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Apr 30 2015 4:26pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander Deal, Fifty Shades Darker Teaser Clip, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Sascha Radetsky and more in Center Stage—Deal Alert #1: Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore and Amazon.* If you're loving the show and want to give the books a go, stop by our beginner's guide to the series.

—If you, like me, crushed hard on Sascha Radetsky in Center Stage (he played Charlie in the 2000 film) and/or if you enjoy ballet, this trailer for the upcoming Starz drama Flesh and Bone may be relevant to your interests (though, word of warning, Radetsky's only in it for a sec—here's hoping he plays a bigger role in the show itself):

Who else is outraged Center Stage didn't make it into Theodora Guliadis's best dance movie romances list, by the way? Not that I can fault the ones she did include...it just needed to be a longer list, clearly!

[+Fifty Shades Darker teaser trailer & Lisa Renee Jones deal...]

Jan 14 2015 1:00pm

Today’s Hardly Plain Jane: Thoroughly Modern Austen

The Muse by Jessica EvansToday we're joined by author Jessica Evans, who has been inspired by Jane Austen's iconic Pride and Prejudice, and written The Muse, updating the characters of Elizabeth and Darcy to modern times, and making her the newest corps de ballet member and him the bad boy dance legend who's battling a case of artist's block—which sparring with Lizzie might help unblock. Jessica is here to talk about modernizing Austen. Thanks, Jessica! 

If there’s one truth that’s universally acknowledged, it’s that Jane Austen’s stories are timeless. Romance readers today still devour Austen’s original novels and their modernized version like Bridget Jones’s Diary and Austenland for the strong, complex heroines, the honorable heroes, the laugh-out-loud wit, and, of course, the love stories.

However, timeless though Austen’s stories are, some essential elements of her novels have become (dare I say it?) irrelevant today. There are challenges to modernizing two-hundred-year-old stories, but many writers of Austenesque figure out clever ways to bring Jane into the 21st century.

[Let's go back to the future, then, shall we?]