Jane Austen Made Me Do It eBook now $4.99

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)Huzzah! In honor of Jane Austen’s 237th birthday on December 16th, my fabulous publisher Ballantine Books has lowered the eBook price of Jane Austen Made Me Do It by 67% off list price to $4.99 for a limited time only!

YES! Only $4.99!!!

For those of you unfamiliar with my Austen-inspired short story anthology, here is a brief description:

JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart is a new short story anthology edited by Laurel Ann Nattress and available in trade paperback and eBook from Ballantine Books.

This delightful collection inspired by Jane Austen—her novels, her life, her wit, her world—features an introduction and twenty-two never-before-published stories written by twenty-four authors from a diverse range of interests and writing experience; their uniting link is their admiration and love of the literary great, Jane Austen. Stories included are:

Original short stories in Jane Austen Made Me Do It

  1. “Jane Austen’s Nightmare”, by Syrie James
  2. “Waiting”, by Jane Odiwe
  3. “A Night at Northanger”, by Lauren Willig
  4. “Jane and the Gentleman Rogue”, by Stephanie Barron
  5. “Faux Jane”, by Diane Meier and Frank Delaney
  6. “Nothing Less Than Fairyland”, by Monica Fairview
  7. “Love and Best Wishes”, Adriana Trigiani
  8. “Jane Austen and the Mistletoe Kiss”, by Jo Beverly
  9. “When Only a Darcy Will Do”, by Beth Pattillo
  10. “Heard of You”, by Margaret Sullivan
  11. “The Ghostwriter”, by Elizabeth Aston
  12. “Mr. Bennet Meets His Match”, by Amanda Grange
  13. “Jane Austen, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”, by Janet Mullany
  14. “Letters to Lydia”, by Maya Slater
  15. “The Mysterious Closet”, by Myretta Robens
  16. “Jane Austen’s Cat”, by Diana Birchall
  17. “Me and Mr. Darcy, Again”, by Alexandra Potter
  18. “What Would Austen Do?”, by Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
  19. “The Riding Habit”, by Pamela Aidan
  20. “The Chase”, by Carrie Bebris
  21. “The Love Letter”, by Brenna Aubrey
  22. “Intolerable Stupidity”, by Laurie Viera Rigler

From Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history’s most cherished authors.

Jane Austen Made Me Do It is the rare short-story compilation in which each and every one of the twenty-two stories manages to shine. Each contains a new take on Austen, a new concept of what Austen hoped to do with her life and work or even a new take on modern romance from Austen’s viewpoint.” — Romance Junkies

“Each story in this anthology is very unique. I had so many favorites among them that it was really hard to pick just two. If you’re a Jane Austen fan, you have to read Jane Austen Made Me Do It!” — Popcorn Reads

“For fans of “Austenesque” fiction, this collection will be a box of bonbons.” — The Seattle Times

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Happy Birthday Jane Austen. Thanks for the making us do it. Enjoy!

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winners Announced for the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Scavenger Hunt

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)56 of you participated in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Scavenger Hunt during the Austenesque Extravaganza; entering you in a chance to win one of three copies of Austenesque books available in the giveaway. The three winners chosen at random are:

  • Chelsea Knestrick who won a copy of The Darcy Connection, by Elizabeth Ashton
  • Robyn Brown who won a copy of Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler
  • Emily Bell who won a copy of The Matters at Mansfield, by Carrie Bebris

Congratulations to all the very lucky winners! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by October 10, 2012.  Shipment to US addresses only.

Here are the answers to the JAMMDI scavenger hunt. I hope everyone had a wonderful time hunting!

Pamela Aidan is famous for her Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series, but she also the publisher of a small press of Austenesque authors. What is the name of her publishing house?

Wytherngate Press

Elizabeth Aston is the bestselling author of six novels based on Mr. Darcy and his family. What is the name of the third book in the series? Bonus question: Which Jane Austen character said the line that Elizabeth used in the title?

The True Darcy Spirit. Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Brenna Aubrey’s story “The Love Letter” won the Jane Austen Made Me Do It short story contest. Besides being a budding author, what language is she fluent in besides English?

