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Poldarcy – a new British species?

4 August 2017.  General

It’s the season of mines and mellow shirtlessness (to misquote Keats) as Poldark is back for another series on BBC TV.

 

Ever since the first episode aired in 2015, its hero has created quite a stir and triggered comparisons with Mr Darcy, leading to rumours of a new British species – the Poldarcy.

 

Pride & Prejudice and Zombies

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a zombie in possession of brains must want more brains.’

 

I have to admit that this opening line of Burr Steel’s film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling book, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, had me reaching for the smelling salts …

The Disembowelling of Pride & Prejudice –

a review of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

20 February 2016.  200 Years of Pride & Prejudice

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The Importance of Emma

22 December 2015.  200 Years of Emma

This is not just a shameless plug for The Importance of Being Emma, my modern version of the Jane Austen classic. It’s also a look at why Emma was such a milestone for its author.

 

With Emma, Jane Austen achieved a number of firsts:

 

I loved the Country Life article on how to recognise a 21st century gentleman.

 

Darcy as an OfficerNaturally, it made me think of someone who wrote about the daughters of gentlemen in a world where marriage to a gentleman was seen as their purpose in life: Jane Austen.  Her novels illustrate the two measures of a gentleman 200 years ago: birth and character. Her heroes tend to embody both, although her heroines are often slow to appreciate the second.

An Officer or a Gentleman?

2 November 2015.  Discovery Darcy

Insults & Inspirations: What authors thought of Jane Austen - Inspirations Pt 2

1 October 2015.  General

In the 4th (and final) article in our Insults & Inspirations series where we delve into the extreme reactions that Jane Austen's work has provoked up and down the years, we bring together five quotes from a wide spectrum of authors, including the most successful author of modern times, who adore Austen. It felt right and proper to end on a very positive note, we hope you've enjoyed this Janeite critique!

 

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