|Felicity Merriman and her darling Elizabeth Cole.|
Back story time! When Felicity's books were first written back in 1991 and best friend characters for Historicals were not a thing, Elizabeth was described as tiny, brunette, and with brown eyes. This stayed the way until about 2005, when Felicity: An American Girl Adventure was released. The actress playing Elizabeth, however, was blond and blue eyed. And through the magic of Photoshop this:
|Elizabeth 1: Brown and brown.|
|Elizabeth 2: Behold, she's fucking blond!|
I don't care for blond-version Elizabeth for multiple reasons, but that is because there are very few books I don't like over movies.3 So a buddy of mine made a brunette Elizabeth by rewigging and eye swapping a blond!Elizabeth, and I later had her join the gang in 2008 during the holidays as a beautiful surprise to her dear Felicity who had desperately missed her girlfriend. I don't know if the woman who made Elizabeth for me does customs anymore--she has kids and had some board shit go down that led to her getting kicked off AGPT and has eased back from doll collecting some--but she made me Elizabeth and Sarah and for that I'm awesomely grateful.
By necessity, Elizabeth Cole needed her holiday outfit. But not the AG one. I never got it, even when retirement was impending. First, let's show what AG offered us, as an interpretation of the dress from the movie:
|Pretty dresses are so much prettier.|
Bonus: a mini-review of Elizabeth's Doll.
|Hairbow. Because flippant.|
|Pocket slits. And lesbian sex jokes.|
|Knife pleats and bum butt.|
|Elizabeth looks her best.|
|Stomacher and gown.|
Overall, I think she's a very unique doll; while the same base was used overall the clothing, shoes, and hair make her different and unique from Felicity's doll. I now even wish Jane had hair, so as to match Charlotte's having hair. The wooden doll is authentic, the authenticity to the story is there, and the outfit that she's wearing is even a little more authentic than Felicity's. If you do get her, you're looking at high costs on the secondary market, alas. I give her an A. Elizabeth loves her doll.
And Elizabeth loves her unique holiday outfit as well, and she very much loves her Felicity. Kissy kissy~
|Yes, they not only hold hands, they kiss.|
1 Kirsten, you really should not have bangs. They were not a thing back then for most people.
2 They did the same thing with Felicity and the Traveling Gown. Shop all the things. Still, it's possible to get the books with brunette Elizabeth if you get the second or first edition books. (I have a box set of the second eds, myself.)
3 Notable one: I much prefer the ending on Tipping the Velvet in the movie version.
4 Who is not the same as the other Charlotte. I just like the name Charlotte, okay? I blame the book about the spider and the pig.
5I am of the philosophy that said queen was part black. Another reason I love the name.
6 That's a money joke too.