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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 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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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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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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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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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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