Category Archives: Movies & TV

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 …

Aristocratic Titles in England

Aristocratic Titles in England

When reading Jane Austen and other historical novels or watching popular shows like Bridgerton and Downton Abbey, do you find the myriad of titles and forms of address to be confusing?  If so, you’re not alone! Aristocratic titles are notoriously baffling to most people.  With so many ranks, how does one know whether a viscount… more goodness …

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… more goodness …

Pride and Prejudice and K-Dramas

Pride and Prejudice and K-Dramas

I know there are dangers to oversimplifying characters and losing some of those all-important nuances, but please forgive me for doing so here. I’m here with regard to the “Mr. Darcy” Archetype. You know, the rich snob with a heart of gold who is at odds with the less financially fortunate female lead but falls… 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 (2007) Trivia Challenge

Northanger Abbey (2007) Trivia Challenge

Northanger Abbey with Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland was one of three ITV Austen adaptations made as a set in 2007. Mansfield Park with Billie Piper as Fanny Price and Persuasion with Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot were the other two productions in the set. They served as the foundational pieces of what was dubbed… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in Northanger Abbey (2007)

Top Ten Goofs in Northanger Abbey (2007)

Discovering goofs in Austen adaptations can be a challenging endeavor, especially as production quality rises, requiring repeated viewings. This can become something of a chore, keeping an eye on background details and questioning everything repeatedly rather than relaxing into an enjoyable suspension of disbelief. I admit that this time around, I enjoyed every viewing of… more goodness …