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Jane Austen’s News – Issue #1

Jane Austen’s World is our weekly compilation of stories about or related to Jane Austen. Here we will feature a variety of items, including craft tutorials, reviews, news stories, articles and photos from around the world. If you’d like to include your story, please contact us with a press release or summary, along with a link. You can also submit unique articles for publication in our Jane Austen Online Magazine.

Jane Austen Changed My Life

pridea-and-prejudice-1980-x-400Thirteen women reveal the books that changed their lives in this Bustle article. 22-year-old Chelsea gives a moving quote about her relationship with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice has meant a lot to me, because I first read it when I was in second grade and didn’t really understand the emotional content of it, but when I reread it as I grew older I started to suddenly ~feel~ the emotions of the characters, so it’s like the book was my partner through emotional maturity.


Jane Austen – Queen of Sass?

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Bustle name Jane Austen ‘Queen of Sass’ in their article which features Jane Austen quotes from her personal letters. Some of the quotes include:

“Next week [I] shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend.”

— Letter from October 27, 1798, on the importance of hats

“By the bye, as I must leave off being young, I find many Douceurs in being a sort of chaperon [at dances], for I am put on the Sofa near the Fire & can drink as much wine as I like.”

— Letter from November 6, 1813, on getting older

“I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.”

— Letter from May 3, 1811, on her gardening skills

The original source for their chosen quotations is Pemberley.com.


Watch Famous Actors Audition for 90s ‘Emma’ Adaptation ‘Clueless’

jake-gyllenhaal-inline-48471091-fe19-4d7d-a109-500bf3e4da0fThe cult film, Clueless (1995), is one of the most successful modern adaptations of a Jane Austen novel. It sparked much debate on release, with enthusiasts questioning whether such a modernised interpretation could ever work.  Over 20 years later, it has earned a place in the heart of many Jane Austen fans. It’s also proven to be a gateway to Jane Austen for younger audiences.

The latest behind-the-scenes offering is a previously-unseen audition video, which features some now world-famous movie stars reading lines from the script. Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal and Seth Rogen are among those seen reading for parts in the film.


Whill Stillman’s ‘Lady Susan’ at Sundance Film Festival

Location images of Love & Friendship, a Jane Austen film adaptation starring Kate Bekinsdale and Chloe Sevigny, directed by Whit Stillman. CHURCHILL PRODUCTIONS LIMITED. Producers Katie Holly, Whit Stillman, Lauranne Bourrachot. Co-Producer Raymond Van Der Kaaij. Also Starring: Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell & Morfydd Clark
Still from Love and Friendship – CHURCHILL PRODUCTIONS LIMITED

Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship (the much-anticipated adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan) has received its first review following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival. It stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny and Stephen Fry in a plot filled with love rivalry, salacious gossip and ill-advised dalliances. My word!

The first reports look very encouraging, leaving us even more excited for its general release in April 2016:

While ‘Love & Friendship’ hums along so mellifluously that you could easily enjoy it with your eyes closed (especially with the tuneful accompaniment of Benjamin Esdraffo and Mark Suozzo’s piano-and-strings score), it’s really best not to, given the high level of visual craft on display.

Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh’s lovely costumes and the exquisite furnishings of Anna Rackard’s production design are seen to gorgeous effect in Richard van Oosterhout’s luminous images. Whether he’s following the actors in smooth walking-and-talking tracking shots outdoors or observing the faint play of firelight on their faces indoors, he brings a rich cinematic luster to a project that, whatever the final state of Lady Susan’s fortunes, succeeds in giving Austen and Stillman the union they deserve.


New World Record for ‘Most Zombies Reading Jane Austen’

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies FilmCall us skeptical, but this world record doesn’t sound real. It’s being reported that the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies have claimed the title along with a number of lucky fans, all of whom were dressed in character as a Regency zombie.


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