I discovered this book/movie tag ages ago (it seems), but it’s taken me so long to get to it! I found it at the Coffee, Classics, & Craziness blog and had so much fun reading it and answering the questions in my head that I figured I might as well share it. A period drama is basically any T.V. show, mini-series or movie that takes place in history. Feel free to answer the questions for yourself in the comments!
1. What was the most recent period drama you watched? Share what you thought of it.
Falling for a Dancer. I’ve seen it several times, but re-watched it recently. I love it! It’s based on a book by Deirdre Purcell and takes place in Ireland in the 1930s. I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s on my list!
2. Do you generally prefer period dramas in the form of a movie or a TV series/mini-series? Why?
I love mini-series! First of all, they have more detail. Second, when I start the series, I can watch it for days! But there are a lot of movies I love, too.
3. What is your favorite musical period drama?
Fiddler on the Roof!
4. Read the book first or watch the movie first?
If it were possible, I’d rather read the book first. But I don’t read that fast. And, having grown up with period dramas (i.e. Jane Austen), I didn’t have the chance to read the books before watching the movies. And, I’ll admit it, there are some books that I’m not interested in reading, though I enjoy the movie.
5. What is a valuable life lesson you learned from a period drama?
Umm…I honestly can’t think of one!
6. Which period drama hero would you be likely to fall in love with in real life?
Having just watched Falling for a Dancer, I’ll go with Mossie Sheehan! But I also like Mr. Tilney from Northanger Abbey and Gabriel Oak from Far From the Madding Crowd.
7. Do you ever like to binge-watch a period drama series?
Yes! As I mentioned earlier. The longer the series, the better! A few of the series I’ve binge-watched are the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and Emma and Wives and Daughters.
8. What things go best with watching a period drama?
Rainy days and a cozy blanket.
9. Which period drama do you think you would fit into best?
Anne of Green Gables! If I could BE Anne and live at Green Gables, that would be all right with me. If not, I’d be happy just to live in Avonlea. Everything is lovely and simple there!
10. If you could have any period drama character for a best friend, who would it be? And why?
Related to the last question, I’ll have to go with Anne Shirley. She is so fun and imaginative and, if you’ve read the series, you know that she makes everyone’s life better!
11. Show us a picture of a period drama costume you wish you could wear in real life.
12. Are there any period dramas you like to watch during a particular season or holiday?
I like to watch Little Women and A Christmas Carol during Christmastime! They both give me that warm cozy feeling.
13. Which period drama has your favorite soundtrack?
The Last of the Mohicans has the most lovely soundtrack. Check out a version on guitar here! Every time I hear the music from this movie, I get the chills!
14. Dream cast your favorite actor and actress in a period drama of your choosing; tell which parts they would play and why.
I’ve always pictured Ioan Gryffith as the preacher in How Green Was My Valley, but he’s getting older now, and I doubt that will ever be made into a movie, other than the one that was made years ago.
15. Are there any period dramas you like more than one version of?
A Christmas Carol. Every Christmas, as I mentioned, I watch several versions of this movie. My favorite is the George C. Scott version and my second favorite is the Muppets version. But I love many of the others, as well!
16. What are the top three period dramas that you haven’t seen on your to-watch list?
I can’t wait to see The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society when it comes out! And I also want to see The Man Who Invented Christmas, which is about the writing of A Christmas Carol.
17. Show a picture of your favorite period drama hairstyle.
I’ve always liked Catherine Morland’s hair in parts of the BBC version of Northanger Abbey.
18. What was your favorite wedding in a period drama?
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I have to say “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” There are two entire episodes dedicated to the wedding and it turns out to be the most amazing wedding ever!
19. What is your favorite biographical period drama?
First of all, Shadowlands. This is based on the experience of C.S. Lewis and how he met his wife. It’s a tear-jerker, so be warned. Also, it’s hard to find a copy of this movie anywhere. I’m lucky I have a copy.
Second, Amazing grace. This tells the story of William Wilberforce and how he fought against the slave trade in England.
Third, Bright Star. This is about John Keats and his romance with Fanny Brawne. Another tear-jerker!
20. Which historical novel will you forever recommend to anyone and everyone?
I love A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer, and, of course, Anne of Green Gables!
There are so many more period dramas I love, but I think I touched on a lot of good ones!