by Steve Hockensmith
I read this Quirk books latest from cover to cover within three train trips. It blows Pride and Prejudice and Zombies straight out the water with its originality, characters and sense of action. “Originality?… in a Jane Austen rehash!” you say. Well this isn’t any usual sort of rehashing. Instead of inserting Ninjas and dojos carelessly into the plot, Hockensmith weaves them through a completely fresh regency narrative. I am now a die-hard fan, and I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this in the slightest. Continue reading
Because, although we shouldn’t, we all do judge a book by its cover… so I decided to do a “Top Ten” of the best Pride and Prejudice book covers I could find. Some of them (including the favourite) I have seen in book stores, whereas others I have only had the pleasure on the internet. Choosing the perfect cover is a bit of an important exercise for your favourite book, and it can change the entire way you perceive a novel. Myself- I have at least four copies, I’d say. One is the boring orange-and-white penguin book, that was only about $10 and therefore I justified another copy. Continue reading
Canberra, April 15-19
Oh, how much do I long to go! Dressing up in regency style, attening balls, sewing workshops, learning the country dances and listening to academics about the books themselves while hanging out with fellow Jane-ites. What a dream! If you’ve ever felt yourself in need of a real, tangible, taste of Regency then this is for you. And if you are starved for fellow Austen fans then, similarly, missing this would be a recipe for disaster! Certainly, as Pride and Prejudice fans, this festival offers an understanding into the book and life at the time that is hard to match… Continue reading
And the simple nuances of online dating
I was doing the Daily Google, when I came across a most amusing advertisement on Craigslist, from a 22 year old in Utah, that goes:
“I know this crazy, but I am looking for my Mr. Darcy… yes, from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice! I am looking for someone educated, who loves to read, is interested in politics and social justice Continue reading
Postsecret- Frank Warren
Postsecret is a blog that is made up of secrets written on postcards. It sounds sort of silly, but it’s a heartfelt reminder of all the similarities and differences between people. It can be soothing, shocking and even L-O-L funny at times, but everything about it seems to be sincere. But why am I posting this on a Pride and Prejudice blog? Because one postcard, about two weeks ago, came in that was my own secret through and through, but from some other place in the world, and it said “When I daydream, I pretend I’m the heroines in Jane Austen’s works.” And it begged the question… what hidden secrets do we have about Pride and Prejudice?
It’s the end of the Easter break, and we’re all pretty exhausted of bunnies and being stuck buying overpriced hollow chocolate and little fluorescent balls of fluff and pipe-cleaner resembling chickens. So I’m going to flog this dead horse for all it has got, and talk about everything Easter and P&P. Yep, that’s right, because I can. (And because everyone loves a good-old themed post.) For all you critics out there, I’m not even solely talking about chocolate eggs (although more of that in this post as well!)… I’m talking about SOFTWARE easter eggs, ideas for next years Easter and everything in-between. Trust me, it’s not as boring as it sounds. Continue reading
Questions and answers with Bonnie Mae- screenwriter, producer and director.
(From left to right: Caleb Grusing- Darcy, James O’Hagan-Murphy- Mr Hurst and Krista Reckner- Mrs Hurst)
Having written the script for Pride and Prejudice (2010): A Modern Day Tale Of First Impressions (Papercut Productions LLC), Bonnie is not only well-versed in Austen, but is also keenly interested in how Austen fits into our current lives. Continue reading
‘Let us talk… about the weather… I am rather partial to all things wet, Miss Bennet. It makes going inside all the more pleasant.’- Mr. Darcy
Eckstut’s 2001 novella is a well-written parody. However, my compliments stop here. What is an amusing tribute to Jane Austen’s work in a fresh, quirky way, quickly becomes a one-part-pornography-one-part-erotic-fiction disaster that leaves you feeling a little nauseous. Indeed, I put the challenge to anyone to read it without blushing.