SF Does Austen: A Civil Campaign

I recently re-read Lois McMaster Bujold’s A Civil Campaign, which is dedicated to “Charlotte, Jane, Georgette, and Dorothy,” who are of course Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and Dorothy Dunnett. There are elements of all those authors in the story, but this time around I particularly noticed the Austen moments. Please note, there are […]

Persuasion 2008 – Short Attention-Span Theater

The 2008 adaptation of Persuasion is good so far as it goes, but it doesn’t go very far.Though the acting is excellent, and the settings very historical and scenic, it felt like the postcard version of the novel. It’s only ninety minutes long, which explains a lot. The adaptation focuses on the romance between Anne […]

Jane Austen Didn’t Let Other People Tell Her What To Write

“My Dear Sir, I am honoured by the Prince’s thanks and very much obliged to yourself for the kind manner in which you mention the work. … You are very kind in your hints as to the sort of composition which might recommend me at present, and I am fully sensible that an historical romance, […]