Posts tagged with jane-austen

Feb 1 2013

Waste of time


Ugh. NYMag recently posted a ridiculous article about Jane Austen's novels, asserting (shocker!) that she's, like, still way popular, particularly with the ladies! Thanks for the info, guys! The whole thing is really poorly researched (it describes The Lizzie Bennet Diaries as "a web series in which Mr. Darcy has Twitter", which, while technically true...

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Dec 20 2012

My Christmas list is complete!


Man, this has been a great year for Pride and Prejudice cover art. (You wouldn't think you could measure years that way, but you totally can.) I'm currently staring in awe at this edition...

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Dec 18 2012

Jane Austen and Lifetime


I am straight-up appalled by this idea: Jennifer Love Hewitt is teaming up with Lifetime to develop Darcy's Town, a "modern retelling of Jane Austen's literary classic Pride and Prejudice set in a small Virginia town". I was much less horrified by the article's mention of another Austen-inspired TV project...

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Jul 11 2012

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: not quite perfect, but awfully fun


I've finally gotten fully caught up on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (a professionally acted, modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice told via twice-weekly YouTube videos), and while I'm finding them at least 90% adorable, I think the writers are making a couple of mistakes. Mostly, they need to make Lydia less charming, because right now she's kind of making Lizzie seem like a judgmental bitch...

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Mar 28 2012

An Austen FarmVille


Are all Legacy Interactive games this irritating? I've been trying to find out more information about the upcoming Facebook game Rogues & Romance (appalling name, I know, but it's based on Jane Austen's novels), but their website sucks....

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Mar 19 2012

Sanditon (Continued), by Jane Austen and others


Most of our posts this week are going to be devoted to reviews, as our To Be Read shelf is once again looking like a potential earthquake hazard. And while the rest of the reviews are going to be of novels we've received specifically for Wordcandy, today I'm focusing on two books I picked up at my local library: Charlotte, by Jane Austen and Julia Barrett, and Sanditon, by Jane Austen and “Another Lady”.

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Feb 15 2012

Persuasion: An Annotated Edition, edited by Robert Morrison


Before I get started, let me clarify something: this isn't a review of Jane Austen's Persuasion. It's more an extended hissyfit about the annotations featured in this particular edition of Persuasion, and therefore I'm going to assume it's only going to interest my fellow hardcore Austen nerds. (Sorry, non-hardcore-Austen-nerds. Try again tomorrow.) Anyway: VAGUE SPOILERS AHOY.

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Jan 26 2012

Hipster Hamlet

If you told me this entire line of books (from Penguin's Puffin Books imprint) was a tie-in for a new series of classic literature adaptations airing on ABC Family, I would totally believe you:(It...

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Dec 23 2011

She must be joking.

You guys reckon this will go way, way on sale after Christmas? Because I would only pay $325 for a clutch (even a super-cool one, like this) if it came stuffed with at least $250 in cash.Note: Ac...

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Dec 6 2011


We're with AustenBlog on this one: regardless of British crime novelist Lindsay Ashford's claim that "Jane Austen was poisoned by arsenic", Austen is still dead, Sanditon and The Watsons are still...

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Sep 20 2011

At least it's not a monster mash-up

According to the Times, HarperCollins has commissioned Joanna Trollope to write a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Trollope's book will be the first in what is descr...

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Jul 28 2011

National treasure

AWESOME: I skipped over to AustenBlog to see what happened with the partial manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel The Watsons that was auctioned off earlier this month. I was delighted to ...

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Jul 6 2011

Been there

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Keri Russell has signed on to star in the upcoming film adaptation of Shannon Hale's novel Austenland. The movie will be directed by Jerusha Hess (best known ...

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Jun 24 2011

Leading lady material

Well, this makes me slightly more inclined to see it: Emma Stone has apparently been offered the lead role in the upcoming film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. (Admittedly, this on...

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Jun 2 2011


Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul has announced that there is no female writer whom he considers his equal. He specifically dismisses Jane Austen's claim to literary fame, saying he "couldn...

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May 26 2011

Generous millionaires take note:

My birthday is in January.A handwritten and incredibly rare manuscript of Jane Austen's unfinished novel The Watsons is going up for auction this summer. The manuscript (the only one still in pri...

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May 9 2011

Pride and Prejudice: A Musical

I'm told that the first production of the Pride and Prejudice musical in Washington State is currently running at a high school about an hour away from my house. I'm not sure I'll have a chance t...

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Apr 25 2011


AustenBlog informs me there's another Sense and Sensibility update in the works, this one apparently destined for TV Movie-of-the-Week status. The whole production looks pretty bad, but I was par...

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Apr 11 2011

The real undead

And speaking of Jane Austen, did they really need to write a sequel (as well as a prequel, and a comic book book adaptation, and an upcoming movie version) to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Lik...

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Apr 11 2011

Well, maybe.

Hmm. I am not the Amanda Grange fan that the fine people at AustenBlog are (mostly because I found Captain Wentworth's Diary a sad disappointment), but their review of her newest book, Wickham's ...

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Mar 31 2011

A thorough knowledge of drawing

AustenBlog is giving their readers a heads-up about another Jane Austen-related contest: there's going to be an art competition focused on Stoneleigh Abbey, an English estate that belonged to Aust...

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Mar 1 2011

Role-playing Jane Austen

According to AustenBlog, the fine people at Reflexive Entertainment have produced a video game inspired by Jane Austen’s novels called Matches & Matrimony. There is a trial download available for ...

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Jan 11 2011

Pride and Prejudice goes R-rated

And speaking of Jane Austen-related pain, check this out:The above is what its publisher describes as a "deliciously naughty updating" of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, making it "the story you lov...

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Jan 10 2011

Sense and sensibility and OH, MY EYES


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Jan 3 2011

Finally, a chance for all that Jane Austen fanfic to pay off...

The fine people at The Republic of Pemberley are hosting a writing contest focused on Jane Austen-inspired short stories. If you are an unpublished author of legal age, your Austen-esque story co...

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Nov 10 2010

Smelling like Charles Dickens

Artisan candlemaker Paddywax has released a line of author-inspired candles. At $25 per 9oz. glass container, you can now scent your home with candles named after Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, He...

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Nov 1 2010

Clutch the pearls!

And speaking of Jane Austen's work, AustenBlog has put together a helpful collection of links about the recent kerfluffle over Austen scholar Kathryn Sutherland, who has made the shocking allegati...

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Nov 1 2010

So confused

Well, here's the trailer for From Prada to Nada, the latest film version based (obviously very loosely) on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility:Huh. Is Wilmer Valderrama playing the Colonel Brando...

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Oct 26 2010

Pride and Prejudice (Annotated Editions), by Jane Austen


A few months ago, I wrote a short post about DK Publishing's "Illustrated Classics" edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, calling it "not the annotated Pride and Prejudice of my dreams", but praising it for its information, art direction, and extremely reasonable price...

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Oct 22 2010

Let this DIE, PLEASE.

Why, look at this! Harlequin Books (never famed for their originality) are leaping on the "Jane Austen + supernatural beings" wagon......a mere two years after the rest of the publishing world.

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