On this date in 1813, Jane Austen’s Pride and Pejudice was first published in England. One of the world’s most beloved books, it has gone on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide and has had many dramatic adaptations.
Here is a scene from my favorite movie version starring Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.
Lost In Austen is finally coming to the U.S. Yay!
This television miniseries starring Jemima Rooper aired in the UK last year and I’ve been pining over it ever since.
I managed to watch bits and pieces of it on youtube but now I can finally see the whole thing.
Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she’s about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, she is propelled into the scheming 19th century world of Pride and Prejudice while that book’s Elizabeth Bennet is hurled into hers. As the book’s familiar plot unfolds, Amanda triggers new romantic twists and turns within the Bennet family circle as she clumsily tries to help the sisters nab husbands and even captivates the tantalizing Mr. Darcy herself. But what about Elizabeth…and what will become of one of the world’s greatest love stories?
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Pride and Prejudice – Special Edition (A&E, 1996) – $21.49
The ultimate movie version of Pride and Prejudice. Six hours of Elizabeth and Darcy bliss.
Jane Austen Action Figure – $11.95
A super hero for girls. Comes with a mighty pen.
The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen (Six Volume Set) – $110.25
A beautiful collection of Austen’s novels with added features about the
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The Jane Austen Cookbook – $17.95
Not just period recipes, this book is full of facts about Austen’s books, friends and letters.
Well, why not?
Everything else is being turned into a musical. At least we know this will have a good story.
But please, I beg you, no singing candles.
Click here for more information about Pride and Prejudice, the Musical.
Sample the music here.
You’d think by the title that The Jane Austen Book Club would be a real girly movie. But I know several men who have enjoyed it as much as I have.
Emily Blunt is fantastic as Prudie, a young high school teacher caught in a lackluster marriage. All of the actresses do a great job including Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Amy Brenneman and Maggie Grace. But Emily Blunt steals the show.
Hugh Dancy also lights up the screen as the only male member of the book club. He’s a science fiction fanatic who assumes that the complete works of Austen are sequels. He also has an R2D2 ringtone on his phone. So cute. He joins the club because he is attracted to Jocelyn (Maria Bello), who, of course, takes forever to realize it.
The movie is a lot of fun and is deeper than the trailers would suggest.
Dean (Prudie’s husband): Baby, high school is over.
Prudie: High school is never over.
Prudie (talking about one of her students): He looks at me like he’s the spoon, and I’m this dish of ice cream.