French

Stephanie Barron channels Jane Austen in her famous Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. She also writes spy mysteries under what other pen name?

Francine Matthews

Carrie Bebris is the awarding winning novelist of the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries series. What is the name of the award she won for her novel North by Northanger?

Daphne du Maurier Award

Jo Beverley is a RITA award winning historical romance novelist who often sets her stories in Regency-era England. What is the name of her latest novel in the Malloren World series?

A Scandalous Countess

Diana Birchall freely admits to having lost track of how many times she has read Jane Austen’s novels. In her day job, she reads and analyzes many books that might become movies. Name the famous movie studio that she works for.

Warner Brothers

Frank Delaney and Diane Meier are not only talented authors, but they are married. Can you imagine the spirited dinner conversation that ensues at their home? Before becoming an author, Frank was a radio broadcaster for what famous British station, and besides being married to “the most eloquent man in the world”, Diane is the president of what famous marketing firm in Manhattan?

The BBC. MEIER

Monica Fairview has written two Austen-inspired novels: The Other Mr. Darcy and The Darcy Cousins. She has also written a Regency-era novel. What is its name?

An Improper Suitor

Amanda Grange is renowned for her Austen Heroes Diaries series, but her latest novel placed Pride and Prejudice’s famous hero Mr. Darcy and his family on what foreign shore? Clue” Napoleon was also there in 1799?

Egypt

Syrie James is famous for her historical romances, but her latest novel is a young adult paranormal set in contemporary times. Co-written with her son Ryan, what is the name of the heavenly heroine?

Claire Brennan

Janet Mullany writes in a diverse range of romance genres. In any era or genre, she will make you laugh. What is the name of the tag line of her website?

Where wit and passion meet

Jane Odiwe just published her fourth Austen-inspired novel, Searching for Captain Wentworth. Besides being a talented writer, one of her other talents would be considered by Mr. Darcy as one of the necessities of a truly accomplished woman. What is Jane’s second passion? Clue, you can find many examples of her effusions of fancy on her website.

Painter or artist

Beth Pattillo hails from Texas, “which is about as far from England as a girl can get.” She has written three Austen-inspired books that take and American heroine to England. Name one of them.

Jane Austen Ruined My Life, Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart and The Dashwood Sisters Tell All

Alexandra Potter has written ten contemporary romances. What is the name of her latest novel released in the UK in July 2012?

Don’t You Forget About Me

Myretta Robens is the author of two romance novels and the blog mistress of what famous Jane Austen website?

The Republic of Pemberley

Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino Bradway are a mother and daughter writing team. Besides being total Austen fans, they are passionate about another English writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Who is his most famous character who has been recently portrayed by actor Robert Downey, Jr.?

Sherlock Homes

Maya Slater gave up her day job to write The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy. Before she was bitten by the writing bug, she was a lecturer of French at which famous English University?

London University

Margaret Sullivan is the famous editrix of Austenblog and passionate promoter of Henry Tilney as Jane Austen’s most underrated hero. What mystery novella did she write that includes him as a main character?

There Must Me Murder

Adriana Trigiani, touted as one of reigning queens of women’s fiction, received rave review for her new novel The Shoemaker’s Wife. Each of her novels is rooted in her strong family origins. Name the country where her family immigrated from.

Italy

Laurie Viera Rigler has a huge sense of humor which is evident in her two Austen Addict novels. She has also written for film. Name her hilarious Babelgum original comedy web series.

Sex and the Austen Girl  

Lauren Willig is the bestselling author of The Pink Carnation series set in Regency-era England and France. She is venturing into a new genre with her new book to be released in April, 2013. What is its name, and what is its connection to Downton Abbey?

The Ashford Affair. Set in the Edwardian era

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Recap of the Northwest Bookfest 2012

Austenesque Authors at the Northwest Bookfest (2012)

or…how four Austenesque authors had so much fun that they became the party spot at the Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland last weekend. Yep. Darn if Mr. Darcy doesn’t bring out the party girl in all of us!

