The Independent Bath Literature Festival is just around the corner, with the first events due to start on Friday 26th February 2016. The 10-day celebration of the written word has a packed program catering for an impressive variety of literary tastes. Among their headline shows is the ‘Literary Death Match’, hosted at The Abbey Hotel‘s Igloo venue. The contest will see four authors compete in a 7-minute ‘write-off’ with hints at a humorous finale.
As well as hosting events, The Abbey Hotel are sponsoring the festival and are welcoming visitors into their Art Bar and Allium Restaurant where they can save 10% on food and drinks by showing a ticket or wristband. Their quality offerings include a special literary-themed cocktail list that includes a cocktail named in honour of The Jane Austen Centre – The Northangover Abbey!
For those not in the know, it is widely believed that Northanger Abbey is in fact based on real-life happenings in Bath (that’s our Abbey !). It’s therefore very fitting that The Abbey hotel would choose this particular novel as their cocktail’s namesake. We haven’t yet been told what’s in the cocktail yet but we hope to reveal the recipe after the festival concludes.
If you’d like to try one for yourself, the Northangover Abbey cocktail plus five other marvels of mixology will be on sale from Friday 26th February until Sunday March 2nd 2016.
The Abbey Hotel Bath Literary Festival Cocktail List
No Country For Old Fashioned Men
Lime & Punishment
Bloody Mary Poppins
The Prime Of Miss Gin Brodie
Each cocktail will sell for £9, exclusive of the ‘No Country For Old Fashioned Men’ which will be £15. Festival attendees can get 10% off their cocktails and food at Art Bar and Allium by showing their ticket / wristband when ordering.
There’s still no word as to when the rest of us can see the film in their local cinemas, but we’ll update you as soon as we find out. In the meantime, this extended trailer should pique your interest. It gives a clear indication of the humorous intent of the rewrite, despite the gory subject matter, along with the audaciously reconceived characters and dialogue:
Elizabeth – “I shall never relinquish my sword for a ring.”
Jane – “For the right man you would”
Elizabeth – “The right man wouldn’t ask me to.”
Could this be a great pathway to Jane Austen? Are you boycotting Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
About Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – The Movie
The film is based on a 2009 parody novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith, which transforms Regency England into a sinister, zombie-ridden dystopia. Much of the original story and dialogue from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice remains intact, with the addition of a few hundred Regency zombies.
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Jane Austen Changed My Life
Thirteen 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?
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’
The 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
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’
Call 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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1815 was of course the year that Jane Austen’s Emma was first published, but in 2015 another important, unpublished work from the period surfaced – the diary of a young Muslim student named Mirza Salih Shirazi. His diary tells the real-life story of six scholars enjoying the very best of Regency life in England.
The Love of Strangers by Nile Green delves into that forgotten diary, making fascinating comparisons between the experiences described by Mirza Salih, the characters in Jane Austen’s novels, and the life she herself lived.
Along with his five Muslim companions, Mirza Salih had arrived in London in the fall of 1815, a few months before the novel was published. They lodged with their aptly named chaperone, Mr. D’Arcy (though not Darcy), in his splendid Regency bachelor pad overlooking Leicester Square. Jane Austen was also living in London’s West End that season, staying on Sloane Street with her brother, Henry. The Iranians were the first Muslims ever to study in western Europe and they had just wandered right into Jane Austen’s milieu. It was to shape their entire experience of English life.
Nile Green’s book offers Janeites a rare opportunity to experience Regency England from an entirely new cultural perspective. From nights at the opera to taking the waters in Bath, The Love of Strangers is a unique chronicle of the frustrations, fellowship and the search for love and learning in a strange new land.
Nile Green is professor of history at UCLA. His many books include The Love of Strangers and Sufism: A Global History.
Today marks the release of the official Pride and Prejudice movie trailer from Lionsgate Films, and we have to say it’s looking like a high-quality production!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a re imagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith. It’s the same story you know and love, with the added scare factor of hundreds of regency zombies and a fair bit of amended dialogue.