Monday, September 24, 2012
Amy Cecil ~ Answers Our Questions For Authors
1) Your own favorite Austen character and why?
Mr. Darcy, definitely. I know when I read about or watch a fictional character, I put him (or her) up against my ideas of perfection. We all know that as human beings, none of us are perfect, but when we are dealing with a fictional person, they can be as perfect as we want them to be. Therefore, Fitzwilliam Darcy is my idea of the perfect man. Now, do not get me wrong, we all know he has his faults;
however, the man has so much more. He is, above all (including his good looks), honest and honorable. He acknowledges his faults and makes every effort to correct them. He is devoted to his one true love and places her above all. Need I say more?
2) Your Favorite Austen Book?
Pride and Prejudice
3) Which actor would you choose to be YOUR Mr. Darcy and why?
I know there is much debate about Colin Firth and Matthew McFayden and I truly do not intend to debate that here. However, I have to say that I cannot think of any other actor playing the role of Mr. Darcy than Matthew McFayden. To me, he showed a softer, more vulnerable side to the character while at the same time displaying his arrogance. When I think of Mr. Darcy and when I write of Mr. Darcy, it is Matthew McFayden I see.
4) Who would be your perfect Elizabeth?
I think Keira Knightly has captured my idea of Elizabeth perfectly. She has all her spunk and wit that Ms. Austen described in her book, but she adds just a bit more to the character. Now, if I was to pick any actress, I think it would have been a real treat to see Vivien Leigh portraying Elizabeth. Can you imagine a combination of Scarlett O’Hara and Elizabeth Bennet all tied into one, very formidable woman?
5) Your favorite book of all time by any author?
This is a tough question, cause I love so many books, it would be too hard to pick just one. If I were to pick my top five, they would be: Gone with the Wind, Pride and Prejudice, The Harry Potter Series (yes, all of them, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was my absolute favorite), Persuasion and on the more tragic side, Anna Karenina.
6) Your favorite Austen film or TV adaptation?
I would have to say that based on my responses above, this is pretty obvious. Definitely the 2005 production of Pride and Prejudice.
7) You are having a dinner party and can invite four Austen characters, who would they be?
The exclusive dinner party would consist of Mr. Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Colonel Brandon and Captain Wentworth.
8) Why have you chosen them?
Four very handsome and attractive men, must I explain? Seriously, I am hoping that the two colonels and the captain will be occupied in their discussions, which would leave Mr. Darcy all to myself!
9) Which character would you like to play in a film?
Elizabeth Bennet, definitely, but only if I am play opposite Matthew McFayden.
10) Tell us about your next planned book?
My next book is to be released in 2013 and it is called Relentless Considerations. Think of a situation when you have wanted something so badly but duty and honor cause you to hesitate. Then, you finally decided that your happiness comes before duty and honor, only to find (or to think that you found) that someone else has beaten you to it. Amy Cecil