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Ann Nordland

Ann Nordland has 41 articles published.

is a theater, film and sci-fi nerd who met her fabulous Australian husband while vacationing in Walt Disney World. She lives with him, their two perfect daughters, and the most lovable dog in the world in the Pacific Northwest.

Classic Alice, our favorite literary darling, has returned!

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Hey, Ocelites: Valeton University may be on summer break, but pull out those highlighters and sticky notes. The long wait is over and Classic Alice is finally back! Season 1 ended happily with Alice Rackham (Kate Hackett) finally realizing what Andrew Prichard (Tony Noto) knew all along: that they belonged together. And when Season 2 opened this week with — (spoiler alert!)  — Alice and Andrew waking up together, oh the feels! Andrew may have had enough of chasing Alice on her adventures through classic literature, but Alice hasn’t, and neither have we. Which is why we may have cheered just a little when Alice announced that she will use their upcoming camping trip to experience Walden by Henry David…

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The answer to Kiss Me Kate: Shrew That!

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Shrew That, a new literary web series, is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, shot at and near Monmouth College in Illinois. We recently had a chance to get the scoop on the show from co-creators Katie Struck and Rachel Laing. BookTrib: So what’s the premise? Shrew That: Shrew That is a modern re-envisioning of The Taming of the Shrew told from the perspective of two sisters, Bianca and Kate Baptista, who are also roommates at Padua University. A new transfer, Bianca attends a fraternity party to make friends, and is inundated with attention from the boys. She escapes by mentioning her father’s rule from her high school years that she cannot date until her sister…

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Jane Austen inspires a witty new web series: Project Dashwood

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Webheads love a great Jane Austen web series! Starting this week is the long-awaited Project Dashwood, a modern adaption of Sense and Sensibility, set in southern California. BookTrib got the scoop on the new series from the its creators, Alayna Mae, Maeve O’Connell, and Jessamyn Leigh. Lit for Webheads: What is the premise of Project Dashwood? Project Dashwood: It is the life of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as seen through the eyes of their younger sister, Margaret. She’s into film and trying her hand at vlogging, so she films everything that happens to her family. The story starts three weeks after her father dies. LFW: Where do you film? PD: We all live in Eugene, Oregon, and shoot there, mostly…

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Jane Austen reveals her addiction to reality shows

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It is not often that we have the opportunity to chat with a literary genius, so we leapt at the chance to interview author Jane Austen. As her reality series, The Jane Games, enters Round 2, she took time from her busy schedule to sit down with us and talk about the show. LFW: You are the creator and host of The Jane Games. What was your inspiration? JA: I attended a production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged and I thought:  What a charming way for Will’s heroes, maidens and knaves to meet each other. I realized my ladies had never been formally introduced to one another, so I sought the most modern and entertaining way to put…

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Webheads favorite kiss revealed — and this week’s episodes

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What makes a great literary web series kiss? What makes us get lightheaded, warms us up, and causes our knees to vicariously buckle? We love how Lizzie Bennet, Emma Woodhouse, Vic Frankenstein and Alice Rackham all initiated their kisses. Kyle Walters, doing double duty as Peter Pan and Sanditon’s Ed Denham, gets bonus points for technique. After all they had fought through, Carmilla and Laura’s kiss was a triumphant declaration that love conquers all. And after 95 episodes of waiting, could anything top Dizzie Day? Here at Webheads, we had a lot of trouble picking our choice for Best Kiss. And judging by how the vote is spread out, you did, too! As we went live, Lizzie and Darcy were…

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Warm up your Valentine’s Day with your favorite web series

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Baby it’s cold outside, but Webheads will have no trouble getting hot and bothered this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s Dizzie, A+ or Éclair, we never forget that first kiss. For your voting pleasure we have compiled some of our favorite literary webseries kisses in our latest poll, Webheads’ Favorite Kiss. Go watch and vote, then come back next week to find out the winner. Happy voting! ALL GOOD THINGS… Green Gables Fables has reached the end of Season One. Shirbert shippers were thrilled that Gil and Anne became friends at last, but when will we get Season Two? Relive the finale, then watch the series from the beginning. FUTURE PERFECT North Hangin’, a modern adaption of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey,…

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Webhead extra! Vote for your favorite web series kiss

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day: A new Webheads poll! Let’s face it—Webheads live for the kisses that curl your toes and heat you up. Our gift to you—some of our favorites all in one place!  Now go vote for Webheads’ Favorite Kiss.  It’s a tough choice, but somebody has to do it—you may just have to watch again and again and again… Lizzie Bennet Diaries   The Lizzie Bennet Diaries   Emma Approved   Carmilla   Classic Alice   Frankenstein, MD   In Earnest The Lizzie Bennet Diaries   New Adventures of Peter & Wendy   Welcome to Sanditon   Emma Approved       Vote for your favorite lit web series kiss: 

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Hey Webheads, thinking of producing your own web series?