Austenesque Authors book display at the Northwest Bookfest (2012)

The Northwest Bookfest is a wonderful two-day event in Kirkland, Washington highlighting Pacific Northwest authors. You can read my preview of the festivities here.

My fellow booth-mates Shannon Winslow, Susan Mason-Milks and Jenni James and I certainly had a grand time chatting to attendees about our Jane Austen obsession and our books: The Darcys of Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s Proposal, Pride and Popularity and Jane Austen Made Me Do It. It was wonderful to connect with readers. We met some die-hard Austen addicts who bought each of our books, converted a few new readers and even convinced a few husbands to buy books for their wives, mothers and daughters for the holidays. The funniest comment of the event was from a women who thanked Shannon for killing off Mr. Collins in the beginning of The Darcys of Pemberley! However, our talent, charm and social skills were no match for the incredible draw of the highlight of our booth…a two foot by three foot poster of the man himself, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy! The reaction by the attendees was incredible. You’ve never seen so many women (of all ages) squeal in delight and promptly accept our offer to have their photo taken with him!

Mr. Darcy and Laurel Ann Nattres at the Northwest Bookfest (2012)

Besides spending two days with three talented and very funny ladies, I have many fond memories of the event. Here are my highlights:

Photographer Chris Hornbecker at the Austenesque Authors booth Northwest Bookfest (2012)

When I arrived on Sunday, my curiosity got the better of me when I noticed a photographer and his assistant standing in the parking lot. I was determined to meet him and enlisted Jenni as my wingman to help me find out if there was a publicity angle for us. After running after them and introducing ourselves, he graciously told us he was on assignment with Time Magazine for an article on self-publishing. Like the good publicist that I am, I told him that we were a group of Austen-inspired authors who had a booth at the festival and two of our authors were self-published. He was very kind and said he would visit later. You never know if people tell you this to get rid of you, but, he did arrive about an hour later. (What a gentleman in the true Darcy spirit!) We had a wonderful time chatting with Chris Hornbecker, a Portland photographer who is searching for a publisher for his project 1 Millimeter a Day. We sweet talked him into taking our photo. Who knows if we will be in Time Magazine, but my publisher certainly can’t accuse me of not giving it my all. “England expects that every man will do his duty.” – Lord Nelson

                        Author Susan Mason-Milks at the Northwest Bookfest (2012)

Author Susan Mason-Milks

Author Shannon Winslow at the Northwest Bookfest (2012)

Author Shannon Winslow

Author Jenni James at the Northwest Bookfest (2012)

Author Jenni James

All three of my fellow members of Team Austenesque have written companion blogs about our experience. You can visit Shannon, Susan and Jenni to read their perspective of the two-day event. Suffice it to say, I knew that our little group had really made it when I overheard two ladies standing by the Eastside Romance Writers booth say that the Austenesque Authors booth was the party spot of the festival. As I blushed 50 shades of red, I realized “mission accomplished.” We had brought Jane to the masses and had a rippin’ grand time.

Jenni James, Laurel Ann Nattress, and Susan Mason-Milks with Christina Boyd's salmon platter

Monday afternoon Susan, Jenni and I went to Pike Place Market and had lunch at the Athenian Restaurant made famous in the Sleepless in Seattle movie. After browsing through jewelry booths and gawking at the beautiful flower stalls, I spied the Made in Washington store. We had to stop by because one of my reviewers Christina Boyd is a ceramic artist. We found her beautiful wares on display front and center and were awed by this incredible salmon platter. Wow, Janeites are multi-talented!

Many thanks to Shannon, Susan and Jenni for such a memorable weekend of Janeness. I am so looking forward to working on the four novella anthology that we dreamed up in between customers. You ladies are the best.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Q & A with Jane Austen Made Me Do It Authors: Question 8

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)As my interview of my twenty-four JAMMDI author continues, I open up the floor to one of my favorite topics: Jane Austen at the movies.

Darcy, Darcy, Darcy. Is that what people remember most about Jane Austen movie adaptations? I have enjoyed almost all of the movies, and was very curious what my authors thought of the numerous film adaptation and spinoffs. Their responses were as varied as reader’s reactions to Jane Austen’s characters.

