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Pride and Prejudice

Great American Listening: Our Country’s Top Picks

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PBS has just concluded a national survey and an eight-part series that explored and celebrated the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels: THE GREAT AMERICAN READ. The final results just released put TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD definitively on top, with four finalists: the Outlander series, the Harry Potter series, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and the Lord of the Rings series. What strikes me with these favorites is that many of them offer spectacular listening. There is just one recording of MOCKINGBIRD available—a respectful straight-up narration by Sissy Spacek as Scout telling the story. However, for the #2 title, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, we’ve reviewed five unabridged versions, and at least eight are available on Audible. Josephine Bailey’s P & P got an Earphones Award from us,…

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Book Club Guest Blog: “The Witch of Willow Hall”

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It’s a daunting task writing about witches and ghosts and keeping an adult audience captivated with realism and empathy. So I had low expectations for Hester Fox’s The Witch of Willow Hall (Graydon House) but found myself pleasantly surprised. The plot line was so enthralling, I couldn’t put the book down. It read like a Jane Austen book. I found it had so many parallels with Pride and Prejudice – the time period, the innocent  nature of the love story, the use of the prefixes Mr. and Miss to reference young men and women, the dynamic of three sisters struggling to uphold their family’s reputation and win the interest of an eligible bachelor, and most importantly, the eloquent style of writing. The courtship…

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Why The Classic Books Still Matter Today

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We booklovers are book collectors, dedicated readers who revisit our own personal collections. Most of our bookcases are eclectic and reflect distinctive tastes and interests. Yet for many of us, among our precious books are those novels that are deemed “the classics.” Not every title that we own, of course, falls into this category, but usually it is an impressive amount. The books have their own history — perhaps some were purchased for high school assigned readings or course curriculum from our college days. Others have been recommended or received as gifts, or we have chosen them on our own out of curiosity. This section of one’s bookshelf represents our past and our present. The titles exist in their own…

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Debut Author Julia Sonneborn Talks Jane Austen, First Drafts and Adaptations

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Over the years, there have been some pretty interesting retellings and adaptions of our favorite books. Sometimes they work and other times they don’t, but it’s always fun to read another author’s take on the original work. Now Julia Sonneborn, English professor and debut author, has written our favorite adaptation yet. By The Book is not just a fun, fantastically written read, but it’s also an updated, modern version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.     Anne Corey, an English professor in California working to make tenure, gets the surprise of her life when her ex-boyfriend, Adam, becomes the college’s new president. She knows she should have other, better things on her mind – her aging father, that book deal she’s been trying to get,…

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Feminists Unite: Literary Costumes Inspired by 6 Badass Women!

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Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to finally decide on a costume. We’ve been rolling around ideas for weeks, but still haven’t been able to land on the perfect choice. Not only do we want something clever and fun, but we also want to show off our feminist side by going as a strong female character who inspires and empowers us. Here at Booktrib, we like to turn to books for inspiration. And why not? There are tons of smart, strong women in literature to emulate this year. We’ve wracked our brains to round up some original ideas that we’re sure are going to be the hit of any party. Here they are, 6 of our favorite…

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‘Pride and Prejudice’ Gets a Modern Makeover in ABC’s ‘Eligible’

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Last week, ABC committed to a pilot episode of Eligible, an adaptation of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Pride and Prejudice-inspired bestseller. Two CW alums and I. Marelene King, the showrunner of Pretty Little Liars, will work behind the camera to cast modern magic onto everyone’s favorite literary couple. Premiere date and casting announcements are still forthcoming. via GIPHY Lizzie Bennet and her brooding beau have made several trips to the screen throughout the past few decades. Most famously, Colin Firth played Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries before returning to the role in the more loosely based Bridget Jones’ Diary. Since Keira Knightley’s turn as Lizzie in the 2005 Oscar-nominated film, the Austen classic has also found its way to YouTube before…

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Friday Flashback: The 10 Best Mr. Darcy’s – From Favorite Films to Books

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We’ve got Mr. Darcy on the brain lately. And who can blame us? Darcy is one of those literary heroes who has transcended the page to become a cultural icon. Stubborn, proud, and hopelessly in love with Elizabeth Bennet, he’s one of our favorite parts of Pride and Prejudice – and one of our favorite book boyfriends in general. This summer marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, so it’s no wonder that Darcy is consuming our thoughts. The author died on July 18, 1817, at age 41, after having written 7 novels that become instant classics and 2 unfinished works that will always leave us wondering, what if?. There’s a reason that Austen is still just as popular 200 years…

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The Basic Bitch Exists in Books and We Have Five Favorites

