I uncovered this fun article that includes a gallery featuring 5 terrible covers for Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, plus 1 fantastic cover (see right).
These editions were all published in real life. Do you have one of these covers in your personal collection?
View the full article online at http://flavorwire.com/101550/5-more-terrible-pride-austen-book-covers-a-great-one.
In the new Spring 2012 issue of the JASNA News that came last week, there was a fun article at the bottom of page 12 about a "Jane Austen Fan Kit" application available for iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch screens. At only 99 cents, there are lots of Austen-related activities to enjoy, including Austen trivia, quizzes, "quote of the day," "movie of the week," plus the full text of her entire works!
Below is a slideshow of a few "Jane Austen Fan Kit" screenshots.
~ Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Web Manager
The first annual JASNA New Member Meeting was held this Sunday, April 15th, at the home of Marva Wiebe. Twelve members were welcomed to this event. Our new members are an erudite bunch, and each came to appreciate Austen's works at a different time in her life. We enjoyed a lively discussion, as well as sharing our backgrounds, travel plans, and recommending Austen-related novels new on the market. Marva served a sumptuous tea, and shared with us her new treasure, a rosewood tea caddy over two hundred years old!
The purpose of the meeting was to welcome the new members, hear their stories, and to have a low-key discussion about Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice. The new members generated discussion topics, asked questions, and shared insights about Austen's most popular novel. Using the original title of the novel, First Impressions, we were able to focus on more than just Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, and to discuss our first impressions of a variety of characters, and how those impressions changed. One wonders if Jane Austen was as quick to judge people and situations in her early years as Elizabeth Bennet, and who the people were who taught her that things aren't always what they seem.
A gentle reminder about our upcoming new member meeting, scheduled for this next Sunday, April 15th. It is a meeting intended for "newish" members, for members who are less familiar with Austen's works, and for those who would like to welcome new members into the group in a more personal way. We will be discussing Pride and Prejudice, and those present will be able to drive the discussion and ask questions. The meeting will be hosted by Marva Wiebe, who lives in Hillsboro. See our Contacts page, or check your email inbox for specific directions and contact info.
As reported, the latest film to honor (or exploit?) Jane Austen's legacy will be the upcoming theatrical release of Austenland, an adaptation of Shannon Hale's novel of the same name. According to IMDb, it's in post-production with no set release date yet, but look for the film within the coming year.
The plot focuses on Jane Hayes (played by Keri Russell), a woman obsessed with the 2005 BBC production of Pride & Prejudice, who travels to a Jane Austen-themed adventure in search of her own Mr. Darcy.
The film also stars J.J. Feild (you might remember him as Henry Tilney in the 2007 BBC version of Northanger Abbey), Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, James Callis, and Jane Seymour.
A lot of the publicity for Austenland has focused on the fact that Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is credited as one of the film's producers. Meyer is a self-professed Austen fan and even named Edward, the central vampire hero in her Twilight series, after the character of Edward Ferrars!
You can read more about the film on the AustenBlog and its entry on IMDb. Below is a short behind-the-scenes clip from Austenland, including interviews with some of the actors.