Well, the local outdoor pool is officially closed now and my habit of jogging in the swim lanes (sounds crazy, but try it, it’s addictive, especially in the sunshine) must be shelved until Memorial Day 2013. Before I consider switching up my regimen to hot yoga (yoga in 110 degree heat, anyone?) or piloxing (pilates + boxing), I think I can get my endorphins pumping just by surfing the net and searching for all things Darcy and Austen.
I’m doing a little more of this lately due to the fact that on September 29th I’ll be giving a talk to the JASNA Greater Chicago Region entitled Jane Austen: Multimedia Maven? If you’re in town, I’d love to see you there! Either way, I’d like to ask you how you get your digital Austen fix…
Ready for a laugh? This clip is one of my favorite Austen fixes, a mash-up of Ashes to Ashes and Pride and Prejudice with an actor that really gets (and I mean gets) Gene Hunt. Even if you’ve never heard of Ashes to Ashes, you’ll love this spoof:
One of my readers posted the following Jane Austen is My Homegirl Rap video on my facebook page (thank you, Debbie!) and I thought all of you would enjoy it. It really is a tribute to Downton Abbey more than Jane Austen, but the lyrics are hilarious and Debbie thought of me because my book Definitely Not Mr. Darcy touches on the dubious medical tactics of the Regency, and so does this rap. Check it out:
Once in a while, just for a laugh, I watch the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Have you seen it? This particular episode is a little raunchy, you’ve been warned, especially since Lydia is involved:
The Blackadder series has long been a go-to, feel-good source of entertainment for me, and if you’ve never seen Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder, you’re in for a real treat. He is delicious! Love him! Wished he had never stumbled upon Mr. Bean… The writing in this entire series crackles, and there are several episodes dedicated to the Regency with Hugh Laurie, whose gift for comedic timing as the daft Prince Regent makes me laugh no matter how many times I’ve seen it. Let me know what you think:
I’d like to know how you get your Austen hero or Jane Austen fix. Do you have any favorite You Tube video clips to share? Do you play the new facebook game Jane Austen’s Rogues and Romance? Do you have the Ask Mr. Darcy Magic Eight Ball app for the Android? (WHY oh WHY don’t they make this app for the iPhone?! I really. Want. It.)
Or, maybe you turn to low-tech fixes such as your I Love Darcy mug or your Pride and Prejudice board game, or…the novels themselves, ha ha! How do you get your fix? Can’t wait to hear…