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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.

Web series brings favorite books to life

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We webheads love to watch our favorite books come to life. Long before there was vlogging, we got our fix from the silver screen. Swooning over Colin Firth and Matthew McFadyen as Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice made us wildly impatient to see Pemberley Digital’s elusive William Darcy. Alicia Silverstone’s adorable Cher in Clueless was a reminder that we would eventually grow to love Joanna Sotomura’s Emma. And, confess it—thanks to numerous versions of A Christmas Carol, aren’t we secretly hoping to see a black-robed specter carrying a long-handled scythe visit Alice? SIGHTINGS You have to watch the adorableness of Knighthouse, Joanna Sotomura and Brent Bailey, caught on camera shipping themselves during the filming of Emma Approved. … And…

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Covering Jane Austen, one cover at a time

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Jane Austen has never been as popular as she is now. Since the publication of Sense and Sensibility over 200 years ago, her novels have been in almost continuous print. There are stage and film adaptions of her novels, modern retellings from books to Web series, and a book industry has sprung up of spinoffs and variations. As PBS airs the UK film version of one Austen-inspired novel, Death Comes to Pemberley, it’s a great time to look at a new charming and comprehensive coffee table book on Jane Austen book covers, Jane Austen Cover to Cover (Quirk Books; Nov. 11, 2014). The book comes from Margaret C. Sullivan, author of the popular guide, The Jane Austen Handbook. I bought…

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The Swedish Christmas Table dishes up tradition with a retro twist

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I confess that I unabashedly love the holiday season. The first gingerbread latte, the sight of twinkling lights on a tree, and the first sight of a holiday-themed book are enough to brighten my mood. And the food! I love how, at holiday time, we make an extra effort to create memorable and delicious dishes and treats, both traditional favorites we wouldn’t dare leave out (“Where are the crescent rolls?”), and new discoveries destined to become a holiday table staple. I love the promise of a new holiday cookbook, especially when it can be used as a one-stop planner. The Swedish Christmas Table (Skyhorse Publishing) by self-confessed “Christmas nerds” Jens Linder and Johanna Westman is exactly that, and a fun…

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Holiday gifts for the web series lover in your life

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Whether making your own wish list, or shopping for your favorite Webhead, we have some favorite lit series goodies we would love to get wrapped in a sparkling ribbon! Proceeds from all the gifts here go directly to support your favorite shows. A great way to get your fix and support hardworking artists. To prevent Carmilla withdrawals, every Creampuff needs this stunning poster. Why buy anything else when you could be buying books? No, really. We love that this poster from DFTBA.com says exactly that. For your Lizzie Bennet Diaries fan, get the complete series on DVD (featurettes, bloopers and commentary included!), or a special LBD edition of Pride and Prejudice with forward by executive producer Hank Green. Everyone needs…

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A Little Women Christmas beautifully illustrates the season’s good will

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I recently took a copy of A Little Women Christmas (Simon & Schuster, 2014) to read with my Reading Buddy, Heidi. Author Heather Vogel Frederick took the story of Mr. March’s surprise homecoming from Louisa Mae Alcott’s classic, Little Women, and adapted it for 4-7 year olds. Who better to review a book than someone it was written for? Heidi is in kindergarten, so we usually spend time working on learning letters and beginning sight words, but I asked Heidi if, that day, she would help me read a new book.  I pulled the book out of my bag and as I told Heidi a little about Little Women, I could see the girl at the table behind us listening,…

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Jane Austen is back in a new web series

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Give a cheer, Webheads! A new Jane Austen-based web series has begun—and we have the EXCLUSIVE interview with the head writer, Kimberly James. Watch the premiere episode of the UK-based From Mansfield with Love, and then read all about it in our exclusive interview here.   WHAT’S HAPPENING Alice went missing on Classic Alice, and the longer she stayed silent, the more worried we were. She will recover from her bumps and bruises after the car accident, but will she recover from driving away Reagan and Andrew?     Laura went on a rescue mission to save the captured coeds, Carmilla ended up dead, and we were reminded that oral storytelling can sometimes be way cooler than seeing the action.…

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Exclusive Interview! From Mansfield with Love

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There is a new Jane Austen adaption in town, and we are the first in the United States with all the deets! (Jane Austen and the internet seem to be made for each other.) From Mansfield with Love, based on Austen’s Mansfield Park, is the first literary web series for British theatrical company Foot in the Door Theatre. No, this isn’t a Pemberley production, but you can’t get more authentically English. In a U.S.-exclusive, head writer Kimberly James took time to answer a few of our burning questions. BOOKTRIB: What is the premise of From Mansfield with Love? KJ: Frankie Price is a fairly bookish 20-year-old working at Mansfield Park, a small country manor hotel owned by the Bertram family.…

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Lit for Webheads: Spotlight on Thanksgiving

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Bring out the green beans in cranberry Jell-O, Triffid ice cream, tea and eclairs! Webheads everywhere, from Valeton to Sanditon, are celebrating literary web series. Let’s raise a glass of chocolate banana cow juice and toast the talented, dedicated people who create them. Whether your Thanksgiving includes football, shopping or a food fight, there’s always time to watch your favorite web series. WHAT’S HAPPENING Did you catch the first-ever web series crossover when Anne Shirley (Green Gables Fables) and Cecily Cardew (In Earnest) became friends on social media and mentioned each other in videos? (Caroline Lee of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries appeared on Emma Approved, but they are in the same universe.) On Carmilla, Laura unsuccessfully tried to rally the…

