Marry, Shag or Chuck off a Cliff: Regency drama edition

I’m stuck in a costume drama mood: largely as escapism from the rest of what I’m reading about, I expect. Who else is up for some escapism?

Three panels - Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice, Ioan Gruffudd in Hornblower, Sean Bean in Sharpe
Fitzwilliam Darcy, Horatio Hornblower, Richard Sharpe: what do you do?

Three panels - Jennifer Ehle in Pride and Prejudice, Ioan Gruffudd in Hornblower, Sean Bean in Sharpe
Elizabeth Bennet, Elinor Dashwood, Jane Eyre: what do you do?

Feel free to mix and match amongst the two sets, berate the authors’ matchmaking, and carp at the various directors and casting agents of anything remotely related. (Should, for example, Reese Witherspoon’s Becky Sharpe be there, and what would Major Richard Sharpe have made of her if their paths had crossed at Waterloo?)

A bonus image, just because I’ve had it sitting on the hard disc for a while now and haven’t yet blogged it:

This is an Oxfam poster to promote the consumption of fair trade coffee.

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16 replies

  1. I will chuck Sharpe and I will tether all of the characters from Robin Hood to him.
    The other two are tricky though. Poor Colin they are still making movies that take the mick out of D’Arcy. In the latest it is a little dog called D’Arcy who is enamoured of Firth’s leg.

  2. Excellent work su. That taken care of I will marry Mr Darcy, especially if I get to live on his estate and watch him swim in the lake. For the hot affair once the marriage has palled, it has to be Mr Hornblower.
    Mindy’s last blog post..Coz and Ob Australian Tour 2008

  3. Yes you couldn’t live with Hornblower could you; all of that trying to keep a straight face when you say his name would be too exhausting!

  4. Mindy: your plan works well– while you’re off shagging Hornblower, I’ll have my affair with Mr. Darcy. 🙂

  5. It seems a bit unfair on the others, but my heart already belongs to Elizabeth Bennett.

    Jane Eyre the one I could do without. Such a drama magnet, without actually being able to relax enough to enjoy herself.

  6. Couldn’t I just shag all three of the gentlemen?
    But if pushed to it, Hornblower will be tumbling of the cliff, I will sauntering aisleward with Mr Darcy, but forever on the lookout for Sharpe. Well, provided Sharpe looks like Sean Bean, that is.
    Deborah’s last blog post..?The best company?

  7. Deborah, presumably you would be shagging your husband, and I don’t think the rules explicitly prohibit furtively shagging those getting cliffed (one has to offer the condemned some consolation), so I guess the answer is yes.

  8. Dave, I do see your point about Jane Eyre, although at least the casting in the most recent version gave us two actors who looked like they genuinely would be able to relax now that all the narrative impediments had been swept out of the way.

  9. Well, it’ll be a terrible sacrifice, but I’m sure I could force myself not to kick Richard Sharpe out of bed. *sigh* However, I would want him to have bathed beforehand (unfortunately for me, I’ve read all the Sharpe books and watched the whole TV series) as well as having changed into either his dress uniform, or into a decent set of civvies. I wouldn’t marry him, though – as the books so wonderfully put it, the man has the sense of a dead sheep when it comes to women, and he’s always falling for the wrong ones.
    Fitzwilliam Darcy would probably drive me clean up the wall. There’s only so much of “strong and silent” I can handle before it translates inside my head to “ignoring me completely”, and the “pay attention to me” node of my personality starts acting up. So, it’s over the cliff with him, although I’m more than willing to hand him back to Miss Elizabeth Bennett, since she seems to have a fondness for him.
    Horatio Hornblower? Don’t know the first thing about him, unfortunately. If I’m going to see Ioan Gryffudd, I’d rather be watching him as Lancelot from King Arthur. Much prettier, and enough of a bastard to be interesting.
    Meg Thornton’s last blog post..Meggy Birfday Loot

  10. Hey Meg, many happy returns for Sunday!
    Seeing as he’s not so much to your taste, you can ignore this link I’m providing for the Darcy swoon-set: lots of screenshots of Mr D, from a new discovery – The Period Movie Review blog, which goes into luscious detail on the costuming of all sorts of period films, and which takes requests.

  11. Meg, have this link to The Sharpetorium as a belated birthday pressie.
    That site has recently moved domains, so I just updated a link from a previous post about the joys of frogged costumes, and I was reminded that Sean Bean will be gracing the big screen later this year in what I truly hope will be an awesome adaptation of Macbeth (Tilda Swinton as Lady M!).

  12. I’m a mutant – I never found D’Arcy that sexy, even in a wet shirt. But if that’s Ewan McGregor drenched in caffeine, that’s another thing!
    another outspoken female’s last blog post..artist date #3

  13. Sorry to disappoint, AOF, but it is Firth being drenched in coffee.
    Has Ewan MacGregor been in any costume dramas? I can’t think of any.

  14. Miss Potter! As the doomed husband-to-be.

  15. Tigtog – i think you just caught me while I was daydreaming 🙂
    another outspoken female’s last blog post..artist date #3

  16. Tigtog – Ewan was the terribly irresponsible Frank Churchill in the film version of Emma, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. He was accompanied by a dreadful ginger wig that sorely reduced the perve quotient, IMO.
    And I also mis-took caffeinated Colin for Ewan.
    Aphie’s last blog post..Why “Yummy Mummy” is still a sexist term, even if *you* personally don’t mean it that way

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