There are many movie and stage adaptations of Jane Austen’s novels. Do you think her stories transfer well to other mediums? Which of the film adaptations do you think captures the spirit of her stories and the nuances of her characters best, and why?

  • I think Austen transfers to film well only when the screenplay is faithful to the original novel and long enough to do justice to the story. Two hour adaptations are usually disasters. The BBC production of Pride and Prejudice of 1995 and Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility are outstanding examples. – Pamela Aidan
  • I do think Jane Austen’s work transfers well to other mediums and I appreciate adaptations and updates to the storylines and characters when they are done justice.  These really help to emphasize the timelessness and universality of Austen’s themes, character development and humor.  I especially love the cross-cultural adaptations, like Clueless, the modern version of Emma and Bride & Prejudice, where Jane Austen’s chef d’oeuvre is given a Bollywood treatment, complete with Indian Elizabeth and a big-business but culturally insensitive Darcy.  My favorite “true to the work” adaptation is the 1995 BBC/A&E production of Pride and Prejudice.  In my opinion, it exemplifies the characters (especially Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy) as they were described in the novel.   In addition, the adaptation goes a step further to add some scenes that were not originally in the novel to give us some clues to the characters’ inner feelings and motivations.  It showcased the novel so well without smothering it with heavy-handed exaggerations and broad strokes of characterization.  It allowed Austen’s subtlety to show through in the finished product. – Brenna Aubrey
  •  I’ve enjoyed many of the productions, but my hands-down favorites are the 1996 A&E Pride & Prejudice and the BBC’s 1995 Persuasion, with Ciaran Hinds.  In the former, Colin Firth brought an essential ruthlessness to the character of Fitzwilliam Darcy that is always implied in the novel, by his power over the people around him, but rarely conveyed in performance; it’s the steel beneath Darcy’s flawless tailoring that brings us to our knees.  The latter production is a haunting mood-piece filmed in rain, gradually giving way to sun, that perfectly captures the transformation in Anne Elliot’s soul. – Stephanie Barron
  • I think the Gwyneth Paltrow Emma captures that novel pretty well, but that’s why I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I thought Clueless illuminating in translating Emma into modern times. Perhaps I’m odd in not finding any of the Pride and Prejudice efforts completely satisfying. In some ways the Pride and Prejudice movies capture the essence best for me, perhaps because it wasn’t so reverent. Reverence can definitely get in the way. – Jo Beverley
  • I’m frankly fed up to here with the movies.  Enjoyed the first few – particularly Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility, and I’m also one of the very few who really admire Patricia Rozema’s Mansfield Park, which I thought a very imaginative variation.  Oh, and I loved Clueless.  But the waves and waves of these things have finally killed all my interest dead.  I will not go to any more Jane Austen movies.  Few of them have anything to do with my inner vision of the novels or the author, and I do not want, and will not allow, the likes of Keira Knightley and Gwyneth Paltrow to get into my head and ruin my own imaginings.  Never again. – Diana Birchall
  • I like the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice, the Francis O’Connor Mansfield Park, the Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility and the Anne Hathaway Becoming Jane. I suppose I like them best because the characters seem more real to me, more flesh and blood, more recognizable than other options.  Whether or not they are religiously faithful to Austen’s intent, I cannot say – but I suspect the more juicy and human the portrayal, the more we’d hear Austen applaud. – Diane Meier
  • The 1999 Mansfield Park with Harold Pinter as Sir Thomas was superb; so was the 1995 Persuasion with Ciarán Hinds and Fiona Shaw, and Amanda Root as Anne Elliott. I also loved the Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility, but none of them compares with the novels, where the pictures are much better. – Frank Delaney
  • Dialogue, strong characters and comedy are Jane Austen’s strong points, so her writing translates easily onto the stage and screen, much like Dickens. People who aren’t that excited about Jane Austen object to the constant remakes of her novels, saying that there are plenty of other writers who could be adapted for costume dramas. True, but they’re not Jane Austen, are they? Pride and Prejudice in particular has several elements of the fairy-tale that translate well onto the big screen. Balls featuring elaborate costumes and elegant dancing; a lush, serene countryside that enhances the romantic element, and a “castle” like Pemberley that is breathtakingly beautiful and comes with the Prince. Add to that witty exchanges and humorous side-kicks and you get a wonderful romantic comedy. Few scenes can compare with the wonderful scene in Netherfield in which Miss Bingley admires Mr. Darcy’s handwriting, and Lizzy sets out to laugh at him. The repartee there comes alive with hardly any changes necessary in the script. Because of this combination of elements, most adaptations of her novels work very well, each one bringing something just a tad different. My favorite Pride and Prejudice is the 1995 one, because nobody does Mr. Darcy as well as Colin Firth. But I’ll admit that one of my favorite adaptations at the moment is the 2009 Emma, because Jonny Lee Miller actually managed (gasp) to make Mr. Knightley rather sexy. Certainly he made the relationship between them romantic rather than paternalistic, which is no mean feat! I loved the way the two of them discovered that they were not “brother and sister” after all! – Monica Fairview
