Monthly Archives: October 2010

Uni copyright debate… turned into Jane Austen discussion

As an assignment for university (UTS- communications), we were asked to prepare for group debates.  Ours was about copyright, and the creative commons.  Feeling a little out of my depth, I ad-libbed and swung the conversation around to something I knew about.  Pride and Prejudice.   And, um, all things Austen. 

It didn’t go down well with the tutorial, I can tell you! Continue reading

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Another Book Club Meet, Mansfield Park vs Pride and Prejudice

The girls came to mine for our Mansfield Park meet.  Which, due to a mutual hatred of Fanny Price, turned into an eating, laughing, Lost In Austen re-watching, Mr.Darcy ogling session.  As is the rest of my life.  The entire night had me coming back to that discussion in The Jane Austen Book Club (film) where it is said that if it was 21st Century highschool politics- Fanny Price would be the unpopular one, while Elizabeth Bennet would be homecoming Queen.  Too Damn Right. 

Luckily enough, we had a lot of tea on hand to make these sorts of discussions less crude and more of the sipping, 18th Century observational style. (And yes, that would happen to be my hand pointing). Continue reading

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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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