In January, Adelle Waldman wrote an excellent essay for the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog called “The Ideal Marriage, According to Novels.” In it, she notes that men and women write about marriage differently. Roth and Bellow write about mysterious attractions and breast shape; Ferrante and Austen write about the…
In honor of the February release of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Hot Topic is releasing a special clothing collection that includes lingerie. If we’ve got any mediums in the house, know that I would do almost anything to hear Jane Austen’s opinion on this.
Today, December 16, is the 240th anniversary of Jane Austen’s birth in the United Kingdom. You’ve probably heard of her? Let’s mark the day with something Austen wrote to her sister while apparently hungover.
The wild enthusiasm for Jane Austen remixes has died down somewhat over the last couple of years, and yet the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues to chug along. In fact, here is your first teaser trailer.
Take it from me: You haven’t known true awkwardness until you’ve completely botched an English country dance at a masquerade ball at a Jane Austen Festival, disrupting the steps of Regency costume-clad people on both sides, finding yourself suddenly consumed with sympathy for the odious Mr. Collins of Pride and…
For a woman who spent much of her life pinched for pennies, Jane Austen sure makes a handy marketing tool today. For example, on my way into a Jane Austen Festival dance workshop at the local Guildhall (another soaring, cake-like interior), I was handed a flyer for a “Georgian Lunch Menu,” offering 20 percent off for…
It’s quite clear that, for many attendees, a highlight of the Jane Austen Festival is the opportunity to wear any number of dazzling Regency-era costumes.
Okay, I confess: I am not attending the Jane Austen Festival purely out of love for one of the greatest novelists in the history of the English language. I’m also driven by a deep and abiding love of the Regency romance.
I’m not going to subject you to the umpteen millionth permutation of the opening line of Pride and Prejudice, so let’s just lay it out there: Holy shit, there are so many Jane Austen souvenirs.
Greetings from Bath, England, where I’m currently attending the fifteenth annual Jane Austen Festival, on the two-hundredth-year anniversary of both the publication of Emma and the Battle of Waterloo, in an attempt to probe the outer limits of my own deep fondness for Austen’s oeuvre. Yes, I am dressing up.
A California library has acquired a cache of letters from Jane Austen's mother's family. No, none of the letters was written by Austen. None of the letters even mentions by Austen by name. But Jane Austen is to historical documents as Fifty Shades of Grey is to hotel packages—drop her name and suddenly everybody's…
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies continues to lurch toward theaters in fits and starts. Supposedly filming starts September 24—and erstwhile Doctor Matt Smith just joined the cast. By God you will watch Lizzie Bennett fight the living and you'll like it, America.
The dream of the 1790s is alive in Meryton.
Iggy Azalea has just released the music video for her track "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX. And—for some blessed reason—it's essentially a shot-for-shot recreation of Clueless, starring Azalea as Cher Horowitz and Charli as Tai (kinda).
Brace yourselves, Jane Austen cultists: A scrap of writing from the author's very own hand has been discovered in the U.K., stuck in a first edition of her nephew's The Memoirs of Jane Austen. Meanwhile, I never find anything crammed into my books but Duane Reade receipts.
Jane Austen's long dead, but that doesn't keep her most obsessive fans from supporting an entire cottage industry around her works. But this is taking it to a new level: Via Polygon, a Kickstarter campaign has just raised $109,563 to fund the creation of Ever, Jane, a massively multiplayer online game dedicated to the…
From Ever, Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austen's KickStarter page:"In the virtual world of Jane Austen, it is not about kill or be killed, but invite and be invited with gossip our weapon of choice." I love video games where I get to murder everyone, but this sounds like fun, too.
Ever, Jane is the name of an MMO that's, well, it's different from any MMO you've ever played before. Or game, for that matter.
Here's something we didn't know: Kelly Clarkson bought a gold ring once owned by Jane Austen at an action last year. Here's something else we didn't know: The ring is in the UK and the government doesn't want it leaving the country. Permission denied!