I am pleased to be hosting my friend, Elizabeth Altenbach, for the release of her new book Keeper - view here. To help celebrate, I'm giving away a little prize on my FB page. Come over!
Now without further ado, here's Elizabeth:
Today I’m talking about Pride and Prejudice.
“But wait,” you say, “this is a Keeper blog tour.”'
Well, I mentioned the movie a couple times in the book, so I thought I’d tell y’all a little bit about what it means to me. Here are a couple excerpts from Keeper:
My mother kisses my forehead and asks if I need anything; I tell her no, thank you, but ten minutes later, my father comes up carrying the television that hasn't been hooked up in the living room yet.
“Dad, you really didn't have to,” I say.
“I wanted to. And you aren't going to want to climb up and down the stairs very often with that ankle and your head, so I thought this would make it a little less boring for you in here.” He sets it on my dresser and kneels by the wall to plug it in.
Twenty minutes later, the remote is on my nightstand, the family DVD collection is in a big plastic container by my dresser, and I have a convertor box and antenna hooked up, as well as a surround-sound speaker by my bed. All in my room. I've never had a television in my bedroom before, let alone one with a built-in DVD player, hooked up to a convertor box to receive a TV signal, with a sound bar right below the screen that projects excellent, crystal-clear audio through every inch of my bedroom.
I sound like an infomercial, don't I?
But I don't feel like taking advantage of any of these new additions to my bedroom's technological offerings, though I did let my dad put on a movie for me. Pride and Prejudice, from 2005 – mainly because it's familiar, the scenery is pretty, and the music is relaxing, and that's what I need right now. I saw it a hundred times with Livvy, and she liked it for the same reasons – scenery, music, and familiarity. It's one of those films that never gets old.
And the second excerpt:
At last, after walking slowly for ten minutes, taking a break to sit on a U-shaped hanging vine and rest, and then trudging on for five more minutes, I come to where the trees abruptly stop and our property ends. There is a rusty chicken-wire fence separating me from the sheer drop beyond. I see fields and forestlands stretching out below for miles, and mountains on the other side of the valley. I didn't know I had this breathtaking a view right in my own backyard. A breeze blows, and I lift my chin, closing my eyes, and imagine I'm Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, in that beautiful scene where she stands on the edge of a cliff at dawn and the piano music that plays makes you feel like you can fly.
When I finally tear my eyes away from the view of the valley and turn around, I can't see the house at all. This is a lovely place to just . . . be. Where no one can see, and no one can judge you for laughing, crying, or punching a tree.
Pride and Prejudice 2005 is a film that I loved from the first time I saw it. I used to watch it to help me get to sleep on rough nights. It’s a beautiful film, with amazing scenery, gorgeous music, and of course, one of my favorite parts, the English accents. That’s why I chose to mention it (twice) in Keeper.
And that’s all! Hope you liked the excerpts.
The next post will be on Faith Blum’s blog. See you there!