The Making of "Pride and Prejudice" (BBC)

Registered by Dunzy of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on 2/23/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Dunzy from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, February 23, 2005
A backstage book for Janeites: how "P&P" was brought together for the BBC series. It's a bit flossy and worshipful, but that's TV for you!

Sent to fellow-BXer as RABCK. As dear Elizabeth said, it has "delighted me long enough".

Journal Entry 2 by elhamisabel from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Thank you so much, Dunzy! You really know what I like! So much so that I have to admit that it's already in my PC. ;D

But I know the perfect BCer to send it to. It will stay with me for a few months and then I'll send it to a certain BCer.

Thanks very much!!!

Journal Entry 3 by ekaterin4luv from Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on Sunday, April 24, 2005
Oh what a beautiful birthday surprise! I think I will study this carefully and than watch the film again.

Journal Entry 4 by ekaterin4luv from Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on Tuesday, April 26, 2005
The thing is, you normaly look at a film as a finished product. You take everything for granted and at face value. By reading a 'Making of' book, you get to appreciate the real work behind it and the effort that went into that film. For example the search for locations or even the correct food, costumes and music from exactly that time frame. And all the talk about motivation of people and the need to visualize some parts and thougths made me think about the story some more.
The interview with Colin Firth was interesting, too. And just now I realized, that Colin Firth's character of Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones Diaries is the same type, down to the name and story! (fanfiction?) And was it in the film or in the book where Bridget watched Pride & Prejudice on videotape and waxed on about Mr. Darcy? I can't believe it took me that long to get that joke!

Journal Entry 5 by ekaterin4luv at on Monday, October 17, 2005

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Journal Entry 6 by keksi2 from Ann Arbor, Michigan USA on Friday, October 21, 2005
After Bridget Jones, I couldn´t leave this book in the Big Yellow English Bookbox, I just have to have a closer look at it!!

Journal Entry 7 by keksi2 from Ann Arbor, Michigan USA on Thursday, December 01, 2005
This was fun to look at and I´m now turning it into a ray.
Participants so far:

hunnyb, australia
fsr44, USA
antof9, USA
nikel27, germany
kiki66, germany
polly-w, germany
dschinny, germany
chich, france
hshah, india

Journal Entry 8 by keksi2 from Ann Arbor, Michigan USA on Sunday, December 04, 2005
sent to fellow bookcrosser hunnyb

Journal Entry 9 by hunnyb from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Friday, December 09, 2005
Wow, this arrived in record time!! Thanks so much - I absolutely love this series and this book will be worth it for the pictures alone (and not just of Darcy!!)

Journal Entry 10 by hunnyb from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, December 11, 2005
Loved this book!! I never knew so much effort went into making a TV show - this book provided me with such fantastic insight into the behind-the-scenes activities of filming. It was great reading about the actors and how they approached the portrayals of the characters as well as finding out about how they found the locations, costumes, etc. Thanks so much for sharing this, keksi2 - it makes me love the series even more :)

Will send to fsr44 as soon as I get her address.

Journal Entry 11 by wingfsr44wing from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Thursday, December 29, 2005
Look what arrived just in time for my birthday...sweet! Can't wait to read it. Even though I hadn't yet read it, I bought a copy for my best friend for Christmas. She dived into it immediately. Thanks!

Journal Entry 12 by wingfsr44wing from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Saturday, December 31, 2005
At the risk of sounding like an ugly American...where's the dirt? Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle had a romance during the filming of P&P, not that you'd know it from this book. Sure, the behind the scenes peek is fairly interesting (moreso for those unfamiliar with how films are made). But honestly, I already know what a 2nd Assistant Director does, and it's not that interesting. I want to know about the screaming fit an actress pitched after wearing a too-tight wig for 6 hours. Or the supporting actor who worked his way through a succession of young female extras. You know...dirt!
Sending off to antof9 in hopes that her tastes are more sophisticated and less gutterbound than mine. ;)

Journal Entry 13 by wingAntof9wing from Lakewood, Colorado USA on Saturday, January 07, 2006
Hey! Look what I got! A bookring I forgot I signed up for! Gee, that's never happened to anyone before, has it?

