05 June 2014

Colin Fever?

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that all fans of Pride and Prejudice must try the 1995 BBC miniseries. While I very much liked it, I am however faced with something I've been wondering for years.

Why do some women love Colin Firth?

My imaginary bestie Mindy Kaling said of it, "All women love Colin Firth: Mr. Darcy, Mark Darcy, George VI—at this point he could play the Craigslist Killer and people would be like, "Oh my God, the Craigslist Killer has the most boyish smile!" (Source: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling)

So help me understand it. What is it about him? Other than the accent of course. That part I totalllly get.


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  1. This is probably a really unpopular opinion, but I don't really like Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. It might be because I saw the Keira Knightley film first (don't shoot me) and loved Matthew Macfadyen, but whenever I think of Colin Firth I see him as that awkward, mumbling but adorable mess he is in Love Actually. I want him to be my uncle, rather than my Darcy. So long story short, I don't get the fascination either. He's a great actor and the accent helps, but he doesn't make me faint. So happy I'm not the only one!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. Yah. I kinda agree. Matthew pretty much rocked it for me too.

      An uncle?! Yes! Exactly. Me too! I never would have put it like that but now that you mention it, you're SO right.

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  2. I love him in comedy movies like Love Actually , and Bridget Jones Diary. I think that he can play so many characters ...and the accent . I agree with the other poster about Matthew Macfayden to me was a better Darcy. I think he gets all the swoons because he played it first , and there wasn't anything to compare it too.

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    1. Right on. Yah I think I like him more in comedies too.

      Yes! Your point reminds me of what Felicia was saying about the over 35 crowd.

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  3. I have a soft spot for Colin Firth. He was my first Darcy.

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    1. Your 1st Darcy? I love how you put it. That can definitely leave a soft spot.

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  4. He's a good actor but I've honestly never really gotten the fascination with him. I think the fact that he played Mr. Darcy has definitely elevated his "swoon" status though.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  5. Yeah, I don't get it either. I've never gotten it. I feel like I could write a whole blog post about Celebrities People Love But I Don't Understand Why. My list would also include Idris Elba, Russell Crowe, Heather Graham, Penelope Cruz, Uma Thurman and James Franco. Until recently I'd probably have said Benedict Cumberbatch as well, but I take that back. I get it now.

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    1. Yes! LOL Me too! Ok I do like Idris Elba and Russell Crowe, but I don't love Penelope, or Heather, or James Franco.

      OK so dish, what changed your opinion on Benedict Cumberbatch?

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  6. I just adored him in Love Actually, but not in a "crush" kind of way. For Darcy, I'm a huge fan of Matthew MacFadyen! LOVED him as Darcy!

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  7. count me in with the Matt M. camp re Darcy! That said.....I find Colin SO ADORABLE with his SQUISHY LITTLE FACE! I just want to walk up to him and squish his cheeks like a little baby. Annnnnnd.......Melissa out!

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    1. LOL "squishy little face"? LOL

      You are soo cute and funny. I will think of this for hours and smile. Thank you.

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  8. I agree with the others - love him in LOVE ACTUALLY, only *like* him in P&P.

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    1. Oh OK OK. :) I might need to rewatch Love Actually for this research.

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  9. I think I like him because he's just so charming and the accent kills me every time. :-) I also prefer him in comedies like Bridget Jones and Love Actually though. His Darcy is good and all, but I think Matthew MacFadden is better.

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    1. Charm? OK I can see that. :)

      Yes! I do like him more in comedies and I definitely agree on Matthew.

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  10. He was Darcy in the full-fledged, whole-book version, though. I think Jennifer Ehle playing opposite him helped his appeal. She made you believe him as Darcy. I like the new layers MacFadden brought to Darcy, but I think Firth is closer to the Darcy I pictured when I first read the book at 14...

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    1. Jennifer does do a pretty amazing job.

      So did you read P&P before you saw it?

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    2. Oh, yeah. I was 14 when I read the book for the first time. I saw the 1940 Laurence Olivier/Greer Garson version after that. The BBC miniseries didn't come out until about 3 or 4 years after I read the book. I recorded it on VHS tapes so I could fast-forward through the commercials. When my husband and I were first together, we bought it on DVD, and stayed up until 4 in the morning. We kept meaning to turn it off - he had to be at work at 7! It made the Bridget Jones books a lot more fun, too...

      The Keira Knightley movie was my oldest daughter's first movie. I took her with me to the theater on opening day, when she was only 3 months old. She was a good girl and slept through most of it.

