We’re in our 4th and final week of ‘Jane in January’ and hope you have enjoyed our special focus on “Pride and Prejudice.” The giveaways are being distributed through rafflecopter, so be sure to sign into it to be entered.
We will announce our final winners this Sunday.
Remember that old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial from the ’70s & ’80s? The one that had two people coming from different directions, one person eating peanut butter and the other eating chocolate, and they collided somehow? Person “A” would say, “You got your peanut butter on my chocolate!” And Person “B” would reply, “You got your chocolate in my peanut butter!” But the end result, to quote the commercial, was this slogan: “Two great tastes that taste great together.” I loved that ad…and I loved the peanut butter cups even more, LOL.
Well, for me, Jane Austen is my chocolate and, IMO, she goes well with almost everything. 🙂 The humor and vision of modern romance novelists, screenwriters, and directors is my kind of peanut butter — it’s a little nutty, it blends well, and it’s surprisingly filling. I’ve been impressed time and again not only with the wittiness of some of the modern Austen-inspired books and films, but with the originality and insight that their work has brought to the genre. As readers and viewers, we get to see Jane’s themes come alive in our own era and make connections between what we love about JA’s famous plot lines/character depictions and what we witness daily in our own lives. The timelessness of Austen’s work is a beautiful thing.
I’m biased, of course. This is my favorite part of the Austen playground to explore. (Most of you know that my debut novel, According to Jane, was a tribute to my literary idol…) And the work of other contemporary authors who drew upon the genius of Austen’s writing — like Helen Fielding/Bridget Jones’s Diary, Shannon Hale/Austenland, Guy Andrews/Lost in Austen, and Amy Heckerling/Clueless — have certainly left their mark on the modern world in a way that has long intrigued me.
When it comes to Pride and Prejudice, I think everyone here remembers where or when we first encountered Elizabeth & Darcy’s love story — either reading the novel or watching it on screen or stage. When did you come across your first modernization of the book, though? Was it Bridget Jones’s Diary? (It was for me! I read the novel in advance of seeing the movie, although, I’d watched Clueless a few years prior and had delighted in that clever Beverly Hills adaptation of Emma.) What about the fantasy, time-traveling fun of Lost in Austen? The video blog, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Or the colorful, whimsical Bride & Prejudice? I could replay this dance number with Naveen Andrews all day… After watching it, who could claim that an Indian party had nothing in common with a Regency ball? The dance steps might vary a bit, LOL, but the concept is the same.
The success of a film like Bride & Prejudice, and the ease with which the viewers could relate to the plot, points not only to the timelessness of Jane’s stories, but to their sheer universality. Her characters cross cultures beautifully, and religion is no barrier either (as Pride and Prejudice – a Latter-Day Comedy attests). And, when it comes to books, of course, the JAFF community has done wonders in providing an ample array of contemporary offerings — blending Austen’s characters and themes with modern mystery, science fiction/fantasy, romantic comedy, women’s fiction, and much more.
What are some of your favorites of the modern P&P adaptations? Contemporary updates of other Austen novels? I’d love to hear about the books/films/etc. that were standouts for you or the ones that you have in your to-be-read pile!
This week, I’m giving away both stories featured in The Perfect Pair collection — my own contemporary P&P romances — a signed paperback copy of Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match (for a winner in the U.S.) and an ebook copy of Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet (epub, mobi, pdf – for an international winner). Good luck to everyone who enters!!
Have a great weekend, everyone! 🙂
Here are some of the prizes we are giving away in Jane in January:
Week Four Prizes:
From Alyssa – two paperback copies of “Austensibly Ordinary” (1 US and 1 int’l)
From Marilyn – a signed paperback copy of “Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match” (book 1, US) to one winner in the U.S. and an ebook copy of “Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet” (book 2) to one winner internationally.
From Mary – 1 signed paperback copy of “Another Place in Time” (US); 1 copy of “When They Fall in Love”(US), and 1 e-book copy of “Dying to Write”
From Shannon – 2 ebooks of “The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen” (Kindle, Nook, international).
From Evie Cotton – 2 bars of Readers’ Choice soap (US only)
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