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Book Review and Q&A: Mary Bennet by Jennifer Paynter

‘Pride, Prejudice and the forgotten sister…’ – cover of Mary Bennet

This book is a beautiful read, repackaging Mary Bennet from before Pride and Prejudice took place all the way through to after the novel ends, showing us the sisters and the scenarios through her eyes. It’s a refreshing look at the characters (Mr Bennet and Lizzy don’t always fare so well) and it’s written in a way that stays completely true to Jane Austen, but also gives us entirely new storylines and characters to enjoy.

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Knightley and Macfadyen hit the screens again

A film that “powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart – Official synopsis

It is Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in the 1800s and directed by Joe Wright… but it’s not Pride and Prejudice. Don’t fear, if you loved the 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation, then you’ll most likely love this as the Jane Austen and Regency literature connections are never ending.

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Elizabeth and Darcy vs Romeo and Juliet

A lot of people are fans of Shakespeare.  Understandable, he was a genius.  However, how does R&J stack-up against P&P as a romance?  Romeo and Juliet IS, after all, frequently heralded as The Greatest Love Story.  So. do we prefer Juliet or Elizabeth.  And is Romeo as swoon-worthy as Juliet?  I’ve seen many-a mashup and some great fanfiction including both the stories, so it’s obvious that a lot of the fans cross-over into Austen and vice-versa. Here is a comparison of the notable features, and some of the not-so notable ones.  Feel free to post with your own For/Against points at the end. Continue reading

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