Tuesday, September 6, 2011
"I do not sit at home with the pause button on Colin Firth in clingy pants, okay?"
Being a total nut for anything Austen, I think it's absolutely normal to feel like you might want to run away to that time and place full of propriety, parties and pretty dresses. Even though...you know, they didn't have proper toilets or toothbrushes or clean running water. But all that realistic Debbie Downer stuff aside, it's the good stuff that drew me to this book when it first came out in 2007.
Jane Hayes, the main character, had the same feeling. Except maybe a bit more intense because her love/obsession with Fitzwilliam Darcy has ruined her for all other men. So when an old relative of hers gives her a chance to take a trip to an English holiday spot that allows women to act out their Regency-era fantasies, she takes it happily.
But a beautiful house, empire-waist gowns and propriety can only distract her for so long as she realizes it's all a game. Is Jane ready to crawl out of that Darcy shaped hole and fall for someone real?
You'll have to read the book to actually find out or you know...watch the film based off Austenland that just finished filming. SURPRISE!
Now there isn't a release date for the film yet but I'm still so excited for it. I love movies like this where they mix the old with the more modern. Admit it, you too watched ITV's Lost in Austen and loved it to bits.
Another thing that it has going for it is that Shannon Hale, the author herself, had a hand in writing the script for the film. I like that this seems to be happening a lot more often now. Also the cast seems fun. Keri Russell plays Jane, remember her from Felicity? Other fantastic names include JJ Feild (Captain America), Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords), James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Georgia King (The Duchess), Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman) and Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde).
Austenites of the world unite!
Interested in reading more? Check out Shannon Hale's Blog.
Feel free to even check out the Austenland website. Right now it's still COMING SOON but maybe someday soon there will be some colourful and awesome content.
(note: title quote from the Lost In Austen tv series.)