I was one of those weird children that learnt to read at a young age. At three I was already fully submerged in reading the books at my play-group, pondering over the words, as my Mum has told me. I devoured the Peter and Jane books along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Elephant and The Bad Baby before working my way to The Waterbabies (which still strikes my imagination today). The point of this is that I remember every one of those books with a tender recollection, the same way one might think of a childhood friend. Each story was an adventure in itself, and this was before I’d even discovered Narnia, Mrs. Pepperpot, Hogwarts, Hobbits, Malory Towers or even Green Gables, before I’d glanced at a classic, fallen in love with Mr. Darcy, or even read about love. I have fond memories of Mum reading out-loud text that ranges from Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott to Roald Dahl’s Danny The Champion Of The World and regardless of the sophistication of the writing or the intended audience, each is a treasured memory.
Books like these leave a literary imprint on who you are and, in my belief, your reading habits forever. So when I stumbled across a new book series called “BabyLit” where youngsters are introduced to Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) and our Jane (Pride and Prejudice) early I just about died with joy. It also helps that the cover is Squee-Worthy.
With an intriguing foreword from Mike Tyler that throws Pride and Prejudice and humanity into perspective, I was thrilled to receive a copy of this book from New York’s The Art Cannot Be Damaged. Signed by Mike himself, I was seriously over-excited when it came in the mail after having fallen in love with the cover, as seen on my Top Ten Borders Pride and Prejudice Covers post. I have become deeply smitten holding it in print form. It’s terrific, well edited, and Tyler has me pondering new points about Pride and Prejudice, the book he refers to as: “There are great subjects and then there is the great subject. The great subject is love. You have in your hands … the book of love.”
He mentions that the structure of the book is “organic”, a point that I wholeheartedly agree with- it is written seamlessly. In the same way that judges on So You Think You Can Dance always lament that you shouldn’t be able to see the dancer “thinking” about the steps, you should never be able to see an author planning the next chapter. He explains that it is a novel about choices. About choosing to love, choosing your actions and that “A work of art, like love, is the ideal become real, and so in love we all get to be artists.” I might be gushing, but I adore this foreword for making me feel all “Squee” and squishy inside with romance over My Favourite Book once again. His focus on the importance, the duality, the multi-facets and the prominence of love sums up Pride and Prejudice perfectly.
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.
There will be “comic relief” he said. Continue reading
The sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the last in the trio. By Steve Hockensmith.
I received this advance review copy from Quirk Books two days ago. It comes out soon for everyone else to rock up to the shops and buy. And I really do suggest you do, as this was my absolute favourite of the three with plot twists, romances, intrigues, ninjas and, um, brains every second of the way. I predict big things for this book (especially considering the other two were NYTimes best sellers) and have been pretty excited for it!
Some books are a delight to read. Some make your insides mushy, and have you quoting paragraphs to your friends. This, The Jane Austen Handbook, is one such book. I received an advance copy two days ago for reviewing purposes from Quirk Books, based in the US (and publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), and have stopped only for water and to pay my morning calls (as Sullivan tells us, “A formal morning call lasts from quarter of an hour to half an hour”).
A re-release of the 2007 “The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World”, “The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England” has a beautiful new cover that, along with the “new book” smell, would make me squeal had I not known to behave in a more elegant manner. The little step-by-step guide, in “how to” form, is an adorable Austen novel companion, available in mid-March 2011 for (US)$16.95.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the (hopefully) soon to be started Lionsgate flick, has undergone a turbulent year of different directors, rumours and actors in-and-out. So, I bring you another potential director Craig Gillespie known mostly for some episodes of that series The United States of Tara (which I disliked) and Oscar-nominated Lars and the Real Girl. He’s also doing the 1985 Fright Night remake that should be hitting the screens in August.
But why has it been so difficult for this venture to find a director? Particularly when it has a high cult following, and is almost guaranteed to make some big numbers at the Box Office? Is it, as frequently suggested, scheduling problems?
(Trailer: Lars and the Real Girl)
I hate to keep up with Hollywood gossip, and what actors/actresses are doing, but ever since the A&E/BBC ’95 Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, I have personally longed to see them both grace the screen together again. My wish was granted, in a bizarre way, with both having returned to act in The King’s Speech (released 10 December 2010), which I have just seen at the movies.
Are you zombied to death yet? Because March of this year we can look forward to the release of the third instalment in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies series. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After” with a reportedly zombied-up Mr. Darcy on the front cover. Although, to be honest, I’m not 100 per cent sure what I’m looking at below.
It’s already available for pre-order and I am sorely tempted. RRPing at (US)$12.95 according to Amazon, it sounds like a bargain (particularly if Hockensmith can keep up the effort from Dawn of the Dreadfuls). The title is a nice little wordplay, and manages to give nothing away about the story itself (will it really be dreadfully? Somehow I think not.) which is refreshing.
I’ve been fairly paranoid that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies isn’t going to make the big screen. Mainly because everyone has been so hush-hush about it, and there has been barely a whisper of news about it for quite a few months if I’m estimating correctly. However, Natalie Portman our potential Lizzy (and by God is she beautiful), has told MTV at a comicon event that filming will most likely begin next year. Continue reading
“After Fight Club, we were inclined to see the world differently”
If you’re as big a fan of youtube as you are of Pride and Prejudice (like myself) then you will have most likely come across the New Biggest Thing, a hit video, made this year, that parodies Fight Club (you know, that awesome film with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton) using Jane Austen’s leading ladies. It’s had over 1,110,000 views at the time of me publishing this post. And if you haven’t seen it, then prepare yourself for some laughs at the video below! And get ready for my analysis of the Pride and Prej elements.