  • I think the television adaptations work best because they have time to do justice to the novels. – Amanda Grange
  • I love the Jane Austen films, and think the stories translate marvelously to the screen. Out of all the adaptations, which I’ve seen many, many times, my favorites (which I think all capture the spirit of her stories and characters perfectly) are the A&E/Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice, the Emma Thompson version of Sense and Sensibility, the 1995 Persuasion with Amanda Root and Cirian Hinds, and the 2008 version with Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry Jones (he is SOOO gorgeous!), and two versions of Emma—the 1996 film with Gwyneth Paltrow and the 1996 TV version with Kate Beckinsale. My absolute favorite? P&P 1995, of course! – Syrie James
  • I’ve always claimed that Austen is a big girl and can take any indignities thrown at her in movie adaptations (rather like the music of JS Bach has withstood bizarre jazz interpretations and orchestrations). I think Persuasion (1995) is outstanding for getting everything right with wonderful cinematography and acting. – Janet Mullany
  • I am rather fond of the movie/television adaptations and have DVD’s of them all. Movie producers and the public just cannot get enough Jane Austen – so there are a lot to choose from. Her stories transfer to the screen beautifully because their appeal is universal – timeless stories, great characters, wonderful, romantic, happy endings. The ultimate feel-good movie. My favorite novel adaptation would be the 1995 Persuasion staring Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds. Favorite variation on a Jane Austen theme would be Clueless staring Alicia Silverstone. Recently, I have enjoyed Lost in Austen and Miss Austen Regrets. I would be remiss in my true Janeite sensibilities if I did not put in a good word for Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy plunging into the Pemberley pond in Pride and Prejudice 1995. ;-) The adaptations that excel in my mind are those that stick to Austen as closely as possible. Changes do have to be made to work the story into the movie medium, but please producers/screen writers, I beg you, don’t change the characters personalities or the plot. – Laurel Ann Nattress
  • I do think Jane’s stories transfer well on one level, but her books are too complex to be entirely satisfying as they are presented in plays or on screen. My favourite adaptation is the Ciarán Hinds/Amanda Root Persuasion (B.B.C 1995) because the script kept so closely to Jane’s writing, and for me, captured the spirit of her novels most successfully. Amanda Root was a perfect Anne Elliot, (I always think she would have made an excellent Jane Austen,) Ciarán Hinds was a wonderful Wentworth, and I loved the attention to detail in the costumes and settings. Filmed in the real locations of Bath and Lyme helped to give a sense of realism. Uppercross was filmed at an ancient manor house, and the Elliots’ house in Bath was filmed in a Georgian house, and these backdrops enhanced and enforced a sense of familial permanence and longevity.  The scenes by candlelight are fabulous! – Jane Odiwe
  • Jane Austen’s novels translate so well to film and stage because she creates relatable characters, interesting and complex plots, and sparkling dialogue. Don’t we all know a Mrs. Bennet? Or someone like Elinor and Marianne Dashwood’s horrible sister-in-law, Fanny Dashwood? In many of the film and television adaptations, the dialogue is lifted word-for-word from her novels. And the intricate storylines create both comic and dramatic situations that entertain the viewer as well as the reader. My favorite adaptations are the 1995 Persuasion with Ciarán Hinds and Amanda Root as well as the now-classic 1995 Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. I admit, though, to enjoying the range of adaptions, from the BBC versions from the 1980s to the most recent efforts such as the 2009 Emma with Romola Garai.  The mini-series adaptations have more room to portray the breadth and width of the novels, which I enjoy. – Beth Pattillo
  • Jane Austen’s novels transport wonderfully to the stage and screen. My all-time favourite has to be the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth. He will forever be my Mr Darcy…. the scene where he comes out of the lake in his wet white shirt clinging to his chest… well, what more can I say? :) – Alexandra Potter
  • Jane Austen’s novels adapt well to the screen (depending upon who is doing the adapting).  My favorite is the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.  This is the adaptation that prompted the creation of The Republic of Pemberley (http://www.pemberley.com), the Jane Austen web site that I still manage. I’m not sure we’ll ever get a good adaptation of Mansfield Park.  Andrew Davies, who so successfully adapted Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey, has said that he wouldn’t attempt Mansfield Park as Fanny is too difficult a heroine to bring to the screen.  You will notice that the recent Mansfield Park adaptations have taken it upon themselves to change Fanny’s character completely, in which case it’s not really Mansfield Park. – Myretta Robens
  • I think Austen has the potential to translate very well to the screen. However, the obstacle to transferring them is often the restriction to the conventional two-hour format. Of the feature films, I think the 1995 Persuasion did the most creditable job. The 1995 Pride and Prejudice and the 2008 Sense and Sensibility, were filmed as mini-series, and so had the advantage of length; I think they were the most authentically Austen of those filmed for television. – Jane Rubino
