Tuesday Open Thread: Gateway Drug Edition


(We know what you’re thinking, Gentle Reader: WOW AN OPEN THREAD ON AUSTENBLOG WE HAVEN’T HAD ONE OF THOSE IN A WHILE! Well, yes, but not for lack of thinking about it very hard every Tuesday.)

Welcome to Tuesday Open Thread, which is just that–an open thread to talk about what’s going on in your patch of Janeiteland. Also, we have an actual topic to get things rolling:

When faced with bad or disappointing or infuriating film adaptations or books inspired by Jane Austen’s work, we Janeites are often given the sop, “At least it will get people to read Austen’s novels.” In your opinion, is that a good reason—or even an acceptable reason—for Janeites to countenance such productions?


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Forgive lack of recent posting


Real life interferes once again. In the meantime, enjoy a link from Alert Janeite David, who found a link to an iPad-ready edition of P&P. The blog post seems to have fed the description (which is fine on Amazon) though a translator and then back to English again. We were, however, especially amused by this comment:

Please, this was an utterly unconvincing and boring novel. If it wa written today it would be internationally acclaimed for being a dummed down soap opera. Unfortunately, having been composed in, what, the 1830s, it has become a period drama style romance novel, where instead of foreplay, they have to bow and curtsy and everything. Althought this may appeal to worthless romantics, it will not perform well to the MTV generation. The movie starred Hugh Grant. Please………

How many things can one A. Nonny Mouse get wrong in one blog comment? And we’re not even talking about the typos.

Enjoy, and with luck regular service will resume tonight. Feel free to take this as an open thread. Let us know what’s going on in your patch of Janeiteville.

Linkapalooza and Open Thread: So What Else Is New Edition


We have been very lazy (and busy, and a bit ill over the weekend) the past couple of weeks but promise to try to do better with timely posting! We have a few links built up so we will try to include them all in this post.

Firstly, Laurel Ann has a great event going on over at AustenprosePride and Prejudice without Zombies! They’re doing some old-school reading and discussion of P&P and giving away tons of awesome swag, so check it out!

Alert Janeites Julie T. and Trai sent us a new JA-related PostSecret, to which we say, well, on some days, definitely. 🙂

Alert Janeite Tasha sent us a conversation with a new Janeite. They’re so cute.

We find it fascinating that suddenly filming in Bath is seen as a GOOD thing–we remember not that long ago when it was claimed that Dublin looked just like Bath and could certainly pass for it!

This is an AustenBlog DIY post, so add your own interesting links in comments; it’s also an open thread, so let us know what’s going on in your patch of Janeiteville!

Tuesday Open Thread: Nominee Edition


Herself, as usual, is everywhere. The New York Times reports that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan re-reads Pride and Prejudice every year.*

This is an open thread, so let us know what’s new in your patch of Janeiteville.

*A gentle reminder: We provided this link in the spirit of Janeite sharing. We do not care to discuss partisan politics at this blog; there are lots of other places on the Internets to do so. Posters who do not remember that are subject to disemvowelment. As always, thank you for your support.

Tuesday Open Thread: A Rose By Any Other Name Edition


We found something fun courtesy of Blogthings: What’s Your Jane Austen-Inspired Name?

Ours is Mrs. Caroline Bragge.

Dorothy’s is Mrs. Marina Bingley. (She had been hoping for something in the line of “Mrs. Thornton” but the script doesn’t take that kind of direction, unfortunately.)

It’s an open thread, so let’s chat. What’s your Jane Austen name? And what’s new in your part of Janeiteville?

Back soon


Catching up with real life is keeping us busy for a couple of days, but we hope to get back to regular posting soon, possibly tonight if the automobile gods smile upon us. We have a few books reviews and other stuff piled up. Hang in there, Gentle Readers! In the meantime, take this as an open thread.

Midweek Open Thread: Pretty Music Edition


Well, we’ve all chewed over the Emma trailer pretty thoroughly by now, so it’s time to move on to other things. If you can’t get enough, the thread about the trailer at Oh No They Didn’t is a bit of fun.

Speaking of trailers, we heard from Philip Sheppard, the composer of the lovely, haunting piano piece that accompanied ITV’s trailer for the Jane Austen Season. He has posted a couple of new pieces of music on his blog that he wanted to share with AustenBlog readers. close your eyes is a piece for solo cello, prepared piano and strings. Not Coming Back is a piece for piano and cello orchestra. Enjoy!

This is an open thread, so let us know what’s going on in your part of Janeiteville.