Monthly Archives: February 2010

Read Pride and Prejudice for free- iPhone

On getting my iPhone one of the first things I did was to check out the App Store.  After downloading over twenty different apps I then started searching words of things I was interested in.  “Journalism”, “WordPress”, “Social Networking” and then “Pride and Prejudice”.   What excited me was that I could now take my favourite Austen novel everywhere with me without having to lug around a whole book and without any cost to myself.  There are a few free versions, although there are also plenty of ones you can pay for, and each boasts different features, layouts and themes.  In total at the moment there are six free downloads of the novel (not including library apps that allow you to download within the application) and they are very different from each other. 

Continue reading

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Book Review

Pride and Prejudice and… Twilight?

Twilight- Stephanie Meyer (2005)
(Confused?  I sure as hell am)

Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under Book Review

Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason (2004)
1996 Novel- Bridget Jones’s Diary- Helen Fielding

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as one part of your life starts looking up, another part falls to pieces.”

This book/film is neither true to pride and prejudice, nor meant to be, and yet includes many similar aspects transposed cleverly to the modern screen.  As a contemporisation of P&P it is, quite assuredly, a shamble- but as a representation of a modern-day woman, combining entertainment with emotion and strong characterisation on Zellweger’s behalf, it is almost perfection. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Book Review, Movie Review

Lost In Austen (2011)

Following the success of the English mini-series (which I wrote about last time) they are apparently turning LIA into a fully fledged movie due out next year.  There isn’t much around about the film, sadly enough, but I did hear that they are probably going to set our heroine in New York, rather than London as it was in the 2008 mini series. Continue reading

20 Comments

Filed under Preview

Lost In Austen (2008)

Lost in Austen- TV miniseries

The idea behind this mini series is great.  An Austen fanatic ends up accidentally switching places with Elizabeth Bennet (through some weird-looking portal/door/cupboard in her bathroom), and has to try and fit in with her new life- who couldn’t adore that?  Unfortunately the series tries to change the storyline too much, to the point where the characters are no longer defined by those in the novel, and this makes it a bit confusing (lesbians, falling in love with the wrong people etc).

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Movie Review

Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Pride and Prejudice- Robert Leonard

Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under Movie Review

P&P&Zombies (2011) and Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2011) FILM

After internet searching the novel for the last blog, and finding out there is going to be a film version I can’t stop thinking about it.  In my previous blog I wrote: “Natalie Portman is going to produce… and star in it.  I assume she will be Lizzy (and I have my reservations here), but assumptions are the mother of all stuff ups, so bear with me.  I can’t say I’m not really excited about this.  I ADORE zombie films.  28 days later, Dawn of the Dead etc… amazing.  But I don’t really want the P&P side of this to fall flat, and degrade the classic down into a rehashing of every other zombie movie but with some pretty bonnets thrown in.”

SIDE NOTE: A quick picture of the book prequel front cover- “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls”

It’s available on pre-order so make sure you get ready to snap up a copy- March 23!  I’m definitely going to get my hands on one the second March comes around.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Preview

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

Quite frankly I was disappointed with this book.  Granted, it isn’t meant to be serious, but it was not so much a parody as it was the original with “accomplished” changed to “Kung-fu master” and a few random passages about the undead shoved in.  He does give Austen credit by putting her name next to his, but I have a feeling she would turn in her grave if she read it.  It is rather funny at stages though, and I did like the part where Lizzy shows off to Lady Catherine.  I also loved the illustrations provided, as they gave it a bit more comic-value and made the cover charge a little bit more worth it- although it’s already a measly 13 bucks so I can’t complain.  I can also see the benefit in introducing someone who isn’t the biggest 18th/19th century fan, or reader of the regency classics, to this book first before full-on P&P.  
Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under Book Review

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange

This “What if?” sequel is a great addition to your bookshelf… just don’t take it too seriously.  It is written neither with the flair, ability or wit of Austen, and the storyline itself is not only implausible, illogical for the era in which it was written and at odds with what is already known about the characters, but it pulls at straws often to keep the story going.  However, with that being said, it’s a really new and interesting take on the P&P storyline and if you can read it without critiquing you may even enjoy it as a pithy beach read.

Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under Book Review

Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood version: Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Movie Review