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    3. Awwww I love your story. *happy pause and smile for the days of VHS and rewinding tapes* I love even more that your husband and you shared it together.

      3 months old? You brave brave girl!!!! I love that!

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    4. The only person who could have babysat her was my sister, and guess who I was seeing the movie with? A couple did leave the theatre when they saw us come in. It was 11:30 in the morning! There weren't many people there. She wasn't disruptive at all. Their loss.

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    5. They left before she'd made a peep? Silly them! Your sister went too? Nice. What a cool memory.

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  11. I love Colin!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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    1. But what about him makes your heart go pitter-patter?

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  12. Oh I think it is just his air and wit! I adore Colin but then again I am closer to his age. I think part of that plays into the reason too. I would bet that most of the women who prefer Colin as Darcy are over 35 and those that prefer Matt are under. Colin is that mix of boy next door with charm and a bit of goofiness!

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    1. Oh OK wit is sexy. I can appreciate that.

      I like your age theory. While I'm 37 and lean more towards Matthew (who happens to be 39) I do like your point. Like maybe it's about which version you saw first and grew up with? Solid theory my friend.

      So very British boy next door? Right on. That makes sense.

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  13. I think he's okay but I don't find him swoon worthy.

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  14. I don't know why I like him so much (he's honestly not even THAT attractive) but I find something kind in his face :)

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    1. Oooo brilliant Sandy. You speak truth. Now that you say that, I do see kindness and kindness is such a precious thing. Smart girl!

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  15. He's likeable. He's not a hunk. But he's so likeable. Think Tom Hanks but with the accent ;)

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    1. See I like Tom. I want to be his homey. But I've never liked him in that way. But I like that comparison. I can totally see it. :)

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    2. Have you seen Mama Mia? If you haven't, you'll get a surprise :)

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    3. I have! It's been a while. He was pretty fun in Mama Mia. :) Thank you for reminding me of that.

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  16. If I haven't seen the P&P version with him is it ok if I still say I prefer Matthew? Lol I don't get why some people think he's so dreamy. He's a good actor and I enjoy most of his movies, but...I don't think he's a cutie.

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  17. Haha. This post makes me laugh. I have no clue why I love Colin Firth. I think it's his version of Darcy and I loved him in Love, Actually and Bridget Jones. He's such a good actor. He was brilliant in The King's Speech too.

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  18. I've seen him a few things, I do like him (not in love) but like him! I guess he's just one of those guys.

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    1. "Just one of those guys"... like a modern day manly mystery. ;)

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  19. I never knew there was a mini-series! Sounds like something to look at. The movie with Keira Knightley in it is quite nice, I watch it at least once a month.

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    1. Yes you do! It's really good. Really close to the book too.

      I LOVE the movie version.

      Thanks for coming by! :)

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  20. I never understood the draw to Colin Firth as Darcy. But he does grow on a person. My favorite Darcy is David Rintoul :) aristocratic, handsome, hauty...all things Darcy. Colin Firth reminds me of the boy next door not dark and brooding or tall and dark and handsome like Darcy should be. I really think the accent does it!

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    1. I think that should be haughty... :)

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    2. Felicia said "boy next door" too. I can totally see that.

      You're right too. I do think Darcy is more dark and brooding. Did you like Matthew's version of him?

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    3. I really didn't like the new version of P&P. And there was something about Matthew that I just didn't care about. I can't put my finger on it...maybe too rugged? I see Darcy as more polished less stable-boyish ;)

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    4. Too rugged? Is there such a thing? *teasing* ;) That makes sense though.

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    5. LOL, while I admit I like the more rugged look(love my husbands mustache, but am not a fan of scruff), that is not the way I see Darcy in the book. Maybe it has something to do with the first version of P&P that I ever saw, the 1985 one with David Rintoul, who portrays Darcy as so aristocratic and stuck up. I guess that has just stuck in my head as the perfect Darcy. Oh and Laurence Olivier portrayed Darcy as more high-brow also in the version with Greer Garson. Those have stuck in my mind as closest to the "book" Darcy :)

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    6. Which reminds me again of what Felicia wrote. About age and which P&P you first fell in love with being a big determining factor. :)

      *high five* for facial hair love!

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    7. LOL, then I am ancient if I like Sir Laurence Olivier!!! Bwahahaha! Truth is I have always been drawn to the older men. During the Twilight craze I was thinking that Bella's dad was pretty stinkin "hot" haha! Forget about the Edward and Jacob characters ;) And yes, my husband is an older man...by 8 years! As for facial hair, mustache yes, beard no :)

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    8. Awww lol no you're not ancient. I think her point was that the under 35 crowd tend to love Matthew and the over 35 crowd prefer Colin. That's it's more about what you grew up watching.

