Thursday, December 17, 2009

"The Young Victoria"


The Young Victoria


This movie stars Emily Blunt who has been given a Golden Globe nomination for her role in this film. I believe it comes out this weekend, but I would assume it's not playing everywhere. The film looks beautiful! Queen Victoria comes to the thrown 20 years after Jane Austen died, so their lives never cross but whose to say Queen Victoria never read an Austen novel? Watch the trailer it's AWESOME!

p.s. Thanks to Brian who brought this fabulous trailer to my attention!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Still Here

Okay, once again it's taken me a little while to post something sorry. I'm still working on the "Percy Jackson and Mount Olympus" series, which I adore. I need more Austen stuff though after all that's what this blog is all about!

Here's a thought, I've heard this contentious argument brought up a few times and I'm wondering what your thoughts are on the subject. Here's the argument; many believe that Jane Austen is the reason/problem for womens disillusioned view of men, love and marriage. What do you think?

My thoughts? I of course thinks it's a ridiculous argument. Novels have forever been an escapism of ideal and not so ideal worlds where the reader can forget about their troubles or problems and dream of a place and time when things seemed so much simpler and even romantic. Jane Austen's books do just this. Miss Austen was a smart and idealistic woman for her time. There weren't many women authors but she didn't let that stop her. She never meant for her books to be taken literally. She wrote about a world that should exist, where people could love without worry of status, money or family name. Miss Austen's life never turned out like the women in her novels, quite the opposite. I don't think she was looking for 'Mr. Darcy' but I do believe she wanted to marry for love. Unfortunately she never got that chance. Isn't that what we all want in the end, love? That's why her books are still popular today.

If there are women out there searching for Mr. Darcy, good luck. He doesn't exist. He's fiction. Real people aren't perfect so you shouldn't look for nor expect perfection. Are you perfect? Please don't tell me you said yes . . . Anyway, I love Miss Austen, I wish she were a sister or best friend but sometimes I feel she is.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Quote from Miss Austen

"My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."

-Jane Austen

This is one of my favorites and so true!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

My Thoughts on "The Lightning Thief"

I liked it. The book isn't as gripping as "Harry Potter" but it's a fun story. I liked it enough that I bought the second book tonight. The one thing I can say about "The Lightning Thief" is that it has stirred a desire in me to read up on the Greek Gods and their stories. I even bought "Hercules" (the Disney version) tonight, don't worry I know that it's a "Disney" story and not in the least like the actual stories/myths. Anyone have any good book suggestions on the Greek Gods? My husband suggested the "Iliad" anything else?

Also, whoever posted a comment on my blog about Viagra, thanks but no thanks! Has anyone else had this problem? Really, my blog doesn't get that many hits to make it even worth while. Does it strike anyone as odd that you would advertise Viagra on a Jane Austen website? Just sick! Don't do it again whoever you are!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"The Lightning Thief"

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I've given up!!! Given up on the last two books I've mentioned. First "Villette" had WAY too many french words and I don't read or speak it! The story was pretty slow moving too. "The Last Symbol" was very dark, which is no surprise but it kept giving me nightmares! I was also bored with Robert Langdon's continual intellectual brag fest. So I've started a new one! Surprised? You shouldn't be.
"The Lightning Thief" is a children's book that will soon be a movie. It looked interesting so I picked it up and haven't been disappointed. Its no "Harry Potter" but it's a fun story! Happy reading!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Book A.D.D.

So, I have a problem . . . I've actually been this way for as long as I can remember . . . I have book A.D.D. My bookshelves are lined with books that have only been half read (sometimes less) AND I have a problem with reading multiple books at the same time. Currently, I am reading "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown and "Villette" by Charlotte Bronte. "The Lost Symbol" makes it difficult for me to sleep at night so I can only read it during the day. "Villette" is a great book to fall asleep with, not that it's a snoozer, but you know it's not adrenaline pumping like the other book I'm reading. I'm really liking "Villette" so far, but it doesn't read as easily as "Jane Eyre" (my favorite book, I know it's not an Austen book - does that make me a hypocrite?). "The Lost Symbol" is actually getting a little annoying. Dan Brown makes his main character, Robert Langdon, so preachy. He's a know-it-all that likes to share-it-all, blah blah blah! I'm still going to finish it though, I have to find out what happens! At least once "Symbol" is done I'll be able to devote more time and energy to "Villette." Has anyone else read either of these? I'd like your opinion, please no spoiler alerts.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Long Title, Good Book

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" is an extremely long name for a book and in all honesty if someone wouldn't have recommended this book to me I would have NEVER picked it up. The title is just horrid, sorry but it is. However, with that being said you could apply the old adage "don't judge a book by it's cover" to this one. The style of writing is letters to and from the main character, again not my favorite style of writing because I actually LIKE dialogue. Anyway, the story is great! A different take on WWII. I actually never knew there was such a place as Guernsey but I don't profess to be very good at geography. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who would like a good heart warming story about friendship, trials and love.
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Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Thoughts on "Mr. Darcy, Vampyre"

Like my fellow Austen fan, I felt like this book had a great story but never really dug deep and embraced the characters and situations. I had a hard time with the vagueness of the book. Elizabeth (she's Miss Bennett by name only) never finds out that Darcy is a vampire until more than halfway through the book. She doesn't freak out or go running home. She's a wimp compared to the REAL Elizabeth Bennett.

Darcy's character as a vampire never really truly emerges. What does he eat? Does he sleep? Why does he turn into a bat and can that be done at will or does he have no control over that? Does he have fangs? If so, why is it that Miss Bennett never noticed before? Why is it that EVERYONE outside of England seems to know of vampires? Anyway, you get my point. I wanted the "neety greety."

