Woman in Love

66_brock_pp_1_sm_gThere is a lot of confusion as to when and why Elizabeth Bennet fell in love. (See this post at Austenprose and subsequent comments for example, but it’s only one of many such opinions.) This post is to show that the reason of it does not come from any imperfection of Lizzy’s affection or Austen’s writing, but rather our modern notions that downplay the significance of love.

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Lost in Austen Lost, Again

You can watch episode two here and a trailer of the third one here.

The series is so bad that I don’t even feel like ranting anymore, but there is some good news. According to TV Ratings published by Guardian:

TV chef Ainsley Harriott’s trawl through his family history helped BBC1’s Who Do You Think You Are? beat ITV1’s drama Lost in Austen again.

The genealogy show pulled in 6.4 million viewers and a 29% share in the 9pm hour, while the second instalment of Lost in Austen attracted 3.1 million and 14% in the same slot.

Last week, Who Do You Think You Are? drew 6.2 million viewers and a 27% share, with the first part of Lost in Austen gaining 3.8 million and 17%. Continue reading

Lost in Austen – Episode 1

You can watch the first episode here.

I wonder why they say it’s going to be hilarious. It’s not so far. But I also found the Behind the Scenes video and it’s funnier.

I liked their Mrs. Bennet though. Yes, she’s out of character, but at least I like her and can sympathise with her. She’s also the only character that made me laugh (once!).

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Will the Bond Girl Become Darcy’s Girl? Lost in Austen Spoiler

Recently I wrote that Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper) is likely to refuse Darcy’s (Elliot Cowan) proposal in the ITV mini series Lost in Austen. Was I wrong!

Gemma Arterton as Elizabeth Bennet

Gemma Arterton as Elizabeth Bennet

According to the producers’ press release Amanda falls as hard for Darcy as he does for her. She is overjoyed with his proposal, and her doubts about his belonging to one Elizabeth Bennet (Gemma Arterton – the Bond’s girl) are quickly quelled by the man himself, who says that he doesn’t care one bit for our Lizzy. Amanda accepts and her head is full of plans for their happy union when Caroline Bingley tells Darcy to enquire after Amanda’s past. When Darcy learns about her many flings, he breaks the engagement. He can’t marry a non-virgin. Darcy proposes to Caroline Bingley, and Amanda feels bereft.

In the meantime all of the havoc Amanda caused to other characters hits the roof, and Mr. Bennet is deadly wound in a duel with Bingley. Amanda finds her way back to the future and is desperate to find Elizabeth. Darcy, who can’t overcome his feelings for her, follows her and declares his undying love again. Amanda finds Lizzy, who is working as a nanny (the producers say that it means that she fared in the future very well! really!) and is enamoured with internet. While at Amanda’s flat Lizzy shows Darcy all of the P&P sites she had found, but it seems he’s still only after Amanda. When he fights with Amanda’s ex over her, Amanda takes him and Lizzy back to Regency.

And here we are. With Darcy engaged to Caroline, in love with Amanda, and not caring one bit for our Lizzy , while Amanda is as in love with him as ever, and afraid that he might now fall for Lizzy once he had met her. Are we supposed to feel sorry for Amanda? Hmm…

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about possible outcomes to this macabre. Here they are: Continue reading

You Know That You Created Mary Sue When…

Jemima Rooper as Amanda Price

Jemima Rooper as Amanda Price

Everyone who has ever read fanfiction must be acquainted with the concept of Mary Sue. Why fan fiction and not fiction? Because professional authors don’t have this problem! It’s something that happens to 13 years old home writers of Harry Potter’s mysterious encounters with Draco Malfoy.

Or so I thought before I looked through the iTV press release for their new mini series. It seems that one doesn’t have to be 13 years old to be a freshman and find themselves Lost in Austen!

The authors’ original idea about coming with an original idea by marrying original ideas of others (Austen’s DNA in conjugal bliss with Life on Mars) is already discussed by John Sutherland in the Guardian. I, however, would like to focus on their prime achievement: their ORIGINAL CHARACTER Amanda Price is a superior human being.

Don’t read further if you don’t want to have the Lost in Austen tv series spoilt for you. What follows is a list, the list, I should say, of characteristics that make Mary Sues all over the world blush in their inferiority. Continue reading