If you’re not hip to Thug Notes, you really need to be. A series produced by Wisecrack. each video gives the summary and analysis of books ranging from 50 Shades of Grey to Fahrenheit 451. Thug Notes covers over 100 books (!) with more coming every month.
Last year I covered Thug Notes’ Pride and Prejudice video and I was thrilled to discover “Dr. Sparky Sweets” has also covered Emma, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights. If you have a few minutes and you’re not opposed to some not safe for work language, you really need to check these out.
On a recent post of pop culterization of Jane, I wasn’t too surprised to discover there exists a subscription box dedicated solely to tea and Jane Austen.
A subscription box is where you pay a flat fee every month for a rotating themed box. A couple of long-standing ones is Birchbox, a subscription box dedicated to health and beauty, Barkbox for your pets, Graze for snacks, and Lootcrate, a subscription box for geeks. The general idea behind subscription boxes is to try new things whether it’s a new snack, mascara, dog food, or collection items like shirts or toys. The boxes are usually monthly and range from $10 a box on up to over $100. There is a box for just about everything.
Pembertea is a subscription box service dedicated to tea and Jane Austen. The subscription is pretty straightforward enough. Every month you get Jane Austen trinkets whether it’s a charm bracelet, bookmark, Austen inspired games, postcards or something similar and of course, tea. The theme varies every month and you can see the 2018 themes here. Boxes cost $35 a month and you can cancel at any time.
Reviews seem highly favorable for the boxes and if you get one, let me know in the comments!
You can find Pembertea on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
The annual JASNA student essay contest is here with entries due by May 20, 2018.
As this is the 200th anniversary of Persuasion, the theme this year is:
The trio of faith, hope and charity all feature in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion. Discuss how possessing or lacking these qualities affects a character’s behavior and drives the plot. You may focus on one quality or examine the interplay of two or all three. You may include more than one character in your discussion.
The contest is open to high school, college, and graduate students. Prizes are for first place, $1000 scholarship and free registration and two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s upcoming Annual General Meeting; for second place, $500 scholarship, and finally for third place, $250 scholarship.
All winners will also receive a one-year membership with JASNA, a set of Norton Critical Editions of Austen’s novels, and the winning essays are published on the main JASNA website.
For more information on submissions FAQs, please visit the contest’s website.