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Doctor Who make appearance web series

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Maybe you’ve noticed that there is an unexpected common thread in literary web series that warms my nerdy heart: Doctor Who. Carmilla’s Laura has a TARDIS mug. Wendy Darling has a TARDIS dress. Friends of BookTrib, Kyle Walters and Shawn deLoache (The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy), are such big fans that they have a weekly review show. No matter the web series, the references are everywhere. Maybe finding them should be a new drinking game! WHAT’S HAPPENING On In Earnest, Jack is waffling about telling Gwen about Cecily, and Algie is scheming to meet her. Cecily resumes her video diary to avoid studying, and we meet Lacey Prism and Drew Chausible. Will Cecily ever meet the mysterious Earnest?…

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Lit for Webheads: Spotlight on Classic Alice

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The only thing better than rereading a favorite classic is a modern web series adaption! Get the latest on current favorites, news in the world of web series, and discover a gem you’ve missed. SPOTLIGHT ON: Classic Alice What if you decided to live your life according to classic literature and your best friend made a documentary about it? A bad grade on a college essay compels funny, flawed Alice Rackham to do just that. Friend Andrew Pritchard (the irresistible Tony Noto) documents it for a class project while trying to keep her out of trouble. Brainchild of star and writer, Kate Hackett, Alice’s adventures have already ranged from Pygmalion to the current Rip van Winkle. “I wanted to make…

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When Disney meets Marvel: Big Hero 6

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On the heels of the phenomenon that is Frozen, Disney brings us Big Hero 6, the latest Marvel-based offering. Judging from the excitement the film is creating amongst Gen X-ers and Millennials (not to mention the people in my house), Disney is set to have another mega-hit. Billed as a comedy adventure, it tells the story of 14-year-old prodigy Hiro Hamana and the special bond that develops with the robot, Baymax, on their quest to solve an unsettling mystery. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro, a student at San Fransokyo Tech, into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his brilliant fellow nerds, turning them into superheroes. Perhaps the most remarkable…

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Jonesin’ for a Fix: Lit for Webheads

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The only thing better than rereading a favorite classic is—a modern web series adaption! Get the latest on current favorites, news in the world of web series, and discover a series you missed. WHAT’S HAPPENING On In Earnest, Jack (as Earnest) and Gwen are engaged, but her mother isn’t too happy about it. And it’s questionable whether or not Algie’s role play helped prep Earnest (Jack) for his interrogation. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Meanwhile on Green Gables Fables, Anne Shirley has survived the humiliation of being rescued by Gilbert Blythe. But will she survive her exams? Wednesdays. Things are starting to roll on Elinor and Marianne Take Barton. Are there too many men in Marianne’s life? Fridays. On Classic Alice, Ewan McBay has…

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It’s alive! The creature has gone digital. WIN: Frankenstein MD journal

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In the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein uses chemicals to bring life to his hideous creature. In the 1931 film based on the novel, the doctor harnesses the power of electricity to animate the monster. Today, however, the classic story requires the latest technology in order to live on. For the 21st century, Frankenstein has gone digital. The web series Frankenstein, M.D., reimagines the mad doctor as Victoria Frankenstein (Anna Lore), a brilliant medical research student under the mentorship of Dr. Waldeman. As she finishes her M.D./Ph.D., Victoria teams up with fellow med student, Iggy DeLacey (comedian Steve Zaragoza), to present a story about science and a window into her life. The series is…

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WIN: Bring Your Lunch. It’s packed with tasty tips for better eating

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Every summer as I was growing up, my family would take road trips. To save money and time, my parents would pack a cooler, and we would stop for lunch “along the road.” In spite of the variety of sandwiches that might include homemade ham salad, or a loaf of bread with a choice of cold cuts and fixings, more often than not I seemed to end up with a slightly squashed peanut butter and honey sandwich. (I blame my brothers.) Only now do I appreciate how well we ate, with everything fresh. One of the banes of my existence is answering, “What’s for lunch?” whether feeding myself, or making sure that a family member isn’t going to starve, and…

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The world’s most popular TV show asks: Who’s your Doctor?

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Strap on your vortex manipulator and clear your Saturday nights—a new Doctor is coming back! For the uninitiated, The Doctor is the title character in the long-running BBC series, “Doctor Who,” about a renegade Time Lord from the world Gallifrey, who, with his (most often) human companions, travels through time and space to defend the universe.  (See our nifty infographics to learn more.) This series, which began 50 years ago in the U.K, has an irresistible combination of adventure, humor and thrills and has captured imaginations to become the world’s most-watched television series. Author Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy) was a story editor for several years. Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Ocean At The End of The Lane) wrote…

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Move over hobbits and wizards — here come the Dragonriders of Pern

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Harpers strike a stirring chord and beat a triumphant cadence – the original dragons are finally coming to life! Warner Brothers has announced its next movie franchise: it is bringing Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Anne McCaffrey’s beloved Dragonriders of Pern series to the big screen. Now that Harry Potter is out of school and the hobbits back in the Shire, it’s time for the next big multi-part fantasy series. Besides, dragons have never been hotter. And, whether or not you know it, most of those beloved dragons are intentional (or unintentional) homages to the noble beasts on Pern.  In Dragonriders, McCaffrey transformed the dragon from villain to hero, and helped create the science fiction/fantasy sub-genre. The medieval-like fantasy world…

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