Thursday, February 28, 2013

All Things Austen: "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" and Austenland

Am I the last person who is completely Jane Austen crazy to miss this awesome web series, "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"?  I think so.  If you haven't yet checked it out, you really should.  I'm pretty new to web series as a whole, but I love the short vlog (video blog) format.

You can catch "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" at:

Here's episode 1:

 During my "hiatus" from blogging, I had the opportunity to go view Austenland at the Sundance Film Festival.  I owe my friend at work a HUGE thank you and favor for asking me to go along to help chaperone.  It was so fun, and I really loved watching it with an auditorium full of teenagers.  They oohed and aahed at all the right places, which was hilarious.  There was one moment that was especially memorable when one of the actors mentioned people who are "obsessed" with Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice.  A number of students in front of us all turned around and looked at my friend (who named her daughter Austen--and is SO stinking cute) and me (with my Darcy mouse pad).  It was hilarious and we both started laughing.  I think they have caught on to our love of all things Jane Austen???

I'm happy to say that the movie has been picked up and should be out some time this summer.  I can't wait to see it again!  For those who have read the book, you can expect a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek, humorous version of the story we love.  I found myself laughing more than anything and relaxing into a really good time.  Here's a link to the clip, if you haven't caught it yet:

In the end, I'm so glad that Jane Austen continues to live on.  Whether it's through the pure form or through adaptations and retellings, I'm all there.  I kind of wonder what is in the future for Jane Austen?  What a thought!

Thanks for humoring my Jane Austen fangirling.  Have you checked out either of these Austen releases?  


  1. Naming your child Austen is hard-core. But then I always dreamed of naming my kids Mercutio and Tybalt, so I'm probably not one to talk. ;)

    1. LOL. Too funny. I hope you get to do that someday!