This week we decided to visit a few earlier eras that take us back, inspire us, and make us swoon. Welcome to the Classics! Here are some of our favorite books translated into movies.
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This beautiful and at times, haunting classic has been adapted into film countless times, but Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska are one of my favorite Jane and Rochester.
“I knew,” he continued, “you would do me good in some way, at some time—I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you.”
“Yet I dare not show you where I am vulnerable, lest, faithful and friendly as you are, you should transfix me at once.”
“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless?”
“It is a dream; such dreams as I have had at night when I have clasped her once more to my heart, as I do now.”
Oh the feels! The mysterious back and forth tension between the two the entire book. His curiosity that puzzled her but brought her comfort too, hence she entertained his ridiculous banter. In the end, she became an independent soul, a free bird, his equal and they made it through.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A beloved classic of all time. Jane Austen wrote them well, bringing us laughter, tears, and wonderful men to swoon over for the last two hundred years. Let’s take a look at some great Darcy and Lizzie moments.
“I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy.
“Of a fine, stout, healthy love it may. Every thing nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.”
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do…You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Elizabeth’s astonishment was beyond expression.
“From the very beginning…your manners impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form that groundwork of disapprobation, on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen is what we call, TENSION.
3. Becoming Jane
Yes, ‘Becoming Jane’ isn’t a book, per say. In the last hundred years, at least, upon Jane’s brother, Henry bringing to the light that Jane Austen is the author behind six beloved stories, historians have sought out anything and everything pertaining to the life of this young woman. Letters to her sister, Cassandra aided in much of what they know about young Jane Austen and her ‘almost love’ Tom Lefroy. Here’s a few speculated moments from the beloved author’s stolen romance.
Mr. Lefroy was presumably, a great influence in Jane’s transition between her ‘Juvenilia’ writing onto ‘First Impressions’ which later was re-titled, ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
“I know more of the world. Enough to know that your horizons must be…widened.”
Oh, cheeky Lefroy.
“Miss Austen,” called Lefroy. “Yes?” Asked Jane, returning with anticipation. “Goodnight,” Lefroy teased.
Lastly, let’s end it with a bang!
4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Enter the beautiful, tortured yet lively spirited, Daisy.
“I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
“I wish I’d done everything on Earth with you.”
“Gatsby looked at Daisy in a way every young girl wanted to be looked at.”
“Don’t worry old sport. Don’t worry.”