Jane Austen's Birthday, 2012
Be that as it may, it's Jane Austen's birthday. As it happened last year, I was able to dance some Jane Austen dances at the local English Country Dancing club right around Jane Austen's birthday, which is quite appropriate.
Most of my Jane Austen love and energy is going into Lizzie Bennet Diaries posts on tumblr these days, which has mostly been on my tumblr (ibmiller.tumblr.com), but I still adore the novels and film adaptations. And we shall see what happens when LBD are finished! Perhaps I'll come back, perhaps this shall become an archive for especially careful posts.
Googling Jane Austen on her birthday reveals that CBS is developing a Sense and Sensibility television show, and Jennifer Love Hewitt is develooping a show called "Darcy's Town." Which...the book is about Elizabeth, you know...one of the true strengths of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (www.youtube.com/lizziebennet). Oh, movie and television producers, never stop trying to ruin Jane Austen. It always brings out the best Jane Austen Hipster in me.
I don't have a ton of original thoughts today, but I thought I'd provide a list of posts I've made about Jane Austen that I think are especially noteworthy:
1) Jane Austen and politics: http://ibmiller.livejournal.c
A repost of a comment series I made about Jane Austen and the presidential election - it's not the best thing I've written, but I think it shows my feelings about Austen and trying to fit her to modern politics.
2) The BBC Costume Drama Television Trajectory: http://ibmiller.livejournal.c
A rather long post about the directions and trends I've noticed in my 9 years as a BBC costume drama/Jane Austen film adaptation fan. Not exclusively Jane Austen related, but it does show the distinct trajectory of that subgenre.
3) Jane Austen Trailers: http://ibmiller.livejournal.c
I've collected all the Jane Austen film trailers I could - today I went through and pruned the dead links and found new ones for those I could. A fun walk down memory lane, if you have ever waited eagerly for a Jane Austen film.
4) Last year's Jane Austen Birthday post: http://ibmiller.livejournal.com/6
I'm rather especially proud of this one. It's pretty much a reverse history of my favorite Jane Austen moments.
5) Review of Sense and Sensibility 2008: http://ibmiller.livejournal.com/2
The first time I really got involved in flogging an adaptation - I was really impressed by this series, and wanted to provide a counterbalance to a lot of the silly negative commentary on the other Jane Austen Hipster sites, which kept criticizing it for not being funny enough.
Just goes to show you: Jane Austen fandom never changes. It's made up of equal parts squee-ing fans who lack critical distance and Jane Austen Hipsters who lack charity (I'm definitely in the latter catagory).
But it's a lovely fandom for all that.
So, Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! It's been quite a year, and here's to the next, when your most popular novel hits 200 years old!