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Any other commentary could spoil the fun. Blame my beloved spouse [personal profile] emceeaich for this.

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[personal profile] emceeaich asks how does one update Austen for modern times?

The timing of this is spectacular, because today is the 238th birthday of the Divine Miss Austen ([personal profile] emceeaich says it’s not intentional, but I bet something in his subconscious made the correlation).

Frankly, I don’t think there is s written story out there that really captures her stuff. The closest books I can think of are Beth Pattillo’s Jane Austen Ruined My Life and Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart. I find that she has a third book dealing with Sense and Sensibility, so I will check it out. If there are other good ones out there, let me know.

The best modern movie retelling of Austen in my opinion is Amy Heckerling’s 1995 Clueless which translates Emma to Beverly Hills. It may not keep the names the same but the spirit is intact. I want Cher’s closet! Bridget Jones’ Diary may have had Colin Firth as Mark Darcy, but it doesn’t even come close.

I never got into Lost in Austen, is it worth it?

My favorite interactive media retelling is Pemberley Digital’s The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I cannot squee loudly enough about this show. They won a juried 2013 Creative Arts Emmy award for interactive media. The casting of the series is excellent, and they even made me care about Lydia.

On a personal note, the Tribble Sisters came into my life right after I finished the series, so their names have as much to thank to the Diaries as they do to P&P. The good folks at Pemberley Digital have also finished Welcome to Sanditon which takes the unfinished Austen story set in Sanditon, England and sends it to the beach in Southern California. I haven’t finished that yet, but am thick in the middle of Emma Approved which makes Emma Woodhouse a life coach/fashionista makeover pro (think not quite as air headed Cher Horowitz sent ahead twenty years, done with business school and very social media-savvy). The video blog/social media combination seems to be extremely amenable to handling Austen’s storytelling style. Hie thee to Pemberley Digital and enjoy!


Oct. 30th, 2012 10:53 am
cynthia1960: (Mrs. Bennet OMG)
I blame [personal profile] bookshop for squeeing about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Excuse me while I go lose myself for a long while.


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