Thursday, December 2, 2010

I have finally jumped on the Netflix bandwagon, and my dears, I am in love. I'm spending far too much time these days watching live-streaming period dramas.* After a viewing of Bright Star, I've nearly convinced myself that I would really quite like to live in 19th Century England, even if the movie did have a rather tragic ending. They were just so happy! Until he died, penniless and believing he was a failure, when he was my age. And she was grief-stricken all the rest of her days. Whatevs.

{Images from Design*Sponge, whose Living In. . . Bright Star provided me with much delight this morning}

So, do tell me, what are your favorite period dramas?
(I need to add them to my Netflix queue!)

*(there is something about that that seems hilarious- period dramas streaming right onto my computer! Okay. Maybe it's just me.)


  1. I'm afraid I can't help you with period dramas, but if you want some good fart joke comedy recommendations from Netflix, I'm your girl. :)

  2. 1 Possession (which is only half period drama, half present day Aaron Eckhart and Gwyneth Paltrow)
    2 Young Victoria (love LOVE Emily Blunt)
    3 Howards End (GO EMMA THOMPSON GO)
    4 Ideal Husband (kind of comedy, but also dramatic)
    5 Impromptu
    6 And I just have to add Sense and Sensibility, because again, I worship at the shrine of Emma Thompson)

  3. Hold the phone, Bright Star is on streaming? Excuse me while I fumble for the remote.
    Oh and as far as period dramas I enjoy, anything by Jane Austen obvs., of course Becoming Jane although I am always so disappointed and sad when they don't run off together, Dickens' Little Dorrit (mini series), Little Women, and tons more I can't think of now. Oh and I second all of Dylan's suggestions, I just watched Possession again over Thanksgiving while everyone else was enjoying their 12th hour of football.

  4. I loved Bright Star and Young Victoria.

  5. LOVE NETFLIX. Bright Star is on my queue! I can't wait to see it!

    I LOVE period films, too. More than anything. I just got Tess of the D'Urbervilles in the mail and here are a few on my queue:

    Anne of Green Gables (all of them)
    Northanger Abbey
    CoCo Before Chanel
    Sense and Sensibility
    Little Women
    Road to Avonlea
    Mansfield Park

    and a few others. Just look up book titles too! Lots of Dickens in there if you look for it! :)

  6. You are reminding me I need to get back into Netflix!

  7. I have put this on my Netflix queue! (And for me Pride & Prejudice, the BBC version with Colin Firth, will always remain the quintessential period drama :)).

  8. Oh, girl after my own heart! I am such a disgusting Netflix junkie. Sometimes, an entire Saturday will pass, and at 10pm I'll realize that all I did was watch Netflix. (While cleaning, working on homework and such...but still!)

    And yes. Agreed on the period movies! My favs:

    Young Victoria (so, so good)
    The Dutchess
    Dangerous Liasions
    Girl With the Pearl Earring
    Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea

    and of course Pride and Prejudice...and Sense and Sensibility.

    Oh my. Now I need to watch a few movies. :)

  9. love love love this! I even got to see where he lived while writing one of his most famous works!

  10. When I moved to Germany, I think I missed my Netflix as much as my family and friends. Those streaming movies are the greatest. I love also the 20s-30s time period dramas.

  11. the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice
    A Room With a View
    The Madness of King George
    Lady Jane
    Wives and Daughters
    Howards End

    and so many more!

  12. now i have to watch this movie!

    have you seen tristan and isolde, i love it!

  13. that last picture--heaven. oh the blues!

    i adore netflix--the only way i watch tv, really.

    i love all the crime dramas on demand (can't suggest damages enough, or veronica mars--3 seasons of brilliance).

  14. oh my goodness, i LOVED bright star! sense and sensability, the bbc version of pride and prejudice and pretty much anything from PBS . . . adore adore adore!

  15. the hubs and i always end up watching tv series. and then get hooked... love your blog!

  16. omg. bright star was amazing...also bbc pride and predjudice....
    I also love reading these old books and currently I'm reading Northanger Abbey to celebrate turning in and completing 50 pages of my thesis this semester :)

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