07.25.11

Who Said It: Taylor Swift vs. Jane Austen

The pop star is taking her lovelorn anthems—including her new single “Sparks Fly”—across the country in one of the biggest tours this summer, but her lyrics seem to have gotten a little help from a literary predecessor. Can you guess which lines are by the young songstress and which were penned by the "Pride and Prejudice" author?

1.
A:
"I want a guy who I can respect. Someone who's got an idea of who he wants to be, knows what he wants and what he loves."
B: "I have no notion of treating men with such respect. That’s the way to spoil them."

2.
A: "I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control."
B: "This is surely not what you thought it would be. I lose myself in a daydream."

3.
A: "Indulge your imagination in every possible flight."
B: "You find I’m even better than you imagined I would be."

4.
A: "But you held your pride like you should've held me."
B: "Everybody is disgusted with his pride."

5.
A: "How’s life? Tell me, how’s your family? I haven’t seen them in a while."
B: "And what a charming little family life they have!"

6.
A: "I do recall now the smell of the rain fresh on the pavement."
B: "A cold stormy rain set in, and nothing of July appeared but in the tree and shrubs."

7.
A: "I am sure I must have been as white as my gown."
B: "I am not the kind of girl who should be rudely barging in on a white veil occasion. But you are not the kind of boy who should be marrying the wrong girl."

8.
A: "Without music, life would be a blank to me."
B: "Our song is the way you laugh."

9.
A: "Something’s made your eyes go cold."
B: "All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes."

10.
A: "Leave me, hate me, forget me! But do not torture me."
B: "Just let me go, tell me I’m not the one for you."

11.
A: "Can’t turn back now, I’m haunted."
B: "It had always been there to haunt her from the background."

12.
A: "But he was careless and immethodical, like other men, about those things."
B: "You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter."


ANSWERS:
 
1.
A: Taylor Swift talking about love.
B: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
 
2.
A: Jane Austen, Emma
B: Taylor Swift, "Speak Now"
 
3.
A: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
B: Taylor Swift, "Sparks Fly"
 
4.
A: Taylor Swift, "The Story of Us"
B: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

5.
A: Taylor Swift, "Back to December"
B: Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

6.
A: Taylor Swift, "Last Kiss"
B: Jane Austen, Emma

7.
A: Jane Austen, Emma
B: Taylor Swift, "Speak Now"

8.
A: Jane Austen, Emma
B: Taylor Swift, "Our Song"

9.
A: Taylor Swift, "Haunted"
B: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

10.
A: Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
B: Taylor Swift, "Don’t Tell Me You Want to When I Don’t Want to Anymore"

11.
A: Taylor Swift, "Haunted"
B: Jane Austen, Sanditon (unfinished novel)

12.
A: Jane Austen, Persuasion
B: Taylor Swift, "Mine"

YOUR RESULTS:

12 for 12: Worthy of Mr. Darcy himself.
10 or 11: What a scholar!
8 or 9: You could be Taylor’s opening act.
6 or 7: Missing a little common sense (and sensibility).
5 or under: Doomed to a life of spinsterhood.