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Thursday, January 31

Meet the Cast of the movie The Jane Austen Book Club

Need a little sunshine in your life? Then join the celebration on February 5th of the DVD release of The Jane Austen Book Club with members of the movie cast at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles. Come meet modern-day Jane Austen muses Maggie Grace (Allegra Avila), Maria Bello (Jocelyn), Amy Brenneman (Slyvia Avila), Kathy Baker (Bernadette) and Robin Swicord (screenwriter/director) at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, and have your copy personally signed by the cast and director.

The movie is based on Karen Joy Fowler’s best selling 2004 novel The Jane Austen Book Club, and is one of my personal favorites. Here is a brief synopsis from the book jacket.

In California’s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens. With her eye for the frailties of human behavior and her ear for the absurdities of social intercourse, Karen Joy Fowler has never been wittier nor her characters more appealing. The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships.

The movie was released on the big screen last summer to much acclaim. Some changes were made for the screenplay, but over-all it is true to the book. My favorite character was Prudie Drummond played by the talented Emily Blunt. Here are a few reviews.

The Jane Austen Book Club is Many Adaptations in One

Roger Ebert's Review of The Jane Austen Book Club

The New York Times Review of the Jane Austen Book Club

The new DVD will include an uncut version of the movie running one hour and forty-six minuets with some really fun additional features including;

  • Cast and Crew Commentary
  • “Making of” The Jane Austen Book Club
  • “The Life of Jane Austen” Featurette
  • “Character Deconstruction” Featurette
  • Seven Deleted Scenes

If you are previously engaged for this date, or all already on holiday in London, you can purchase a copy of the DVD on February 5th online, or at your local store. Don’t miss this feel good comedy about the shared respect and love for Austen’s novels.

Posted by Laurel Ann of Austenprose

1 comment:

Ms. Place said...

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this movie. I'm glad the DVD is coming out.