forgottenbennet: (Mary - PPZ)
I recommend these books (and movies) - It simply isn't fair in my opinion that poor Mary is constantly outshone by both her older sisters and her younger. Having a book mostly from Elizabeth's POV on how she sees things (whether they be biased or only based on "fact") as based on this quote from P&P:

“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome."

"And your defect is to hate everybody."

"And yours," he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them."
(Pride and Prejudice)


is this a hint that perhaps Elizabeth has misunderstood Mary? I certainly hope so!

Movies:
Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)


Books:

- "Return To Longbourn" by Shannon Winslow
- "Longbourn" by Jo Baker (Not based around Mary but the help of Longbourn. It shows Mary in a far softer light than Elizabeth does)
- "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth-Grahame-Smith (both the regular and deluxe editions)
- and the sequels "Dawn of the Dreadfuls" and " Dreadfully Ever After" by Steve Hockensmith
- The "Leaving Bennet Behind" series by Sarah Johnson ("Chosen" "Cherished" and "Pursued" are the first three books, there will probably be more)
- "Just to Hear 'I Love You' " by Sarah Johnson - After Mary goes deaf after a childhood accident, she grows closer to her two older sisters, especially Elizabeth who is very protective of her.
- Pride and Prometheus" by John Kessel (What if Mary Bennet met Victor Frankenstein?) in his story collection "The Baum Plan"
- "Mary, Mary Not So Ordinary" and "Mary, Mary Oh So Contrary" by S.M. Klassen
- "Mary Bennet and the Bloomsbury Coven" (Book 1 of the Regency Magic series) by Beth Deitchman
- Mary Bennet: A Continuation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” - by Jennifer Becton (Short but satisfying!)
- The Pursuit of Mary Bennet - by Pamela Mingle


and as a bonus :

- How not to father: Mr. Bennet and Mary
forgottenbennet: (Mary Bennet - Miss Bennet)
I didn't write this but I like it well enough to post here, with a link to it.

There's Something About Mary: A Pride & Prejudice Character Study

I bet a bunch of you, just like you heartheartheart Disney movies, also heartheartheart Pride and Prejudice. And other things involving bonnets and turns about the garden and going "La!" instead of "Sweet!" when something exciting happens.

Yeah, me too.

So this character study is going to veer away from the normal Disney-fied version and into the world of Pemberly, Pride, and Prejudice. Today, I'm wondering....what on earth ever happened to Mary Bennet?!

Let's check out the facts. What do we know about Mary Bennet?

to read more )
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There's Something About Mary Bennet

The things that make Pride and Prejudice’s middle sister so unappealing as a supporting character are precisely what make her compelling as a star.

Poor Mary. When she pays attention to her at all, Pride and Prejudice’s narrator describes the middle Bennet sibling—younger sister to Jane and Elizabeth, older sister to Kitty and Lydia—as someone who, possessing neither “genius nor taste,” often “wished to say something very sensible,” but—oof—“knew not how.” Mary navigates the world with “a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.” (Ooooof.) A little bit Mr. Collins, a little bit Lady Edith, a little bit Tracy Flick, Mary is at once introverted and attention-hungry, well-read and insipid, vain and insignificant. She is also, her novel’s acerbic storyteller makes a point of informing us, “the only plain one in the family.”

In spite of all this, though, recent years have seen a proliferation of Mary-related—and, indeed, Mary-focused—fiction. There’s 2009’s The Independence Of Miss Mary Bennet, an exploration of the escapades Mary enjoyed after her sisters were married, written by Colleen McCullough, the other of The Thorn Birds. There’s Jennifer Paynter’s 2014 The Forgotten Sister: Mary Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice, which narrates the events of Austen’s novel from Mary’s point of view. There’s also Pamela Mingle’s The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Novel, which offers Mary an alternate romantic subplot. And A Match For Mary Bennet, which does the same.

to read the rest )
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* = means that it's to Mary from an admirer


1.Nero - Two Steps From Hell
2.Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine
3.Praise You - Fatboy Slim
4.*Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
5.The Ruins - George Fenton (Ever After score)
6.*Everything Has Changed - Taylor Swift (feat. Ed Sheeran)
7.Gotta Be Somebody - Nickleback
9.8.Black Sheep - Gin Wigmore
10.*F**kin' Perfect - P!nk
11.Which Witch - Florence + The Machine
12.*Safe & Sound - Taylor Swift (feat. The Civil Wars)
13.Perfect - Alanis Morissette
14.*Starry eyed - Ellie Goulding
15.*Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
16.Castle - Piano Dreamers (Piano Dreamers Play Halsey)
17.Dawn - Dario Marianelli (Pride & Prejudice)
18.Stars & Butterflies - Dario Marianelli (Pride & Prejudice)
19.A Postcard to Henry Purcell - Dario Marianelli (Pride & Prejudice)
20.*Remix (I Like The) - New Kids On The Block
21.Roar - Katy Perry
22.Mean - Taylor Swift
23.Enchanted - Taylor Swift
24.September Song - Agnes Obel
25.Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) - Kelly Clarkson
26.*Brave - Sara Bareilles
27.*Chances - Athlete
28.*Turning Page - Sleeping At Last
29.Turning Page (instrumental) - Sleeping At Last
30.Plus Que Ma Propre Vie - Carter Burwell
31.Mrs. Darcy - Dario Marianelli (Pride & Prejudice) (For Mary's Happy Ending)
32.Wedding Plans - Howard Shore (For Mary's Happy Ending)
33.Wedding - Craig Armstrong (For Mary's Happy Ending)

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