A Time Traveler’s Dilemma

Over the last few days I’ve been thinking about Lost in Austen and in particular what song I would have sung if Caroline Bingley put me on the spot. Honestly? It’d probably be from the Disney Broadway show of The Little Mermaid. I know the beginning portion of all of the songs and quite a few all the way through. What song I would have sung though, is not what this post is about. Instead, it’s about what I would bring back to the past if I could.

What would I bring back into the past with me to prove my identity as someone from the future? Amanda Price, the heroine of Lost in Austen, brings with her a modern copy of Pride and Prejudice. This lands her in hot water later when Mr. Darcy finds it and is disgusted to be the butt of “her” literary work.

You won’t believe me, but my first thought was not in fact a book. I actually came up with bringing back an iPod because of the songs I was thinking I’d sing to Caroline, Darcy, and Bingley. Then it occurred to me that as much as I like contemporary music, I like classical well enough and the battery life on those things is kind of sucky.

With the iPod shot down as a contender, my thinking drifted back to Amanda and the book she brought with her to the past. It was then when it occurred to me just what I should bring back to the past… my Kindle. How could I not thought of this immediately? No really, how did it escape me in the beginning? Silly Keira.

The Kindle is a perfect choice for me. I have so many free books on my Kindle I haven’t had a chance to read that going back to the past would actually help with my Kindle’s growing TBR pile. With it I wouldn’t be stuck reading books in Latin or whatever. :P Instead I could read contemporary writers and all sorts of naughty things good girls back then couldn’t even hear about let alone read. ;) Plus with a Kindle I wouldn’t have one book, I’d have hundreds… but while the battery life on a Kindle is quite excellent in my opinion, I could not possibly read the hundred books I had before the battery died. Sigh.

A quick Google search on creating electricity resulted in me going cross-eyed. There has to be a better method for converting energy for dummies than experimenting with a potato. I want something like those Touch Charge Kits for gamers, but that doesn’t need to plug into an outlet, because there were no outlets in the Georgian era. So in fact it would need to be like that platform where all the walkie-talkies were charge on Destiny in Stargate Universe.

Still too complicate though… Maybe I should just buy myself another Kindle battery or two just in case I get stuck in Georgian times. What do you think?

Your Turn: What would you bring back to the past that would give you comfort, entertainment, relief, etc?

My Top 10 Favorite Romance Movies

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Everyone has movies that they tend to watch over and over and over again. We watch them because they make us happy, because we love the acting and the story. Yesterday I saw for the first time a movie that came out in 2007. It was stunning and has without a moment’s hesitancy, entered my favorites list. That movie was Arranged. Look out for a formal review as I will be writing one.

My Top Ten Favorite Romance Movies

(In order by release date.)

  1. Beauty and the Beast (1991) It’s easy to see that this is most girls’ first introduction into paranormal romance. The Beast and castle are clearly enchanted through magic. The castle itself is very Gothic, and our poor hero is as shaggy as any werewolf, though he certainly cleans up nice!
  2. Walk in the Clouds (1995) This lovely postwar romance follows a young soldier as he attempts to sell chocolates and winds up rescuing a damsel in distress. The grandfather makes this movie and the scene in the vineyard during a frost warning is breathtaking.
  3. Ever After (1998) I am surprised I haven’t worn the finish off this DVD. I used to watch it every day or two many many years ago. Prince Henri is a charming rascal in desperate need of a love match to stop his father’s political matchmaking.
  4. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) Colin Firth as Marc Darcy. Clearly this is an awesome romance. Very strong language warning, but other than that it’s very delightful. If you haven’t seen it, you’re going to love the fight scene. Sigh!
  5. North and South (2004) Four hours is not nearly enough Mr. Thornton or Richard Armitage. I would like more please. Is there an unedited eight hour version hiding somewhere? No? Drat! I guess I will have to settle for one, “Look back at me!”
  6. Pride and Prejudice (2005) My favorite version of Jane Austen’s classic. I know I said Colin Firth and Marc Darcy and it’s true. Colin is great as Darcy, but this version with Keira and Matthew and Donald really yanks at my heart. The scenery is gorgeous too.
  7. Outsourced (2006) This movie is a call center and technical support romance between one yuppy American male and one spunky Indian female. Culture shock to say the very least and wickedly entertaining.
  8. Arranged (2007) One Orthodox Jewish girl and one Muslim girl are getting matched. They know each other from their teaching positions at the same school and as they go through the process of meeting men under watchful family eyes they become fast friends. Very satisfying ending!
  9. Enchanted (2007) I just love the songs in this film, especially “How does she know that you love her?” Patrick Dempsey is devilishly handsome and a treat to watch as he struggles against falling for a loopy girl who thinks she’s in love with a prince. Amy Adams is perfection.
  10. Lost in Austen (2008) Be honest, who hasn’t wanted Mr. Darcy to herself? One English miss from today’s world manages to get stuck in Jane Austen’s ‘fictional’ Georgian England at the start of the story and the rest as they say is history!

So there’s my list. What movies are on yours?

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