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The Jane Austen Handbook and Q&A with Margaret C. Sullivan

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.

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Yet ANOTHER director for PPZ

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)

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Jane Austen’s Fight Club viral video

“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.

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Lost In Austen (2011)

Following the success of the English mini-series (which I wrote about last time) they are apparently turning LIA into a fully fledged movie due out next year.  There isn’t much around about the film, sadly enough, but I did hear that they are probably going to set our heroine in New York, rather than London as it was in the 2008 mini series. Continue reading


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P&P&Zombies (2011) and Dawn of the Dreadfuls

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2011) FILM

After internet searching the novel for the last blog, and finding out there is going to be a film version I can’t stop thinking about it.  In my previous blog I wrote: “Natalie Portman is going to produce… and star in it.  I assume she will be Lizzy (and I have my reservations here), but assumptions are the mother of all stuff ups, so bear with me.  I can’t say I’m not really excited about this.  I ADORE zombie films.  28 days later, Dawn of the Dead etc… amazing.  But I don’t really want the P&P side of this to fall flat, and degrade the classic down into a rehashing of every other zombie movie but with some pretty bonnets thrown in.”

SIDE NOTE: A quick picture of the book prequel front cover- “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls”

It’s available on pre-order so make sure you get ready to snap up a copy- March 23!  I’m definitely going to get my hands on one the second March comes around.

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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

Quite frankly I was disappointed with this book.  Granted, it isn’t meant to be serious, but it was not so much a parody as it was the original with “accomplished” changed to “Kung-fu master” and a few random passages about the undead shoved in.  He does give Austen credit by putting her name next to his, but I have a feeling she would turn in her grave if she read it.  It is rather funny at stages though, and I did like the part where Lizzy shows off to Lady Catherine.  I also loved the illustrations provided, as they gave it a bit more comic-value and made the cover charge a little bit more worth it- although it’s already a measly 13 bucks so I can’t complain.  I can also see the benefit in introducing someone who isn’t the biggest 18th/19th century fan, or reader of the regency classics, to this book first before full-on P&P.  
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