So for my Social Theory course, we had to write 6 600-word papers and post them to the class blog over the semester. We could either just discuss the our readings before the class they were due in, or go back over older readings and analyze them closer. Or we could post in a "Theory in Action" secion with comparisons and discussions about the social theories we covered in relation to a cultural object of some sort (book/movie/website/anything, really...). And, well, I decided to do my very last post on North and South. I feel like posting it here, too, just for kicks. If you're really highly intrigued, I can come back to this and tell ya exactly who these theorists are and a basic summary of the reading we had from them, but for now it's about quarter to three in the morning, and I have to leave for my in-class final for this class in under seven hours. Now that I've rambled excessively for a paragraph, I'm just gonna copy/paste and crash in bed :P Well, and say that we didn't have to be excessively formal and "academic" in these blog papers, she just wanted to get us discussing the material. Although I tended to avoid writing in too relaxed of a style, this one wasn't started until after midnight, and I let myself go just a wee bit at times. :P Okay, really crashing now...
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(I just love it when I get to indulge in my side-interests while doing homework. Helps perk things up a bit! Like when I got to write that paper on a Doctor Who episode...crap! Crashing! Now! I swear! *races off to press post button*)
As I’m reading North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, I can’t help but notice parallels to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Knowing that you have read and love both, I’m wondering…
Which proud, stately love interest you prefer: Thornton or Darcy?
Which levelheaded and strong willed heroine you prefer: Margaret or Elizabeth?
Which man’s proposal suited you best? And, for that matter, which refusal?
Which weak set of parents made you the most batty?
Which style of writing you like better?
Which “at last” ending you prefer?
Finally, do you think Pride and Prejudice would be as successful of a novel had Austen included observations of the social classes and an understanding of their struggles as Gaskell so professionally did?
I haven’t yet finished the book, but I already have a good deal in mind I’d like to discuss (if you’re bored and have nothing better to do :P) and will answer these questions the moment I digest it in its entirety.
Hope I haven’t spoiled anyone who meanders across our little community. Oh, and need I comment on our lovely new set of icons? *g*
Apparently ailillvalkyrie and I are both rabid anglophiles. After reading anything we type or listening to us, I’m sure one would imagine all it’d take would be some British teenaged janitor who works at McDonalds shouting “’ello!” to get into our knickers.
But I’m out to prove that it is possible for us to not find every Brit male in existence attractive. My mission, if you choose to accept it, is to come up with British actors that make you wince. You want to love them…they’re British!...but you just can’t.
This post will not mention such names as Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, David Tennant, Anthony Stewart Head, Gerard Butler, Christopher Eccleston, Hugh Laurie, Billy Boyd, James McAvoy, Jason Isaacs, Cary Grant, Laurence Olivier, Kenneth Branaugh, Liam Neeson, John Barrowman, Rupert Everett, Jamie Bamber, Rex Harrison, etc. etc. etc. you might fancy, find cute, or at least respect (unless of course you don’t like any of these :P).
You can add them as you think of them. I know, ‘tis difficult!
I will obviously only answer some of these-- I'll save my moments of redundancy for a later date.
1.) Quickly explain what your user name means.
Ailill is actually a masculine name, but I liked it. It means "elf" in Irish Gaelic, and appears in some myths.
Valkyrie means "chooser of the slain" in Old Norse. Valkyries were the maidens who led heroes killed in battle to Valhalla.
It sorta sounds stupid when I explain it, but it appealed to me anyway.
2.) How much tea do you currently have in your possession? What kinds are they?
3.) What is your favorite kind of tea?
See my previous post.
4.) How do you prefer to prepare your tea?
I prefer my tea with milk and no sugar, unless it's herbal tea. Herbal tea requires honey, preferably cranberry or wildflower.
5.) What is your favorite movie?
Damn. I forget that when I come up with questions I have to answer them. Ummm... Pride and Prejudice, Love Actually, Monty Python and the Holy Grail...
6.) What is your favorite song?
At the moment...Lovers in a Dangerous Time by The Barenaked Ladies. My fondness is rather fandom related (and therefore embarrassing), so we'll just leave it at that.
7.) What is your favorite TV show?
8.) What is your favorite book?
Oh so many... how to choose..? Pride and Prejudice? Jane Eyre? North and South (no, not the one in the United States, the one by Elizabeth Gaskell)? Um, I'll just have to say "yes." *grin*
9.) Who is your favorite character of all time (it can be from anything)?
Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. At least, he is at the moment. He's just so smart and British and sexy as hell. Did I mention how good he looks when he drinks tea? He'd make an excellent Time Lord.
10.) Tell us an interesting fact about yourself, or something you think we should know.
I am terribly loyal to my fandom-loves, but as you can see by my list, I have many. My preferences are notorious for how often they rotate, and for how difficult I find it to make a choice.
1)How many kinds of tea do you have in your possession at this time?
When I first saw this post, I though it’d be a little difficult to answer because I have so much of it and not just in one place. Lots and lots. What can I say, I can’t get enough of it. Hey, there are worse things to be addicted to :P!
2.)What are they?
Cinnamon Plum Tea, Apricot Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Ginger Peach Tea, Raspberry Tea, Afternoon Tea, Japanese Green Tea, Peppermint Herbal Tea, Lemon Tea, English Breakfast Tea, Darjeeling Tea, Camomile Herbal Tea, Cinnamon Apple Earl Tea, Green Tea, Black Tea, and French French Vanilla Black Tea.
Mind you, those are the ones at my house…my grandma and I have a cupboard full at her apartment :-).
3.)Which is/are your favorite(s), and why?
Hmm…French Vanilla Black Tea is my favorite. It tastes elegant, if that makes sense. Whenever I need a comfort or whenever I’m preparing for a late night of studying, that is what I make. Earl Grey tea is great too. I remember when I was little and visiting my grandma, she would take me to this Tea Shop around the corner where we’d sip Earl Grey in fine china and chit-chat. I felt like such the grown-up on those occasions. So I guess, even though Earl Grey is great on its own, those memories make it that much more enjoyable for me. But basically, I’m a huge fan of caffeinated, sugared tea.
Great questions! I’ll probably struggle to come up with my own! But the trip down memory lane via Earl Grey has me wanting to know this…
4.) Do you have any good memories involving tea, and, would you care to share?