Category Archives: Jane Austen

Adult Coloring Books

Adult Coloring Books

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Under the section of our website called Being Jane we have the Coloring Books page where we have put together a selection of Jane Austen themed adult coloring books along with pens and pencils. Because of course who wouldn’t want to sit and color like a little kid? Long before this trend started gaining traction a few years ago I had a set of pencils and a book of mandala designs. Some people knit or crochet, I color. There’s something very relaxing about coloring while watching an intense movie, such as Pride + Prejudice + Zombies [Blu-ray]!

It’s one thing for me to put together a collection of coloring books, etc but really I should try them myself. I mean really, how else will you know if you want to buy one. Oh sure, you could read the reviews. Or you could read my exciting blog post about my experience purchasing and using said products. In the interest of experimentation I purchased the following items:

The book has 55 removable pages of nice, heavyweight paper. The texture is lovely and the pages detach easily. I went with gel pens as opposed to pencils. I was tempted to try the Johnson’s Baby Oil, 20 Fl. Oz technique but the allure of the gel pens was too great. There are 48 gel pens packaged into 4 sets of pastels, neon, glitter and metallic. Definitely not true Jane Austen era colors. Here are a few things I learned:

  • The pens dispense a nice amount of gel, downside the pens dispense a lot of gel which means that sometimes you end up with too much.
  • Sometimes it is best to wait for everything to dry before you go back and attempt to ‘tart’ things up. Case in point see the “Every moment had it’s…” image below.
  • A little neon goes a long way…see image. Ugh, definitely a first attempt
  • Using the filters in Instagram will give your finished work an upgraded look as shown in the image at the beginning of the post.

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Old Friends and New Fancies

“Old Friends and New Fancies” is considered to be the first Jane Austen sequel. Published in 1913 and written by Sybil G. Brinton. It takes a variety of characters from all of Jane Austen’s novels and imagines new lives for them, specifically, the romances of Georgiana Darcy, Kitty Bennet, and Mary Crawford.

In a previous post I mentioned that I was part way through reading it with a decidedly ‘meh’ reaction. Its one thing when an author creates a new story with new characters but it becomes something completely different when a novelist reimagines an already beloved author’s novels, storylines and characters. These are huge minefields waiting for one wrong mis-step.

The other tricky part is dialogue. Do you attempt to write in the same manner? Or do you flat out write in the vernacular of your time? For me the failure of this novel is the mixing of dialogue. It reads like that friend who visits England only to return to the US with an English accent that ebbs and flows.

Mrs. Brinton did a nice job with the following characters: Georgiana Darcy, Kitty Bennet, Mary Crawford, Tom Bertam, and William Price. Their original portrayal by Jane Austen comes through and is expanded in a pleasing way. I particularly enjoyed the interpretation of Mary Crawford. Mary is a woman who has learned from the mistakes of the past with an eye towards a better future.

I did not care for Mrs. Brinton’s portrayal of Anne Elliot and Elinor Dashwood. They came across as weak and uninteresting with none of their original quiet, strength portrayed. This exaggeration of their “flaws” felt awkward and forced, as did the interpretation of their spouses, Capt. Wentworth and Edward Ferrars where both men are rendered shadows of themselves.

Overall, I would recommend reading ‘Old Friends and New Fancies’, especially if you are considering creating your own Jane Austen Sequel.

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More places to read about ‘Old Friends and New Fancies’:

Old Friends and New Fancies on Wikipedia

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Old Friends and New Fancies reviewed by Jane Austens World 


 

The Sisters of Pride and Prejudice

At any point in time there are dozens of items on my todo list, such as the following:

  1. Do laundry, fold the clothes in the dryer; oh wait put them in the dryer; put folded clothes away…etc
  2. Update website, write thoughts on one of many Jane Austenesque books; finish reading said Austenesque books.
  3. Take care of last night’s dishes.
  4. Let dog outside
  5. Pay bills, clean house
  6. Take old clothes to resale shop(hey, girls got to make some spare cash); sort old clothes; put in car…and drive to resale shop. Who knows maybe they don’t even want my rejects?

Seriously the list goes on and on but some how or another I inevitably distract myself from the drudgery of modern life with quizzes asking me important questions such as, “Which Bennet sister are you?”

Do I partake do you ask? Indubitably!

My results were surprising. At zimbio.com I was declared Jane! But at zoo.com the results showed Elizabeth. I needed a tie breaker so I found a third version over at earlybirdbooks.com, took it and tada, I am Lizzie. You can find links for all of the quizzes here.

Maybe the decision is all in the fashion choices offered by each sister as shown below:

Take the quiz at janeundone.com and find out!

 

Which Jane Austen Heroine am I?

In the interest of previewing the different items in our Being Jane section I found the online quiz, “Which Jane Austen heroine are you?” I immediately set to taking the quiz. I thought great I’ll breeze right through while I wait for my dinner to finish. Obviously, I’ll be someone like Elizabeth or perhaps, Elinor.  No, no, no that is not what I got.

