forgottenbennet: (Mary - curious)
-Wickham may be a complete cad but once he marries Lydia he calms down a bit, especially once she gets pregnant

-He is surprisingly kind to Mary gifting her with the occassional book or someother ting he thinks she may like.

-Once he's resigned his commission he and Lydia remove to town (Cheapside) where he decided to earn an honest keep (Uncle Gardiner takes a chance and gives him a job a one of his shops) Wickham refuses to spoil Lydia (financially) as she was at Longbourn in hopes to curb her spending. He gives her a (modest) monthly allowance and not a penny more (unless it's for absolute necessities)

-Mr. Gardiner pays him a little more than a normal wage for the job, for he loves his niece and wants to see her taken care of
forgottenbennet: (Mary - Bricks)
(I've had the basic idea of this running around my head for awhile, so I'm typing this out to get it out there, it's not a story yet but a rough idea. I'm not typing EVERY idea out here, some things have to be a mystery hmm?? Naturally it's Mary Bennet-based. Mary may or may not have a twin brother in this, I'm not sure yet.)

Mary Bennet always feels over-shadowed by her 2 younger sisters and her 2 eldest sisters, so she focuses on what she loves most, her music. She practices nearly every spare moment she has (when she isn't reading or writing for that matter) until her mother threatens to throw out her precious keyboard Her paternal grandfather bought if for her when she was younger and felt she had promise after she was constantly caught noodling on her late-grandmother's piano. Her sisters nor her mother don't thank him for it, her father is just simply amused by his wife's reaction.

Pre-P&P: She is offered a job making instrumental piano versions of popular songs (she was discovered on youtube doing just that, under a stage name which she continues to use) which she takes (she uses an actual piano at the studio she records at, and uses her keyboard to compose and tweak it but uses a real piano to listen to the final product and to make any tweaks if needed) and even writes and performs her own compositions (which turn out they're quite popular)

Then the plot of "Pride and Prejudice" happen though just a bit modern-ified, but during that Mary's mother (the morning after the Netherfield party) after hearing playing one too many times for her liking she yanks the keyboard from her, demolishes it and tosses it into the garbage, Lydia (Olivia) laughing all the while and Jane looks horrified for Mary, Lizzie looks indifferent and a bit relieved (none knowing that she needs that keyboard in order to help her do her job). Visibly upset she runs upstairs to her room and locks the door. She cries but not so anyone can hear.

(It's so hard NOT to write this story right here and now!)

Eventually she gets another keyboard top of the line because with all the money she's making with her work (her family doesn't know what her job is, Jane might suspect) she can afford it but she is saving up for a place of her own but she's keeping that secret too).

Skip forward to the end (for now) After most of the story is over Mary catches an earful about the new piece of music Georgie is working on (Georgie still loves the piano in any universe) in a conversation between Lizzie and Darcy (Mary is hidden from their view). They both talk about how beautiful and elegant the piece is (one of Mary's favorite of her own compositions) and how even Georgie is having a little bit of difficulty in learning it (Georgie is always up to the challenge claims Darcy)

Out of nowhere (it seems to the happy couple at least) Mary starts giggling before she comes out of hiding, thanking Darcy and Lizzie for their excellent taste in music. Mary wrote that particular piece in a moment of pure happiness. When Lizzie didn't believe her (Darcy stood there looking as if he didn't know what to think). Eventually to prove her claim she pulls out her keyboard and without the sheet music starts playing the piece in question with ease. Since the piece was just released just a month ago, no one could master it so quickly, at least not well enough to play it without sheet music.

But there was Mary playing it as if she had played it every day of her life

I'm going to stop here for now I'm wiped out and I need to sleep. Maybe more notes later?
forgottenbennet: (Mary Bennet)
I felt inspired to post these but If you love these movies like I do feel free to share the love:

-Tank Girl
-Queen of the Damned
-Spice World
-Marie Antoinette (2006)
-Pride and Prejudice (1940)
-Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Pride & Prejudice (2005) - ((I just posted this for those mostly jerkass 1995 mini-series fans))
-Ghostbusters (Answer The Call)
-A Knight's Tale
-Snow White & The Huntsman
-Suicide Squad
-Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
-Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (the book it's based on is even MORE awesome!)
forgottenbennet: (Mary B)
from a previous Mary Bennet playlist

* = means that it's to Mary from an admirer
1.Kelly Clarkson - Whyyawannabringmedown
2.Julie Fowlis - Into the Open Air
3.Idina Menzel - Defying Gravity (non-Wicked version)
4.Für Elise
5.Junkie XL - Tris (feat. Ellie Goulding)
6.Astrud Gilberto - Fly Me to the Moon
7.Nobuo Uematsu - Waltz for the Moon
8.*The Afters - Beautiful Love
9.Alanis Morissette - Mary Jane
10.Kacey Musgraves - Follow Your Arrow
11.Taylor Swift - Sparks Fly
12.Claude Debussy - Suite bergamasque: III. Clair de lune
13.TLC - Unpretty
14.Texas - Put Your Arms Around Me
forgottenbennet: (Default)
A few times a week I google "Mary Bennet" to see if any new news stories pop up. Happily I found a new behind-the-scenes pic from the 2005 version of "Pride and Prejudice" (taken by Jena Malone who played Lydia Bennet)of Talulah Riley. It's quite lovely.

click here to see the loveliness )
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!

Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)


- "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 )
forgottenbennet: (Mary - Netherfield)
(originally posted October 2016)

I had a dream the other night. One in which Mary Bennet was made to live in the attic of Longbourn (it was made into a bedroom) I could tell because to ceiling in her room was pointed. It wasn't too shabby but it was simpler than the other bedrooms in the house. Mary made it comfortable for herself though, the walls were also painted blue A short bookcase full of books, there might have been a desk, a bed, a place to to put her clothes. Also hidden compartments behind the pictures on her walls for hiding her most precious papers and other things.

I'm only typing this thing about because I don't want to forget anymore details.

Wickham is wither a Bennet brother (by birth or adopted when he was young)
(Either that or he got close enough to Mary, like a real brother, when he married Lydia)

Mrs. Bennet is verbally abusive to Mary (and occasionally physical) and George tries to defend her from it (he was wearing his red coat)

And for the record the dream was based off of the 2005 adaptation

This is the second Mary Bennet dream I've had (maybe the third?). I'd written the first one dawn. And I really should have typed up a copy of it in one of my LJ's,

I think i found it but it didn't have as much detail as I'd thought. I'll sum up:

-It takes place after P&P
-Her name is engraved in a hall ceiling along with someone else's (I didn't catch it)
-She catches glimpses of the TARDIS in the crowds around her (stylized images). She didn't know what it was. The more she looked the more she noticed it(Maybe Mr. Darcy knew what was going on)

(this is where it gets REALLY weird)

-Queen Latifah also made an appearance as an actually Queen/Fairy godmother type of person.

-Mary's sisters were around but most of them didn't give her much thought, except Kitty who was nearly always by Mary's side
-Also noted it says that "I think if I had dreamt longer I think the Doctor might have taken mary as a companion"


Also I don't know if this was part of the same dream or not (might've been)

Mary and her yummy Mr. Darcy-ish but better admirer (in a scene that reminded me of THAT sunrise scene. mary has he hair down and is wearing a soft purple dress and Mr. Yummy was wearing a soft red (non-military and not pink) coat. Lydia was there and pissed off that Mary found someone before she did (P&P AU where Mr. Wickham didn't run off with Lydia?)


ever notice when I dream of Mary it turns out to be rather Cinderella-ish?
forgottenbennet: (Default)
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 )
forgottenbennet: (Default)
* = 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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