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Maria Donovan
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I'm Back! Library Ramblings and Longbourn Book Review
I'm back gentle readers! After finishing the semester and starting a summer job, I've been a little busy and honestly, I'm enjoying the opportunity to be lazy again. It's been eight months since I haven't had to worry about how much homework I have for tomo...
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Austen Illustrations
One of my favorite nerdy Janeite things to do is to find illustrations of Jane Austen's novels, particularly ones from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. There is something so intriguing about seeing how someone else many years ago v...
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The Comic Relief
Probably my favorite movie quote ever. What is a Jane Austen novel without the secondary characters who say the most outrageous things and keep us laughing constantly? I have many favorite secondary characters in Jane Austen; in my opinion, they are often t...
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The Pride and Prejudice Adaptation Showdown
Top: 1995 miniseries, bottom: 2005 movie Picking a favorite Pride and Prejudice adaptation is often a very divisive issue for Janeites. The only thing worse is picking a favorite Darcy portrayal. Oh the horror!  Now there are many more Pride and Prejudice a...
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If you like Jane Austen...
If you like Jane Austen movie adaptations, period costume drama, or are just suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal, I may be able to help you. I do absolutely love Jane Austen, but I also enjoy English costume drama in general. If you only limit yourself ...
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Jane Austen Merchandise
Did you know that such a thing as a Jane Austen action figure existed? I wasn't aware until recently, but I will certainly be trying to track one down. She even comes with a quill, writing desk, and small copy of one of her works. I'm pretty sure owning one...
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The 200th Anniversary of Emma
Romola Garai as Emma in the 2009 BBC miniseries This year marks the 200th Anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Emma . Now, its not until December 25th, but since Emma is one of my favorite novels, we are going to talk about it this week.  Before ...
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My Favorite Austen Men
I'm not going to lie to all of you. This statement is true for me. Mr. Darcy was my first Jane Austen love since I discovered Pride and Prejudice  when I was 13, so that automatically makes him my favorite. He is intelligent, handsome, and the kindest man o...
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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries leading ladies Gentle readers, I have something pretty special to share with you all today. Four words: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries . I discovered the series my freshmen year of college when one of my friends (ahem, Veronica) told me...
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My Thoughts on Death Comes to Pemberley
As a rule, I generally don't like period Jane Austen fan fiction, sequels, what ifs, etc. However, that doesn't mean I won't ever read or watch them; I'm just selective. I feel like the characters belong to the author and therefore should be treated with th...
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