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Thursday, September 17

Seen on the Blogosphere

Jane Austen Films: If you've wondered which Jane Austen movie adaptations you've seen and missed, here's a nice synopsis of recent films compiled by The Telegraph.

Little Dorrit: These candid images of Claire Foy and Matthew MacFadyen taken on the set of Little Dorrit are posted on her fan site.

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters has been published and is garnering such erudite comments as "it's a hoot." This review from the Journal Star sums the book up nicely. Ben H. Winters, the book's author, wrote "This Scene Could Really Use a Man-eating Jelly Fish: How I wrote Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" for Slate.com. Look for our reviews of this Oceanic adaptation of Jane's beloved work to come out soon.

Jane Can Take It: The Guardian Theatre blog comes up with this conclusion in a piece entitled: "Pornography and prejudice: Jane Austen's dirty talk is a sweet affair": "As Jonathan Jones wrote last week, classic literature can take whatever we throw at it. He was referring to Oscar Wilde's work, but the same goes for Jane Austen, who has had more thrown at her than most. She may never have envisaged a starring role in a play alongside a pair of snogging naked men, but I can't help thinking that she would have had a good chuckle about it all: the good humour, wit and wisdom of her books suggest that she wouldn't have taken any of this too seriously."

5 comments:

becca said...

I read your article, Ben H. Winters, and I quote: "My first step was to steep myself in these fish tales. I found in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea not only some first-rate scenes of sea-creature-vs.-man violence but page upon page of lovingly described undersea flora, some of which I borrowed to decorate the world of the Dashwood sisters. Robert Louis Stevenson was also a big help, when pirates made their inevitable appearance in my story. And, God bless his bizarro soul, H.P. Lovecraft: In his classic "weird tales," I found hidden underground civilizations, strange worlds on the fringes of known reality, and I knew I had to get that stuff into Regency England."

No, and no, and no, and no! No true Jane Austen fan would have written that last sentence. I refuse to read your book.

librarypat said...

Are things getting a wee bit weird or is it just me. Since when go Zombies, sea monsters, etc. have much to do with witty Regency romance?

Lynn said...

Not for me at all !

Sunshine said...

Why does everyone have to change a good thing?
I think there is some unspoken rule about making Austen into a freak show about sea monsters and pornography. It's sick and twisted. IMHO... :)

Jess said...

I was disappointed not to see the 1995 Persuasion on the list of adaptations. Capital offense!