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19 May 2008 @ 10:36 pm
Doctor Who and the Regency World Awards  
The two are not actually related, except for the presence of Felicity Jones.

Did anybody else see "The Unicorn and the Wasp"?  It can be found on YouTube if you know where to look.  My initial reaction to Felicity's performance was that it was rather forced and awkward, but a plot twist later on made it clear that it was supposed to appear that way.

In the Regency World Awards recently conducted by the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, Northanger Abbey (or more particularly, Andrew Davies) triumphed in the category of "Outstanding ‘Jane Austen’ contribution."  However, I am completely flabbergasted that James McAvoy and Anne Hathaway won best actor and actress for Becoming Jane.  Cute as the film may have been (emphasis on "may"), I feel that it was too inaccurate to be considered award-worthy in a competition such as this was.  Humph.  J.J. and Felicity deserved more recognition.  Corresponding "annoyed" Catherine mood pic.  I'm actually quite put-out myself, and I have a sneaking suspicion of a vast conspiracy on the part of the Jane Austen Centre, which evidently rounded up its minions to nominate www.janeausten.co.uk as "Best 'Jane Austen' Website."
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
The Boy Who Dances Away Oppression: Jonny fingering ondes by topsyturvytownondes_martenot on May 21st, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
I'm in the process of working through the Doctor Who episode, and might report back when I've seen the whole thing. In the meantime, may I say that I'm geeking out over the 1920s garb possibly even more than the ~1800 wardrobe for NA?

I'm perturbed about Becoming Jane as well. Perhaps I should withhold judgment since I haven't seen it, but I think I've read enough informal (feminist) critique on the film to have a somewhat informed opinion on it. I completely agree that J.J. and Felicity were more deserving for best actor and actress.
(Anonymous) on May 27th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Regency World Awards

An award for 'Becoming Jane' ? I am all astonishment ! That film made no contribtion to my understanding of Jane Austen or her work. I agree with you BJ was all pretty irrelevant.
However, can't agree on Felicity Jones.
Her portrayal of Catherine was a spoilt brat; annoyed with her younger siblings, staring at men, she also preferred to company of Thorpe to Henry in NA2. Felicity made Catherine into a real Isabella-in-training, notihng like Jane Austen's Catherine. And speaking as a purist meanie; since when did Catherine read 'The Monk' or fantasize over a lecherous monk ? ;-0 I hated that scene of her squirming in bed for Antonio. As for vampires; they were not in C18th popular English literture which is largely what NA is about.
But then, NA2 was a mess. I really have to say I prefer NA1- at least it had lots of Jane dialogue and was filmed in Bath- not Ireland !
modernmorlandmodernmorland on May 27th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Regency World Awards
Hi there! Are you new to our community? If so, I'd like to invite you to make an introduction post to help us get to know you. :-) If you don't have an lj, feel free to comment here with an introduction, and I will post it for you. You're the first of our members to express a preference for NA1, and I'm sure we will have some interesting debates if you stick around. Welcome to only_a_novel!
(Anonymous) on May 29th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
Re: Regency World Awards

Hi again,
Thanks for the welcome. I've visited LJ before; to read and a few posts.
A kindly offer, but I doubt I'd fit in only_a_novel. I've actually enjoyed reading members views on NA2 and don't want to go on being a spoilsport. ;-D
Cheers, everyone !

modernmorlandmodernmorland on May 30th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Regency World Awards
Well, we're an NA community, not an NA2 community, so if you have opinions regarding any of our discussions of the novel, or of anything else, I hope you'll feel comfortable posting them. We haven't discussed NA1 yet, or the Wishbone version, because I'm pretty sure fewer people have seen them and they're not quite as in vogue as NA2 right now. But keep your eyes open for future posts. :-)
(Anonymous) on May 30th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Regency World Awards

A relevant point; understandable the latest NA adpatation creates excitment and people wish to discuss it. I only wish it was somewhat more objective so I think I maybe creating some discomfort.
Honestly, let me say till I read the screenplay, I desperately wanted Mr Davies' NA2 to be filmed- and I remain an AD fan. Yet I can't wait for an NA mini-series. ;)
Some Northangerians like neither NA1 or NA2; I agree with their criticism Jane didn't intend her story to be overshawdowed by the gothic elements; a mistake of both adaptations, imo.
Delighted if you have seen Pup Fiction. :) Wishbone-NA retains much of JA's parody. I found Wishbone as cute a Henry as JJ- in a different way ! John 'ta-ta' Thorpe is flashy and dishonest, as in JA's book. A nice sweet Catherine- portrayed as naive yet with potential; not stupid ! Of course, many shortcuts in Pup Fiction Sigh ! Seems those film makers can't resist the lure of a gothicky abbey. I'm glad if you intend to discuss Pup Fiction-NAW and will keep my eyes open for future posts. Thanks. :)
ibmiller: Jane Bennet 1995ibmiller on May 29th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
Felicity Jones
While Catherine was annoyed with her siblings, it seemed to me more of a maturation depiction - she was more irritated in the beginning, when she selfishly left the family games and read alone, but when she returns, she takes much time with them to tell them stories and try to be a good big sister. As an older sibling myself, I rather liked her portrayal.

And though her dream sequences did become a bit annoying, I thought the way Felicity Jones portrayed Catherine was innocently curious and a little silly, rather than lascivious or prurient.

That said, I was glad they cut the bath scene from the US DVD.
(Anonymous) on May 30th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: Felicity Jones

Ah, a case in point. ;D

JA's Catherine as the eldest girl and 'very kind to the little ones' (ch.1) and loved games like cricket.
Catherine in the book is good natured, kindly and sweet- before she visited Bath.
That bathtub fantasy was silly & irrelevent. 'Innocently curious' ? Hey, she squirms on the bed lusting for the monk who rapes Antonia.
Matthew Lewis is a different school of Gothic to Anne Radcliffe !
That bath tub was silly & irrelevant; but JJ Feild carried off that scene with class.
By the way, I disagree with you one must be 'holier than thou' to dislike NA.
I don't mind if people enjoy the film; but I'll reserve my own opinion whether this is a good adaptation; thanks.
In NA, Catherine's fantasies are largely influenced by Udolpho. Actually, she did far too much fantasizing in this film !
I feel you misreprent AUstenblog's Vampyre Chronicles abit; you posted Part 1 which consisted of NA2 discussion but Part 2 & Part 3 parody NA2 in the spirit of Austen which some NA2 fans also enjoyed. It was a joke ! ;-D

ibmiller: Jane Bennet 1995ibmiller on May 30th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Felicity Jones
I'm a little confused - you seem to be responding to something other than my reply here. To which of my posts/responses are you replying? And have I discussed this with you before?
(Anonymous) on May 30th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Felicity Jones

A general reply as you and I have not discussed NA2; but been present on discussion threads- I am responding to your above post; also to your previous comments on LJ and elsewhere on JA posters who are not NA2 fans.
(Anonymous) on May 30th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Felicity Jones

A general reply- you and I have not discussed NA2; but been present on same discussion threads- I responded to your above post; also to your previous comments on LJ & elsewhere on JA posters who are not NA2 fans.