The Jane Austen Book Club Region 1 DVD scheduled for February 5


A week before The Alleged Biopic appears in North America, we will have both regular and Blu-Ray DVDs of The Jane Austen Book Club, both with added features including an audio commentary with cast and crew, four featurettes (“Behind-the-Scenes of The Jane Austen Book Club,” “The Life of Jane Austen,” “Walking the Red Carpet: Los Angeles Premiere,” “The Book Club: Deconstructed”) and deleted scenes.

All of us who enjoyed seeing a Jane Austen film for grownups–let’s support this. Maybe we’ll get some more. Stranger things have happened.

The Jane Austen Book Club contest in the UK


The Jane Austen Book Club will be out in the UK this week, and the Daily Mail has a contest to win a break at the Bath Spa Hotel (oooh!) or 100 copies of the novel.

There also is an offer for a discount on the novel and other Jane Austen titles from Penguin. (The link on the page doesn’t work–the one in this post does.)

The Telegraph has an interview with Emily Blunt, who plays Prudie in the film.

Has Blunt read Austen? Is that why she did the film? ‘Of course I’ve read Austen,’ she says. ‘I’m English; I thought it was a prerequisite. Actually, I did this film because, for a start, there’s a great cast involved, and I was interested in my character. Prudie’s so messed-up, really. Her mother’s a hippy and she has reacted by being uptight and immature in many ways. She has never grown up, but she has to during the course of the film. I thought she had layers, and I like layered people.’

Thanks to Alert Janeite Lisa for the link.

The Jane Austen Book Club UK website


Alert Janeite Karen sent us a link to the UK website for The Jane Austen Book Club film, which includes a quiz to “reveal your inner Jane Austen heroine.” The film opens in the UK on November 16.

They get it


How lovely and refreshing to read a mature and intelligent take on Jane Austen’s work from a columnist at Washington State University’s Daily Evergreen. And she’s not even a Janeite!

After the final credits rolled past and the theater was once again lit well enough to find the exit, my mom, my sister and I were gushing about how we loved the movie and laughing at certain quotes and claiming our favorite characters as we typically do after a chick movie. Once we got home, I went to my room to get ready for bed and despite my best efforts to fall asleep, I started thinking about how much the themes of Jane Austen’s six novels are still so relevant today, 200 years later.

Should love be unbound and wild, or constrained and orderly?

Can marriages really stay happy and fulfilling for “as long as we both shall live”?

These timeless questions and several other themes including friendship, romance and social manners are still the issues perplexing us today.

Nicely said. We hope Ms. Miley goes on to read some of Jane Austen’s novels now, or at least learns to appreciate them! We know that there are smart and mature teenagers and college students out there, and some of them even read this blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Always good to have proof of it.



Alert Janeite Lisa sent us a rather amusing summary of The Jane Austen Book Club:

The Jane Austen Book Club’: A flick for the erudite chick. “Pride & Prejudice,” infidelity, amazing jewelry, lesbian skydiving, bottles and bottles of wine, and dogs. What’s not to like?

Pretty much sums it up, yeah.

Girly, yes, but D.Wade likes it too


TheHype* is concerned that just by mentioning the name *whispers* Jane Austen he might start leaking testosterone out of his ears.

Well, we’ve got two words for you, plebe:

Dwyane Wade.

We believe the proper term to be used at the present juncture would be “pwn3d.”

*Ungentlemanlike language warning.

TJABC News Roundup: Be Jealous of Us Edition


One of the events we attended at the JASNA AGM in Vancouver was a screening of The Jane Austen Book Club, attended by Karen Joy Fowler, author of the novel from which the film was adapted, and Robin Swicord, the director. (And it IS pronounced Swy-cord, after all.) Robin gave away some props and stuff from the film, and we scored, from our neighbor who was more proactive about getting swag than we were, one of Grigg’s business cards! La! (and no, we are NOT giving it away. It’s ours, precious!)

So, on to the news!

There’s a new interview with Karen Joy Fowler at Amazon, in which she talks about the process of having one of your novels adapted.

I didn’t really see how it could be made into a movie so I didn’t expect anyone else would either. I’ve had options on other books so I wasn’t surprised by that part, but the way options seemed to work was that the option period ran out and you never heard another word about it. That’s what I expected.

Robin Swicord discusses the film and Jane Austen with the Montreal Mirror.

Infidelity and other romantic complications were an Austen specialty, and Swicord saw the authorโ€™s ruminations on codes of human behaviour as even more invigorating when applied to contemporary characters. โ€œHer father was an Anglican pastor. The Anglican values were really upheld in her family. This was an underpinning of all of her novels. She was very much concerned with moral and ethical behaviour. She believed in the rational mind over the impulsive.โ€

The Orlando Sentinel also has an article about the film in which they talk to the directors and to Hugh Dancy.

“I was looking for somebody who was Darcy-like (the snob who melts in Pride & Prejudice), somebody whose appearance could be deceptive, ” Swicord says. “He’s too good-looking, too smart to be funny. But you start to re-evaluate him. Just like so many of Austen’s young gentlemen, like Mr. Darcy.”

And while Dancy relished the chance to play “the sort of Austen character women swoon over,” he acknowledges that there’s still that label “chick picture” on any film concerning the late Ms. Jane.

“She’s been marketed as ‘chick lit,’ I think,” Dancy says. “She’s very unsentimental, very dry and very funny. I think that’s why she’s still around, not that she’s a nice way to kill a rainy afternoon.”

Did we mention we have Grigg’s business card? ๐Ÿ˜‰

And lastly, Alert Janeite Amy sent us news of a possible sequel to the film. ๐Ÿ˜‰