I was asked this question in an interview in which I talk about Dedication–now on sale at AllRomanceEbooks (cheaper than amazon or kindle!) but the question of the day there is what rules you tolerate being broken in romance. Many thanks to Layna Pimentel for having me visit, and please go visit–we’re a bit quiet there at the moment.
You can also find out which Austen character I’d like to be and it’s such a fascinating topic I thought I should extend it here.
Lizzy Bennett. No. Not even if you snag the 1995 Colin Firth. A lifetime of jollying him along and trying to stop him telling Bingley and Jane what to do?–no thanks. Besides which, exactly how often do you expect him to parade around in a wet shirt?
Mary Crawford. Smart, manipulative, daring, but brother Henry has possibly screwed up her chances for the good marriage she needs to shine. Besides which, she’s the SISTER of the best looking guy in the movie, I mean the book.
Anne Wentworth nee Elliot. No, not even if you snag the 1995 Ciaran Hinds. Life aboard ship, even as the Captain’s lady, was nasty (ruinous to the complexion too), and how will Wentworth take to life ashore in peacetime? The last time he diverted himself by flirting and marrying. Uh oh.
Emma. Oh dear lord no. Rich and clueless and has to sleep with Mr. Knightley.
Dashwood sisters–see above re Hinds and Firth, and I always thought Alan Rickman looked particularly jowly in that role. Marianne, I’m sure, is destined for a short life of ill health following her nearly fatal strep throat, and Elinor is… well, you know what Elinor is, it makes me fall asleep just thinking about her.
Catherine Tilney nee Morland. Exactly how many children is she supposed to have? Awful father-in-law and brother-in-law? No. (But she is married to Henry…)
Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Now we’re talking. Clueless but it doesn’t matter because she’s rich and powerful. It’s all about the power, baby.
Now you see where this is going, don’t you? So tell me how violently you disagree, or visit Layna Pimentel to see if you agree with my choice there.
Um, if I could look like Kate Beckinsale and sleep with Mark Strong I might be awfully tempted. Although I must say I like his fashion sense better as Septimus in Stardust.
Oh Janet. You just made me laugh till it hurts.
I would like to be Fanny Price! Shocked? Not surprised since many think her insipid and mousey. I think that Fanny has fantastic potential to be a Lady Catherine. More shocking surprises, eh? She would make a fabulous heroine in the sequel. Lady Fanny Bertram…
@Jane, I thought Kate Beckinsale was brilliant as Emma but Mark Strong?? Why? VERY odd casting.
@Laurel Ann, I think you’re dead on about Fanny Price as an embryonic Lady Catherine. And in the sequel, do you think she’d have a crack at Henry Crawford?
Oh, I’d be Lizzie Bennett with the Colin Firth Darcy. I think they’d have a very successful marriage and I’d get to live at Pemberley!
I’d take Mr. Darcy too. As Lizzie’s friend Charlotte says, there will always be vexations. I think they’re more easily born living at a place like Pemberley with a man who means well, for his faults.
Interesting choice you made. I can agree with it for many of the reasons you gave.
I have to agree with Diane G. though. I think Lizzy could get Darcy to lighten up a bit. Underneath all that stern quiet, he is a nice man. And yes, there is always Pemberley.