Saturday, February 23, 2008

Jane, Jane, Jane

Art Boy is out of town, leaving me all alone (come and get me, brigands!), so last night I kicked back with an enormous [vice redacted] and watched "Northanger Abbey" on Masterpiece Theatre -- or "Masterpiece," as it is now apparently called. Once Gillian Anderson's unbearably awkward introduction was out of the way, I rather enjoyed it. It's short (2 hours) and so necessarily a bit broad in its insights, but that's appropriate for Jane Austen's most melodramatic book. And I found it charmingly modern -- lots of sexual overtones and gothic-fantasy sequences.

This morning I dropped by the applicable Republic of Pemberley discussion board to see what people thought and found largely positive responses, although there are some detours to discuss grammatical issues raised by the dialogue and share a link to the somewhat inevitable Very Secret Diary of Henry Tilney. I am torn between being annoyed at the ongoing trendiness of Jane Austen, and charmed at the ongoing geekiness of the Internet.

Sebastian has interrupted me with a series of hideous sounds before I am able to bring this post to any kind of conclusion. Sorry, gang.

8 comments:

Kelly said...

Oh, I had meant to catch that one, because Northanger Abbey might be my favorite Austen novel. Sunday night soccer is messing up my PBS-watching schedule.

Did you know? The three main female characters in Wuthering Heights have the same names as the three in Northanger Abbey (unless I'm utterly wrong about Eleanor being Nellie's full name). When I brought that up in an English class in college, the prof said the Brontes were big Austen fans and might have chosen those names as an inside joke.

AE said...

What a fantastic bit of trivia! I hope you got super mega points for spotting it. I love it.

They seem to be rerunning Northanger Abbey quite a bit, so maybe you'll get lucky.

Chris said...

I would like to second Sebastian's opinion on the increasing popularity of Jan Austen.

Hik, hik, ack!

I thought Masterpiece Theatre was only on Sunday nights. Do they show it more often now that it's all hip and has younger hosts and less syllables? If so, please don't tell Christy.

AE said...

The magic of a DVR is being able to watch Masterpiece [Theatre or no] any day of the week!

AE said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Chris said...

I am distrustful of this so called "time shifting." It seems like one false move and we'll all be trapped in the world of Jane Austin forever! In fact, my father is probably working on just such a scheme at the moment... Sigh.

ACE said...

Vibes are still widely accepted. Especially by us who lived through the 90's.

珊珊李 said...

AV,無碼,a片免費看,自拍貼圖,伊莉,微風論壇,成人聊天室,成人電影,成人文學,成人貼圖區,成人網站,一葉情貼圖片區,色情漫畫,言情小說,情色論壇,臺灣情色網,色情影片,色情,成人影城,080視訊聊天室,a片,A漫,h漫,麗的色遊戲,同志色教館,AV女優,SEX,咆哮小老鼠,85cc免費影片,正妹牆,ut聊天室,豆豆聊天室,聊天室,情色小說,aio,成人,微風成
,做愛,成人貼圖,18成人,嘟嘟成人網,aio交友愛情館,情色文學,色情小說,色情網站,情色,A片下載,嘟嘟情人色網,成人影片,成人圖片,成人文章,成人小說,成人漫畫,視訊聊天室,a片,AV女優,聊天室,情色,性愛