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“Austenland” (2013)

Book Vs Movie Podcast

Book Vs. Movie: Austenland
The 2007 Hale Book Vs the 2013 Keri Russell Movie

The Margos are feeling romantic in this episode that is about all things Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy. The 2007 novel Austenland by Shannon Hale tells the story of an early 30-something woman named Jane Hayes who dreams of living life as if it were Pride & Prejudice everyday. When a wealthy Aunt leaves her a trip to “Austenland” in England–she believes she will find her own Colin Firth there.

Austenland is a place in England where Jane Austen fans can live the life of the Regency era filled with period-appropriate clothes, lavish meals, and chances to partner in an old-fashioned way. Jane takes on the name “Miss Jane Erstwhile” and meets two potential suitors: Martin and Mr. Nobley. Whom will she choose as her “Mr. Darcy?”

The movie is written and directed by Jerusha Hess and has Keri Russell as our lead, Jane. It also has Jennifer Coolidge and Bret McKenzie which maybe saves the whole thing. Or does it?
So, between the original story and the 2013 film-which did we prefer?

In this ep the Margos discuss:
The “Mr. Darcy” love is real!
The soundtrack for the movie
Key differences between the book and the movie
The cast: Keri Russell (Jane,) Jennifer Coolidge (Elizabeth Charming,) Bret McKenzie (Martin,) JJ Field (Mr. Nobley,) Jane Seymour (Mrs. Wattlesbrook,) Georgia King (Lady Amelia Heartwright,) and James Callis as Colonel Andrews

Clips used:
Jane plays the piano
Austenland trailer
Jane in the rain with Nobley
The ladies read
Jennifer Coolidge’s “creepy tower” scene
The last scene with Jane and Nobley
Music Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes


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