Okay, I'm not trying to be a spelling or grammar detective here, but when I see/hear/read people (P&P/Austen fans or not...but most especially some...not all...P&P/Austen fans, who should know better. I can understand once and if you're not a fan, but to) say things about P&P/Austen adaptations without checking if they are right or often misspell either Jane Austen or Elizabeth Bennet's last names, it just irks me and I can't help but SMH (shakes my head) and say, OMG, I can't even know what to say (or #hashtag #OMGICANTEVEN! for short, lol). I thought I'd post and rant a bit here about the following things below that I've been noticing on social media recently (which doesn't really bother me and I mostly ignore them, but here I thought I'd mention them, just because I need to vent a little about these on my blog, get it out of the way...and then, let it go! *just like Elsa did in Frozen, haha!*))...
It's Jane Austen not "Austin" (a city in Texas, lol)...
It's Elizabeth BENNET (with one "T") not double "T" in "Bennett"...
It's Matthew MACFADYEN (pronounced as its spelled Mac-fad-yen) not "MacFayden" or "Macfadden"
KNIGHTLEY (her name is attached on all the movie's posters/OST CD cover/DVD and character posters and wallpapers for anyone to not know how to properly spell either her first or last name. I'm mostly talking about those bloggers, journalists/media who often misspelled either her first name and last name wrong). Also, her last name is spelled similar to Mr. Knightley from Emma) not "Knightly".
When people compare and can't tell the difference between a TV mini-series and film/movie adaptations of Pride and Prejudice (or Pride & Prejudice)...
Here's where P&P adaptations are categorized...
Feature Films (or Movies)
1940 Pride and Prejudice
2005 Pride & Prejudice
1980 Pride and Prejudice
1995 Pride and Prejudice
Other modern P&P inspired of (or loosely based) adaptations...
Feature Films (Movies)
2003 Pride and Prejudice: A Latter Day Comedy
2004 Bride & Prejudice
(Not really a P&P adaptation, but more like Colin Firth's Mark Darcy was based on his Mr. Darcy portrayal in P&P 1995 TV Mini-series...)
2001 Bridget Jones' Diary
2004 Bridget Jones' The Edge of Reason
2008 Lost In Austen
2013/2014 Death Comes To Pemberley
YouTube VideoLog series
2012-2013 The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
BOM) with mostly rave reviews (from both film critics and audiences worldwide) and received various awards and nominations (including 4 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, and 6 BAFTAs). I know we all have different opinions and personal preferences, but did we see the same movie or what?!! I can understand if the movie was not to your liking or preference because you love a certain version of P&P (and can't seem to watch the 2005 movie without comparing it to other versions before it...or that you just thought it was okay or good. There's nothing right or wrong about it, but to call it "horrible," "worst adaptation ever," or hating it because of a dislike of a certain actor from the movie or the creative license and deviations it made from the book is just plainly unfair and prejudice), SMH and #OMGICantEven!
The most common dislike/hate on the 2005 movie is not really because it wasn't good...that's just hating on the movie for the sake of hating on it, but has nothing to do with the quality of it, because any movie-goers out there knows (fans of this movie or not....P&P fans or not) this movie is far from terrible or horrible or any negative words people come up with just to hate on it. This movie is actually the opposite, it's not the worst...it's one of the best...or rather the BEST, actually (or at least, in my viewing and opinion)...of all the P&P adaptations ever made then and now. And I'm not just saying that because of my bias and personal love for this movie (I know there are people and fans out there who agree with me), but even if I'm not a big fan of this movie. I definitely know a great (or not so good) movie when I see one and this movie is easily one of the best. If I have to rank which P&P adaptations (TV or Film) is the best...this 2005 P&P movie is way on top and wins every time based on film's production quality, storyline, and casting-wise (to name a few) alone.
The top 3 (lame) reasons some people (not all) say that make them dislike (even hate) the P&P 2005 movie are:
When people say that the 2005 Pride & Prejudice movie is an American (FYI: the only American in this movie is Jena Malone, who played Lydia Bennet) or Hollywood production (without fact checking or at least google searching here on this blog)...I can't even know what to say...
FYI: Working Title Productions is a UK based production company as well as Focus Features (P&P 05's film distributor) affiliated with Universal Pictures (another P&P 05's film distributor).