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January 21 2016

Throwback Thursday: Do You Remember Alan Rickman in Sense & Sensibility?

Had we asked this question a week and a half ago, the answer might have been a little different. But in the wake of Alan Rickman's recent death, the answer is a probably a resounding “yes,...
December 13 2015

Shipping Sunday: Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood/Edward Ferrars

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of Sense and Sensibility. Now you may be saying “hold on a second...” but we're talking the movie! On December 13, 1995, Emma Thompson stepped into...
April 1 2014

Rhett Butler, Colonel Brandon, and More: The Allure of the Older Hero in Romance Novels

Today we're joined by author Julie Anne Long, whose Between the Devil and Ian Eversea has just been released. Julie Anne has written many heroes, including the titular Ian Eversea, but was inspired...
June 12 2011

The Fathers of Jane Austen

If you’re feeling kindly toward your Dad this Father’s Day, you might want to refrain from giving him a Jane Austen novel. Stick with power tools. Although Jane Austen herself seems to have...
June 7 2011

Amiable Rancour: Jane Austen’s Insults

Would Jane Austen issue an insult? Would any have of her characters (other than the mean ones, of course)? Certainly not. Jane Austen is that sweet little Regency-era lady who wrote those nice...
May 19 2011

No Bridget Jones’s Diary: My Top 10 Romantic Adaptations

With the sepia-toned splendor of the Robert Pattinson/Reese Witherspoon lovefest Water for Elephants newly in theaters, a romance reader's thoughts must inevitably turn to other beloved tales of...
May 7 2011

Happy Mother’s Day, Mrs. Bennet: Jane Austen’s Mothers

Mothers don't often fare well in Jane Austen's world. In fact, many have been buried by the time we meet their offspring. Emma Woodhouse's mother has been long gone by the time we meet...
April 1 2011

Which Austen Heroine Could Be Your BFF?

Yes. Jane Austen has written some drool-worthy heroes, men of various stripes with whom we would like to end up, from her Alpha Fitzwilliam Darcy to her Beta Henry Tilney, there probably isn't a...
March 10 2011

Would Mr. Darcy Drive An “Austen-Martin”?

For some characters in Jane Austen's world, what they're driving (or their equipage as we should say) is almost as important as that vintage Corvette up on blocks in your brother-in-law's...
February 26 2011

Marianne by Moonlight, Part 2: The Music of Jane’s World

Last time, we were talking about Beethoven and his ubiquity in the Regency period. Likely, for example, Jane Austen's more musically inclined heroines would have been familiar with his work, if...
February 25 2011

Marianne by Moonlight, Part 1: The Music of Jane’s World

I may be dense about the Regency in general, but now I think I get it.  The idea is this: In Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen writes, . . . and each of them was busy in arranging their...
February 24 2011

The Best Emma: Jane Austen Would, Like, Totally Approve

Jane Austen: She was still looking at him with the most speaking amazement. Cher Horowitz: I was just totally clueless. * * * Yes, since you ask, Jane Austen is my favorite author....
February 22 2011

With Friends Like These: Jane Austen’s Sly Girls

Don't we all know people like this? People who make friendly overtures and want to be your buddy, but who you know have an ulterior motive. Jane Austen must have, and she has given us three (at...