Category Archives: Movies & TV

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (2007)

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (2007)

Prior to writing this post, I had only watched this version of Mansfield Park one time, about a decade ago on my local public television station.  Frankly, I haven’t felt compelled to revisit it up to now. With the vague recollection that I hadn’t been particularly impressed, I dove in, trying to keep an open… more goodness …

Jane Fairfax – so much more intriguing than Emma Woodhouse

Jane Fairfax – so much more intriguing than Emma Woodhouse

‘Emma’ has always been my favourite Jane Austen novel. I studied it in detail at school and then again at University. Imagine if ‘Persuasion’ has been on the syllabus? My Highbury Trilogy would never have been written! In it I have explored the more minor characters who have always intrigued me; Mrs Bates, her two… more goodness …

Mansfield Park (1999) Trivia Challenge

Mansfield Park (1999) Trivia Challenge

It has been twenty-one years since Patricia Rozema’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park hit the big screen. Well, sort of. Her statement on the film was that it is “not a Jane Austen film. It’s a Patricia Rozema film.” In framing it this way, she believed that the plot of Mansfield Park could be… more goodness …

The Many Visions of Jane Austen’s Emma

The Many Visions of Jane Austen’s Emma

SPOILER ALERT: I don’t wish to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the latest film version of Emma but I discuss it in some detail below, so if you haven’t seen it yet but plan to watch it, please look away now! We have been eagerly awaiting it since the last trailer made it to YouTube. Emma.,… more goodness …

Have You Joined Team Sidlotte?

Have You Joined Team Sidlotte?

For generations, Jane Austen’s devoted fans have loved and cherished her six major novels: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. But today, the Jane Austen novel that’s getting the most attention is a novel our dear author never finished writing: Sanditon. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Jane Austen… more goodness …

Persuasion (1971) Trivia Challenge

Persuasion (1971) Trivia Challenge

Nearly fifty years have passed since this Austen adaptation of Persuasion debuted on the small screen. Filmed at a time when ITV drama productions were low-budget affairs, studio sets are obviously used for the interior scenes. The acting feels awkwardly similar a theatrical production, which is hardly surprising since most of the British actors of… more goodness …

It’s a Year of Jane Austen!

It’s a Year of Jane Austen!

Happy New Year! 2020 is shaping up to be a great year, especially for fans of Jane Austen. It seems each month of the new year brings an event to look forward to; and no matter where you live in the U.S. or U.K., there’s probably an Austen-related event scheduled near you. Let’s take a… more goodness …

Christmas Presents for Austen Lovers

Christmas Presents for Austen Lovers

December is a joyous month for Janeites. The month includes Jane Austen’s birthday on Dec. 16 and of course Christmas on Dec. 25. Many Austen groups have December celebrations that partake of the holiday spirit. I was fortunate to speak at a December tea in Boise and a dinner in Salt Lake City. It was… more goodness …

Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas, from all of us at Austen Authors

Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas, from all of us at Austen Authors

I am a sucker for great quotes. Whether serious, inspirational, poetic, literary, humorous, or cheeky, there are so many great people who have said or written wonderful Christmas sentiments. So to hopefully get y’all more in the mood for the holiday, read on and enjoy! One of the most glorious messes in the world is… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Persuasion (1971)

Top 10 Goofs in Persuasion (1971)

I confess that finding time to watch this four-hour television series a couple of times has been a challenge with the holiday season upon us, but it was an enjoyable diversion. After I got past the quirks and limitations introduced by reason of the decade in which it was filmed, I found this adaptation, which… more goodness …

Persuasion (2007) Trivia Challenge

Persuasion (2007) Trivia Challenge

The 2007 adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Persuasion, has received both high praise, including some awards, and harsh criticism. I know this to be true, having read numerous reviews and articles while conducting research for this post. In the end, I believe the production’s charms outweigh its faults. Enough of my opinion, though. It’s time… more goodness …