Masterpiece Classic: P&P
The Pride and Prejudice movie on Sunday night was perfect. That's because I already think the A&E Colin Firth version is perfect. The only part in the entire series that I dislike is the same thing they do in all versions of P&P; they downplay the fact that Charlotte Lucas (Collins) wants Lizzie to marry Col. Fitzwilliam. I think there's some jealousy there on Darcy's part, and it would be nice if they could play that out a little bit. But alas, it's a small portion in the book, and so I can understand why they always leave it out. Ho, hum. Oh, and I apologize for talking about parts of the series that haven't occurred yet --but I feel I'm fairly safe since the majority of my readership has seen it. Right? And if you haven't? Holy cow, people, why are you reading this!? Get out and watch it!
VALENTINE'S DAY STORIES
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. As a teen, I actually liked Valentine's Day, especially if I had a boyfriend during it. Which happened...once? Twice? Okay, not often, but I remember those days fondly because dang! I got good stuff! I think the best Valentine's Day I had in high school was the first time I had a boyfriend (I will not divluge how young I was, but just know that I was young. Probably a Freshman. And 14. But I'm not going to tell you, okay?). Here's what happened:
We had 5 hours/periods in the day. On my way to 1st period, he gave me a card with a sweet original poem. I thought it was nice, but lame because I had gotten him at least THREE presents, and how could he just do this, the cheap guy?! (Remember, I was young). Then in 2nd period, I got a decorated folder with a whole bunch of individual valentine's in it (those kind that you pass out in 2nd grade, right?) Each one was numbered, and he had written me a letter in sequential order. It was obvious that it took a lot of time, and my young mind could still appreciate the effort. I then started to feel bad about my previous feelings. Then in 3rd hour (I think I'm remembering this correctly; I could have these things out of order), I got a cute stuffed dalmation puppy. I can't remember what happened at lunchtime --I think I gave him my gifts (a stuffed animal, card, and a skeleton key --it was the "key to my heart". Aren't I a romantic?).
Okay, you still with me? In 4th hour, I believe he gave me carnations in a vase. Then 5th hour was a bag of hershey kisses. When I got home from school, he had come by and left a plate of cookies and a red rose on my bed. Aww! However, my parents were not happy. They hated the idea that I even had a boyfriend, let alone one that would give me so much stuff. But then their concern grew when the next day, he gave me another rose. My birthday is exactly 13 days after Valentine's Day (or is it 12?), and he was going to give me a rose everyday, fudge the math, and my birthday gift would have been 14 roses. Of course, my parents couldn't handle the idea that their daughter would get such attention (they were very protective!), and so they asked me to tell him to stop. Which he did. Because he was respectful like that. To be honest, though, it wasn't that my parents didn't like my boyfriend --they just didn't like my age.
Anywhosers, it was a fabulous day and I'll never forget it. The attention and love shown to me was very nice, which I think is the point of Valentine's Day. When you're single. And have money. But then you get married and holy cow, the day isn't as big as, say your wedding anniversary. Which is good, because the wedding anniversary should always trump V-day.
Ironically, I can't really remember any rotten Valentine's days, although I'm sure I wallowed in many. Perhaps I've repressed them; which is fine for me.
Now, I want to hear your stories about the BEST or the WORST Valentine's Days you've ever had. Dig deep and give me the joy or the hate. If you have more than one story, lay it on me! I'm hoping for stories of romance and love, pain and regret. I want it all, people!
What do you get if you do it? Well, for the very first time, Happy Meets Crazy is having a give-a-way! That's right, people, I've decided to enter the world of giving away free stuff so lots of people will leave me comments. Because I'm sociable like that. Or a lemming. You can decide. The prize? A specialized made DVD of any of the Jane Austen Classics movies we've been discussing thus far. Copied directly from our TiVo, and commercial free! Whoo! I may even throw in a couple of surprises.
Please leave me your stories by Sunday, February 17, 2008 by 10PM. I'll use that random website and choose a winner. Or two. Depending on how many people leave comments. Heck, if there's only two, then I guess you'll both win!
Happy Valentine's Day, and Happy Writing!