Monthly Archives: July 2012

2005’s “Pride and Prejudice” – “Desiring” Elizabeth Bennet

by Regina Jeffers In previous posts, we discussed how Andrew Davies “created” the image of a very masculine and virile Darcy by adding scenes to the 1995 Pride and Prejudice adaptation. Some of us probably participated in “Darcy Loving Parties” at the … Continue reading

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Mars vs. Venus (or) Writing from a Woman’s Perspective

When I write a Pride and Prejudice sequel/adaptation, I do so from Darcy’s point of view, rather than from Elizabeth’s. When I speak of Austen’s Persuasion, I speak of Wentworth’s thoughts. When I am writing of the Realm, I do so as a member … Continue reading

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Pride 47 – Prejudice 5 (or) The Changing of Book Titles

Pride and Prejudice was originally entitled First Impressions, which is a much better title when one considers how Jane Austen bombards her readers with the theme of “impressions”: first, flawed, and founded. However, that is material for a future post. What I … Continue reading

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Legend of Merlin and King Arthur’s Round Table

In the old days of King Arthur, Of which Britons speak great honour, All was this land filled with fairy, The elf-queen with her jolly company. From Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” Of late, I have spent more hours than I care … Continue reading

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The Naming of Characters – A Rose by Any Other Name

Recently, one of my friends noted that I had used a familiar name or two from where I once lived in Ohio. She thought it quite clever of me, but I explained this was a common practice with authors. In … Continue reading

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Time.com’s List of the Best 100 Novels

Welcome to the massive, anguished, exalted undertaking that is the ALL TIME 100 books list. The parameters: English language novels published anywhere in the world since 1923, the year that TIME Magazine began, which, before you ask, means that Ulysses (1922) doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Influx of eBooks

This excerpt comes from Publishers Weekly. To read the complete article, visit http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/retailing/article/52204-the-march-of-the-e-books.html E-books accounted for 7% of consumer spending on books in 2011 and 14% of units purchased, according to the most recent data from Bowker Market Research. In 2010, … Continue reading

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Interview with Austen author, Regina Jeffers, and The Real World According to Sam (Part 2)

Part Two (originally published on The World According to Sam) Q: Writing an entire novel continuing the adventures of Austen characters is rather indicative of your fondness for Miss Austen’s work. Can you tell us about your first experience with … Continue reading

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Interview with Austen author, Regina Jeffers, and The Real World According to Sam

Part One (originally posted on The Real World According to Sam) Q: Tell us about your latest book. A: The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy is a cozy mystery, much in the vein of an Agatha Christie novel or the “Murder She … Continue reading

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Whuppity Scoorie and Whoopy Do

by Regina Jeffers So what is Whuppity Scoorie? It is a unique celebration of spring taking place in Lanark (on the east bank of the River Clyde), Scotland. On March 1, youngsters take part in the ancient custom of “Whuppity Scoorie.” … Continue reading

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