If You Dig Jane Austen…Part 2

I stumbled across a blog post about plans that the BBC has to recreate an actual Regency Ball like the type you would find in Jane Austen’s books.  Don’t know the actual date yet, just sometime later this year.  If you’d like to read more about it, check out this link here and scroll down to the end of the post (just prior to the comments section).

As an added bonus, the same blog post includes a link to some very funny “reshoots” of some book covers that you really have to see to appreciate.  If you’ve ever looked at a book cover that has a woman with body measurements that are impossible outside of a plastic surgeon’s office, and said woman is standing in a pose that leaves you trying to decide if she is a gymnast or merely double jointed–you will appreciate author Jim C. Hines’ sense of humor.

And his flexibility.

If You Dig Jane Austen…

If you’re the type of person who occasionally finds herself in heated arguments over things like whether or not it’s sacrilege to have anyone but Colin Firth play Mr. Darcy, or whether Heathcliff was more of a tortured soul than Mr. Rochester—then have I got a movie for you!

Well, a miniseries actually.  So if you’ve got four hours to kill (yep, four hours) and a penchant for 19th century British romance, check out the BBC’s North and South (2004).

It’s based on the book by Elizabeth Gaskell, and apparently I need to get out more because I’d never heard of it before a couple of weeks ago.  When I looked it up, I found out that when it first aired, it was so popular that people who saw it literally overwhelmed the message board on its website and caused it to crash.  Sounds like a ringing endorsement to me!

So I watched it, and I loved it, and I’ll bet you will, too.  It’s got a hero and heroine who are both flawed but likeable, and the romance that develops between them despite obstacles is one of the sweetest I’ve seen on film in a long time.

You can find it on Amazon or even watch it in parts on YouTube.  If you do see it, let me know what you think!