Jane Austen was a Sagittarius. Would she have cared? Or, as a clergyman’s daughter and a pious Anglican, would she have rejected the ancient idea that the alignment of the planets at the moment of her birth influenced the future course of her life? As far as I’m aware, we have no evidence about Austen’s views of astrology, pro or con. Lucky, then, that we’ll learn more this weekend, when Austen—or, at least, an actor embodying Austen—will have her birth chart read by a real l
Last spring, as blog readers will recall, the London Times announced that Persuasion was the sixth most popular book on TikTok, the video-sharing platform that has proved startlingly effective at drumming up interest in new, or newly rediscovered, books. In the intervening months, Janeites have spent an inordinate amount of time discussing Netflix’s polarizing new adaptation of Persuasion, which premiered earlier this month. Perhaps, then, it’s no surprise that Persuasion is
Google the Omniscient doesn’t seem to know if it was Henry Ford, P.T. Barnum, or somebody else entirely who first declared, “I don’t care what they say about me as long as they keep talking.” Regardless, it’s a sentiment that must appeal to the makers of Netflix’s new adaptation of Persuasion. Because despite all the fan-hate directed at the two-and-a-half-minute trailer . . . despite the many, many brutally negative reviews of the full-length film . . . despite all the claim
Early on in Netflix’s polarizing new adaptation of Persuasion, Anne Elliot leafs through a scrapbook in which she has preserved accounts of the career milestones of her lost love, naval captain Frederick Wentworth. Among the highlights: Wentworth “rescues a beached whale as onlookers weep.” That unfortunate cetacean turns up again a few minutes later, when the soon-to-be-smitten Louisa Musgrove remarks, “I heard he once redirected an entire flotilla to save a beached whale.”
Seventy-seventh in an occasional series of excerpts from Jane Austen's letters. The letter-writing culture of Jane Austen’s day was frequently communal: An epistle to a friend might be read aloud to the entire family circle, or filled out with news and good wishes from correspondents other than the official signatory. On a date that probably* fell in mid-July of 1814, almost exactly 208 years ago today, Jane Austen’s niece Anna Austen received just such a communal product, an
“It is such a happiness when good people get together--and they always do,” Miss Bates exults in chapter 21 of Emma. In context, she is talking about marriages, but she might as well have been discussing the wealth of Janeite conversations coming our way in the next nine days: * On Thursday, Austen scholar Devoney Looser and prolific Austen adapter Kate Hamill will meet online for "Jane Austen, Dramatized," a discussion of theatrical versions of Austen. Tickets for the 7 pm (
You’re a couple of weeks away from premiering your new movie. Your core audience has been vacuuming up every scrap of news about the production. Finally, the long-awaited YouTube trailer drops. And said core audience takes to social media to . . . vent their horror and outrage. Oops. Now what? Well, if you’re Carrie Cracknell, the director of next week’s Netflix adaptation of Persuasion, you grant IndieWire an interview designed to reassure appalled Janeites that you really!
It’s Independence Day here in the United States. What better occasion to consider the question of how soon our computer overlords will force us to submit to their rule? You might not think Jane Austen would have much to contribute to this conversation, seeing as how she died two centuries ago. But not so! Recently, Austen herself – or, at least, a version of Austen powered by artificial intelligence – took a starring role in just such a discussion. Last month, Oxford Universi