      You have me thinking I need to try the 1940s version.

      I feel ya on older guys. My sister in law is like that.

      Plus, you're SO right about Bella's dad. He's quite hot!! I admit, I was a Jacob girl through and through, but her dad did not escape my notice.

      I'm actually the opposite, I'm more pro beard than mustache. Mr. Whimsy usually sports a beard minus the 'stache.

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    9. Oh I enjoy the 1940's version, but it really doesn't follow the book too much. The costumes are the wrong era, reminded me more of the Gone With the Wind era than the Lizzie and Darcy era. ha! The acting is pretty lame, but still it was a fun version.

      Both of my daughters like the "scruffy" look on guys. I don't know where they get that from! LOL!

      I totally agree about what version you grew up watching is the Darcy that a person tends to favor. So many of the "younger crowd" have not even read the book so they have not a clue except through the movie with Matthew. But truly I am an old soul. I had a crush on Clark Gable for years after watching Gone With the Wind ;) and he died several years before I was even born!

      Jacob? Just from the movie or having read the books as well?

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    10. No way. The costumes are wrong? OK I am SO glad that you warned me of that.

      I can appreciate an old soul. My husband and I love making friends with people older than us and we adore vintage things. I hear ya on Clark Gable too. He was sooooo handsome and dashing.

      I was a Jacob girl through and through after reading the books. I used to reread my favorite Jacob and Bella scenes repeatedly. LOL

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    11. :)

      I've always gravitated to the older folk myself ;) until I became one!! Bwahaha!

      I used to re-read the Twilight series at least once a year. I would love to re-read them now, but just don't have the time with all of the other books on my TBR pile :( but I have always been an Edward fan. In fact if the story had turned out any other way I probably would have thrown the books away! ha!

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    12. Ha! ;D

      Yah I was a big Team Jacob girl. *le sigh* We'll have to agree to disagree. ;)

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    13. ;)

      A funny: When my daughter and I went to see New Moon the scene where Jacob comes to Bella's room half dressed to try and get her to guess what he is she touched his chest. One lone plaintive voice in the theater said, "I want to touch him" Yes, the whole theater cracked up! There is no denying that the actor that played Jacob was much hotter than the one that played Edward :) So we can agree on that :p

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    14. Ha LOL that is funny story. TL is a cutie.

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  21. I enjoy him in movies - I think he is quirky and boyishly charming but not a go to guy for me :)

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    1. Boyishly charming. Right on.

      I'm also left wondering who you go to guys are. ;)

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  22. I do love Colin Firth! But I loved him with Bridget Jones before I loved him with Elizabeth Bennett. When he tells Bridget that he love her "just as she is," my heart went all a-flutter ;) But I do wonder, why does he have to be traditional cute or a "hottie," for ladies to find him attractive? I think it's the whole package thing versus just going by looks.

    But as far as Darcy goes...he was great, but I like Matthew just as well, if not more.

    Beth

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    1. Right on. I feel ya. I totally get the not traditionally cute guys. Stanley Tucci is one of my favorites. He's so sexy and masculine to me. So yah I definitely understand when it goes beyond looks. I'm so glad my readers are helping me see it from their perspective.

      Thanks for popping by.

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  23. To put it simply? He's a manly man! LOL He's tall, handsome, well spoken and smart.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Ok :) I do appreciate a well spoken, intelligent guy.

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  24. Yes, I actually need to know this as well. I'm not into this guy at all. I do love his accent, but hey all British guys got them. :)

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    1. Right? My favorite British hottie is probably JJ Field.

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  25. Ha, I agree with Nina and the rest of the gals who don't get the infatuation! The accent ups him from a 5 to a 6 in my book (on a hotness scale of 1 to 10).

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    1. Nice. I like that. He's still very meh. Agreed! ;)

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  26. I have NEVER understood this. I like Colin Firth okay, but I could live without him, and I don't think he's that great in the P&P miniseries and also I don't think the miniseries is that great. I much prefer the more recent Keira Knightley movie, or even better of course, the wonderful Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

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    1. I'm with you. He's pretty good but that's about it. You've reminded me, I need to get back to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Especially now that I have a Chromecast and can watch it on my living room TV. I have a Darcy to compare!

      Thanks for popping by. :)

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  27. I love him. I can't always explain it, but I just do. He will always be Mr. Darcy to me. :)

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  28. I'm so sorry, but my unconditional love for Colin Firth knows no boundaries and I can't explain it. It's like Alan Rickman. I guess British actors (with British accents) have a magical effect on me. And I love him as Mr. Darcy! :)

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    1. Ha! Nice. I feel ya on Alan Rickman. He has a certain sex appeal.

