Aughhhhhh!! I just ran across a cute craft idea turned bad.
It was a framed quotation titled "Jane Austen printables." The quote reads, "I never wish to be parted from you from this day on." I would have ignored it except for the fact that it simply didn't sound like Jane Austen. "I never wish..." means that you never do the act of wishing; for example, "I never wish ill upon any other person." This quote is trying to say that the person wishes never to be parted, etc. One of the things I treasure most about Austen's work is the precise way she crafted her sentences. There is no WAY she would have written that! So I googled it...was it perhaps from a lesser-known, early work that I haven't read?
NOPE! It was from the 2005 movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I deliberately avoided this movie for two reasons: 1) Keira Knightley is an appallingly bad actress and 2) no Colin Firth. Colin Firth is the dreamiest, sexiest, most knee-weakening Mr. Darcy possible. I refuse to watch Pride and Prejudice without Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. End of story.
But now, it seems I have a third reason to NEVER EVER see this film. When I googled the quote, I ended up at imdb, where they have a whole collection of "memorable quotes" from this title. They had the travesty mentioned above, plus they had dumbed down another pivotal scene: where Elizabeth accuses Mr. Darcy of ending Mr. Bingley's courtship of her sister Jane. The screenwriter had the gall to sum up Jane's perceived indifference in the following sentence: "That's because she's shy!"
GAH! I can't go on. I just can't. All of Jane Austen's clever wordsmithing, reduced to "because she's shy." BLEEEHHHHHHHH! No wonder the whole world thinks Americans are dumb as sh*t.
p.s. I know I may have made some grammatical errors in this post. I'm not saying I'm perfect; I'm saying Jane Austen is. :)