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BOOK PREVIEW: First Impressions by Charlie Lovett

“…Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.” – Blurb

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We all get excited when another Jane Austen spinoff is coming out, so you’ll understand why I’m on the edge of my seat for Charlie Lovett’s upcoming ‘First Impressions’. Set to be published in October, on the 16th, from Viking, the title obviously comes from Jane Austen’s “first draft” title of Pride and Prejudice – which obviously has bells ringing for any P&P fans in search of their next read. Continue reading

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REVIEW: iPhone/iPad app game Regency Love from Tea for Three Studios

There’s a brand new iPad and iPhone app game out today (to coincide with Jane Austen’s birthday), that I’m pretty much convinced all Pride and Prejudice fans will adore. It’s called Regency Love by Tea for Three Studios. I downloaded it on Saturday using a promo code for a preview, and have already got my first Regency lady to the end of the game (marriage, and 100 points for all of the accomplishments).

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The Pride and Prejudice role-playing game

We have just seven days to help this project, and I’m thinking it’s worth it! With 1,219 Janeites currently behind it, the Kickstarter project ‘Ever, Jane’ also quickly becoming known as “that Jane Austen game” will not see the light of day without you.

Unfortunately, wordpress won’t let me embed the Kickstarter video (you can see that on their fundraising page), so I’ll show you what you can do via this hilarious youtube video instead.

Currently, $64,903 has been pledged, and there’s a minimum $100,000 goal. So why should you care? Here’s why. It’s an online Jane Austen role playing game, where”it is not about kill or be killed, but invite and be invited with gossip our weapon of choice.” Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Novel

“The day of the ball allowed no tranquility, no peace of mind. What I had hoped would be a time of sweet anticipation turned rapidly into a nightmare,” – Page 102, Chapter 11

I was honestly blown away by how much I liked this book. The first Austen-inspired book to come from Pamela Mingle (who wrote Kissing Shakespeare), and potentially one of my favourite Mary Bennet remakes out, The Pursuit of Mary Bennet is how I like my Austen fiction written. It may even surpass most other Mary Bennet versions just due to how inkeeping it is with what is expected from Mary, and the multiple pursuits happening within the book – emotional/love pursuits, actual chasing pursuits of scandalous characters and a deeper more personal pursuit for a place and meaning in life.

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Pride and Prejudice and Kitties – Review and author Q&A

Pride and Prejudice and Kitties – Jane Austen, Pamela Jane and Deborah Guyol
(Originally “Purr and Petulance”)

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Due to be published on 8th April, this isn’t one any Jane Austen fan will want to miss.

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Book preview and author Q&A: Mr Darcy by Alex Field

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I stumbled across this gorgeous Mr Darcy book online while doing one of my regular trawls. Published in 2011, this book for young readers, written by Alex Field and illustrated by Peter Carnavas, is a gorgeous little hardback from New Frontier Publishing (ISBN:978-1921042836).

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Dear Mr Darcy review and Q&A with Amanda Grange

Dear Mr. Darcy: A Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

I was contacted by Amanda Grange’s publicist with a review copy of Dear Mr Darcy early in late May. Leaping at the chance to have an early read of this book, and to provide readers of The Bennet Sisters with a Q&A from the writer herself, I downloaded my Kindle version and got to reading. Continue reading

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New Pride and Prejudice viral video… The Lizzie Diaries

So, we’ve seen a damn lot of popular youtube videos about Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen (I’m thinking Jane Austen’s Fight Club to start), but this one seems to have got hits far more quickly. For example, the first episode currently has 117,385 hits (and counting) since April 9th when it was posted on youtube this month. I’ve been watching it with curiosity as it builds- there’s currently five episodes, each about three minutes long, that brings our 18th Century novel into the present day and tells it from Lizzie’s perspective.

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Austenland becomes a movie under Stephanie Meyer

We have a new modern Pride and Prejudice/Jane Austen film hitting our screens this year. Think ‘The Jane Austen Book Club’ film mixed with ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, throw in some Regency costuming, and I think we’re getting close.

For Twihards, Stephanie Mayor is actually producing this flick, and called it: “Adorable! The best tribute to obsessed Austen freaks (like me) that I’ve ever read.” The film was shot last year in the UK and both Meyer and Hale appear to have been friends for quite along time. You can read plenty of coverage about the different filming here (and there are some costume pictures). At the Breaking Dawn premiere she had a bit to say about it too:

Essentially, Austenland is alike to a theme park for Janeites. I never thought I’d say those words in the same sentence, but a Jane Austen theme park could be the height of amazing in real life (if done tastefully and there’s no Jane Austen/Luna Park open mouth entrance style thing going on).

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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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