|Jane Austen Action Figure|
|Jane Austen Little Thinker Doll|
For a bit cuddlier Jane Austen Doll, there is the Jane Austen Little Thinker. Personally I like the action figure better, but there are some who would definitely prefer a plush version and this one comer with white gloves, lacy cap and Regency dress. All for just $18.99! What a hoot.
|Pride and Prejudice Trivia Board Game|
This one is for the hard core Janite, but The Pride and Prejudice Trivia Board Game looks like a lot of fun. There are a few of us out there who have read the book and seen the adaptations more than once (!) and who would probably enjoy this over a glass of wine during the holidays.
P&P quiz night anyone?
Wow! The Cranford Companion, a beautiful hardcover book, includes behind the scenes stories about the production, the adaptation of the script and the scouting of the English countryside for filming locations. Also included are a map of Cranford, information about the characters and interviews with actors who portray them. Gorgeous photos from the series and the set will keep you coming back to pore over this book for years to come. A must for any Cranford fan.
Books, obviously, are a real weakness of mine and I have discovered a new genre, "Fan Fiction", which offers Jane Austen fans some sequels or alternate scenarios for her beloved novels. I say that I just discovered this genre, but the truth is that I read a few some years ago, but recent offerings are a great improvement. After all, there are only six Jane Austen novels, so this is a great way to keep that wonderful feeling from ending. Some popular ones which will be on my reading list for the new year include:
A Darcy Christmas, consisting of three short stories each written by a different author. Mostly there are great reviews for this, some lukewarm, but I am looking forward to reading this one during the holidays. I especially like the sound of the adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol to the Pride and Prejudice characters. There is also a portrayal of the Darcy family over many years of Christmas celebrations, and a story about a little "addition" to the Darcy family over one of their first holidays together. Sounds great!
This one doesn't come out until next year, but Mary Lydon Simonsen's newest Austen Fan Fiction book sounds wonderful.
Here is the blurb from Amazon for The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy:
"Convinced that the lovely Elizabeth Bennet is her brother's soul mate, Georgiana Darcy enlists her clever and not at all snobbish cousin Anne de Bourgh in ensuring that pride and prejudice aren't able to keep these two hearts apart. All is going according to plan until Lydia Bennet brings scandal on the family by eloping with George Wickham, and Darcy is called away from Elizabeth's side before he has a chance to propose. It will take all Georgiana and Anne's considerable matchmaking talents to ensure that Elizabeth and Darcy are reunited in time to claim their happily ever after."
My question is how long it will take to turn some of these Jane Austen "Sequels" or more acurately, "Fan Fiction" into film adaptations. Or at the very least, how long until we get a Georgette Heyer novel adapted for film. Any thoughts?