life couple?
Beatrix Potter and Norman Warne from Miss Potter! Although, to be honest, I love Beatrix’s relationship with William Heelis as well (I love when childhood friends get together). She’s got good taste all ’round, apparently. XD
8 | Any classic b/w period dramas you like?
Nope. XP I know they’re out there, and honestly I should probably see some (especially the Austen ones, for crying out loud), but I unfortunately am just not a fan of black-and-white movies. *shrug*
9 | Most mature romance in a period drama? (mature as in age and/or characters who are consciously and wisely ripened by life experience, etc.)
Amy Doritt and Arthur Clennam from Little Doritt are the obvious choice for me here. Amy is young, but she is kind, patient, steadfast, and wise. Clennam is a good deal like her, albeit older and therefore wiser. XD Their similarities, so harmoniously twined with a handful of passionate differences, make them such a beautiful “old soul” couple in my mind. I expect them to have a long and successful marriage. ❤
10 | Most excruciatingly long, slow burn romance in a period drama?
Once again, Lizzie and Darcy are the first couple that pops into my head… *sigh* Pride and Prejudice aside, Amy and Arthur again come to mind, and also Mary Thorne and Frank Gresham from the 2016 Doctor Thorne miniseries. I kept waiting for them to get together and it kept. Not. Happening in the most frustrating ways. *facewall* It was so satisfying when Mary finally admitted her love for and consented to being with Frank!
11 | A story that has multiple film adaptations where you love more than one of them?
It would have to be Little Women. I’ve seen the 1994 and 2019 film adaptions, as well as the 2017 miniseries, and I thoroughly enjoyed all three. Even though in my opinion they all fall short of the book, they still have their individual virtues.
12 | A book you think needs to be made into a film (or a new adaptation)?
For a book that needs to be translated to the screen: Romanov by Nadine Brandes, please, please, please! (Hello? Are there any filmmakers reading this?! XD) I finally got around to reading it after hearing tons of great things about it, and I am so glad I did. This book broke me, y’all. (It broke my mom, too.) Ivan! Maria! Zash! Alexei! *screams out of pure feels* Yeah, Romanov basically hit everything I love about historical fiction. It just *that Pacha meme* (In fact, I might be posting a full review on the book soon!)
As for a period drama that needs a new adaption, that’s easy: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. There hasn’t been a screen adaption of this amazing book since 1989. 1989! Why?! *sigh* But I’ve been there, said that. I digress (for now).
Now, I shall tag Mia @ Windows to Mia to participate in this lovely tag! (Mia, if you’re not interested, that’s totally fine 😉 ) And anyone else who wishes to join in is welcome to do so, of course!
Thanks for reading! Have you seen any of the period dramas I mentioned? Which do you like best? (P.S., Heidi’s Valentine’s Day Period Drama Blog Party is going on now! Be sure to check it out!)
Níl deireadh leis anseo,
Havalah Ruth Peirce
14 thoughts on “Tag | Valentine’s Day period dramas”
Happy February! I’ve seen Little Women (2019) and Miss Potter. Oh, and Little Women (1994). I liked the 1994 version better than the 2019 version. I’ve never been a huge fan of period dramas, to be honest, though. I’ve heard Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley (or something like that) is good, though. I have a friend who is absolutely enthralled with it after watching it for the first time. XD
I still have to check out Romanov by Nadine Brandes! Haven’t gotten to it yet, but hopefully will. I’m slightly hesitant, as I’m not sure I’ll like something set in Russia, which is part of the absolutely alien (to me) Eastern hemisphere. But I might just pick it up anyway. 😉
Also, I thought it was interesting that you (apparently) follow Heidi’s blog, because Heidi used to go to my church before she got married and moved to California. I didn’t know her personally, and I don’t follow her blog, but I’m aware of the fact that she did go to our church for a while. 🙂
That’s cool! 😀 Have you read Pride and Prejudice? Because to be honest, the 1995 series is SO much truer to the book than the 2005 version. The 2005 is definitely flashier, but…eh. I’ve only seen it once. Didn’t love it. I just didn’t really feel like P&P to me, I guess. *shrug* But if you ever watch either, let me know what you think! My opinion is not law. XD
Romanov is definitely worth a try, although TBH I would label it as more of a book that a girl would like rather than one a guy would like. Not that a guy couldn’t enjoy it, but even as I was reading it I was thinking, “This is definitely written in a way to appeal to girls.” XD So if you read it, please do give me your thoughts—I’d be curious to hear them!
