Laura Shamas, Ph.D.: Hit and Myth: Austenland
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Disclaimer: I am not a Janeite. I mean, yes, I did read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion. And yes, I've also read some of Jane Austen's Juvenilia. And okay, yes: I've seen all sorts of film and television based on her work, including Emma Thompson's 1995 Oscar-winning adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice (including the 1995 BBC mini-series with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, and the 2005 version, adapted by Debra Moggach and starring Keira Knightley), Emma (1996, starring Gwyneth Paltrow) and Amy Heckerling's Clueless (1995, with Alicia Silverstone). And, to be completely candid, yes, it's true: I've been to the Jane Austen Centre in Bath on Gay Street where Austen once lived. But I didn't take the walking tour. So I repeat: I am not a true Janeite. But I love and admire Austen's work, as have so many.
Austenland, written by Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale, based on Hale's novel and directed by Hess, is set in a Janeite
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