I'm thrilled to have this -- and oddly comforted. I had a conversation just 2 days ago with my mother-in-law, who had just seen the newly released version of the movie in the theatre. She was telling me I had to go see it, that it's the most romantic movie she's ever seen, and then she started to tell me the story. She started with "5 daughters," and I interrupted. "I've read the book," I said, surprised. She went on, "and it's SO funny. I was really surprised." I interrupted again, "Mom, it's one of my. all-time. favorite. books!" And then she said she'd never read it. WHAT?! My MIL reads a milliondybillion books a year, and she's never read P&P? Moreover, she doesn't appear to know that it's a (capital C) Classic?! I told her it had been a gift to me in 3rd or 4th grade, and that by the time I had to read it in Advanced Placement Junior English, my copy was dogeared (and I couldn't believe it was a school assignment!), but she still didn't seem to "know" the book! It's still a bizarre conversation, but she says multiple times that I need to see it. So I tell her that 1. I'm a fan of the BBC version, and don't really need a remake, and 2. I've heard they changed the ending, and I can't fathom why they'd do that when A. it's a classic, and B. it already *has* a happy ending. Again she demonstrates a total disregard for the --legacy-- of this book, by acting as if none of that is important at all, and reiterating that I need to see it.

Sorry, but someone who hasn't read the book and doesn't even seem to "know" it, doesn't get to tell me to watch the new version of the movie!

Anyway, I'm excited to read this but am leaving on a business trip tomorrow so will read it when I get back (I only take books with me on trips that I can leave once they're read, that way the suitcase comes home lighter).

In addition, I was glad to see that the outside of the envelope said: There are no squirrel related items in this package. I promise! and then a second note below that: Note: This is how NICE people send a package :)

Anyway, thanks for sharing this one, and I'll feel very Jane Austen-y as I drink some lovely looseleaf tea that came in the package with it :)

(pictured: 2 of my favorite teapots -- a Christmas one I found this year, and my BIG one from Poland -- I used them for a Christmas birthday-party-tea a few weeks ago for my MIL and my BIL's MIL when we had a joint December birthday party)

Journal Entry 14 by wingAntof9wing from Lakewood, Colorado USA on Sunday, April 16, 2006
I'm just posting this for entertainment purposes. . .

I started this journal entry fully 3 hours ago. I thought I'd start by posting my comments on the current P&P movie, so I went to my blog and started searching for my review. And spent wasted the next several hours reading old entries, reading other people's entries, drinking tea, getting sidetracked, and . . .not finding the review I wanted nor writing my actual journal entry.

Look below: I've even copied the sweet PM I received from keksi2 because I was going to say something about the very kind PM I got, after writing to her and apologizing for my delay in keeping the book!

Alright, I need to go to bed. So I'll write the real entry another day :)

The sweetest PM from keksi2
I´m glad you´ve enjoyed it and I do hope you´re not worried about keeping
it for a while, as I sure don´t mind.

Journal Entry 15 by wingAntof9wing from Lakewood, Colorado USA on Wednesday, October 25, 2006
I wrote two journal entries yesterday that started with the message:

Clearly I should be banned from bookrings! Alas, it's been in a stack of books waiting for me to write journal entries on them. *sigh* Really. Ban me from your bookrings now.

...and here I am writing another.

Well, I loved this book [of course you did, Ant -- you kept it for almost an entire year!] and I can't believe I didn't immediately journal on it after I read it [because you're lazy!]. I can even remember where I was sitting when I read it! [sure, you remember that, but can you remember to send a simple bookring on to the next person waiting for it?] But what do I write about it? [you kept it all this time and can't even write an interesting journal entry? What's WRONG with you?]

*heavy sigh*

Well, let's see. I'm with FSR44 -- I think more dirt would have been more interesting. However, I am a fan of the pictures of the actors in street clothes, working on their lines or a dance. I thought the part about location scouting, etc. was very interesting, and it reminds me of the time I worked for a Branch Manager and we were asked if a tv show could be shot in our space. My manager said no, and to this day, I'm disappointed.

