http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/12147299/most-romantic-quotes-film-tv-books.html

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Except Jane Austen didn’t write that line… and honestly, as romantic declarations go, it’s very, er, Edward Ferrarsish.

Also laughing at No. 10. “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Yes, Jane wrote that, but it’s not really that romantic. If it were, Mr. Darcy wouldn’t have had a struggle, or needed to repress his feelings. Just saying. (We much prefer “dearest, loveliest Elizabeth.”)

REVIEW: Love & Friendship

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landfposterLove & Friendship*, Whit Stillman’s adaptation of Lady Susan, has had its premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and with the assistance of our friend Miss W., who lives in Utah (residents get early access to tickets), and frequent flyer miles, we were able to see it. We’ve been pretty excited about this movie since we first heard about it a few years ago, because we knew with Stillman at the helm, we were likely to get a film that was literate and funny and in the spirit of the original, and we are pleased to report that’s just what happened. Love & Friendship is a fast, funny film full of sparkling dialogue and sumptuous sets and costumes. It is fully worthy of Jane Austen’s genius, and we enjoyed it tremendously.  Continue reading

Love and Friendship has landed!

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The Editrix is, at present, on her way to the Sundance Film Festival to see Love and Friendship on Sunday night! Stay tuned to AustenBlog and our Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages for updates. (Everything will make it back here eventually.)

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The excitement is beginning…firstly, for those wondering when everyone not struggling through blizzards and airline terminals without charging stations (seriously? Did we slip back into the 1990s unawares?) to get to Utah will be able to see the film, it will stream on Amazon in the U.S. (it is not clear to us if that means only for those with a subscription to Prime, or if anyone can pay to rent it) and we believe will also have a theatrical run, probably at your local indie cinema. We can’t speak to other countries quite yet.

Vanity Fair also has an interview with Whit Stillman about the film.  Continue reading

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We wonder what he means by “structural control.”

Jane Austen has mattered more to me than Irish folktales

Happy Holidays from AustenBlog

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Wishing our Gentle Readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year from the Editrix and Dorothy.

Image by Unknown 1823 artist [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

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This cake was served at the JASNA Eastern Pennsylvania Region’s birthday party for Jane earlier this month. It was beautiful and delicious (and, according to the regional coordinator, fascinated the bakery employees).

“You know how interesting the purchase of a sponge-cake is to me.” – Letter to Cassandra Austen, June 15, 1808

Once again, we take pen in hand–er, place fingers to keyboard to wish Jane Austen a very happy 240th birthday. She doesn’t look a day over 35, does she? We’ve got a cake, and no doubt Dorothy will bring around a beverage to everyone’s taste, whether tea or lemonade or maybe a nice mulled wine (heavy on the cinnamon, light on the cloves). It’s a day for Jane Austen fans to celebrate: the birth of our favorite author.

It’s our habit on this day to think of birthday gifts we would give Jane were she here. As the temperatures both at AustenBlog World Headquarters and, we are told, in the UK right now are on the temperate side (seriously, we were out in short sleeves and no coat this past weekend), we don’t think Jane needs anything warm, but we’d love to crochet a light, ethereal shawl using laceweight yarn, perhaps LilyGo’s “Remember Me” shawl; something light, just enough to keep off the evening chill. Needlework as a hobby is something we share with Jane Austen, and, oh yeah, that writing thing as well–though of course we can only aspire to her genius.

Please take up your beverage of choice and join us in a toast to the immortal Jane Austen.

(Also, scroll down for three, count ’em, three giveaway posts in honor of the day!)

 

Jane Austen’s Birthday Giveaway #1: Jane Austen Cover to Cover

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Here’s our first giveaway for Jane Austen Day: The Editrix’s own book, Jane Austen Cover to Cover. One hopes our Gentle Readers already know something about it, but if not, it is a review of 200 years of cover design, from the ridiculous to the sublime, of all of Jane Austen’s novels. It’s a nice big coffee-table-type book with tons of full-color illustrations of the book covers. We also included information about the history of the publication of the novels and Jane Austen’s professional decisions and activities as a working author (a subject that never ceases to fascinate us). We have been fortunate to receive great reviews, and at JASNA events many people have told us how much they enjoyed the book. Thanks to all of you! It’s been a fun year representing this book.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below with a valid email address in the email field, so that we can get your address if you win. The email won’t be shared. Comments will close at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, Sunday, December 20, 2015. We will choose a random commenter to win. Only one comment in the thread will count as an entry.

Sorry, this is for readers in the U.S. only. (We know that is disappointing to our international readers. The reason we are limiting it is that we have run into issues with sending books internationally,where recipients were forced to pay as much as the book is worth for custom fees and tariffs. Not much of a giveaway then.)