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Fetch Me a Cordial, I’m Unwell.

Fetch Me a Cordial, I’m Unwell.

When Harriet Smith is has a cold, Mr. Elton reports that she was given a cordial. When Mr. Knightley is giving instructions on how to make spruce beer, Mr. Elton breaks his pencil. When Louisa Musgrove has fallen in Lyme, she is taken back to the house and given cordials and restoratives. When Marianne Dashwood… Read the full blog post …

Reduced to a Tweet. The Lost Art of the Social Call

Reduced to a Tweet. The Lost Art of the Social Call

Social connection. It’s the pulse of civilization, the foundation of community, and a deeply held human need.  You might have guessed that I’m not necessarily talking about networking with influential people here. I’m talking about friendship, camaraderie, recognition, love, and belonging.  Jane Austen was particularly adept at infusing the relationships in her novels with an… Read the full blog post …

Blue Sky Moon – an Excerpt

Blue Sky Moon – an Excerpt

Blue Sky Moon is the working title of my current JAFF work-in-progress (WIP.) I still don’t know if that will be the final title, but there is a symbolism in it that is explored in the novel that is very front of mind as I work on it. The story encompasses Elizabeth and Darcy’s first… Read the full blog post …

The Slit in Lydia’s Gown

The Slit in Lydia’s Gown

While watching a video clip from The Devil Wears Prada the other day, I was struck with how powerfully the clothing of the characters provides visual insights into both the nature of the people and the internal arc of the protagonist, Andy. Having studied so many Austen adaptations over the past few years, I began… Read the full blog post …

Trivia Challenge Emma (1972)

Trivia Challenge Emma (1972)

If you’re a regular reader of the Austen Authors blog, you know that for the past couple of years my posts have been primarily dedicated to Austen adaptations. I create a matched set for each title. I start with a “goofs” post, and four weeks later, the “trivia challenge” post on the same production. A… Read the full blog post …

EMMA (2020) Trivia Challenge

EMMA (2020) Trivia Challenge

I have spent a month immersed in EMMA. content online. There is such an abundance of information about the film and its cast available that picking just 10 was more challenging than Mrs. Bate’s limiting herself to just 3 dull things. There are promotional videos, interviews, articles, behind-the-scenes details, and reviews galore. I predict that… Read the full blog post …

Top 10 Goofs in Emma (2020)

Top 10 Goofs in Emma (2020)

Some might say that the topic for this post is too soon. It hasn’t even been a year since Emma temporarily made it to the big screen. Its theatrical debut was cut short in the United States after seven days when theaters closed in the wake of the COVID-19 national emergency. It opened in February… Read the full blog post …