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Jane in January and You: I Had a Jane Sighting! — 42 Comments

  1. As soon as yoou mentioned it, I could see the P&P similarities in White Christmas (which is one movie I watch every year). I’m sure there are many others, but unless it is really obvious, I will miss it.

  2. Oh no! I’m sure I must have watched White Christmas at some point in my youth but I don’t remember it. And although I have watched many many films in my life I can’t think of one which reminds me of P&P apart from the ones you have mentioned. No doubt I will see other people’s comments and think ‘ oh yes, why didn’t I think of that?’
    Does this mean I don’t qualify for the prize? 😭😭. I will keep thinking and let you know if I do come up with one.
    They did make a film of Unleashing Mr Darcy but I haven’t seen it as it wasn’t released in the UK.

  3. Wow. You’re right. I too watch White Christmas every year, but I never thought about the parallel plot lines. I wonder if this was intentional by the writer or if it is now such an ingrained plot concept (thanks to JA) that it is in all our subconsciousnesses.

  4. I had not seen that one! Which is shocking since it’s not properly Christmas for me until I’ve seen that movie. I have a habit of looking for Pride and Prejudice in everything, including real life. I’ve always been fascinated by the timeless romance of Darcy and Elizabeth, but I wouldn’t want to experience such turbulence in my own life. I’m very happy with my Mr. Bingley.

    But since you got me thinking about it, I discovered that another pair of books I fell in love with last year has an unexpected resemblance to Pride and Prejudice. Not sure how I missed it before now, unless it’s the fact that the primary characters in these books have their own unique personalities rather than being vaguely patterned after the original Darcy and Elizabeth. I don’t know if you’ve read them at all since they’re both a completely different genre than we usually discuss here. But Kelly Oram recently wrote a charming duo of books, “V is for Virgin” followed by “A is for Abstinence”. The first one ends with the fiery couple’s equivalent of Hunsford after which he skulks off to lick his wounds for a while. The second book is the delightful conclusion where he finally figures out how to woo the woman of his dreams, despite his previous behavior and reputation. Meanwhile, the Jane/Bingley couple in the background of the main plot (her dearest best friend who married his bandmate/best friend) varied from the original, in that they did not get separated from each other between the two books. In fact, the only real difficulties experienced by this Jane/Bingley couple is the overwhelming, ongoing disagreement between their dearest friends, placing them sometimes in the middle between the fiery duo.

    I don’t want to spill too much of the plot in case you haven’t read them yet, but I will say that these two books are some of the few books in my vast personal library which did NOT end up sleeping behind in the storage unit when I downsized to move across the pond a few months ago. Thank you for helping me to see new connections I hadn’t considered before. Always so fun!

  5. White Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas movies and I too watched it this year. I always text my sister when the “Sisters” song comes on lol. I will also never again watch it without comparing those two to Darcy and Bingley, I definitely did not draw that comparison. Thanks for making White Christmas new for me again!

  6. I have a real life sighting for you, Nicole, in that my son and his best friend married a pair of sisters, just like Bingley and Darcy did. That’s about as far as the parallel goes, though. There aren’t five girls in the family, and the personalities don’t necessarily match up either. Still, it’s fun to tease them all about it. 🙂

    • Awesome! I love hearing this!

      Ok, so true story: one of my dearest friends has 11 kids. Yes, you read that right, and no, no multiples or adoptions. Three of her boys are particularly close. You guessed it, they are dating three sisters! The middle couple set up the older and the younger. The oldest couple are already engaged with the middle couple planning to become so soon. The youngest set are still a little too young, but it looks like it might be three for three. Amazing, right?

      • Wow! That would be amazing! Their kids will all be double cousins. My mom is/has some double cousins – her mother and uncle married another brother and sister pair. Sounds bad, but it isn’t really. Just as well that first cousins don’t marry any more though, if you know what I mean. 😉

  7. A few I always think of are Bridget Jones Diary (there is even a Darcy in it 🙂 ) and From Prada to Nada which harkens back to Sense and Sensibility. And of course I LOVE 10 Thing I Hate About You (Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew), Easy A which is kind of like Scarlett Letter, and even Pretty Woman which is Pygmalion in a sense. I know they are not all Austen but they are all based on classic lit like Austen 🙂 Sometimes it’s hard to see until you really sit and think about them!

    • Wonderful connections! Spark House is based on Wuthering Heights, but I haven’t had the good fortune to see it yet. There is nothing new under the sun, as a wise man once said 😉. Thanks for sharing, Erika!

  8. Oh White Christmas! I love it. I can definitely see the parallels. I really don’t watch many movies, so I don’t have any to add to this list. However, I read a lot and have been surprised how much Jane pops up in other stories. If not a situation, than an actual Jane Austen book or discussion of one. Always makes me smile.

  9. Now that you have me thinking about this, I think of the modern Christmas movie, The Holiday…one of my favourites along with Love Actually. Both have sprinklings of Jane Austen woven in them. Love Actually even has Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman to name a few.

    My mother and her sister married two brothers. My aunt was a war bride and came over to America with her husband, my uncle. My mom was sponsored by her Aunt (or so the story goes) and my father met her when she was visiting her sister.

  10. Hi Nicole,

    I must admit to loving a series called ‘As Time Goes By’, starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer and written by the humorous and talented wordsmith Bob
    Larbey.

    Based on a second chance romance,Judi plays the part of Jean to Geoffrey’s Lionel,a nurse and soldier, both very young and very much in love,who lose touch.

    Meeting again after some thirty years,both believe the other failed to write that oh,so important first letter and feign disinterest!!
    Needless to say,Fate intervenes and they eventually get their HEA only for Jean to turn into a mirror of Mrs Bennet in her endeavours to match her daughter and receptionist with suitable partners!

    It’s beautifully written,sprinkled with gentle humour and is one of my guilty pleasures! I see shades of P&P and Persuasion in it and highly recommend it!

    Thank you for such a lovely post! 😌

  11. I admit, I had never thought of the similarities between White Christmas and P&P. Very interesting!
    The compacts are gorgeous…but I do love the one where Darcy and Elizabeth are sharing a kiss. ❤️

    Thanks for the chance to win one!

  12. My favorite is Compact #3 as Colin Firth is one of my biggest celebrity crushes! I love “White Christmas,” but never realized the similarities to “Pride & Prejudice.” But you’re right! No wonder I love both of them.

  13. All three are great. I just can’t pick one. Surprise me.
    I am taking your idea to my JASNA group for a lovely discussion.

  14. Fun movie called “The Importance of Being Earnest” with the always fabulous Colin Firth with of all people Reese Witherspoon. So many wonderful romances based on P&P.
    Greetings to everyone! Really enjoyed all the “days” of Christmas surprises. Thank you wonderful authors!

  15. I love “White Christmas” and see a strong influence in many modern works from Austen. Amazing to think a women from over 200 years ago had such an understanding of human nature and still influences us and our entertainment today.
    Thanks for the chance to win.. I’d love compact #2!

  16. I have not heard of White Christmas before but from your description, it sounds like a movie that I would enjoy watching. I believe Jane Austen was the author who inspired romance genre where boy meets girl, boy falls in love with her, girl rejects boy, they made up and live HEA. I have nothing new to add besides the obvious which is mentioned in the comments.

    Thank you for the giveaway, Nicole. If I win, I would like the kiss scene.

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