Games centering around Jane Austen’s worlds continue to pop up. So far I’ve covered The Lady’s Choice (computer) and Jane Austen’s Matchmaker (cards) with plans to cover several other games I know are out there – I know, I know. Marrying Mr. Darcy (cards) is on top of everyone’s list. I have it but it’s in storage – including a game for the iOS so I wasn’t too terribly surprised to find out there is also a Facebook based game entitled Jane Austen Manors.
Looks like the goal of the game is to decorate homes, persons, and make and solidify connections.
From the developer:
Featuring a Furnishings shop for the latest in decor, and a Clothiers for your wardrobe in the latest Regency fashions, Jane Austen Manors also offers mini-games that reflect the past-times of a begone era such as Needlework that can be displayed in your parlour at completion. And don’t forget the importance of having connections! In Jane Austen Manors, your neighbors can make calls by visiting your manor and leaving calling cards and gifts.
I’ve never been a big fan of Facebook games so I more than likely won’t give this a go but if you do, let us know in the comments what you think.
(I don’t know if the developer means to do this but I’m cracking up at the pun of “manors” for “manners” as a rich part of the game is having connections with other players.)
ed: I should create a post with a list of all the Jane Austen exhibits happening in UK this year, win a zillion dollars and take oneself across the pond to go check them out (and visit friends), but alas.
If you happen to find yourself in the city of Winchester, UK between May 13, 2017 and July 24, 2017 you may want to check out Jane 200 – The Mysterious Miss Austen.
From the website:
This exhibition will explore Jane’s life and work and her relationship to Hampshire. The exhibition which is in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum, will include the HCT pelisse coat which is the only garment in the world with provenance that can traced back to Jane. It will also include first editions of her work, personal letters and portraits as well as loans from national institutions and private lenders including the National Portrait Gallery.
Other than hours, cost, and the above bit of press release, there isn’t much listed on the exhibition’s page. However! The exhibition is part of Hampshire’s Jane 200 – a year long celebration of Miss Austen that includes exhibitions, talks, walks, writing competitions and performances across the county, so check the site for more info!
If you live in or near Williamsburg, Virginia, you’re in for a delight. The Williamsburg Regional Library is celebrating JANEuary, a month long Jane Austen set of events happening at the library.
The current schedule:
Thursday Film Series: Persuasion (1995) 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Jane Austen and the Challenge of Film Adaptation” 4 p.m.
Thursday Film Series: Love and Friendship (2016) 2 p.m.
Thursday Film Series: Austenland (2013) 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Jane Austen and Her Fans: Does Austenland Get It Right?” 4 p.m.
Thursday Film Series: Sense and Sensibility (1995) 2 p.m.
Austravaganza 1-5 p.m.
An afternoon of talks on Austen; period arts, crafts, and culture; and fun and games.
For more information and location, check out the event’s website. The events are free and open to the public.
When I announced to Mr. Lisa I was putting together a Jane Austen blog, he gave me that look as if to say I didn’t get enough Austen as it is. He then questioned how often I read her works since he’s never actually seen me pick up and read one of her novels (this is the same man who said he had no idea I had a stack of books on my side of the bed) and then went on to say my love of Austen came from strictly from the movies.
Well, no. As I mentioned on my about page, I have no idea when I started reading our Jane but I have been reading the six published works every couple of years. (I will not tell a lie and say I have finished Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sandition, and etc though I do own copies of each.) I thought, in the beginning of designing the content for the blog, one of the things I want to do is hold a weekly read along club for each of Austen’s novels to always keep her work fresh.
I have the best ideas.
(I’ll be reviewing Austen paraliterature but Austen’s books themselves will be the read alongs.)
I decided to start with poor Mansfield Park as this, in my humble opinion, tends to be the least talked about of our Jane’s work. While I do feel it’s the weakest of Jane’s work and lacks the oomph of her other novels, it still deserves our love. People love Northanger Abbey for its gothic parody. Of course, Pride & Prejudice as if we could forget. Emma helped along by the movie Clueless, and Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility always seem to rank as favorites.
