Years ago, when I started writing fiction again, I created YouTube videos, such as Historic Hotties: Rufus Sewell and Stephen Dillaine and Jane Austen Couples: You Got Me for fun. Of course, there are a lot of great video creators on YouTube (much better than I ever was), and their videos are great for a quick view of period drama men and couples. But, to get the full experience, I enjoy rewatching my favorite period dramas when I feel low, or when I want to celebrate something. I’m not going to rank these, because it all depends on my mood—sometimes I want brooding Rufus Sewell or Ciarán Hinds, sometimes adorable Rupert Penry-Jones or Jeremy Northam, sometimes delightful Colin Firth or Alan Rickman (to name just a few).
Love Comes Softly (2008) A touching Hallmark movie (Western) based on the Janette Oke novel. Dale Midkiff plays the widowed hero with strength and rugged calm.
Jane Eyre (2003): Though I’ve seen and liked most of the versions of the Charlotte Brontë novel, I especially like Toby Stephens (sigh—he plays a tortured hero so well) and Ruth Wilson in this adaptation.
Anne of Green Gables (1985 and 1987) Megan Follows is a treat as Anne. I also love Road to Avonlea, particularly Gus and Felicity’s romance.
Little Women (1994) So far, this is still my favorite version of the Louisa May Alcott book. And I love Jo and Prof. Bhaer (especially as played by Gabriel Byrne).
Emma (1996, 1996 TV, or 2009 TV) I know I’m an outlier among Jane Austen fans—I love Emma. And Knightly. I enjoyed each of these productions for various reasons, though I admit my favorite is the 2009 version with Romala Garai and Jonny Lee Miller.
Persuasion (1995 or 2007) Neither of these quite captures Persuasion (the novel) for me, but I like them both. Especially because of Ciarán Hinds and Rupert Penry-Jones, respectively.
Sense and Sensibility (1995 or 2008) Can you tell I’m a Jane Austen fan? I like both of these versions. I love Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson, but I also loved the 2008 version, both the way it was adapted and the cast.
The Young Victoria (2009) Starring Emily Blunt (pre-Mary Poppins) and Rupert Friend (who also played Mr. Wickham in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice), and written by Julian Fellowes (Downtown Abbey), this is a touching, sweet romance.
Victoria (2016--) I love this ongoing show! Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes are wonderful as Victoria and Albert, and in Seasons One and Two, the fantastic Rufus Sewell plays Lord Melbourne with devastating charm and pathos.
North & South (2004) Richard Armitage as John Thornton. (Okay, I enjoy the whole production and cast, but, really: Richard Armitage as John Thornton.) Swoon.
Pride and Prejudice (1995) One of my all-time favorites, and probably the one I’ve seen the most times, even though it’s around six hours long. Starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle as Darcy and Lizzy, this is a near-faultless production.
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Did I miss any of your favorites?
December 15, 2013
Historical ~ Sweet Romance ~ Regency
From the author of the Amazon Regency Romance bestseller A Gentleman’s Daughter: Her Choice, comes Most Truly, a light, sweet jaunt into the world of Pride and Prejudice.
Colonel James Fitzwilliam is home. The war has left him weary, battle-scarred—and a free man of fortune ready to find a wife. He travels to Pemberley, his second home. There he meets Kitty Bennet. Her unexpected charms soon have him questioning his familial duty and his expectations. A fight looms on the horizon when his aunt—Lady Catherine de Bourgh—and his parents arrive with their own plans for his future.
Kitty Bennet has found happiness. At Pemberley, she has improved herself and formed true friendships with her sister Lizzy and Georgiana Darcy. Kitty is captivated by the gentlemanly Colonel Fitzwilliam. But she will not be silly over a redcoat again, and she will not risk her happiness—or his family’s displeasure—for his attentions. Colonel Fitzwilliam, Darcy, Lizzy, and Georgiana have their say, and Kitty learns a new lesson—love will find you at Pemberley.
Reina M. Williams writes sweet Austen-inspired and fairy tale romances. She loves period dramas, cooking, baking, and reading. She has a B.A. in History and did graduate study in English Literature. A California native, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two sons, who hope to someday take a research trip to England with their mom.