Going to “Austenland,” anybody with me?

Blenheim Palance

Hey, we could use THIS place for our Austenland. Naaahhh….I think it’s already occupied. Blenheim Palace image courtesy of Doctor Bob, Morguefile.

I have to do a little victory dance. Yesterday, I heard of a new movie coming out in September called “Austenland” and I’m definitely putting this movie on my must-see list.

“Austenland” is a romantic comedy featuring a character called Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), who is Austen-obsessed to the zillionth degree, especially concerning Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy. She hears about a British resort called Austenland, run by a Mrs. Wattlebrook (Jane Seymour), where she can immerse herself in the Regency era during her vacation and decides to go. From what I’ve seen of the trailer, it looks good.

The resort is not real (*wistful sigh*), but wouldn’t it be fun if it was? Maybe the movie will be so popular that somebody will create one. Hey, I can dream, right? I’m sure that you bloggers over in the U.K. could probably spare a mansion (or two — the demand would be pretty heavy).

I think it would be enormous fun to live in that era, if only for a week. They’d have to host at least one dinner party, a Venetian breakfast and a ball. Jane Austen’s heroines spent a lot of time going to balls and assemblies.

I’d volunteer to write the guide book. You’d need a little something to understand the rules and traditions, like the law of primogeniture, what being compromised means and duels (only fake bullets allowed, mind you). And there should be a dance class to help us get the moves down.

Maybe the movie will be good; maybe it’ll be cheesy. But it’s going to be fun to find out.

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18 responses to “Going to “Austenland,” anybody with me?

  1. The movie is based on a fun book by Shannon Hale. I’m looking forward to the movie too.

  2. I confess. I am not a Jane Austen fan. Sorry. That probably puts me beyond the literary pale, huh.

  3. Not a Jane Austen fan – but this does look like fun. Sounds like an idea someone will pick up on – especially with this movie around.

  4. I read this post and went, “Wait, I’ve seen this.” Nope, twas the book ( didn’t finish). The movie could be better. (hope so)

  5. Oh that sounds like fun. And yes, I’m pretty sure I must have a spare mansion kicking around that I could turn into Austenland, let me go and count them…

  6. I would like to go to Hornbyland or Ffordeland, if I’m across the pond.

  7. Embarrassing confession time: I have never read any Jane Austen.

    • *reels, falls to floor and faints with shock*

      May I suggest the movie versions of Persuasion (Cieran Hinds), Sense & Sensibility (Hugh Grant), and Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth) to get you started? Then you have the fun of comparing the movies to the books.

  8. Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! JJ Feild* is in it! He played my favourite Austen hero, Mr Henry Tilney of Northanger Abbey! I am SO going to have to see this!!!

    *I am SO jealous of Neve Campbell – they’re together!

  9. I am so in love with this and cannot wait to go and see it in theaters! Counting down the days!

    Jane Austen is such an inspiration to several writers (including myself) and without her we would not have these delectable tales. I’m so excited to see how relatable the MC is!

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