I took the quiz multiple times. The first time I came up with Emma which totally surprised me. I don’t think of myself as a vain busy-body. And yes that is how I view Emma’s character.  I did the quiz a second time and came up with Lady Catherine de Bourgh. A trend was developing and I had gone from vain busy-body to an arrogant busy-body.  Now I was insulted and did the quiz a third time. All while the timer for my dinner beeped incessantly. But I must have answers, I must be someone good and kind and intelligent!!! Third time I ended with Anne Elliot.

Take the quiz yourself and post your results on Pinterest.

“Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.”

Mary Crawford, Mansfield Park. 

I am currently rethinking my opinion of the character Mary Crawford all because of the first Jane Austen sequel, “Old Friends and New Fancies“. I am only 8 chapters into reading it and right now I’m not loving it nor am I hating it, more like meh. However, the portrayal of Mary Crawford is an interesting rewrite of her character. I think the author, Sybil G. Brinton nails her depiction of Georgiana but fails with Elizabeth Bennet, now Elizabeth Bennet Darcy. Once I’ve finished reading the book I’ll get back to you with a full assessment. Meanwhile here’s a little vignette highlighting one of Mary Crawford’s quote from Mansfield Park. Why shouldn’t an heiress such as herself have a lovely selection of expensive watches to choose from?

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Do not attack me with your watch!

 

5 Variations on “It is a truth universally acknowledged. . .”

  1. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” The opening line in Pride & Prejudice.
  2. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” Seth Grahame-Smith, author of  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
  3. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.” Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary
  4. “It is universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks.” By Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition)
  5. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you spend the day cleaning one room, your children will spend the day destroying the others.” said every mother ever!

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Categorizing all things Jane

How does one categorize all things Jane? That was the challenge facing us with regards on how to organize things here at Jane Undone. First I started with books that seemed easy enough. Create a category for Jane’s books, then create separate categories for books inspired by each book she wrote but wait what about books that are inspired by Jane herself? Right that’s a category but what about books that are a mash-up or based on characters from her novels? Ughhh!

What to do? I put books aside and moved on to movies, series, videos, etc. That seemed a safer course of action. Nope, nope, not at all, same issue different media, perhaps it would be best to start pointing to all of the other Jane Austen websites? Much safer to simply link and share other websites revolving around Jane. And it was while looking over my many book marked links that I found a blog post on website that helped defined our dilemma on how to categorize Jane Austen.

We think that Laurel Ann Nattress over at austenprose.com does a nice job of laying out the different categories. She starts by putting all of the different book categories under a “Jane Austen Sequel” and she then breaks things down from there. It’s a quick read go check it out:

What is a Jane Austen Sequel?

We were no longer good society

“We were no longer good society”, so says the narrator of Jane Austen’s Fight Club. This video mash-up of the polite society of Jane’s books and characters and the neo-noir drama film Fight Club brings a delightful take on the refined elements of Jane’s books.

Each time I watch it different details emerge that delight me everything from, the exchange of ‘polite affections’ between the Asian actress and the tall, thin, blonde man at the beginning, to the credits announcing characters like The Dashwoods. Oh yes, I’ve watched it multiple times. Its fun and light-hearted, a good way to break up a long day. Trust me watch it for yourself and click on the link at the bottom of this post.

The actress playing Lizzie’s character is the driving force behind Jane Austen’s Fight Club and she brings an air of flagrant disregard for the rules along with a ‘bring it on’ attitude. I love that she dresses outside the boundary of the Regency era in sunglasses and a cheetah print coat.

Head on over to Mash-Ups and watch Jane Austen’s Fight Club

 

Jane Austen's Fight Club

 

Re-watching Lost in Austen

Recently, I found the time to sit down and re-watch the British TV series Lost In AustenThis mini-series follows the adventures of one Amanda Price who lives in modern London, loves ‘Pride & Prejudice’, and would like a different life. One night she hears a banging sound in her bathroom, she enters her bathroom to find a young woman dressed in Regency era clothing turning the bathroom light on and off. Well, the young woman is none other than Elizabeth Bennet who has entered Amanda’s bathroom through a door in her father’s attic. Amanda pushes on the wall above the bath tub and finds herself in the attic of the Bennet family home. The door swings closed and Amanda is stuck.

I have fond memories of watching it with my daughter and worried that the memory made the original viewing better than it was. Have you ever done that? Talked something up, say a movie, restaurant that you once watched, ate at, years ago but when you revisit it the bloom is off the rose. The possibility gave me pause but I pressed on and watched the series in two nights. During the second episode my son who was home wandered through during the ball at Neverfield and spouted in his best upper-crusty English accent, “Ah, I see they’re playing ‘Sonata in Copulation’.”

I’m happy to say that the second viewing was wonderful. There seemed to be a few odd moments when scenes ended abruptly and that I’m assuming were cut. One in particular where our heroine, Amanda is asked to play the pianoforte but sadly she is unable as in she can’t because after all not many 20th century young women have learned that skill instead she sings, the 1965 hit song Downtown originally sung by Petula Clark. Trust me cutting this scene chops up the flow of things and removes an element of humor that is played off later in the series. Below is the missing scene for your enjoyment:

All things Jane

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a blog about all things Jane Austen without any posts about Jane is seriously lacking. Read enough Jane Austen, watch enough Jane Austen and eventually you find yourself speaking in the manner of that time. Perhaps, one could even find one’s self acquiring Foreign Accent Syndrome.