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Clueless (1995) Trivia Challenge

Clueless (1995) Trivia Challenge

I’ve spent the last four weeks wondering how many of our Austen Authors readers were actually inspired to watch (or re-watch) this fun film from last month’s “Goofs” post. Having done so will give you an advantage in the trivia quiz, so kudos to those of you who did. Watching it will help you not… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in “Clueless,” a 1995 Film Adaptation of “Emma”

Top Ten Goofs in “Clueless,” a 1995 Film Adaptation of “Emma”

1995 was the year of Emma, with Clueless being the third adaptation from that year that I’ve covered in this series. Amy Heckerling, the writer, and director of Clueless beautifully translated Jane Austen’s themes and relationships into a modern comedy of teenage angst, foibles, and misunderstandings. Emma/Cher is a flawed character, so it seems fitting that… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1972)

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1972)

Years ago, I purchased a collection of Austen adaptations produced by the BBC in the 1970’s and 80’s. I watched all of them at least once, but some collected dust after their initial viewing, including this version of Emma. I came to this particular series “cold,” having not watched it clear through in nearly a… more goodness …

Emma (1997) Trivia Challenge

Emma (1997) Trivia Challenge

The hazards of matchmaking and relationship plot twists abound in Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Echoes of similar sorts of drama behind the scenes in the making of this production turned up as I researched for this post, but not in romances between the actors (in case that’s what you’re thinking.) Test your knowledge of this… more goodness …

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1997)

Top Ten Goofs in Emma (1997)

Are you thinking that the title of this post is a goof? I can practically hear the objections winging their way across the cosmos. The Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow adaptations of Emma were both made in 1996. I wrestled with this conundrum since I can’t duplicate the title and the Goofs and Trivia series has… more goodness …

Emma (2009) Trivia Challenge

Emma (2009) Trivia Challenge

At the Box Hill picnic in this version of Emma, Mr. Weston poses a conundrum, asking the group which two letters of the alphabet express perfection. His answer was “M” and “A” which together are “Em-ma.” The awkward irony of this is lost on no-one, as the entire group has just witnessed Emma’s stinging set-down… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in “Emma” (2009)

Top 10 Goofs in “Emma” (2009)

Today’s post was planned to be about the 1997 Kate Beckinsale version, but technology can be fickle and thanks to a DVD player that picked a decidedly inconvenient time to malfunction, I opted for plan B – a version of Emma that I could stream. The four-episode 2009 BBC adaptation of Emma, with Romola Garai in… more goodness …

Emma (1996) Trivia Challenge

Emma (1996) Trivia Challenge

Emma (1996) with Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role has some behind-the-scenes facts that are funny, lovely, surprising and shocking. It’s all over the map, really. Test your knowledge and check your answers or read on and learn something new. Quiz: What is the real-life connection between the actresses who played Mrs. and Miss Bates? What… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Emma (1996)

Top 10 Goofs in Emma (1996)

Austen’s title character, Emma, is a young woman so prone to error of thought and deed that detailing the goofs in this film adaptation feels a bit like adding insult to injury. Emma pouted a bit over what she said is unjust criticism. She insisted that they are not mistakes at all. She objected to… more goodness …

Pride and Prejudice (1980) Trivia Challenge

Pride and Prejudice (1980) Trivia Challenge

Many Austen Authors’ readers declared this adaptation their favorite four weeks ago. Starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul in the lead roles, it was a product of a former era, filmed on videotape with the interior shots primarily done in studio sets. The dearth of interviews and articles online about this production is lamentable, so I… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1980)

Top 10 Goofs in Pride and Prejudice (1980)

Time for another Pride and Prejudice “goofs” post. Today we’re taking a closer look at the 1979/1980 made-for-TV series starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul. Searching for errors in the various adaptations strikes me as akin to the “follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies” kind of fun that Elizabeth Bennet herself loves to laugh over.… more goodness …

Bride and Prejudice (2004) Trivia Challenge

Bride and Prejudice (2004) Trivia Challenge

The majority of the trivia facts listed today come directly from the DVD commentary which was a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes details. If you’ve listened to the commentary previously, you may do very well on the quiz. You also know that the director of this film, Gurinder Chada, is charming and witty in addition to… more goodness …