Reminder: JASNA SW Presents the Young Filmmakers Contest 2022

JASNA Southwest is proud to present their annual Young Filmmakers Contest.

Previously open to college, graduate, and high school students, the contest has expanded to all filmmakers under 30. You must not work as a director or cinematographer.

This year themes is  and Jane Austen inspired.

What to do:

Create a film in five minutes or less on either of the following themes:

  • Sense and Sensibility: the novel’s plot, settings or adaptations
  • Inspired by Jane Austen:  her world, novels, characters, themes or adaptations

For more information, check out the contest flyer and you can also download the entry form.

First prize is $300, second is $200, and third is $100. All winners will receive a years membership to JASNA.

For more information, and to check out past winners, visit the JASNA SW YFC website.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2022.

Event: Sansei and Sensibility with Karen Tei Yamashita

Sansei and Sensibiity

Jane Austen & Co brings together Jane Austen and other early women authors into the 21st C events with Zoom lectures, creative writing contests, reading and authors Q&As, and library programs. The events are open to all ages.

For April, Jane Austen & Co are thrilled to announce Dr. Karen Tei Yamashita who will be discussing her love of Jane Austen as a third-generation Japanese American as well as her book Sansei and Sensibility.

will be discussing her book Sansei and Sensibility, recounting her love of Jane Austen and her experiences as a third-generation Japanese American.

The event is on Thursday April 21 at 8 p.m. EDT on Zoom. Registration is free. For more information and to register, check out the event page.

This event is sponsored by UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature.

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Seeking Book Review Editor for JASNA News

JASNA Book Reviews

The current JASNA book review editor is retiring and JASNA is looking for a replacement!

From JASNA:

Love books and book reviews? Are you adept at discovering newly published and soon-to-be-published works in, on, or around Jane Austen and her novels?

JASNA News seeks a book review editor to produce and edit book reviews for quarterly publication. The role requires steady attention throughout the year and January-April in particular, when the Summer Reading Issue is produced. You will work closely with the JASNA News editor to plan and assign book reviews, ensuring new and significant works pertaining to Jane Austen are included in each issue. This is a paid position.

We’re looking for someone with good writing and research skills, and preferably with book review experience. Please note your relevant skills in a résumé and cover letter and submit them to Erika Kotite, erika.kotite@gmail.com.

Charlotte Brontë : Afterlives of a Modern Woman

Bronte Family

The Brontë Parsonage is proud to present their next Thursday talk: Charlotte Brontë : Afterlives of a Modern Woman.

The event will be held at the parsonage at 2 p.m. GMT (9 a.m. EST) with a virtual event at 7:30 p.m. GMT (2:30 p.m.EST). Tickets are free with the museum admission but the virtual event costs £3. The virtual event will be live and will not be recorded and is on Zoom.

For more information, visit the event page.

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Virtual Jane Con Call For Submissions

Virtual Jane Con is now in it’s third year and it is doing a call for submissions for programming!

Hosted primarily on YouTube, this year looks to be two fun filled pack days.

Virtual Jane Con is an Austen-filled weekend online, ranging from Regency costuming and gaming, to more deep discussions on Austen’s works and Regency history. It’s a fun, wide-ranging event that encapsulates the myriad interests and talents of the Jane Austen community, while remaining online and free to see, making it accessible to fans with access to social media platforms.

Some things to consider:

  • Submissions are due by April 15th
  • All programming must be posted on YouTube
  • All programming must have close captioned; no exceptions
  • Video must be made available and in public by July 9th for the committee to verify close captioning
  • The even will be held July 16th and 17th

For more information on the submission process, visit the submissions page.

For general information about the website, visit virtualjanecon.com. You can also view past cons to get an idea of what they are looking for.

 

Dandies & Dandyzettes: A Regency Role-playing Game

Dandies

Four years ago, the good people at Storybrewers released “Good Society: A Jane Austen RPG” (and an expansion October 2021). But who knew that Jane Austen and her world would make for such delightful acquaintance that another RPG would arrive?

Well dear readers, that is exactly what has happened.

Cassidy Percoco, the creator of “Dandies & Dandyzettes: Being a role-playing game set in Regency England” reached out to me last week to let me know the game was now available on Kickstarter (and it’s also arrived at its first stretch goal! Congrats Cassidy!) and of course I snapped up a pledge.

From the Kickstarter:

Welcome to Regency England!

Dandies and Dandyzettes is set in Great Britain at the end of the reign of George III. The once-hearty monarch is ailing, locked away in Windsor Castle while his son, the Prince Regent, holds the throne in his place. Players inhabit the roles of members of the gentry and aristocracy, moving through society in order to improve their individual or family standing or to gain their own more personal goals. 

This is essentially a social game, focused on character interaction and telling a story, and therefore there is not necessarily an equivalent of the traditional combat-based dungeon crawl or quest.

Sounds like the perfect game to play at your next JASNA meeting!

Thoughts on Bridgerton S2

Dear reader, do not go forward unless you want to be spoiled as I’ll be referencing the series and the books.

I stayed up until 3 a.m. the other evening to mainline Bridgerton S2. I started on the opening weekend only to know enough about myself that I would need to piece it out in small bits as a treat so I wouldn’t overdose before work was done.

Oh, how I have failed myself.

But it does not matter, I have finished the series (and read six out of the eight books and two of the prequels.) So, I have some thoughts.

How close is the series to the book?

