Monthly Archives: April 2011

P&P&Zombies movie… finally some solid information

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Craig Gillespie directing, David O Russell script

Apparently, Gillespie will be potentially asking Keira Knightley and Colin Firth to do cameos in PPZ.  His current intent is said to be to keep the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy as the platform for the film.

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Book Review: The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman

The Darcys & the Bingleys: A Tale of Two Gentlemen’s Marriages to Two Most Devoted Sisters

Firstly, I must apologise for not having blogged in a while.  However, this is due to a new addition to my life- my Kindle! I have been ferociously reading and the first book I have completed reading is The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman. I downloaded this eBook for free from Amazon on Jane Austen’s birthday and have only put off reading it due to not having my eReader when planned. It’s available free on Google Books.  It was truly a joy to read this 400 page odd sequel.

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Book Review: Jane Austen on Love & Romance

By Constance Moore

This book is the perfect gift for your Janeite best friend. “If you want to make like Elizabeth Bennet and live happily ever after with a man who owns half of Derbyshire, then arm yourself with this Austen-tatious guide to flirting and courtship” proclaims the blurb.  However, less a guide and more an ordered set of lovely quotes, Moore delivers a lovely little paperback pocketbook (around 14.5 cm by 10.5 cm with 128 pages) that ensures no day goes past without a word from Jane.

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When other authors hate Pride and Prejudice…

Browsing in Basement Books on my way home from UTS yesterday, I came across “Poisoned Pens” edited by Gary Dexter, “Literary invective from Amis to Zola”. It was AU$7.95 (original price AU$24.95) for the hardback, and the quote in the dust jacket sealed the deal.  If you’re really keen to have a read though, the entire thing is on Google Books here for you to peruse (especially have a read of the introduction) – and you can do a quick search for Jane Austen to see all the snippets I will be discussing below.

“Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the head with her own shin bone” -Mark Twain on Jane Austen, it read. Amusing, giggle-worthy words and I decided to buy the book for hopes of more Austen tidbits.

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Omid Djalili’s Pride and Racial Prejudice

If you want a giggle, you’ve come to the right place. From the Omid Djalili show a few years ago comes a sketch entitled “Pride and Racial Prejudice” a hilarious take on courtship, ethnicity and felafel.  It’s a light hearted chuckle at Jane Austen, manners and British sensibilities such as the stiff upper lip as well- so don’t take it too seriously.

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No Mr Darcy Blog, a Q&A with Sara Mitchell

“Working on the Me before He”- tagline for

On one of my internet trawls (I use this word, as it is very much me swimming head-first with my mind wide open, scraping for information) I stumbled on a blog entitled ‘No Mr Darcy’.  Feeling very intrigued, I entered, only to fall down the rabbit hole yet again.  22 year old Sara, qualified in writing/literature/publishing from Emerson College, Boston, gave herself the challenge of not dating for a year. And then opened up the doorway for the rest of us to peer in curiously. It’s a treasure, and she spills all with astounding honesty on her blog.  But why NO Mr. Darcy? And how can we use Austen to relate to our own lives? It’s all below in a Q&A.

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