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  29. It is definitely the Darcy appeal.

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  30. I don't get it at all {well, except for the accent as you said!} my girls told me long ago that any guy with an accent has appeal out the ying yang! and mostly they're right :-)

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    1. Accents are powerful. British and Australian work for me. Some of the other ones are on a case by case basis though. ;)

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  31. there is no explanation, he is just one of those men who screams adorable, love me

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  32. It is definitely the dry wit! He's not that great looking but when you add in the wit spoken with that lovely accent...it's magic!

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  33. I once asked the same question and all my friends just turned and looked at me like "what is wrong with you??!!!"

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  34. For me, I think he has a boyish charm. Even when he is playing a rogue character, I think there is a charming character that is wanting to come out and be revealed. There also seems to be an awkwardness about him that I think is funny and kind of sweet. He is sort of the unexpected leading man.
    ~Liz

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    1. Unexpected, sweet, and awkward. I love that. You've put it very well. :)

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  35. I agree with others that it's the wit - and the way that he can look like he's smiling without really actually smiling.

    My aunt has run into him in a bookstore TWICE too. So the fact that he's apparently a reader is another bonus! :)

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    1. Ahhhh yes. He does have the ability to smile without smiling. That's a good one. A good trait in a husband I bet!

      What? Really? How fabulous. Where does he live?

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    2. West London apparently... at least she spied him in a Waterstones there twice.

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    3. Nice! Do you ever visit her? I long to see London.

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  36. I'm totally with you on this! Like you said, other than the British accent, I don't get it either! I remember reading that bit in Mindy's book and was like 'I must be the only person not to swoon when I see him!' haha!

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    1. Ha! I love that we both thought the same thing when reading Mindy's book!

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  37. I'm not really a fan of Colin in the sense that he's "swoon-y" for me (aside from, as you all say, that awesome accent). That being said, he was good as Darcy, but golly, each time I watch the newer version of Pride & Prejudice, I'm more swept away. Those ending scenes between Darcy & Lizzie. *swoon* Just love it all - even the more "rugged" feel of the production.

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    1. I hear ya. I'm that way with those rugged scenes with Darcy and Lizzie. They are mad swoony. That Matthew is just so sexy.

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  38. I can't say I swoon over Colin but I can see his appeal. He has that cute, bumbling thing going on. Combined with the accent well...

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    1. Thank you so much Diana. That's very kind of you. I'm so touched. :)

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  40. I have no idea who this guy is. I'm beyond late JuJu!

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    1. Jade!!!!!!!!!! Hey!!!! *hugs* Welcome back.

      Colin plays Mr. Darcy in the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice.

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  41. This is going to spark a debate.

    Here is my story! I was 18 fresh out of high school and studying at the University when I learned of the fantastic movie Bridge Jones's Diary, and when I tell you I feel in love with Mark Darcy that is an understatement.

    In fact I came to full terms with the fact that I was going to be just like Bridget at 32 (I am 31 now, and well not like her but you get the point)

    Then my English Comp 2 teacher introduced me to P&P at 19 and I am a Colin Firth gonner. I love him in so many ways it is borderline unhealthy,

    The accent, the dark handsome, the fact that he volunteers for the poor in Nigeria... I mean seriously. I could write a paper (heck I wrote a blog post!) as to why I love Collin Firth...

    I screamed for JOY when he won his Oscar hahahaha

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    1. Ha. What an awesome story/comment. You had me grinning from ear to ear.

      I had no idea he volunteers in Nigeria.

      Thank you so much for sharing you're love.

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  42. I have yet to see the Pride and Prejudice miniseries. I fail. I so loved him in Bridget Jones and Love Actually though, so I can see the appeal. He has this simultaneous friendliness and aloofness that just sort of makes me want to wander up to him and see which version of him I get:)

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  43. I think it is the boyish charm and the ability to seem like he is unaware of his charm or good looks. His career is forever stamped with his portrayal of Mr. Darcy, and we all love Mr. Darcy!

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  44. I think it's the combination of intellectualism and good looks (and the accent, of course). I can only hope that my aging process goes as smoothly as his seems to be!

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  45. I'm not sure, I like Darcy in the Kira Knightly version a little bit better. But I like the Darcy in my imagination the best :D

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  46. STUNNING post dear :) hes SO SEXY and I had a BIG crush on him in the 90 ies haha.......I hope you had a great summer so far


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