  • I think Jane Austen’s stories translate well, no matter what medium, because they have characters and plots we can all identify with.  And, of course, there are the classic adaptations, like the 1995 P&P, or the Root/Hinds version of Persuasion.  However, I really love the 2008 Sense & Sensibility.  It takes the time flesh out the characters, especially the love between Elinor and Marianne (I always wondered how they could stand each other in the books).  It also uses the ‘visual adaptation’ part to its advantage — I love that they actually show us the duel scene, as opposed to Brandon simply telling Elinor it happened later. – Caitlen Rubino-Bradway
  • I remain a fan of the 1995 BBC adaptation of P&P adapted by Andrew Davies – who could forget Colin Firth as Darcy? Davies kept much of the original dialogue, and the period detail was exemplary, so that it felt very close to the original. Every aspect was a pleasure, even the incidental music had a lovely Regency feel to it. A different sort of adaptation which I enjoyed was the recent TV series, Lost in Austen. Replacing Elizabeth Bennet with a modern heroine (brilliantly played by Jemima Rooper) was such an amusing idea, and I loved it when the real Elizabeth, transported to the modern world, got a job as an au-pair. – Maya Slater
  • Movies and stage plays must make changes to a novel in order to be successfully produced. The media and the method of storytelling are different. However, I have found when changes are made because the adapter or director wants to put their own stamp on a story, or some kind of heavy-handed interpretation, then the results are less successful than when changes are made out of necessity, and the adaptation made with love and respect. When they start calling something “modern” and “fresh,” in my experience no good can come of it. The books are pretty modern and fresh on their own, though they are two hundred years old, and they don’t need any help from lesser writers. – Margaret C. Sullivan
  • I love them all – from Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth to Bridget Jones Diary- all wonderful, fresh, witty takes on good old stories.  Emma Thompson, who wrote the screenplay for Sense and Sensibility 1995, can do no wrong in my book. She’s a brilliant writer, adaptor and actor of the work.  She brings the goods every time she tackles Jane Austen. – Adriana Trigiani
  • Austen’s stories are eminently adaptable, which is why filmmakers never seem to tire of remaking them. Nevertheless, film and books are inherently different mediums, which is why no adaptation can ever be truly “faithful.” Besides, with two hours of screen time, something will have to be cut in the translation. Nevertheless, my attachment to each of Austen’s novels is so strong that when I see an Austen film adaptation for the first time, I can hardly concentrate on watching the film as a film; I’m too busy obsessing over what was cut, added, or changed from the book. But once I get that first viewing over with, I can settle in and see if I really like it or dislike it as much as I thought I did. Actually, one of my favorite things to do when I watch a film adaptation of an Austen novel is to analyze what the filmmakers added, changed, or deleted and ask myself if the adaptation gained or lost something by that change. For example, it was particularly fascinating to admit that a favorite scene from Sense and Sensibility (Willoughby’s desperate visit to Elinor when Marianne is ill) would have been too risky in the Ang Lee adaptation, because the audience might have walked away wishing that Marianne had married Willoughby after all. And making Edward Ferrars a more fleshed out and sympathetic figure than he was in the book was also a smart decision on screenwriter Emma Thompson’s part.  She did a splendid job of capturing Austen’s narrative wit, which is no small task in a medium that doesn’t typically (and in my opinion, should almost never) have a narrative voiceover. I also think that the Andrew Davies-scripted Pride and Prejudice mini-series (more popularly known as the Colin Firth Pride and Prejudice) did a beautiful job of capturing the spirit of that book while adding character-illuminating (and, let’s be honest, crowd-pleasing) scenes such as the fencing scene, the famous wet shirt scene, and the bathtub scene. The casting and performances were stellar. Many Austen readers praise this adaptation as being the most faithful of all the films, but then again, it had five hours to do so! I also greatly admire the Roger Michell-directed adaptation of Persuasion, starring Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds. It is a very faithful adaptation, not only in terms of story, but also in tone, capturing what some critics have referred to as the book’s autumnal tone as well as a visual sense of Anne’s “quiet, confined” life in an often oppressive and suffocating society. At the same time the filmmakers were also faithful to Austen’s humor, social satire, and the ultimately optimistic message of the novel. – Laurie Viera Rigler
  • My favorite of the recent Austen adaptations (sorry, P&P fans!) has always been the late-90’s Persuasion with Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds.  I watched it again and again as I was writing my first book, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation.  It did a beautiful job capturing both the weaknesses and strengths of Anne Elliot’s character, the social world that constrains her, and the full range of Austenian comic side characters.  As for other media… Austenian interpretive dance, anyone? – Lauren Willig

Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress
Ballantine Books (2011)
Trade paperback (446) pages
ISBN: 978-0345524966

Read previous posts containing: Question 1, Question 2, Question 3, Question 4, Question 5, Question 6, Question 7

Please join us next Friday for the ninth of the fifteen questions and answers that will be posted over the next several weeks.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Austenesque Extravaganza: Jane Austen Made Me Do It Scavenger Hunt

Austenesque Extravaganza Traveling Tuesday Banner (2012)

Welcome to Traveling Tuesday

The Austenesque Reviews blog is holding their annual Austenesque Extravaganza this year during the month of September. Each day they feature authors and fans who love Jane Austen fan fiction. Today, my Austen-inspired anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, and its twenty-four authors are being highlighted with a scavenger hunt. Below is a list of the authors and questions. Scavengers will find the answers on each of the authors blogs or websites.

Process to participate in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Scavenger Hunt

Copy the list of questions below.  Follow the links to each of the author’s websites or blogs and search for the answers. They will not be hidden or cryptic. You may already know some of the answers. Send me your completed questions to austenprose@comcast.net or preferably as an attachment of a Word or text file. Be sure to place JAMMDI Scavenger Hunt in the subject line. For each 5 questions you answer correctly, your name will be entered in a giveaway drawing for one of three Austenesque books by authors who contributed to Jane Austen Made Me Do It. Your name will be added again for each five questions you answer correctly, increasing your chances to win one of these three books:

  • The Darcy Connection, by Elizabeth Ashton
  • Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler
  • The Matters at Mansfield, by Carrie Bebris

The contest is open to everyone and the books will be shipped internationally. The Deadline to enter is at 11:59 Pacific time, September 30, 2012. Winners will be announced on Thursday, October 04, 2012. Good luck.

