Revamping Jane Austen

The first time I saw these books on the shelves I thought they were ridiculous, blasphemous, and impetuous.  But then they actually started selling really well.

I still haven’t read any of these books, although Android Karenina does peak my interest.  However, I think the book trailers for these are totally fantastic and worth taking a look at if you haven’t already.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (Dawn of the Dreadfuls):

Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monters:

Android Karenina:

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict – Laurie Viera Rigler

From back of book:  In this Jane Austen inspired comedy, love story, and exploration of identity and destiny, a modern LA girl wakes up as an English woman in Austen’s time.
Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England (Mansfield Park, specifically). Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?
But not even her love of Jane Austen has prepared Courtney for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condomless seducers, and marriages of convenience.

My Review:  When I first picked up this book I thought it would be a chance to fulfill one of my dreams…that is, to wake up in the distant past one day as a lady of wealth.

The book started off for me on an annoying tone.  The protagonist, Courtney, complains about how her last boyfriend left her and she wishes she could still be with him.

It gets much better once she is actually transported to Mansfield Park, but there she finds her Austenian character is in a similar love situation and we get crying romantic all over again.

Overall, this book was not what I expected, but I did enjoy the descriptions of how Courtney dealt with living in the 18th century.

Very happy we have showers now and I don’t have to bath in a large bowl every morning.

I’m still going to check out Rigler’s next book in this series: Rude Awakening of a Jane Austen Addict.  Will be interesting to see how an 18th century character deals with 21st century L.A.

My Top 10 Favourite Classical Movies

 I’m addicted to movies that are categorized as historical fiction! Any time one comes out in the theatre I run out to see it and I am constantly on the look out for ones that were released in the past. Unfortunately though, these types of movies only play in one theatre out of my whole area (shows just how popular they are).

1. Pride & Prejudice (Directed by Joe Wright)

 2. Marie Antoinette (Directed by Sofia Coppola)

 3. Elizabeth (Directed by Shekhar Kapur)

4. Emma (Directed by Diarmuid Lawrence) {sorry Gwyneth Paltrow, but the plot of this one is more true to the novel!}

5. Anna & the King (Directed by Andy Tennant)

6. Ever After (Directed by Andy Tennant)

7. Little Women (Directed by Gillian Armstrong)

8. Chocolat (Directed by Lasse Hallström)

9. Being Julia (Directed by István Szabó)

10. A Knight’s Tale (Directed by Brian Helgeland)

Here is a great list showing all the historical movies ever made and how much money each of them has made: click here

Tell me what your favourite historical fiction movie is!

From the page to the life’s stage: week 4

Penguin Classics Hardcover Books

Penguin and their fabulous classic cover re-designs…again!

To the left is an image of two cloth bound series of Classic Literature books released by Penguin in 2008, and designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.  The concept behind these covers is pattern design and each cover follows a different geometrical pattern. In turn, every pattern speaks to the novel’s atmosphere, themes, or period that it was written.

Coralie Bickford-Smith’s favourite design: Crime and Punishment (the third last book on the second row, red and beige).

Check out Coralie‘s website for other stunning cover re-designs, or stay tuned to my blog for more of her work coming soon!

See the From the Page to the Life’s Stage tab for a list of titles available in this series.

These books are available in Chapters/Indigo/Coles stores for $12.99.

Click here to find a cool desktop background using these books!

From the Page to the Life’s Stage: Week 2

(Check out, From the Page to the Life’s Stage link above, to see previous posts)

Week 2: Penguin’s new covers

Most of you have probably noticed the interesting new cover designs on classic literature books in bookstores. We have Penguin Classics to thank for creating contemporary covers that will hopefully draw in a younger generation of readers. These new covers are a part of Penguins Classic Deluxe editions, which feature 3 graphic covers by artist Ruben Toledo (The Scarlet Letter, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice). His art work is reminiscent of Salvador Dali and includes sculpture, illustrations, paintings and drawings, that have been featured in art galleries, fashion shows, and exhibits around the world. Married to the famed Isabel Toledo, both originally from Cuba, Ruben has given these books a face-lift by adding his touch of artsy glamour. With regards to the books, Ruben said he loved that the heroin of The Scarlett Letter was a seamstress, but his favourite was Wuthering Heights due to its “twisted and perverse story.” If you like these covers, check out some of these links below to see where his art has been featured elsewhere:

A Marriage of Art and Fashion (15 year collaboration with his wife).

Fashion (his art complimenting fashion)