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I don't know about anyone else, but I've been getting back to my Jane Austen roots. Recently, I watched the 1980 BBC version of "Pride & Prejudice," and while it was a good portrayal (and I learned more about Mary Bennet), it wasn't my favorite. Mr. Darcy didn't learn to smile, and Lizzy was far too concerned with appearances, which bugged me. I'm going for a long road trip this week, and there's a TV in the van, so hopefully I can get some more Jane Austen watched (Maybe the 2005 version of "P&P," which isn't as true to the story, but OMG, is it gorgeous, both visually and audially!).

While I'm gone, I've got a surprise for you. I was recently contacted by Yekra, a film company that makes movies available online for a low price, and I have been given the opportunity to be an affiliate. As we all know, I'm all about the movies, and I'm especially gaga about Jane Austen movies, and that's what I bring you today: Austenland starring Keri Russell, Jane Seymour, and JJ Field, who fellow Austenites might recall as Henry Tilney in 2007's Northanger Abbey, which was the better version of the two I've seen. He's adorable, and so winning in Northanger, how could he not be wonderful in this, as well?

I will admit, I haven't watched it yet. It didn't come to theaters in this area, and I've been so swamped with travel stuff that I haven't had time to watch Austenland yet. I'm really psyched to, though, as soon as I return, and have an internet connection. The movies do cost, as I mentioned, but $3.99 is a decent rental fee for an afternoon's delight (or, ya know, whenever you choose to watch), especially in comparison to how much movies cost in theatres now ($7.50 at mine for the cheap shows!). I can't wait to check this movie out, and I hope you really enjoy it!

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Jane Hayes’s (Keri Russell) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood … but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life—and maybe even love—begins. Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) and Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers) also star in this charming romantic comedy.


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