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Fall is the season of basic bitches: pumpkin spice everything, infinity scarves, knee-high boots and scented candles that smell like “Autumn Wreath.” A basic bitch devours these things, or at least Instagrams herself with them on the regular: #lovingfall #pumpkins #uggsarewarm. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, let me educate you: a basic bitch is a girl with no real distinct personality, who loves anything that’s popular and paints her life as an endless stream of duck-face selfies while clutching a Starbucks latte. We all know a basic bitch—hell, sometimes we are basic bitches (pumpkin spice just tastes sooo good!). And basic bitches have been around a lot longer than you’d think: they’ve been cropping up in our books for…

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Top 5 Heroines We Want to be our Bestie

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As much as I love my book boyfriends, I also have a soft spot for the ladies. I might not want to make out with them in quite the same way, but I definitely want to hang out, watch Netflix, drink tea and complain about our love lives. You know, typical girls’ night activities. I call these women my book BFFs; those characters I know I’d be best friends with if we were to ever meet in real life. And they were, you know, real. So in honor of those endlessly interesting female characters, here are my top five book besties, in no particular order. Hazel Grace: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green Diagnosed with terminal cancer and placed…

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Blunt Talk’s Walter and Harry Inspires Our Literary Bromance Picks

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How does Walter Blunt do it? How does the loud, pompous British newscaster (played by Sir Patrick Stewart in the new Starz comedy Blunt Talk, premiering Saturday, August 22) juggle his career, his wake of failed marriages, his continuing sexual indiscretions and his ongoing drug and alcohol abuse? Clearly, it’s too much for one man to handle. Blunt can only get by with the assistance of his ever-loyal manservant Harry, who is so utterly devoted to his boss that he tests the coke before Blunt snorts it (“What would I ever do without you, Harry?” Blunt asks. “What would I do without you, Major?” is Harry’s answer). Ah, the bromance—the iron-clad bond between one man and another that goes past…

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How to be a Lizzie Bennet, Margaery Tyrell or Scarlett O’Hara bride

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Wedding season is fast approaching, and if you’re in the process of planning your own special day then you’ll soon find yourself facing thousands of difficult decisions. Should you invite that great aunt you barely remember? How mad will your sister be if you don’t make her Maid of Honor? Is there such a thing as too many mason jars? But perhaps the most important decision of all is The Dress. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want a small country wedding or something a little more off-beat, inspiration can always be found in your favorite novels. Here are six literary-inspired styles to help you find that perfect look on your wedding day: Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and…

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My dear, you SHOULD give a damn

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Lists are everywhere. Books are everywhere. So it makes sense that lists about books are omnipresent. There are lists of the best books ever written, the worst books ever written, the books you should read before you die, the books you should read to make sure you never die (immortal vampires, anyone?), and everything in between. I hate to be the one to break it to you that it is impossible for you to read all the books currently in publication, let alone the thousands coming down the pike. Even with that new-fangled app that purports to let you read a novel in 90 minutes (that’s a gripe for another time), you simply won’t get to turn every page of…

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Dear readers: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

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For Christmas this year I received one of the best presents ever: a Pride and Prejudice scarf. Yes, some enterprising Etsy artist figured out a way to print pages from my favorite book onto an infinity scarf. I. Am. Obsessed. Amazing, right? Because I love books so much—and television, let’s be honest—I started thinking about other accessories inspired by my favorite novels or TV shows. Here are some of the best I’ve found so far: Sherlock Holmes Necklace A-plus for presentation when it comes to this minimalist quote-based necklace. I love the way it plays with colors…plus it would be an honor to wear something that constantly reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch. “How I Met Your Mother” Necklace  Another quote-inspired piece…

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Ever wonder what Elizabeth Bennet would wear to Mr. Bingley’s party?

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Ever wonder what modern-day Elizabeth Bennet would wear to Mr. Bingley’s house party? Or what twenty-first century outfit Anna Karenina might chose to throw herself in front of a high speed rail? Well, wonder no more—here are four modern outfits inspired by some of your favorite classical novels. But first, the covers to inspire your contemporary creations. Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennett knows how to dress herself for a party. And this Stop Staring dress is a more modern silhouette of the Regency dresses she’s used to. Throw in a little (*ahem* cheap *ahem*) bling and she’s all ready to catch Darcy’s eye while house music blares on in the background.   Anna Karenina If any classic novel heroine could pull…

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Need a date (or want to stay single)? Open a book.

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Literature is rife with romantic prospects, as well as those people your mother would tell you to avoid at all costs. When you’re sitting at home, staring at your bookshelf this Valentine’s Day, consider these fictional characters who would arguably make a better (or infinitely worse) date than that one you’re either preparing (or wishing) for. There’s someone here for everyone. Let’s start with the ones in the plus column.     Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice): Everyone’s (or at least most people’s) favorite eligible Austen man, Mr. Darcy is the one you want if you’re into hate-at-first-sight that eventually blossoms into love.         Count Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula): A less obvious choice, but…

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