According to my Penguin Classics copy, there are 47 chapters in Mansfield Park with roughly 10 or so pages per chapter. It would take us nearly a year to finish the book if we did a chapter a week so I’m going to up it to three chapters a week and may adjust as we move along.
Join me every Monday as we read Mansfield Park! It would be most delightful if you were here.
As some of you may know, I live in the greater Louisville, KY region and one of the first things I did when I moved here was to change my membership region to Louisville AND to volunteer for the yearly Festival (North America’s largest JA festival!). This festival has been on my radar for years but either time or location has prevented me from attending but now that I live here, I can not only go but I am also volunteering which I’m super excited for.
Today was my first planning meeting (they started in December) and it was intense. I knew planning a festival was heavy duty having worked several in the past but an entire festival to honor a singular person is fierce. I thought I was a huge Austen devotee but the planning committee made my love look as if I was merely glancing at the novels on occasion.
And this is not a bad thing since you know, Jane is everywhere.
I’ve volunteered for sub-committee to handle social media / blogging and it looks like I’ll be co-librarianing the chapter’s media collection. Tomorrow (January 15) is the monthly general chapter meeting which means I’ll have an entire weekend of Jane which is a splendid weekend indeed.
(I also plugged my blog at the meeting so hello!)
For more information, check the festival’s website or their Facebook page for updates and information on ticket costs, workshops, and the ball! See you there!
See you there!
Reader, I am terribly excited to tell you about my new endeavor! Starting today the Daily Austen & Bronte Quote mailing list goes live. What is it exactly? Every day, for a year!, you’ll get a new Austen or Bronte quote in your inbox. Yes, this sounds fairly ambitious but the more I dug into looking for quotes, the more I found so getting a new quote from any of the authors for a year is not going to be a problem.
Anywho, sign up! Sign up! Sign up below or in the sidebar to your right!
(P.S. email me or use the contact form if anything goes awry.)
Oooohhh…this looks fun!
A choose your own adventure type game, The Lady’s Choice is a “light visual novel” set in the Regency era that places the player as a lady of good standing coming back into society. Your quest is to navigate your new (and upcoming) social standings though not strictly for marriage. According to the developers, “The goal is to give the feel of a regency romance novel, but an interactive one!”
(They also caution the game is not wholly historically accurate due to liberties for the sake of the plots so please stop clutching pearls by rushing emails off to correct inaccuracies.)
The game is currently available for Windows / OSX / Linux users and while the game is free, there is an option to pay what you think the game is worth as well as tipping the developers.
(I’ve downloaded the game and will report back!)
Hol. Lee. Cats.
According to Amazon US, in September 2016 the BBC released a 14-hour compilation of Jane’s published novels in dramatized audio format. While the release in the US is fairly new, the series was originally broadcasted on the BBC, starting in 2003, with rather unknowns Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant.
Additional actors include Julia McKenzie, Jenny Agutter, Toby Jones, Eve Best, and Juliet Stevenson.
(I’m also convinced James McAvoy plays Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park but I cannot find verification or a complete cast list.)
You can pick up the collection at Amazon either as CDs or in Audible. (If you do not have an Audible account, you can get the collection for $14.95 when you sign up. Be forwarned that the price is for a per month membership but you can cancel anytime and you get to keep your library.)
The city of Winchester, UK is celebrating Jane’s 200th death anniversary this summer by placing 12 of Jane’s quotes around the city centre which can only be viewed when it rains. The final quote, “Know your own happiness. Call it hope.”, is located on a bench across the house where Jane died,
For more information on the walk, visit the city of Winchester’s site which also provides additional events to celebrate this year.
Additionally, you can track event by #rainjane across social media.
(P.S. Since it seems to rain in England 24/7/365, following the trail shouldn’t be that hard. 😉 )