I'm sure you all have seen some of the hilarious (and some of the not-so-hilarious) "Keep Calm And Do Such-And-Such" posters floating around the Internet in recent months. For those of you who have been living under a rock (tell me, what's that like?) the Keep Calm posters are a spoof on a speech Winston Churchill made during WWII, in which he encouraged the people of Britain to "keep calm and carry on".
There are dozens of funny spoofs on the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan out there right now, as I said, and recently I discovered a whole slew of Les-Miserables-related posters that had me in stitches. Excellent advice there on the right, no?
And then of course there's the one I began the post with-- and then this one, below on the left.
Frankly, I'm quite disappointed that there was nothing urging people to "Keep Calm and Wear a Red Vest Of Power" or "Keep Calm and Hold the Barricade" or "Keep Calm and Lift That Vegetable Cart" or even "Keep Calm and Hear the Distant Drums", but oh well.
You can see the collection on this Tumblr page.
Oh, and for those of you who know your 10th Anniversary Dream Cast, you have my permission to squeal with delight over this one here on the right. :D Not that you need my permission to squeal with delight, but it sounds nice, right? (I don't have space to post all that I would like to share with you, but I can at least link to just one more-- if you're looking forward to the movie as much as I am, you'll get a kick out of it.)
At any rate, there are lots and lots of these Keep Calm posters with many different themes out there, but as I searched around I found a sad, sad lack of Jane Austen themed Keep Calms. And that, my friends, is what has prompted the latest contest hosted by Yet Another Period Drama Blog.
You've all seen the poster below, I presume, but I hereby challenge you to think outside the box and come up with something a little more creative than this one.
Think of your favorite lines from Sense and Sensibility, funny themes in Northanger Abbey, hilarious situations in Emma. And then hie thee to Picnik or FotoFlexer and make thyself a Keep Calm button! (If you do not know how to make a button, you may simply leave your Keep Calm phrase in the comments and I will duly enter it.) Need some examples?
- Keep Calm and Restrict Your Remarks to the Weather
- Keep Calm and Hop In The Pemberley Pond
- Keep Calm and Look Behind the Black Veil
- Keep Calm and Play in F Major
- Keep Calm and Don't Call Him Knightley
Extra kudos if you can identify all the Jane Austen books that those jokes come from. The contest will close on Saturday at midnight, and on Monday I will put up a poll with the top five entries so you can all vote for your favorite. Limit two entries per customer, please. Either make yourself a button and leave me a link to the image URL, or simply leave your Keep Calm slogan in the comments as aforementioned. (Be sure to say which Jane Austen book or film your joke comes from.) I'm eagerly awaiting your hilarity!