Many thanks to my blogger-Twitter-Instagram friend Evangeline for sending this tag my way! I haven’t done one of these in a while!
But first, a little clarification about what “period drama” means. “Historical Period Drama,” according to Wikipedia, “refers to a work set in an earlier time period, usually used in the context of film and television…A period piece may be as long and general as the middle ages or as limited as one decade, for example, the Roaring Twenties.”
1.) What’s your favorite Period Drama movie?
Going by that aforementioned definition, my favorite period drama movie would have to be The Help. Set in the early 1960’s, it’s the story of how a young white woman, Skeeter Phelan (Emma Stone), and two black maids, Aibileen and Minnie (played by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, respectively) write a book about the treatment of black maids in Jackson, Mississippi. It also happens to be my favorite movie of all time and I can’t recommend it or the book enough.
Other favorites include Little Women, Far and Away, The Finest Hours, Valkyrie, Braveheart, etc. etc. etc.
2.) What’s your favorite Period Drama series?
Call the Midwife. My mom and I pretty much devoured all the available seasons last spring, and then my dad jumped in and became a fan, too. The main characters are all so endearing, and while the subject matter is definitely for older viewers (after all, we’re dealing with babies and, ahem, where they came from, i.e. the birds and the bees), the stories force you to consider a lot of different issues…including government welfare in times of real crisis, and how we as individuals and the Church can (and should) care for the poor.
Runners-up include the 2009 Emma miniseries, Horatio Hornblower, and John Adams. And now I’ve just started watching Band of Brothers with my dad, so that’s another one I’ll probably be considering a favorite.
3.) Which Period Drama do you dislike the most?
While the first season of Poldark was okay, I lost all interest in it whatsoever after I found out two of the principal characters committed adultery with each other in the second season–and my favorite character (the good, spunky, kindhearted wife who deserved far better things) ended up being the one most heartbroken by it.
4.) Anne of Green Gables or Little Dorrit?
Anne of Green Gables all the way. I didn’t care much for what I saw of Little Dorrit; it was so dark.
5.) Your favorite Period Drama dresses?
Basically anything Jenny Lee wears in Call the Midwife. I would wear her entire wardrobe.
6.) Who’s your favorite Period Drama character? (Okay, pick at least five.)
Skeeter Phelan, Elinor Dashwood, Sister Julienne (can I be Sister Julienne when I grow up?), Jo March, and Sarah Wheaton (because Sarah, Plain and Tall definitely counts as a period drama).
7.) If you could join a royal ball, which dress would you wear? (Pick a period drama dress)
I’d wear Meg March’s blue ballgown, the one she was going to wear before Belle and her cronies talked her into wearing all the frills and furbelows. Because I like understated clothes. I feel more comfortable in them–and in the same vein, I do not like wearing jewelry at all. So when I look at Meg and her blue ballgown and her very simple necklace, I always think, “Ah yes…looks like me.”
8.) What’s your favorite Jane Austen movie?
Sense and Sensibility, the one with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet as Elinor and Marianne. The miniseries (you know, the one with Dan Stevens as Edward?) is better though. Just sayin’.
9.) Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife?
CALL THE MIDWIFE!!!!!! Not that I’ve ever seen Downton Abbey, but CALL THE MIDWIFE!!!!!
10.) Sybil Crawley, Jenny Lee, Emma Woodhouse or Marian of Knighton?
Arrrrrrrrrgh…(*groans and moans and agonizes between Jenny and Emma*) Jenny is more relatable but Emma is funnier…I don’t know, I don’t know, how am I supposed to answer this?!?!
11.) Which couples of a Period Drama do you like the most? (Pick at least four)
Jo and Professor Bhaer…
Bernie Webber and Miriam from The Finest Hours…
Joseph and Shannon from Far and Away...
and John and Abigail Adams from the John Adams miniseries.
12.) And last, which Period Drama villain do you like the most?
HMMMMM. There are so many great ones to choose from…Edward Longshanks from Braveheart? Commodus from Gladiator? Miss Hilly from The Help? Captain Sawyer from Horatio Hornblower?
Or shall we mention the baddie to beat all baddies: the dreadful, THE horrible, the reeee-pul-sive Mrs. Elton? (*dun dunnnnnn*)
And that’s it for this tag! Thanks so much, Evangeline–it was a lot of fun!
Okay, one more thing before I wrap this up. I’ve been needing to mention this but I don’t really want to give it its own post since there’s not a ton that needs saying–but I’m participating in the Favorite TV Episode Blogathon over at A Shroud of Thoughts! Eva of Coffee, Classics, and Craziness has done it before, and when she announced that she was participating in it again, I decided to check it out and join in the fun m’self.
The rules are simple, but intriguing: the episode you’re reviewing HAS to be pre-1992. In other words, more than 25 years old. (Hey, I’m about to be 25, does that make me “vintage” now?) Read the entire post that I linked to in the last paragraph for full details.
Star Trek was too obvious (and easy) a choice for me, so I decided to review an episode of T.J. Hooker instead. Which is still somewhat easy and obvious, given my…ahem…open enjoyment of watching William Shatner beat up bad guys. But it isn’t a well-known show, and the episode I’ve picked out is a nail-biter with a very timely lesson. I think y’all will enjoy it 😀
Okay, I’ve said enough for one day. Toodles for now!