Monthly Archives: May 2012

Northanger Abbey 1987 – Movie Discussion

When we read our favorite novels, we bring our own imagination to the experience. Film adaptations, however, leave less room for interpretation. We have all, at one time or another, been disappointed in the casting, not inherently evident to us … Continue reading

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Mars vs. Venus – Identifying Male/Female Stereotypes

On a recent rerun of the TV show The Doctors, the featured physicians answered questions from audience participants on male/female stereotypes and comparisons. As a writer, those differences are forever part of one’s psyche. One cannot have an Alpha male responding … Continue reading

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Movie Discussion of 1995′s Pride and Prejudice

In reading Jane Austen, one can easily imagine the Austen children acting out a play created by the boisterous Jane. Her novels have all the elements of drama: a small cast, limited settings, and no special effects. In this manner, … Continue reading

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British Thoroughbred Racing History

One of the more challenging aspects of writing historical romance is the amount of research one must do. It is not uncommon to spend 8 hours researching a fact that in less than a paragraph in the book. However, one … Continue reading

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Actors We “Doubly” Love in Jane Austen Films

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a film buff – especially period dramas. For many years, I taught media literacy, and I love to look for “unique” facts. One of my favorites is a list of actors who … Continue reading

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Profiling a Janeite – Are You a Typical Jane Austen Fan?

Anatomy of a Janeite Do You Fit the Bill? In 2008, JASNA put together a survey of the “typical” Janeite. I was wondering how many items match with my viewers/readers. Part 1: Participant Demographics. The first half of the survey … Continue reading

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What Price Beauty???

One of the things I had to research for my  “cozy” mystery, The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery, was women’s make-up. In an image drenched society (both now and in the Regency), the use of  or lack … Continue reading

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Vampiric Legends

In 2010, I wrote a vampire version of Pride and Prejudice entitled Vampire Darcy’s Desire. However, unlike many books of the recent “vampire” craze, my book is set in Regency England (1800-1820). Even the legend of Dracula could not serve as a … Continue reading

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Cinematic Jane Austen

Cinematic Versions of Jane Austen Recently, I blogged about the latest film version of a Jane Austen novel to be released. I write Austen-related adaptations/sequels, as well as contemporary and Regency era books, but many of my readers come to me … Continue reading

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The Library of Congress is Collecting Our Tweets

From America Now comes the news that the The Library of Congress is cataloging our Tweets on Twitter. Eventually, “tweeting” will not be the “in” thing to do in our leisure time. However, the Library of Congress is currently collecting EVERY … Continue reading

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