My sister, Kayleen, had my name for Christmas this year. Yes, this post is about my Christmas presents. Yes, tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Anyway, Kayleen sent my family so many cool Star Wars related Christmas gifts that my family of nerds was happier than the Rebel Alliance after Luke blew up the Death Star.
Here are my two favorites:
Han Solo in carbonite cover for my phone.
Big hands, I know you're the one.
And I actually had some dude follow me into a parking lot just so he could take a picture of our Nerd Family Decals:
Something that is equally cool is that a couple weeks ago it was the 200 anniversary of the release of Pride and Prejudice. And I was dreaming up a blog post about it all day long, and then evening came and I sat down to watch the Keira Knightley P&P movie in honor of the anniversary, and then I didn't blog at all. I do kind of like that adaption... but mostly just for those times when you need a quick Mr. Darcy fix.
Good things about the Keira Knightley version:
1. Jane is actually pretty. Because the Colin Firth version of P&P is pretty much the best thing ever created in the history of puffy shirts, but Jane is... just... she's not... no offense to the actress who portrays her who is probably a wonderful human being... but... she's just. NO.
2. Wickham is handsome, although perhaps not the best actor. Still... handsome.
3. Although the first proposal scene kind of strays a bit from the book... whoo Nelly! There was some sexual tension there. I do not hate.
4. The meadow scene. I understand, yes.. this would never have happened in 1813 England, Lizzy walking around outside in her nightdress, being approached by a half-clothed Mr. Darcy. I know! But still, so romantical! It's a little swoony.
5. I do think Judi Dench makes a good Lady Catherine.
Bad things about the Keira Knightley version:
1. The Bennets did not have a male heir so their fortune was entailed away from their family, but they did not live in squalor. A pig wandering through the house? Come on. They were portrayed much dirtier than I believe Jane Austen intended.
2. Mrs. Bennet acts like a loving although-occasionally-neurotic mother. In the book, she's just straight up neurotic. I love her, she reminds me of my own mom. I don't want a kinder, gentler Mrs. Bennet. The fact that Lizzy's parents don't love each other is a HUGE theme in the book, and this version completely leaves it out.
3. That "Mrs. Darcy, Mrs. Darcy, Mrs. Darcy" cheese fest at the very end of the film. Hija mia.
Anyway, that was riveting, I'm sure. How about if I go through the Star Wars Prequels to tell you all the things that suck about them? Actually, that would be easy.
Star Wars Prequels
First scene? Sucks.
Final scene? Mega sucks
Everything in between? The suckiest bunch of suck that ever did suck.
Also, terrible terrible dialogue and the most wooden acting imaginable. BOOOOOOO!!!!!!
I am now imagining a Star Wars/Pride and Prejudice Nerd ball, combining my two great loves. Maybe the men can come dressed up like Han Solo and the women in Regency garb? This might be the only way to get husbands to an Austen ball. I think I might be a genius.