I love Jane Austen. I love Austen so much that I’ll even read books that play on Austen though I draw the line at Austen and monsters. That just seems… wrong. But alas, I’m already off track.
I picked up Shannon Hale’s novel “Austenland” a few years ago, shortly after watching ITV’s “Lost in Austen,” a mini-series about a modern woman who travels into Austen’s stories. ITV’s series was nothing new (Kate & Leopold anyone?) but it offered up a new take on a world many of us have come to love and it was a heck of a good time. Hale’s novel has a set-up in which people can book a vacation to Austenland. It’s kind of like Westworld but with Austen.
The movie adaptation, also called Austenland, stars the lovely Keri Russell as Jane, a woman secretly obsessed with BBCs “Pride & Prejudice.” She reveals her secret to her great aunt who, upon her death, leaves Jane an all expense paid trip to Austenland. Craziness ensues.
The movie, produced by Stephenie Meyer, a good friend of Hale’s, and directed by newcomer Jerusha Hess, writing partner of Jared Hess of Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos fame, just made its debut at Sundance, and though a release date has yet to be announced (Sony picked up the movie with release plans for later this year), a few clips from the movie have made their way online. They don’t offer up much of the story, but there’s a great feel for the type of laughs you can expect. I can’t wait to see more.
Clips tucked under the third row!