I saw a few tweets about this go by but I cannot for the life of me find the first one to credit my source, so this will be attributed to the person I call SOTI – Someone On The Internet. Not quite enough of a citation, I agree, but it's the best I've got right now.
Austenland, a film based on the book by Shannon Hale, premiered at Sundance this week, and news today is that the film has been picked up for distribution by Sony, which plans to do all the big film things when releasing the movie this summer. Expect much Austening!
Austenland the book is still $1.99 digitally, if you'd like to grab a copy and do the “read the book before seeing the film” thing. Because book to film is something that NEVER happens to Jane Austen-y books.
Cover copy? YES COVER COPY. Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man-perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Predjudice.
When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.
Is this total immersion in a fake Austenland enough to make Jane kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?
Like that wasn't destined to become a film. Heh.
Speaking of the film, the movie poster is really adorable:
Image source: Confessions of a Fangirl – who really, really liked the movie!
I'm over at Kirkus with a two part series about tropes – why they work, and why they're important:
There is a structure to romance, just as there is to any good piece of fiction that's satisfying to read, and there are familiar elements that are usually employed, but that does not mean the books are all the same–any romance reader could tell you that much. A brooding, misunderstood duke can turn into two very different characters, depending on the writer who deploys him in a story. That is why tropes are useful things for readers, especially romance readers. Familiarity does not always breed contempt in our literary circle, because learning what types of conflicts and what kinds of characters are most intriguing to us allows us to learn what kind of books we want to read. And, as you know, there are a LOT of romances to choose from!
My next column will be the tropes and familiar characters and plots I love – such as, “I don't want to like you. I don't want to like you. I can't stop thinking about your hair. DAMMIT.” My romance catnip!
What's your romance catnip?
There are new survey results afoot regarding how patrons want to see digital technologies included in their libraries, and how library use has increased among different parts of the population – and why. I was particularly charmed by this suggestion from the survey results:
GPS-navigation apps to help patrons locate material inside library buildings: 34% of Americans ages 16 and older would “very likely” use that service and another 28% say they would be “somewhat likely” to do so.
YES PLEASE. I swear, I'm not an idiot, but it took me a solid 25 minutes to find the Australia tour books at my library, despite looking up the number TWICE.
Thanks to Peggy for the link!
Jill Shalvis' Instant Attraction is on sale for $3.50.
I'm telling you this for three reasons:
1. You know how sometimes a book will introduce you to something that you never thought you'd like, but seems perfect once you've experienced it within the boundaries of fiction? When I finished this book, I Googled skiing and snowboarding lessons (I snowboard because it's awesome and because ski boots are evil. EVIL.)
That year, we ended up going skiing in Vermont. Now we go every year, both my children ski, and my older son wants to learn to snowboard like me – which won't be hard for him to do. I don't go very fast downhill and he'll be better than me at carving within 4 days, I bet.
I play in the snow more every year and a large part of that is because of this book, which takes place at a mountain adventure lodge, and features a heroine who overcomes enormous fear that holds her back from experiencing everything. It's a wonderful story, and had a rather large effect on me and on my family. I never skied growing up, and after I read it, I couldn't stop thinking about how fun it would be. And it is – really fun.
2. I didn't want to bring up the sale price earlier (and it was cheaper a few weeks ago — sorry) because, due to Simple Progress, the consultancy I joined a few years ago, it might seem as if I was being paid to mention it, since Shalvis is one of Simple Progress' clients. I'm not paid to mention anything in this space, but I didn't want to cause any doubts or questions, so I didn't mention it at all. But I left Simple Progress on 31 December 2012 because Mollie, the other partner in the company, has been asked to take on larger roles for her previously established clients. We weren't able to take on new clients as much as we wished, and it made more sense to dissolve the partnership, especially since I have several new projects I'm working on for SBTB (mwahahahahaha). So, I wanted to (a) make sure that was clear and also (b) say, “Hey! That book's on sale and I really liked it!”
3. Did I mention that I really liked this book? I think I might have re-read it about eight times already. I was going to include a video of me falling on my ass while snowboarding – it's great. I start out doing just fine and when I'm about to stop, WHAM. Down goes my butt. Alas, Hubby's phone seems to have eaten it. No, really. I swear!
Am I alone in this, or has a book you've read made you take up a new hobby, become interested in something you'd never expected to try, or otherwise changed things in your real life? I feel really weird saying “I read this book and it made me look into winter sports for my whole family” but it's kinda true.
Prepare yourself, Doctor Who fans: via Geekmom, which cites an article from the Birmingham Mail, the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who will feature all eleven doctors. Between special effects for William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee, who have since died, and agreements form the other living actors, this should be one hell of a Whovian Event. I hope whomever is in charge of such magical things can pull it off. Because awesome.