Jane Austen

The Best and Worst of Sundance 2016, Narrative Edition

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This year’s Sundance Film Festival seemed to get off to a rocky start; maybe it was programming and maybe it was poor choices, but I came out of the first couple of days wondering if it was just going to be a weird, off year, and nothing I was hearing from my colleagues seemed to indicate otherwise. But then a series of great movies unspooled, and we ended up with an embarrassment of riches. Yesterday, we took a look at this year’s crop of documentaries; here’s the best and worst of the rest (what I saw of them, anyway).
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Profound Quotes About Love, Family, and Knowing Yourself From ‘Pride and Prejudice’

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Last year, to honor Pride and Prejudice on its anniversary, we shared the most witty and audacious zingers from a novel that is arguably literature’s greatest single repository of clever sallies, ripostes and quips. It’s important to remember the sharpness of Austen’s humor in an age of screen adaptations which, just by their visual and narrative nature, tend to highlight the romance and setting of her tomes.
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Whit Stillman Proves A Smooth Fit for Jane Austen in ‘Love & Friendship’

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PARK CITY, UT: On one hand, the notion of writer/director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Damsels in Distress) doing a Jane Austen adaptation is a little jarring – after all, the closest thing he’d made to a period piece was 1998’s The Last Days of Disco, still a good couple of centuries before the Georgian era. On the other, as he joked after the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Love & Friendship, “I think our films have been accused of being set in Georgian times, all the time.” And he’s sort of right; his examinations of young Northeastern preppies and the Upper West Side enclaves from which they hail are more connected to that time than most of his contemporaries, concerned as they are with matters of class, social advancement, and familial obligation.
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Never Fear: ‘War and Peace’ Is in the Hands of Andrew Davies, TV’s Expert in Sexing Up Period Drama

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On Monday night, American viewers will see the first installment of the “sexed up” BBC adaptation of War and Peace, which has shocked (and titillated) viewers abroad with its cast of good-looking young actors in occasionally over-scanty costumes. Most shocking of all is an incest scene, one that takes themes Tolstoy only hinted at and makes them quite explicit, scandalizing purists, and probably intriguing Game of Thrones-hardened audiences.
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50 Gripping Books to Read While Traveling

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Well, boys and girls, we’ve entered the season of travel. Whether you’re heading home or to a loved one’s (or, hey, to Key West with a hot date) for the holidays, you’ll likely need a gripping, plot-heavy book to while away the hours cramped on plane or train or automobile.
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50 Great Books About Deliciously Bad Women

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What is it about bad girls that is so alluring? Maybe it’s the seized power they signify, or the agency their badness implies, or just the comebacks and leather jackets, but I always love the “bad” women in literature best. Here are some books that are blessed with such mavens, whose antics range from mere misbehavior to pure evil, who are antagonists and antiheroines and just plain heroines who just also happen to be jerks a lot of the time.
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10 Funny, Tortured, and Melancholy Literary Quotes About Female Friendship

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If “Ferrante Fever” has taught us anything, it’s that the hunger for good literature about female friendship isn’t a hunger for treacly, happy-ever-after stories about gals who stick together through thick and thin. No, readers want stories that show the jealousy, regret, companionship, discovery, love, humor, and hate that make our lifelong friendships such rich fodder for books from the best YA to the most troubling literary fiction.
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