Trees are poems that Earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness. ---Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Recycling Jane

Jane Austen wrote six novels that have captivated the world for 200 years.

They are:






These books have been made into plays, shown as movies and TV productions and had many spin-offs and look-a-like books written as well. Here are a few that are available at Chespeake Public Library. (Click on the links to learn about them.)
Some of the above authors have created book series, not just stand-alone novels using Jane Austen's works as a springboard for their imagination. In addition to the above books,
Carrie Bebris has written:
Pride and Prescience
North by Northanger
The Matters at Mansfield
The Intrigue at Highbury
The Deception at Lyme
Stephanie Barron has written:
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor
Jane and the Man of the Cloth
Jane and the Wandering Eye
Jane and the Genius of the Place
Jane and the Stillroom Maid
Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House
Jane and the Ghosts of Netley
Jane and His Lordship's Legacy
Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron
Jane and the Canterbury Tale    
Debra White-Smith has written:
First Impressions
Reason and Romance
Central Park
Northpointe Chalet

Some authors try to "finish" her uncompleted works. (Pfff!)
Jane Austen's Charlotte: Her Fragment of a Lost Novel Completed by Barrett, Julia
Some"Janite" authors have become the darlings of various Jane Austen Book Clubs.

The one book we don't have is this: ( SOMEBODY, QUICK PUT IN A REQUEST !!! )

Do I need another craft book?

Take a look at Pemberly Digital's "Welcome to Sandition" - a YouTube Series that is attempting to finish Austen's last unpublished work. Click on link below.  It's pretty cool!

Here is a link about some movies that have been made from her novels.
I'm sure there are more.


Have you seen these movies?
My favorite Austen novel is Pride and Prejudice. .
The two most recent film versions of it are both great!
SERIOUSLY though, how could you not choose the Colin Firth version?

Remember the famous scene where Colin Firth, as Mr. Darcy, wades into the water in his white silk shirt?  See what those crazy Brits have done to memorialize it.

Mr. Darcy Rises Again
August 16th is the opening for the movie "Austenland" based on the book by Shannon Hale and produced by Stephenie Myers, the author of the Twilight series. 

I enjoyed reading this book (and it's sequel) awhile back, and have been waiting for the movie to come out! The story is about a unmarried woman with an unhealthy obsession with Jane Austin's works. She is unhappy with her own life and hopes to find her own Mr. Darcy by traveling to a resort which caters to Austen lovers Regency-style. See the trailer below.

I don't know of any other author whose books have been so widely "recycled".  It must be because the stories are so well-loved that people can't bear to think that there are only six. 

There is nothing she can't do!
There is no product she can't sell.

There is no genre that defines her fans.


I am hooked forever on Jane Austen !

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