The general plot is kept. The Viscount needs a wife, sets his eyes on the diamond of the season, Edwina, only to find himself at odds with her sister who must grant her approval for the marriage to take place. (Nod to Taming of the Shrew and Pride and Prejudice.) The story of Edmund Bridgerton’s, the patriarch, death is also here and used to explain, just like in the book, why Anthony is the way he is.

It’s the standard enemies to lovers trope which I adore.

It’s super clear the producers have read the entire series as plot elements from future books are layered in. Benedict, in his story, has a passion for art which he keeps secret from the family. In S2, it’s his main plot. Sir Philip Crane and Mariana are here who are from Eloise’s story. Colin, the writer, who is also secretive about his art is his main plot. Penelope being unmasked as Lady Whistledown does not happen until Colin’s story and then it is not by Eloise but by Colin.

Where is the Duke of Hastings?

The series keeps pretty true to the book in this regard. Simon only shows up once or twice in The Viscount Who Loves Me when they are playing Pall Mall. People complaining of the lack of Regé-Jean Page have clearly not read the book.

In fact, the spouses take a backseat in the future stories. While they are referenced, as well as their children (they breed like rabbits), it’s all very much just that; a reference.

What is not part of the books?

Lady  Featherington, the loss of the famiy funds and the grifter Lord  Featherington is not present. Colin doesn’t invest in the scheme presented by Lord  Featherington. The character Will Mondrich (boxer, gentlemen’s club owner) does not exist. Colin is not in love with Marina Thompson, who doesn’t show up until Eloise’s story and as an afterthought. There is no snubbing of the Bridgertons or the Danburys and the wedding does not occur.  Eloise does not come out to the ton (that I recall) but it is in her story we learn she has had six marriage proposals. There is no Theo (Eloise’s Bloomsbury boy toy). Eloise also does not unmask Lady Whistledown and her fight with Penelope does not occur. When Penelope hears Colin remark he would never marry her to his friends, it was actually to his brothers and Anthony walks her home after that stinging remark; she does not weeps and leave. The relationship between Penelope and the modiste, Genevieve Delacroix, does not exist. Lord and Lady Sheffield and the marriage contract also does not exist.

Are all the Bridgerton’s here?

Yes! Except for Francesca who is in the opening scenes when all the Bridgerton’s are hovering around Eloise’s door. After that she disappears. She’s always been the quieter of the clan but I did not think they would purposely leave her out but here we are! In her story, the clan take a deep backdrop to her love story as it is set mainly in Scotland.

I heard there was less sex in S2 than in S1. Is that true?

Yes and no. In the first episode, we’re greeted with Anthony’s delectable arse, Benedict draws a nude model and gets naked himself and has sex with the model, and there is the love scene of Anthony and Kate under the moonlight sky in the garden. And lastly, there is the epilogue of Kate and Anthony having hot and heavy sex before they go and enjoy Pall Mall.

There’s a couple of things going on here. One, Julia Quinn is good for at least two very detailed sex scenes per book. AND WOMEN GET THEIR PLEASURE I MUST ADD! This does not includes kisses. Could there have been more sex in this season? Sure. But it’s more or less on par with the book.

The second is that during the Regency era, women of status did not randomly go have sex with men or were even caught alone with them in the library for their reputation would be in tatters. I know, I know. This is Netflix, their bottomless pot of money, and 21st C.  However, there is a lot of longing, deep sexy stares, and hand flexing as well as the “omg are they are aren’t they going to kiss?!” moments which Quinn describes quite well in the books and were played out really well here.

Anything from the books that were missing?

The one thing that disappointed me is the brief mention of Kate’s fear of storms. In the books, there is a scene where she is so spooked out, she’s in the library under the table trying to keep her shit together. Anthony finds her and holds her through the storm as he realises Kate is just as human as the rest of us. We find out in the book that Kate’s mom died in a terrible storm when Kate was a wee babe and has been afraid ever since. This is also a good plot point that helps describe who Kate is and why she is so brave. The brief mention was disappointing.

In the books, Eloise is a writer of many things to her family, cousins, and friends near and wide. While she is highly intelligent and very outspoken, she’s not the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft demanding women have the right to vote and there should be equity for all. I did, however, like this about her in the series even if it is not true to the books.

Edwina is presented as knowledgable about her looks but she treats it as an after thought, “Oh, I’m beautiful. So what?” She’s actually quite studious and wants a man who will discuss philosophy, literature, and the natural sciences with her.  Of course, this type of man tends to be poor and just as it is common in the era, she must marry rich to keep the family afloat. In the series, Edwina is translated as a well accomplished woman of her own mind and soul with Daphne commenting to Anthony she is perfect. But perfection does not necessitate passion and love. I liked how they presented Edwina here coming into her own and making a stand for what she wants herself to be even if it is not true to the book.

And the music?

Oh yes, string versions of “You Outta Know” and “Material Girl” are perfect.

Easter eggs?

You’ll see nods to BBC’s Pride and PrejudicePride & Prejudice (2005), Sense and SensibilityTaming of the Shrew, and of course Bridget’s Jones’ Diary. The most talked about scene will be Anthony coming out of the lake ala Darcy in BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, and Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones’ Diary. There is also nod to the hand flex from Pride & Prejudice.

Final thoughts.

Overall, I would give this an 8/10 because nothing is ever perfect. Netflix has renewed the series for three and four and as there are eight books in the series, I hope each of the clan get to tell their stories. Bridgerton is a nice palette cleanser during a world of chaos and horror. Plus the books are divine. It’s a lovely world to wrap yourself up in. Enjoy.

 

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