  1. Pamela Aidan is famous for her Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series, but she also the publisher of a small press of Austenesque authors. What is the name of her publishing house?
  2. Elizabeth Aston is the bestselling author of six novels based on Mr. Darcy and his family. What is the name of the third book in the series? Bonus question: Which Jane Austen character said the line that Elizabeth used in the title?
  3. Brenna Aubrey’s story “The Love Letter” won the Jane Austen Made Me Do It short story contest. Besides being a budding author, what language is Brenna fluent in besides English?
  4. Stephanie Barron channels Jane Austen in her famous Being a Jane Austen Mystery series. She also writes spy mysteries under what other pen name?
  5. Carrie Bebris is the awarding winning novelist of the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries series. What is the name of the award she won for her novel North by Northanger?
  6. Jo Beverley is a RITA award winning historical romance novelist who often sets her stories in Regency-era England. What is the name of her latest novel in the Malloren World series?
  7. Diana Birchall freely admits to having lost track of how many times she has read Jane Austen’s novels. In her day job, she reads and analyzes many books that might become movies. Name the famous movie studio that she works for.
  8. Frank Delaney and Diane Meier are not only talented authors, but they are married. Can you imagine the spirited dinner conversation that ensues at their home? Before becoming an author, Frank was a radio broadcaster for what famous British station, and besides being married to “the most eloquent man in the world”, Diane is the president of what famous marketing firm in Manhattan?
  9. Monica Fairview has written two Austen-inspired novels: The Other Mr. Darcy and The Darcy Cousins. She has also written a Regency-era novel. What is its name?
  10. Amanda Grange is renowned for her Austen Heroes Diaries series, but her latest novel placed Pride and Prejudice’s famous hero Mr. Darcy and his family on what foreign shore? Clue” Napoleon was also there in 1799?
  11. Syrie James is famous for her historical romances, but her latest novel is a young adult paranormal set in contemporary times. Co-written with her son Ryan, what is the name of the heavenly heroine?
  12. Janet Mullany writes in a diverse range of romance genres. In any era or genre, she will make you laugh. What is the name of the tag line of her website?
  13. Jane Odiwe just published her fourth Austen-inspired novel, Searching for Captain Wentworth. Besides being a skilled and polished writer, one of her other talents would be considered by Mr. Darcy as one of the necessities of a truly accomplished woman. What is Jane’s second passion? Clue, you can find many examples of her effusions of fancy on her website.
  14. Beth Pattillo hails from Texas, “which is about as far from England as a girl can get.” She has written three Austen-inspired books that take the American heroine to England. Name one of them.
  15. Alexandra Potter has written ten contemporary romances. What is the name of her latest novel released in the UK in July 2012?
  16. Myretta Robens is the author of two romance novels and the blog mistress of what famous Jane Austen website?
  17. Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino Bradway are a mother and daughter writing team. Besides being total Austen fans, they are passionate about another English writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Who is his most famous character who has been recently portrayed by actor Robert Downey, Jr.?
  18. Maya Slater gave up her day job to write The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy. Before she was bitten by the writing bug, she was a lecturer of French at which famous English University?
  19. Margaret Sullivan is the famous editrix of Austenblog and passionate promoter of Henry Tilney as Jane Austen’s most underrated hero. What mystery novella did she write that includes him as a main character?
  20. Adriana Trigiani, touted as one of reigning queens of women’s fiction, received rave review for her new novel The Shoemaker’s Wife. Each of her novels is rooted in her strong family origins. Name the country where her family immigrated to America from.
  21. Laurie Viera Rigler has a huge sense of humor which is evident in her two Austen Addict novels. She has also written for film. Name her hilarious Babelgum original comedy web series.
  22. Lauren Willig is the bestselling author of The Pink Carnation series set in Regency-era England and France. She is venturing into a new genre with her new book to be released in April, 2013. What is its name, and what is its connection to Downton Abbey?

Austenesque Extravaganza Author graphic 2012Good luck to all scavengers. Email me if you have questions or get stuck. I will offer hints.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

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