Whoa, that’s super cool! I’ve only been following her blog for a couple months, but I enjoy all her posts. We have similar interests, I think. XD
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I haven’t read P&P to the end, although I did start it. I might have to try the 1995 series, thank you for recommending it! Just out of curiosity, did you see the series first or the 2005 film? I’ll let you in on my opinion on the 2005 film if/after I see it. 😉
I’ll definitely let you know what I think of Romanov if I ever get to read it (which I plan to)! I feel like I tend to enjoy some books written for girls. Do you think Romanov feels “girly” (for lack of a better word XD) because it has a female protagonist?
I’m glad you enjoy Heidi’s blog! She seems like a cool person. 🙂
I saw the 1995 series after the 2005 film. It’s possible that may have had an effect on my opinion, although I hope that isn’t the case. XD
Cool! 😀 Hmm, that may have something to do with it, yes. And the fact that the author was female, as well, probably. Idk, some of the wording/word choices just felt…feminine to me. Not that that’s wrong. Just something I noticed. *shrug* XD
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I read The Hobbit before I saw the trilogy, so I wasn’t a big fan of the trilogy until later. That’s why I was curious. XD
In the interest of not being surreptitious, I thought I’d pop up here to say ha, it IS a small world! 😉 Honestly, I thought you might have heard of my blog through your mom or something though, so that’s funny.
Also wanted to mention that next month I’m hosting an Epic Story event + I try to host a monthly Inklings link up, both of which aren’t intended to be terribly fluffy or frilly so if you’re interested in joining in either of those you’re welcome to.
(Havalah, apologies/hopefully this comment won’t mess anything up on your end, my phone didn’t want to let me comment at the end of the chain. :p)
That’s a shame you don’t like black and white films since there are some stunning period dramas from the era. I love the 1938 Pride and Prejudice with Olivier and Greer Garson. It’s brilliant. He also played Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights and Orson Welles was magnificent as Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre So, so good.
I haven’t watched the new Little Women yet, maybe one of these days. I do love Doctor Thorne. I should probably rewatch it this year. It’s been quite awhile.
I found you through Heidi’s blog! I answered the tag too and wrote a post about Raoul and Christine from The Phantom of the Opera 2004 film for her party, in case you’re interested. I also love Darcy’s first proposal scene since it’s so ridiculous, and I shared a video clip of the one from the 1938 P&P. They did a great job, it’s so funny.
It is a shame, honestly. XD I should probably just buckle down and get a couple b/ws from the library. Or P&P, at least.
I didn’t see Doctor Thorne until about a month ago; I just randomly spotted it on Amazon and decided to give it a try. I was really impressed with the quality of it! Definitely one of my new favorites! (And I need to read the book now, too. XD)
Oh, awesome! I’ll go check out both your posts right now for sure. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it! ❤
Many good choices here! I agree that it’s hard to adapt Little Women as well as it deserves, but each version brings something lovely about it alive 🙂
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Someone else who loves multiple versions of Little Women! Yay! I’ve enjoyed every version that I’ve seen. I didn’t quite love the 2017 miniseries, but that was the first time that I’d seen a different Laurie from Christian Bale who is hard to live up to so it’s not any of the other actors’s fault, haha!
For some reason I didn’t get notified for this – my apologies! And thank you for the comment! Christian Bale is definitely hard to live up to. XD
Loved finding your blog! And heartily enjoyed all your answers.
The newest Little Women adaptations are at the top of my TBW list.
Ooh, Maximilien — and the romance with Valentine — was one of my favorite things in CoMC. (Though, indeed, the entire story just sparkles brilliantly.) So bookmarking your recommendation as I’d love to see an adaptation that does them justice.
You *should* see some b/w’s (well, at least P&P), but I do agree that going in with very different expectations for what to expect helps with enjoying it.
So happy you could join the party and looking forward to visiting more in the future! 😉
Thanks so much for your comment! Participating in your party was really fun, and I’m glad you enjoyed my responses. 😀
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