Author Archives: Paisley James

A Case of Opposites’ Attraction

A Case of Opposites’ Attraction

Every time a new movie adaptation of one of Austen’s novels comes out, I am inspired to re-read the novel before watching the movie. This time, with the new 2020 movie adaptation of Emma out in the theatres, I decided to visit the book again. I admit I have always read Emma because of Mr.… more goodness …

Fashion Faux Pas

Fashion Faux Pas

I have always imagined Mr. Darcy as a well-dressed gentleman, but not overly adorned with rings and jewels worn by London tulips of his time. Mr. Knightly would probably opt for comfort over fashion also. Perhaps Captain Wentworth, would be the best dressed out of all of Austen’s heroes. But who are the fashionistas in… more goodness …

Who is the Darkest Villain of them all?

Who is the Darkest Villain of them all?

Jane Austen introduces different types of villains in her novels. Some are more annoying than evil. Mr. Collins and Mr. Elton are perfect examples of this group. They are fools with high opinions of themselves. I think Austen has these characters in all her novels because they are very real and we have all known… more goodness …

Dinner is Served!

Dinner is Served!

Hi everyone It’s almost Christmas and I am sure you are all busy getting ready for different gatherings. I too have my hands full preparing for a big party this evening to celebrate my husband’s birthday, Christmas, and Yalda (an Iranian celebration held on the longest night of the year or winter solstice). With my… more goodness …

A Knight in Shining Armor

A Knight in Shining Armor

One of my favourite scenes from Pride and Prejudice is where Mr. Darcy comes to call on Elizabeth at the inn right after she reads Jane’s letter about Lydia’s elopement. Every time I read it, I am touched by Darcy’s dilemma. On the one hand, he wants to comfort Lizzy and be of service to… more goodness …

Mr. Darcy’s Apology

Mr. Darcy’s Apology

We all know that Mr. Darcy separated Mr. Bingley and Miss Jane Bennet, albeit with the best of intentions. We also know that he made up for his mistakes and apologized to Mr. Bingley and basically brought him back to Jane’s life. But what I have always wanted to know/read is if Mr. Darcy ever… more goodness …

A Disastrous Proposal

A Disastrous Proposal

  We all know that Jane Austen wrote two of the most disastrous proposals in Pride and Prejudice. The first one was made by Mr. Colins and the second by Mr. Darcy and, of course, poor Lizzy was the unfortunate recipient of both. Every time I read the proposals or watch them in my favourite… more goodness …

To be a Fly on the Wall

To be a Fly on the Wall

Hi all Today, I simply want to share one of my favourite scenes from To Love and Cherish. The scene takes place in Mr. Darcy’s study, where he and Lord Paisley have a very honest conversation about Georgiana. Of course, there is a lot of romantic declaration in the scene, but the reason I like this… more goodness …

First Impressions

First Impressions

As Jane Austen fans, we all know that Pride and Prejudice’s original title was First Impressions. I often think about Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth’s first meeting and how central their first impression of each other is to the entire story. I think their first meeting is significant for two reasons. Firstly, it is not only Elizabeth’s… more goodness …

The Music Behind the Scenes

The Music Behind the Scenes

  As writers, we are inspired by many different things. Sometimes it’s the places we visit. Sometimes it’s the people we meet. Most often it is a combination of different things. One of the things I am most inspired by is music. When I hear a nice piece of music or a beautiful song, I… more goodness …

Mothers Know Best

Mothers Know Best

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I want to take this opportunity to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely moms out there. I also think that in honour of Mother’s Day, it is only fitting that we talk about the most embarrassing and most memorable mother in Austen’s novels, Mrs. Bennet. She is arguably… more goodness …

On Sibling Bond and Affection

On Sibling Bond and Affection

Today’s post is inspired by the National Siblings Day, which was on April 10th. I have two siblings myself; an older brother and a younger sister, and I’ve had the privilege of experiencing the special bond and affection that exists between siblings. Austen’s stories are full of examples of sibling love. I think the best… more goodness …