Happy birthday, Jane Austen

Doctors and Jane Austen

The daytime soap opera 'Doctors' recently spent a whole week of episodes based on the works of Jane Austen, using a patient with selective mutism who lives in her own fantasy world as Lizzie Bennet of Pride and Prejudice fame for the Monday and Tuesday instalments, titled 'Austenland', with other books such as Northanger Abbey and Emma dealt with later in the week. Lizzie (and Emma, the two characters seem to be merged) are played straight which makes a strange disconnect with the usual hospital shenanigans....more

One true story I perhaps shouldn’t admit...

One true story I perhaps shouldn’t admit:...more
Giggle. Emma! Ha!more

5 Ways to Celebrate 200 Years of 'Pride and Prejudice'

Two hundred years ago on January 28, 1813, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published. Generations have read it and fallen in love with it just as Elizabeth and Darcy fell in love with each other. Here are five ways you can celebrate the anniversary of this classic story. ...more
@Co-Pilot Mom It's a modern take on it. It's totally fun. I haven't watched much of it yet but I ...more

The Jane Austen Driving School

If Jane Austen were alive today, she would add a few more universal truths to the observation she’s known for – you know, the one about a wealthy man being in dire need of a wife. ...more

(BOOK GIVEAWAY) Tell Us What Jane Austen Means to You

In addition to William Deresiewicz's book, reviewers for BlogHer Book Club's A Jane Austen Education review campaign also received a gorgeous Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of, Jane Austen: The Complete Novels. Yes, you read that right -- all of Austen's novels in one beautiful book. Doesn't it make your Janeite heart go all aflutter? And now you can win the same thing! Both books. ...more

Her heroines are inspirational role models. Interesting, intelligent, and creative, they never ...more

Behind the Scenes: How a Book Gets Its Cover

Ever wonder how a book gets its cover? As we read A Jane Austen Education for BlogHer Book Club, Penguin VP and art director Roseanne Serra gives us a peek into her creative process for Penguin classics! ...more

While book covers were one of the reasons I got into Graphic Design in the first place, I have ...more

How to Date like a Jane Austen Heroine

written by Sabrina Rongstad-Bravo...more
Bath, England was the setting of many Jane Austen novels. The Georgian city is replete with ...more


I need to start paying attention to the annual rhythms of my life. It seems to me I go through similar kinds of feelings from season to season, from year to year. Not that much gets resolves, mind you. But it does feel kind of cyclical. ...more

Pride and Prejudice...and Zombies

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen's original Pride and Prejudice is sadly lacking in zombies. But have no fear! Seth Grahame-Smith has set things right with his recently published Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It has everything you loved about the original but now with zombies, mayhem, and of course, brains. ...more

And there's always vampires, werewolves, and mummies to add when zombies get tired.

It's not ...more