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The Genius of Austen’s Dialogue: What We Learn from What They Say

The Genius of Austen’s Dialogue: What We Learn from What They Say

Let’s talk about talking. Not just any kind of talking but talking in Jane Austen’s novels to be precise. There are numerous ways authors use dialogue. The most obvious way is to drive the plot forward. Darcy’s overheard insult to Elizabeth at the Assembly Ball in Pride and Prejudice is an easy example of this.… more goodness …

Was Elizabeth Bennet a bluestocking?

Was Elizabeth Bennet a bluestocking?

In reviewing Pride & Prejudice, one thing stands out to me. Why wasn’t Elizabeth Bennet referred to, or thought of, as a bluestocking? She was, after all, an educated woman, although her education was a result of her own thirst for knowledge, and not because of any schooling, which would have been, in accordance with… more goodness …

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… more goodness …

Tuesday Trifles from Sharon Lathan

Tuesday Trifles from Sharon Lathan

Spring has sprung here in Kentucky, even with the rain intermittently falling, so between the inevitable yard work and need to be active in the fresh, warming air, I have been busy and therefore find myself in a frivolous mood. Hence today’s blog being a series of trifles with nothing heavy or earth-shattering. And sorry… more goodness …

12 Rules for Life: Dos and Don’ts from Austen’s Novels

12 Rules for Life: Dos and Don’ts from Austen’s Novels

Austen’s pen was a fountain of wisdom full of insights on behavior told in her particular brand of satirical wit. Each tale includes cautionary revelations on character flaws and features the types of mistakes we humans make in the course of navigating life, love, and relationships. Today we’re going to extract twelve rules – a… more goodness …

Northanger Abbey (1987) Trivia Challenge

Northanger Abbey (1987) Trivia Challenge

If you can get past the oddities of this adaptation, there are plenty of fun and fascinating scenes and facts to enjoy. Jane Austen clearly enjoyed satirizing, nay, skewering, the Gothic fads of her day in Northanger Abbey, so perhaps it’s understandable that the screenwriter, Maggie Wadey, took the liberty of upping the Gothic ante… more goodness …

Mansfield Park (1983) Trivia Challenge

Mansfield Park (1983) Trivia Challenge

If you were alive in 1983, you probably recognize that other than being filmed on video, it seems that there is no trace of 1983 in this Austen Adaptation, something that can’t be said of many other adaptations of similar vintage. Reviews of Mansfield Park (1983) take note of both it’s historical accuracy and faithfulness… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1983)

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (1983)

Mansfield Park is easily the most challenging of Austen’s novels to adapt to the screen. The character arc of the quiet and reserved protagonist, Fanny Price, is nuanced and internal. She already owns an “infallible moral compass,” and it is the revelatory arcs of the people around her that give the plot its momentum. It… more goodness …

Have Your Proposal Ready? February 29 Is “Lady’s Privilege Day” + a Giveaway

Have Your Proposal Ready? February 29 Is “Lady’s Privilege Day” + a Giveaway

Do you have your proposal ready? It is Leap Year, and according to tradition, a woman can ask the man to marry her. But from where does this legend come? According to the Huffington Post, “Legend has it that St. Brigid of Kildare, a fifth-century Irish nun, asked St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to grant permission… more goodness …

Persuasion (1971) Trivia Challenge

Persuasion (1971) Trivia Challenge

Nearly fifty years have passed since this Austen adaptation of Persuasion debuted on the small screen. Filmed at a time when ITV drama productions were low-budget affairs, studio sets are obviously used for the interior scenes. The acting feels awkwardly similar a theatrical production, which is hardly surprising since most of the British actors of… more goodness …