I was fascinated by the casting descriptions, and especially charmed by the page on Lucy Davis (as Maria Lucas). She seemed so sweet and unspoiled that it made me smile :)

And then there were the actors' comments on the dance rehearsals:
Lucy Briers: "It was like the first dance class at drama school, where the girls giggle and the boys try to look butch while skipping a figure-of-eight."
David Bark-Jones: "I came to understand with certainty that the expression: 'Practice makes perfect' applies only to people with one left foot and one right."

Thanks again for sharing this with me. Makes me think it might be time to see it again :)

Off to nikel27 with profound apologies all around.

Journal Entry 16 by nikel27 from -- Irgendwo / Somewhere --, Hessen Germany on Friday, December 15, 2006
arrived safe at my house.

Good reading, thanks for sharing with me

Journal Entry 17 by nikel27 at Post Office in Book Ring, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Released 12 yrs ago (12/19/2006 UTC) at Post Office in Book Ring, Ginsheim -- Controlled Releases



EnJoy the book !!!

Journal Entry 18 by wingkiki66wing from Gauting, Bayern Germany on Friday, December 29, 2006
Perfect timing... I am somewhat "bookless" at the moment.. and seeing the cover... oh dear.. I guess I have to see the movie again asap :-))

Thanks for sending it, nikel27!

Released 12 yrs ago (1/10/2007 UTC) at BookRing in -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Bayern Germany



Sent this off to polly-w today!

Enjoyed reading it a lot (though sometimes it was a bit too detailed for my taste..) - especially the look behind the curtains...
I always like seeing how something is done, the little secrets behind the result...
I think the page with the original photos of the cast was great..I couldn't imagine that the actor who played Mr.Collins actually looks quite likeable in real life! :-)

Journal Entry 20 by polly-w from Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on Saturday, January 13, 2007
I took this out of the "Packstation" today. As I watch the video about twice every year and read the novel about every 3 years, I am really looking forward to browsing through this book. Thank you so much for this ring!

Journal Entry 21 by polly-w from Nürnberg, Bayern Germany on Friday, January 26, 2007
I liked this book SO MUCH and would have liked to get even more details about everything... I have never thought much about the details behind film-making but found it really fascinating as some have written before me: the search for locations, the preparation e. g. of the streets covers, lighting, gardens etc.
During reading, I quickly decided that I would buy the book for myself because I absolutely have to have it in my Jane-Austen-collection but then, two days later, what a SURPRISE, I got it as a birthday present! A friend of mine, whom I had told about it last Monday, "changed" her plans for my birthday present - and now there it is!
I will send the book to dschinny next week.

Journal Entry 22 by wingdschinnywing from Hamburg, Hamburg Germany on Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Arrived today. Thanks very much!

Journal Entry 23 by wingdschinnywing from Hamburg, Hamburg Germany on Wednesday, February 14, 2007
What an interesting book! I went and borrowed Pride & Predjudice on video straight away to check out a few of the things described. And reading the interview with Colin Firth and actually see what he is (not) doing is just great!
Will send it on as soon as I have chich's address.

27.2. Sorry for the delay. It's on its way to chich today.

Journal Entry 24 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Monday, March 12, 2007
Image hosting by Photobucket Book received today, thanks a lot dschinny!

I'm absolutely addicted to anything Pride & Prejudice (sounds familiar?) so I read should this pretty quickly:-)

Journal Entry 25 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
I couldn't sleep at all last night so I picked up this book and didn't put it down until I finished it:-) I enjoyed it very much, it gave so much insight into the filming of the mini-series! I particularly liked the part about the locations, set decorations and props:)

Thanks so much for starting this ring keksi2!

March 15 update: I've just received hshah's address and will send her the book this afternoon.

This is letter B for my ABC Challenge 2007.

Journal Entry 26 by hshah from Mumbai, Maharashtra India on Monday, June 25, 2007
Thanks chich! received and did a quick read as well. Since am last on theray, shall send it out asap.

Journal Entry 27 by hshah at Charity in Mumbai in Mumbai, Maharashtra India on Thursday, September 06, 2007

Released 11 yrs ago (9/6/2007 UTC) at Charity in Mumbai in Mumbai, Maharashtra India



Along with a few books, this one is going to a children's charity in mumbai.

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