Procrastinate with Jane

By Jennifer Abella

Things you may have missed on the Internet lately…. Beckinsale (“Emma,” 1996) is to play the title character in an adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Lady Susan.” The film — called “Love & Friendship” — is set in the 1790s and is set to start filming next month. In it, the widow Lady Susan comes to visit family to get away from rumors about her past. It co-stars Stephen Fry and Chloe Sevigny. No, I don’t know why it’s an adaptation of “Lady Susan” but it’s called “Love & Friendship”  — one of Austen’s juvenilia — either.

The Jane Games — Picture this: Jane Austen’s heroines living under one roof … in a reality competition jane gamesshow. With Lizzie has a driven Harvard student, and Marianne as a whispy mystic. Count me in for this Web series.

If you watched “Emma Approved” and “Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” you’ll want to check out this reel of Brent Bailey’s (Alex Knightley) various auditions for roles on “LBD” and “EA,” including his tryout for Wickham, which … no.

I don’t know about you, but I do enjoy a good Jane Austen sequel/retelling. Flavorwire attempts to explain why.

If you’ve never browsed through fan art, there’s some lovely stuff out there.

Vox explains Pride & Prejudice in two charts.

The Huntington Library in California has acquired unpublished, “deeply personal” letters and poems from Jane Austen’s mother’s family.

In non-Jane Austen news, who’s excited about Harper Lee’s new book?!

About Jennifer Abella

Jennifer Abella is a TV/movie/pop culture/knitting/sewing/Jane Austen geek. Oh, and a total Anglophile. Follow her on Twitter: @nextjen.

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