For years, whenever anyone would mention Colin Firth, I would instantly conjure up images of him as Mr. Darcy, in the wonderful BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. This is my perfect version of P&P, and Colin Firth is my image of Mr. Darcy.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Colin Firth in Love Actually, didn’t mind him in Mama Mia, and enjoyed him in Bridget Jones. But I thought nothing would ever beat his performance in P&P. That is, until this past week, when I watched The King’s Speech.

Oh my! I don’t do movie reviews, but I just loved this one. Everything about it, from the cast, to the costumes, to the settings, were just spectacular. Until I saw The King’s Speech, I knew next to nothing about King George VI. It’s a sign of how much this movie reached me, that I’ve spent an incredible amount of time on the web since seeing the movie doing research on King George VI.

Colin Firth is always going to be my perfect Mr. Darcy, but for right now, and I suspect for some time into the future, when someone mentions Colin Firth, I will now thing of his marvelous performance as King George VI, before I think of Mr. Darcy.

Have you seen The King’s Speech? If so, what did you think? And can you recommend any good books — fiction or non-fiction — that cover this period of history?

LinnieGayl