Pride and Prejudice and Star Wars?

Image of Elizabeth Bennet holding a light saber

I mentioned on Twitter the other day I am in the process of using a subject tool to come up with relevant topics for the blog and it suggested a complementary set of keywords for “jane austen gifts” is “star wars toys.” Now, I love Star Wars as much as the next person but for a Jane Austen blog? Nah.

But of course, some searching provided delightful results. Here is a montage of Star Wars clips using monologues from Pride and Prejudice. Enjoy.

(P.S. The lip synching doesn’t quite match up but it’s entertaining none the less.)

(P.P.S. H/t to the Nerdist for doing an article on Star Wars characters in Regency clothing. The art is by The Real McGee.)

Crash Course: Pride and Prejudice Part I

Image of the logo for Crash Course

Crash Course is a YouTube channel of short videos, about 10 minutes each, that gives you, well, a crash course of a topic. Run by the brothers John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars) and Hank Green (co-creator of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) (and collectively as the Vlog Brothers), Crash Course is intended as a supplementary guide for middle-grade and high school students on a wide variety of topics from math and science to literature and the arts. (The Green brothers found via a recent survey 60-70% of their viewers were not in education or in school.)

Last week, the Green brothers released a Crash Course on Pride and Prejudice in two parts. The first part covering the story, Jane’s biography, and a brief history of the era. Part two will cover more in-depth topics such as the socioeconomics of being young, single, and female in the Regency era. What I really enjoyed about part one is it makes the novel accessible to those unfamiliar with Austen’s work as well as provides the history behind the novel which is often missing in the discussion.

Part one is available below and I’ll post part two once it becomes available!

Dear Mr. Darcy

Sense and Spontaneity Comedy Group

Oh, this is great. A comedy group calling themselves Sense and Spontaneity, “Completely improvised Jane Austen for young and old!,” has released “Dear Mr. Darcy,” a love letter from every woman ever, and it’s hilarious.

Sample lyrics:
Dear Mr Darcy we don’t want to be cruel
But if we saw you on the street we’d push you into a pool
Dear Mr Darcy we don’t mean to be curt
But we only want to see you in a wet white shirt

I think we can safely say that yes, this is from most women ever and you too will be excessively diverted by this charming video.

You can find Sense and Spontaneity on Facebook and on YouTube.

More on Darcy’s hunkiness

Darcy Reimagined

A couple of days ago, I wrote on what historians believe Darcy would have really looked like, the news gathered from a footnote from the Evening Standard. It seems the news has spread as now The Guardian has a write up and Drama TV finally has a press release (after the news pieces?) on their upcoming Jane Austen season, which begins February 12.

Behold the video showcasing the idea of what Darcy would have looked like from a Georgian perspective. No Colin Firth or Matthew McFayden (or even Matthew Rhys) and I am betting most 21c viewers will not be fainting over the sight of him while Regency ladies would be a swooned.

More news:

What would Darcy have looked like?

Matthew McFayden

This one nearly slipped through my search filters! According to the Evening Standard, there is a month long (!?) series being commissioned by Drama TV to celebrate Jane Austen.

From the article (you’ll have to scroll down and look for the subtitle, “Darcy was not such a hunk”):

To launch its Jane Austen season beginning on Sunday, the TV channel Drama has commissioned a pair of distinguished academics,  Professors John Sutherland and Amanda Vickery, to spend a month deciding what “the real Mr Darcy” would have looked like.

Being sound mind and a librarian, I went looking on Drama’s website and searched high and low for a press release with this announcement but couldn’t find squat.

(note: Drama is a UK television station so no word if it will make it to the U.S. ALSO, I stand by my choice of Matthew McFayden as Darcy as he is most dreamy.)

(note the second: Amanda Vickery is right up there with Lucy Worsley and Dr, Janina Ramirez as my top choices for historians. Bettany Hughes isn’t that far behind!)

Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë web series

Now that we’re in the middle of winter and we are all getting cabin fever, it’s time to turn to YouTube for some entertainment!

Web series have been popular for awhile covering everything from make-up tutorials to unboxing, so it seems ripe that there would be retellings of Austen and Brontë’s works and behold, there is! Below you’ll find modern adaptations of four of Austen’s works, one Jane Eyre, and a quick summary and analysis of Pride and Prejudice just in case you have forgotten.

Word to the wise each of the series runs between 75 – 100+ episodes but each of the episodes are 2 – 4 minutes long. This should keep you plenty entertained during those slow days at work.

(I will recommend you start with The Lizzy Bennet Diaries since those are the most well known as well as popular.)

The Lizzy Bennet Diaries (Pride & Prejudice)

Autobiography of Jane Eyre

Emma Approved (Emma)

Northbound (Northanger Abbey)

Elinor and Marianne take Barton (Sense & Sensibility)

Pride & Prejudice – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

Don’t let the name fool you. “Dr. Sparky Sweets” gives a great summary and really thought out analysis of the book, so if you’re not adverse to some strong language, definitely check this out.