Monday, 2 August 2010


1. Sex and the Austen Girl is a fun series inspired by the bestselling novels Confessions and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. Arabella Field and Joy Masterson star as Jane and Courtney and discuss topics  which are relevant for girls of any historical time.
Today on episode 12 has been posted: "Love, Money and Pemberley" . Is it for love or wealth that we pick our partners? Maybe it's best to have both. A dowry is highly desirable, unless of course you find Darcy and Pemberley House. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.

2. Bollywood is taking on Emma and who better to play the role of a mischievous, slightly-naive 21-year old than Sonam Kapoor? The actress will  star in the Emma adaptation, called Aisha, alongside Abhay Deol, nephew of Bollywood legend Dharmendra . For more information about the film, which releases August 6  (next Friday) and for regular updates, check out Aisha’s Facebook page or follow on Twitter.

3.  A spoof film trailer, Jane Austen's Fight Club, has gone viral, gaining nearly 200,000 hits on YouTube in just two days. Have you seen it? The video shows Lizzie Bennett and other Austen characters - including Emma and the Dashwoods - setting up an underground boxing club, in manner of the cult David Fincher film Fight Club.
Lizzie plays the role of Brad Pitt's character Tyler Durden: "The first rule of Fight Club is, one never mentions Fight Club". The society ladies engage in fights on a croquet lawn and sit bleeding during high tea
I wish our heroines had stuck to their good manners, propriety, politeness and ... balls!


4. Jane Austen, Murder and Mystery. A new murder case has involved Austen characters. This time a mysterious murder has troubled  the quiet lives of  the Bertrams and their Crawford friends at Mansfield Park  . Lynn Shepherd's  MURDER AT MANSFIELD PARK has recently been released in the US and Canada (July 20) and has already collected several very positive,  if not enthusiastic,  reviews. I'm just half way down through it and I can assure you it is great fun. A new heroine is at its centre, a lively and spirited one. Ms Shepherd has done a huge favour to all of us preferring Mary Crawford to Fanny Price! Stay tuned... very soon my review here,  on  My JA  Book Club.

5. I've met lots of new Austenite friends via Twitter (follow me on Twitter) and it's such a great pleasure to chat with them.  This is because I don't know many JA aficionados in real life. This afternoon, for instance,  @SalonJaneAusten  and I were discussing the possibility of having a new Persuasion adaptation. So many Emmas, several P&P and S&S. Why so few Persuasion, Mansfield Park  or Northanger Abbey adaptations? I'd love to see a new Persuasion. We (@SalonJaneAusten and I)  have already our mature, handsome, tall and dark Captain Wentworth in mind: Richard Armitage. Who might the new Anne Elliot be? Would you subscribe a petition for a new Persuasion adaptation?

6. AUSTENPROSE,  the House of everything Austen,  is celebrating Georgette Heyer this month with lots of events, reviews and giveaways connecting many lovely blogs. Don't forget to have a look at Laurel Ann's blog at least once a day this month! You can also follow her on twitter @Austenprose for a minute-by-minute update!


Phylly3 said...

Dear MG,
Your lovely blog has been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. It is amazing to me how you can keep up with 2 such amazing blogs!

Phylly3 said...

You have been awarded The Versatile Blogger award for your lovely blog. I don't know how you manage to do 2 such wonderful blogs as well as teach and have a family and social life. You must be a miracle of time management!! There should be an award for that!
Seriously I love your intelligent, informative posts on literature and wonder why you don't have more comments here!?

Maria Grazia said...

Thank you Phylly! First of all I MUST apologize for moderating these comments only now but blogspot has warned me only this morning that I had comments to be moderated from July 5th till today! I'm so sorry but I usually have an e-mail message warning me of any comment. It didn't work! I must apologize with all the readers! I hope none of your comments went lost in the blogouniverse!
BTW, Phylly, my dear friend V., usually calls me WW ...Wonder Woman. Jokes apart, I just love all the things I do and couldn't do without them!

Eliza said...

Of course, you vote for Richard Armitage as Wentworth :-D But I would like to see such a version as well, there really should be more adaptions of Persuasion.