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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Awesome Adaptations (19) - Austenland

Posted by Charlene // Tags: , ,

Awesome Adaptations is a weekly bookish meme, hosted at Alisa Selene’s books blog, Picturemereading.  Anyone can play along! Each week there is a new category of adaptation to blog about. Any format (television series, film, web series, etc.) is acceptable as long as it is based in some form on a book. If you’re playing along on your own blog, just mention Picturemereading in your post and include the banner above. Let them know which film you’d pick and why it is an awesome adaptation worth watching. Oh, and don’t forget to share the link to your own post in the comments for that week’s challenge so that everyone can read your thoughts!

A forthcoming adaptation I'm awesomely excited about

Title: Austenland by Shannon Hale

Picture source: Entertainment Weekly
Pictured: Jennifer Coolidge, James Callis, Kerri Russell, JJ Feild,  Georgia King, and Ricky Whittles
"Obsessed with the BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice", a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman."

I did a retro review of this book a few months ago, and there you can read some of my comments on it.   And now I'm so excited about this adaptation it's starting to become a problem!  I CAN NOT WAIT.  I loved the book so much - it became an instant favorite seconds after finishing the story with cheeks that ached from smiling so much.  It's a tongue-in-cheek, affectionate homage to Austen's characters and legacy and the hopeless romantic fangirls that love those stories and the chivalric gentlemen that inhabit them.  

There has been precious little news about the film adaptation (and not even a trailer!) but it is going to the Sundance film festival this month, and I hope that once it takes the whole festival by storm, they will have some release dates and a trailer to unveil for the public.  This promo picture (there have been a few others) is all I have at the moment, and I love it so much!  The anachronistic elements amidst those gorgeous Regency costumes captures the spirit of the novel so well.  And the actors look the parts perfectly.  I've been a fan of J.J. Feild since he was on Northanger Abbey, so I am especially excited to see him as Mr. Nobley.  (and probably love him a whole lot more after this film!)

There have been some very complimentary reviews and comments on the film, and the cast seems to get along really well so I'm so looking forward to seeing how their chemistry plays out on film!  Now if only I can win tickets to the Sundance film festival....

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9 comments:

  1. OMG, this looks like it's going to be awesome. I need to tell my best friend about this. She will love it! :)

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    1. I think it will be so awesome too! Definitely spread the word, it would be great for this movie to do well! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Me toooo! JJ Field is awesome! He is so fun and I can't wait to see him on screen again!

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    1. Hee, he is so perfect for this role, and we'll probably have to share him with a bunch more fangirls after this movie. :D

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  3. EEEEEP!! I LOVE SHANNON HALE!! Read every book by her, and Austenland was a really great one too, I didn't know this was happening! Wow, thanks so much for sharing this; that's awesome news! I've yet to read Midnight in Austenland but this is for sure something to look forward to this year!

    Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian

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    1. I'm so glad to meet another Shannon Hale fan! I haven't read every book by her, but I've loved the ones that I've gotten to- Goose Girl, Princess Academy, Book of a Thousand Days, and The Actor and the Housewife. Also Midnight in Austenland, which I really enjoyed, but Austenland is so far still my favorite book by her. I'm glad you stopped by this post!

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  4. Wow! I didn't know this book was made into a film! I'll have to see it!

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  5. Hi Charlene! Followed you back. Wee, excited for this film too! I enjoyed the novel and any Austen adaptation must be watched and read! :D

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    1. Thank you for the follow back! And so glad that you are excited for this movie too! I want it to do so well! :)

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