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Becoming Jane


I was able to get out and see Becoming Jane. Sighhh, I have struggled what to write about it. The best description for this movie is a really wonderful piece of chocolate with a fake filling. My complaint about this movie is basically the same one I had about the Miss. Potter movie. Too much romance and not enough of these wonderful ladies lives. I mean is all they have done and who they are just boiled down to a romantic story. And this case a story that we have not a clue even happened (from what little I know about Miss. Austin, she danced with this man 3 times) If this move had been pure fiction, I would have loved it and cried my eyes out. But instead the whole time I keep thinking, they do not know that happened. I refuse to give my heart to a movie that so embellishes the truth.

But I will say it is beautiful, very English and like a perfect bon-bon (except of the lacking imperfections I mentioned above). So I do think everyone should see it and enjoy what there is to enjoy. But I am hoping Hollywood will begin to think more of women and their accomplishment and realize they do not have to only give us frosting, fake frosting at that. We want cake. Pretty, yummy but real cake !!!!!!!



Sweet Debi at Just As I Amawarded me the Nice Matters award.

"This award will be given to those that are just nice people , good blog friends and those that inspire good feelings and inspiration! Those that care about others that are there to lend support or those that are just a positive influence in our blogging world!"


Dear Lisa at Pink Paint and Rosesawarded me the Power of Schmooze award.

"The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship."

Thank you Debi and Lisa, you are both such kind and thoughtful ladies. I really appreciate that you even thought of me, let alone thought I was deserving. I know I am suppose to award others, but I am too overloaded with life right now to try to pick someone. It is always soo hard, I love all of you and hate to try to narrow it down. So I think you are all schmooze and are very nice xoxoxoxo


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Oh I ran right out to see this film as soon as it was released...if only for the costumes! I agree not exactly what the "Janites" would approve of but everyone needs a little fluff now and then! especially coming from me, who rarely gets out to see a movie. What I do agree with are nice!


Congratulations on your well-deserved awards Clarice!!
I have not seen the Jane Austen movie yet, but I just saw Miss Potter a few days ago. I agree with you ~ the movie could have been so much more. I will definitely watch Becoming Jane and will try to enjoy it for what it is. Thanks so much for the review!
Take care & fit in some relaxing time :)


Wow, that blogging/schmozzing award needs to be reworked by an "artsy" someone. That is one ugly award. It's easy to create something that is lovely.


Hi Clarice!!!!

I'll be calling in the morning --- looking forward to seeing you!



Thank you, Clarice, for your review. DD and I have the opportunity to see the movie this week and attend a lecture by Jane Dawkins who has written several books based on Austen's works. I've been debating...


I've not seen this one Clarice, but I remember seeing the trailers out a few months ago and thinking it all looks a bit suspect. It seems that many "historical" movies are guilty of applying our own cultural norms to those of the period they are portraying and it can irritate real fans! However, I'm not adverse to a bit of fluffy romance...perhaps I'll just pretend it's about any old girl called Jane and not Jane Austen!

karla nathan

That is very similar to the reviews I have read about it, but you said it even better! I still plan on getting out to see it, I love films of that genre, acurate or not. Miss Potter, Marie Antionette, and most likely this one are worth seeing just for the beauty of the scenes.


I think those two awards are a perfect description of what you have tried to do on line. It's very nice that they chose you. Love you, Mom


I haven't seen the movie yet, but I know what you mean.
Thanks for your review!
Congrats on your awards!


I'm sure I will see the movie eventually, but thank you for the warning as to how much it is based on reality. It's a shame that Hollywood made it so fluffy.

Congratulations on your well-deserved awards!


sara, the house of charm

It was very intersting to hear your thoughts on this movie Clarice. I think I will see it, but I am sure I will feel the same way as you. I like to be entertained, but I am a stickler for facts, and less fluff. I enjoy a good belivable romance.

Gumbo Lily

I'm sad that this movie isn't true to Jane Austen's life. My daughter said that after seeing the clips from the movie (plenty of kissing by Jane) then it can't possibly be close to her "real life" especially if it is supposedly reflected in her novels. The smart women in Jane's novels would never be quick to kiss or get too close in a relationship with a man as shown in the movie clips.

Ah well, I guess we can just go to it and enjoy it for what it is, rather than what it was supposed to reflect -- the real Jane Austen. we really know much about her?


the Feathered Nest

I'm going to try to see that movie next week. Congratulations on your awards!


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