Category Archives: Movies & TV

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 …

Casting blunders in Jane Austen adaptations

Casting blunders in Jane Austen adaptations

It is a truth universally acknowledged that many Janeites are drawn to Austen’s novels after watching the film or TV adaptations. Of these, there have been many, but the ones that most readers will remember were filmed since the mid-1990s. Today, however, I will not go over the merits of the talented Mr Firth and… 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 …

Seeing Fanny Price Through Modern Eyes

Seeing Fanny Price Through Modern Eyes

Until this week, I had seen all of the major film adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels—the theater releases, the BBC series, etc.—except one. I have now completed the sweep by finally watching Patricia Rozema’s 1999 version of Mansfield Park. I missed the movie when it came out. After reading a few reviews and coming across… 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 …

Incandescent – An Excerpt

Incandescent – An Excerpt

The blurb for my new book, Incandescent, will go something like… “In this modern day twist on Jane Austen’s Persuasion, The Elliots are Hollywood Royalty –  a family of actors going back three generations. Annie Elliot has been cast to play Elizabeth Bennet in a new movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that takes place… more goodness …

Empire vs. Edwardian. Fashion Inspiration for a New Novel!

Empire vs. Edwardian. Fashion Inspiration for a New Novel!

Experts say that fashion goes in cycles of every 20 to 40 years, which means we tend to look back at what was in style 20, 30, or 40 years ago, and revive those fashions for our current look. In the 1980s we glorified the 60s. The 90s took a look back at the 70s.… 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 …

Top 10 Goofs in Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Top 10 Goofs in Bride and Prejudice (2004)

It was hard to find ten. Perhaps it’s because there was so much color and movement in the scenes that I was distracted from searching for the goofs. It could be that the music had me mesmerized because, often, it did. It’s more likely I was hypnotized by the sheer gorgeousness of the leads and… more goodness …