The ending was a bit "Indian Jonesish" but not as exciting. I did like the idea of "killing" the vampire, I just wish there was more depth to the story. If I had to rate this book I'd give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5, with my main reason being lack of detail, weakly drawn out characters, and not a lot of substance.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A Little Bit Trashy


Okay, so I thought I'd give this a try but it turned out to be a huge waste of time. The book is short I finished it the day I got it, but can I just say that instead of the title being "A Little Bit Psychic" it should be "A Little Bit Trashy." If you like the trashy romance/sex thing then you'll probably like it, scratch that I don't think anyone would like this.

True, during the early 1800's sex wasn't something commonly found in novels, but I strongly doubt if Miss Austen were alive today she would put something this graphic in one of her novels. Okay, enough said about that. The rest of the book is horrible. I don't think it was edited before it was printed and the story line is a bit gay (no offense to gay people). It's second rate at best and I doubt I would ever read anything from this author again. Was that a little harsh? Good.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Broken

Quick post. The other night my husband and I finally got a night out and had a babysitter come to stay with our little boy. The first thing I noticed when we got home was HALF of my Jane Austen figurine laying on the couch!!!!!! I searched for several minutes until I finally found the other half, poor Miss Austen. I had her safely put up, but the babysitter obviously didn't know it was MY toy and not the little one's. Miss Austen will either have to be glued or replaced . . . probably just glued, oh well I guess nothing is safe/sacred when there are kids in the house.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"Mr. Darcy, Vampyre"


I have it! I'm starting it tonight! I will let you know . . .

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lost in Austen Follow-up

I know many people liked this movie, but I didn't. It was confusing and lacking. The ending bothered me too, what would Miss Austen think? Would she think it funny or atrocious? I tend to lean toward the latter. *SPOILER ALERT* Okay, Jane marrying Collins? Ewwww, gross! Thank goodness is was never consummated! Could you imagine, ugh! Elizabeth chops her hair short like a boy, Amanda Price never changes her hair to match the time period and ends up with Darcy! I'm sure it is the dream of many a woman to end up with Darcy, but the story is ruined! People can add on to the story or make a modern version, but please PLEASE don't mess with the original. I'm sorry to those that feel different than myself. Please leave your opinion, I'd love to hear it!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lost in Austen


I just got the first season on DVD through Netflix and will probably be watching it some of it today. I will let you know what I think. Anyone else seen this show? Sorry I haven't been posting much, I have two other blogs! Anyway, I'm excited to watch this show, I hope it's good!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Walk in the Park


An evening at the Jordan River Parkway was exactly what Miss Austen needed. She was happy to get out and get a little exercise. Miss Austen is always up for a good stroll. Her only complaint with the parkway is the lack of flowers. There were plenty of brush and weeds to be seen, but flowers are rather scarce. She did however, enjoy the quaint little wood bridges that are spread throughout the parkway.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

New Idea


I wish I would have thought of this idea a week ago, but that's the story of my life. Anyway, I can't claim that I'm the original inventor of this idea, but I plan to carry it forth in my own way. Summer time is the time that everyone goes on vacation so I thought I would bring my Miss Austen doll along for the trip and take pictures of her in interesting places that I go. This way Miss Austen can explore a country that she didn't care too much for. Maybe I can sway her into rethinking her previous notions on Americans?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

I haven't been reading any wonderful Austen books, but I did just watch the movie version of "The Jane Austen Book Club" and it was surprisingly good. I haven't read that book for a long time and I remember not really liking it so I never felt the desire to see the movie. Anyway, I was bored the other day and Netflix had it as a movie you could watch on your computer, so I did. It was pretty good.

Is it considered obsessive to watch the Twilight movie sometimes twice in one day? Since seeing the movie so many times I've been wanting to read the books again, which I just did. What is it about those dang books? They're not exactly amazing literature, but I guess they're good escapism books. It's nice to read a story about something that isn't real and never could be, but would be cool if it did . . . Enough rambling. I hope to update sooner rather than later next time. My husband and I are starting our own book club, so we can do something together. Our first book is Jungle Book. I've read it before and liked it, but it's been awhile.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Random Thoughts

So I haven't posted for a while, sorry. I have two other blogs that keep me quite busy and I've recently become addicted to Facebook. Anyway, I know this may seem absurd to some but I have one regret when it comes to my wedding day (almost 3 years ago), I wish I'd styled my dress after the Regency Era instead of the current trend. I'm just fascinated with their style of dress. The flow of the gown, the empire waist, and the square neckline are just beautiful. I sometimes imagine myself showing up to church wearing a gown from that time period. Anyone else share this weird obsession?

I haven't read any new Austenish novels, know any good ones? I did recently watch "The Buccaneers" which was a BBC adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel by the same title. It was pretty good, but odd to mix the Americans and Brits. Until next time, happy reading.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cranford and Miss Austen Regrets




I LOVED Cranford! If you have not yet seen this mini series you must watch it SOON! I have read Cranford and was quite shocked at first to see how vastly different this adaptation was, however after watching the commentary on how they made this mini series I was thrilled and loved it even more. The producers and writers actually take parts from several of Mrs. Gaskell's books including a little bit from her own life and meld it altogether and the outcome is brilliant!

Miss Austen Regrets is also very good. I liked the actress who portrayed Miss Austen. I did notice that she used a lot of the same mannerisms that Anne Hathaway uses in her role as Miss Austen. Everything I read or see about Miss Austen has a different take on her "loves" if there were any real ones. It's interesting see others' ideas and opinions on that matter.