Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Sometimes Being Sick Is a Blessing
Okay that title was a hook. The past 2 days weren’t really a blessing when I was confined at home on 2 gorgeous spring-like days with what can best be described as the flu.
Usually when I’m feeling crummy, I curl up in the big chair and watch one of the movies from my DVD collection. Monday, though, all I could do was sleep, stare at the HGTV channel, and sleep. Tuesday I did manage to read quite a bit on a manuscript – and sleep.
I wish I had more time to enjoy my DVDs. I have started quite a collection of historical movies, mostly classics made from books by Austen, Bronte, Montgomery, and others. The period pieces are great escapes into a lost world where romance was chivalrous.
Friday, a new addition arrived for my collection in the form of the 2007 Masterpiece Theatre edition of Jane Eyre. I bought it on recommendation only. I watched it late into Saturday night (even though I knew with DST that I’d really be lacking in sleep come Sunday morning). This is a superb adaptation of the Bronte classic. I want to watch it again soon.
Also in my collection are:
Sense & Sensibility (with Emma Thompson)
Emma (A&E version with Kate Bleckinsale)
Emma (with Gwyneth Paltrow)
Persuasion (with Amanda Root)
Pride & Prejudice (A&E version with Colin Firth – in VHS and DVD)
Pride & Prejudice (with Keira Knightley)
Pride & Prejudice (1985 BBC version – YUCK – I’ll sell it cheap)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour)
Wives and Daughters
Sarah Plain and Tall (all 3 in the series)
Anne of Green Gables (all 3 in the series)
Sound of Music
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
I know I have others and love most all of them, but that is all my tired mind can recall at the moment.
So, am I silly to enjoy these movies? Anyone else want to confess to what movies you love to watch and re-watch? What is it in these classics that can so inspire us long after they were first written?
Editor Du Jour Becky