Welcome to Period Drama Week! From September 4 - 10, Elegance of Fashion will be celebrating period dramas. For each day of the week, there will be a special post related to Period Dramas. There will be games to participate in and interesting posts for you to read! Follow the link and check the schedule.I've decided to take part in the fun and answer the questions in the Period Drama Week Tag. Today is only Part I , questions 1/10. Are you ready? Do you want to answer the questions too on your blog? Just do it and let us know!
Period Drama Week - Questions Part I
How did you get into period dramas?
It’s not an old hobby of mine. Actually I disdained watching adaptations of classics at first, preferring reading them. Then I started watching BBC classic drama series in the original language (Our Mutual Friend was my first) and … I couldn’t stop. Now I’ve seen so many! And I love collecting DVDs.
What is it that you like about period dramas?
The charm of past times and the possibility of virtually travelling back through the centuries.
Do you usually read a book and then watch the adaptation or do you watch the adaptation and then read the book?
I’ve done both . But I’ve even done what I know is terribly wrong but … time! I’m always lacking spare time to read and watch the many things I would like to, so … I watched some series without reading the book they were based on.
What are your top three period dramas and why?
1. North and South because it is one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen and because watching it meant so much to me. A turning point in my life. My regulars readers know what I mean. Just have a look around my blog: Mr Thornton and so many unforgettable beautiful scenes! And, last but not least, one of the most romantic endings.
2. The Buccaneers . I love Edith Wharton’s novels ( The Age of Innocence!) and this unfinished one had a brilliant adaptation in 1995. I love the plot, the characters, the setting, the cast, the costumes.
3.Daniel Deronda . I also appreciate George Eliot’s work a lot and I find this one was a very brave novel to be published in the Victorian Age. This BBC adaptation is exceptionally good. It stars Hugh Dancy, Romola Garai, Hugh Bonneville, Jodhi May, Amanda Root, Jamie Bamber among many others.
From those three period dramas that you picked, who are your favorite characters in each one?
Mr Thornton, Nan, Daniel Deronda
Which author do you like the adaptations of his/her works best?
I love Austen adaptations very much. Since I haven’t mentioned her before and she definitely deserves mentioning. So, here I am: JANE AUSTEN!
Which period drama characters are the funniest to you ?
I love Austen comic characters: Mrs Bennet, Miss Bates, Mr Woodhouse and …ehm … hope she doesn’t get offended, a grand lady like her could … Lady Catherine De Bourgh. I find her extremely funny in her pomp.
Which period drama characters are the most annoying ?
I hate arch-villains like Urahia Heep in David Copperfield, Henleigh Grandcourt in Daniel Deronda or Mr Ralph Nickleby in Nicholas Nickleby.
Which period drama characters are in your top three?
Mr Thornton, Captain Wentworth, Mr Knightley
When you watch period dramas, what is it that you pay the closest attention to?
Scenery, costumes, changes from the book, characterization.
More about Period drama soon!