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6.29.2016

Fun Friday: Sporcle Quiz #1

For those of you who don't know Sporcle is a website filled with trivia, quizzes and brain games. You can find a quiz on nearly any topic. We're going to start off with an easy Jane Austen one. Check back in on Fridays to see if we're sharing another Jane Austen themed quiz from the site:

6.27.2016

Goodreads Monday - What Would Jane Austen Do?

I went looking for some new memes to keep the blog fresh and new ideas coming. I found one called GoodReads Monday. You look back through your GoodReads To Be Read list and share the oldest book on there. I tend to mark nearly any Jane Austen related book as To Be Read so I'll be sharing some of them in hopes, I'll get myself to read it or interest you into reading a book you may have missed.


Lizzy Bennet's Diary: Inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and PrejudiceTitle: What Would Jane Austen Do?
Author: Laurie Brown
Publication Date: May 1, 2009
Date Added to List: May 13, 2014


Synopsis: Surely Jane Austen would know how to handle such a rake...

From the author of Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake, a new time travel romance featuring a modern day career woman swept back in time to Regency England, where she thwarts a Napoleonic spy, chats with Jane Austen, and falls in love with a notorious rake.

Eleanor is a costume designer in England for the Jane Austen festival, where her room at the inn is haunted. In the middle of the night she encounters two ghost sisters whose brother was killed in a duel over 200 years ago. They persuade her to travel back in time with them to prevent the duel. Eleanor is swept into a country house party, presided over by the charming Lord Shermont, where she encounters and befriends Jane Austen. But there's much more to Lord Shermont than the ghosts knew, and as Eleanor dances and flirts with him, she begins to lose her heart.


Why I Wanted to Read It: It has ghosts, time travel, a rake and Jane Austen. Sounds like a great pool side read!

6.24.2016

Podcasting with Jane with Slate.com

Slate's Audio Book Club celebrated Pride and Prejudice's 200th birthday with this episode.



In this episode the hosts "discuss why the novel still bewitches us, whether it is fundamentally radical or conservative about gender and class, and the difference between Austen people and Brontë people. They also envision what a Jane Austen dating service might do for the modern man." - More can be found on Slate.com

6.20.2016

Movie Review - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

A group of us gathered together on Sunday to watch Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  When the movie came out in February we were in the process of making plans to go see it in theaters when it was gone after only (about?) a week.  So we said when it came out on streaming/DVD we'd get together to watch the movie.

We had an enjoyable time laughing at the movie and talk about what we liked and disliked.  Overall we felt it wasn't enough of a period piece nor was it enough of a zombie movie to be really good either way. That said there were some enjoyable scenes.

After the Meryton Ball when the sisters are discussing the evening is made more enjoyable by a taking place while the sisters are training. This version of Mary is less insufferable since she's doing something more than lecturing.

The same can be said of Mr. Darcy's first proposal. Lizzy and Darcy both verbally and physically fight and destroy Mr. Collins' living room.

Ah, Mr. Collins. Played by Matt Smith, he was a blend of the annoying man from the novel and the lovable quirkiness of Smith's 11th Doctor from the series Doctor Who.

There were some other good parts of the movie, but overall we were in agreement that the plot seemed rushed on the P&P aspects and disjointed throughout. The sound quality was bad and there were sections that were hard to hear and we felt we were missing something important.

We all missed some scenes from the book that we did enjoy like nearly everything about Charlotte Lucas who was pretty much cut out of the movie but for a few small scenes.

If you are interested in watching the movie, I highly suggest gathering a group of friends, putting together an array of snacks and not taking the movie seriously.

Happy Viewing!

-Amelia