Thursday, September 13, 2012
Interview With An Author – Beth Pattillo
1) Your own favorite Austen character and why?
Beth: Hm… It’s probably a tie between Elizabeth Bennet and Anne Elliot. I love Lizzy for her wit, her loyalty to her sisters, and her common sense. I love Anne because she perseveres under the yolk of a very trying family. I love that they both end up with heroes worthy of them!
2) Your Favorite Austen book?
Beth: Again, it’s probably a tie between Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, although I love all the novels.
3) Which actor would you chose to be YOUR Mr Darcy and why?
Beth: I’m a Colin Firth girl, all the way.
4) Who would be your perfect Elizabeth?
Beth: I still love Jennifer Ehle from the ’95 BBC miniseries the best, but I was surprisingly pleased by Keira Knightley’s performance in the more recent movie. I think Emma Stone would make a great Elizabeth, if there’s another remake. She has that witty but accessible vibe that a good Lizzy needs.
5) Your favorite book of all time by any author?
Beth: It depends on what day you ask me! I love too many to just pick one.
6) Your favorite Austen film or TV adaption?
Beth: That’s a tough one. I’ve enjoyed all of them. Again, it depends on when you ask me. Last night, I rewatched the ’95 Persuasion with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds. I love the simplicity of it and the cinematography is amazing.
7) You are having a dinner party and can invite four Austen characters which would they be?
Beth: Mr. Darcy, Captain Wentworth, Mr. Knightley, and Colonel Brandon. I’m no fool!
8. Why have you chosen them?
Beth: Wouldn’t you want to spend the evening with these guys?
9) Which character would you like to play in a film?
Beth: Well, at my age, I’d have to play Mrs. Dashwood or Lady Russell or one of the other matrons. Mrs. Jennings would be fun to play — all that meddling and matchmaking!
10) Tell us about your next planned book (whether Austen related or not)?
Beth: I’m trying to figure out what to work on next! I don’t think I’m done with the Formidables and Jane Austen but I may need a change of pace for a bit. Sometimes too many options is a problem…
Thank you for letting me drop by.
Well, Thank you Beth, very much appreciated.
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