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So watching Lit for Webheads  has inspired you and you want to shoot your own literary web series. All a Webhead needs to get started is an idea, a computer and the right production equipment. Since few of us know where to start, we’re here to help! Recently a young producer I know invested in basic equipment. She is just starting out, so a lot of thought and research went into balancing cost with practicality. As inspiration, let’s look at what she uses. To upload HD quality video either directly or indirectly to the internet, and livestream to a tablet, she has a Canon VIXIA HF R52, with an added camera pan table. It also has a removable data card…

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Care Center keeps Webheads’ world humming

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Webheads works tirelessly to keep you up on the best in literary web series. But where do we feed our addiction? Meet the LBD Care Center. We talked to the resident director about its beginnings, and how it has come to be an indispensable resource for new literary web series. BookTrib: So, what is LBD Care Center? LBDCC: During its run, fans of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries started tweeting that they were addicted to it. I originally created the LBD Care Center as a role play on Twitter. It was an imaginary center for LBD addiction, where people could gather,  be taken care of, and continue the LBD adventure. (The center has even opened branches in Sanditon and in Neverland.) I…

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Inside the secret garden of The Misselthwaite Archives with showrunner Aileen Sheedy

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How do you go about transforming a beloved childhood novel into an adult, 21st-century web series? With The Misselthwaite Archives, Pencil Ink Productions in Portland, Oregon has done just that with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved classic, The Secret Garden. BookTrib sat down with showrunner Aileen Sheedy to find out more. Aileen Sheedy: After the death of her parents, surly teenager Mary Lennox moves to her uncle’s large, lonely estate along Misselthwaite Creek in Oregon. Mary hates her new home, where it rains constantly and strange noises echo from the basement, but she soon takes an interest in finding the hidden forest glade where her aunt passed away several years before. BT: What inspired you to adapt The Secret Garden? AS:…

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Misselthwaite Archives brings The Secret Garden into the 21st century

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What do you get when you bring childhood favorite The Secret Garden into the 21st century? The newest web series, The Misslethwaite Archives, explores the mystical story of Mary Lennox, reimagined as an orphaned teenager adjusting to life on her uncle’s Oregon estate. She hates it, but becomes absorbed in trying to find the hidden forest glade where her aunt passed away many years before. Viewer art, fan fiction and mixes will help tell the story and become part of canon. Series launch is January 23; episodes air Wednesdays and Fridays. ALL GOOD THINGS Classic Alice went dark on us for a week, and the Season 1 finale was worth the wait, but now we really want Books 8+! Watch…

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Sherlock-inspired web series launches–It’s Baker Street, my dear Watson

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Love Sherlock Holmes? Check out the new web series, Baker Street, an innovative modern adaption of the short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and inspired by the BBC’s Sherlock. Former med student, Jane Watson, finds herself thrust into a world of mystery when she rooms with the challenging and brilliant (and female!) Sherlock Holmes. Watch the first episode of this three-part series; the remaining episodes air on January 16 and 23 at 8PM EST. LIVE CHAT ALERT Webheads favorite Classic Alice has never been hotter! Ocelites have been talking nonstop about the kiss and this, and the Indiegogo campaign to fund Season 2 has been burning past expectations. We are so excited about what is sure to be an…

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Lit for Webheads — Spotlight on 2014 voting results and look ahead to 2015

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We’re back, Webheads! Did you miss us? We take a break, and all kinds of things happen! The March Family Letters announced a distribution partnership with Pemberley Digital, A Midsemester Night’s Dream ended, and everyone had a Christmas video, including Lovely Little Losers and Carmilla, (in its own creepy way). Now we are rested and ready for a new year of literary webiness. And what better way to kick off the New Year than with three new series? But first, drumroll, please! Your choice for Favorite Literary Web Series for 2014 is Emma Approved. Thank you to everyone who voted. NEW IN TOWN East & West is a modern adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Maggie Hale is a…

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Lit for Webheads: Spotlight on Year-In-Review–Vote your fav

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It’s the end of another year and we can’t resist jumping in with 2014 Webheads Most Memorable Episodes. Let’s take some time before we toast in a new year of literary webiness to take a look back at a few of our favorite web series moments. Then vote for your favorite web series, and watch this column for the results. We loved the finale of Emma Approved (the cranes!). But we agree with #1 in the LBD Care Center fan poll, Episode 70, when Knighthouse becomes a thing—“At Last.”   “Don’t grow up; it’s a trap!” There is so much we love about The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy that it would fill a page (and it did in…

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Lit for Webheads — Spotlight on the holidays

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A Webheads holiday is not complete without celebrating it with our favorite web series. We obsessed after Lizzie’s Bennet’s ill-conceived birthday present to her sister Lydia, which caused a lasting rift that echoed through Christmas. We loved Rochester and Jane Eyre’s picture postcard holiday greeting. Who can forget the most awkward company holiday party ever after Emma realized Elton’s feeling were for her and not Harriet? And after Lydia impulsively ran off to Las Vegas, we were more focused on how she was celebrating than our own New Year’s Eve party. This year, we are looking forward to watching the March family celebrate without Marmee, curious about just how awkward Christmas will be at Jack’s, and we can’t wait for…

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