Costumes, Candy & Spider Webs #MFRWauthor 52-Week #Blog Challenge

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This week’s prompt in the MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge is My Favorite Holiday, and mine is Halloween.

What’s not to like? You get to decorate the house and/or yard and dress up in a fun costume (if you wish), hand out or eat candy, and socialize with friends and neighbors.

As a child, I loved all the holidays, but Halloween was the only one that let me get dressed up and pretend to be someone I’m not. My earliest costume was Little Red Riding Hood, sewn by my mother. It comprised a red skirt and matching cape, which I wore with a white blouse, and of course, I carried a basket over one arm. I think that might have been my all time favorite.

After that I alternated between a bride costume and a witch costume for a while. Being a witch was way more fun.

gypsy fortune tellerOnce, as an adult, I went to a party dressed as a gypsy woman, only to be asked if I was supposed to me a milk maid! That was a lowering experience, I must say. I couldn’t shake that wholesome look no matter how hard I tried.

Since I visited Harry Potter World back in April, I’m all set for Halloween this year (almost). I have my Ravenclaw robe and my wand; all I need is a witch hat. I’ll be dressing up for the OCCRWA Birthday Bash on Oct. 21. The theme is Victors, Villains & Vixens. Not sure exactly who I’ll be, but I’ll come up with an appropriate persona.

LM at Harry Potter WorldOn Halloween Eve, I’ll be dressed as a Hogwarts professor, and my niece Patty will be in full pirate regalia. She can’t wait. No doubt she’ll have the house decorated with skeletons and spider webs.

What’s your favorite holiday?


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Period Dramas and Romance Movies #MFRWAuthor #amblogging

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This week’s MFRW 52 Week Blog Challenge asks the question what are your favorite movies inspired by books.

Pride & Prejudice TV coverWell, of course, I have to start with my beloved Jane Austen books, movies and TV mini-series: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion and Emma. While I love the P&P movie, my favorite is the 5-hour BBC mini-series with Colin Firth as Darcy. In my mind, no one will ever surpass his performance. To me, he is the definitive Darcy.

I recently reviewed the book and movie of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In short, I thought this was the rare case of the movie being better than the book.

The movie version of Persuasion, with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds, is my favorite film version of that marvelous book. It was Austen’s last published book before she died and the most emotional. Root and Hinds conveyed so much with facial expressions that I was moved to tears. If you haven’t seen it, it’s just lovely.

I also enjoyed the film versions of Emma, with Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role, and Sense and Sensibility, starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslett as the Dashwood sisters. I liked the score of S&S so well, I listen to it while writing my Regency romances.

last of the mohicansAnother favorite is the movie of The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Though it deviated a bit from the book, which I also enjoyed, I loved the film version of the story. I listened to the score while writing my French & Indian War story, Rogue’s Hostage.

Lest you think I read and watch nothing but period dramas, I also enjoyed both book and movie of Me Before You. I found it a delightful, quirky story with an inevitable sad but hopeful ending.

Linda at HPWAnd I can’t forget the Harry Potter books and movies. I read all the books and watched all the movies except the very last one. I recently made a trip to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios, Hollywood, and loved it. I turned into a big kid, as you can see by the picture of me in my Ravenclaw robe, wand in hand. I’m ready for Halloween now.

There are lots more movies based on books that I enjoyed, from Gone With the Wind and The Killer Angels/Gettysburg to The Hunger Games, but I won’t natter on endlessly.

What are your favorite movies based on books?


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