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A variety of things to talk about today…

First off: Tomorrow, I’m off to London and Nice!

Todd has a conference in Nice, and neither of us has ever been to the Riviera. (Ooh! It sounds so chic! So sophisticated! So terrifying!)

We’ll be there for a bit over a week, and I will hopefully be able to putter about alone even though I know no French at all. (Todd knows some, but he’ll be falling asleep in physics talks.)

And hopefully the chic, sophisticated people will not sneer at me. (Or if they do, they’ll do it in French, so I have no idea what they’re sneering about!)

On the way back from Nice, we’re going to spend a few days in London. Todd will do a little more work there, and then we will see things.

We haven’t yet decided what, though. We’ve never seen Syon House, so we might do that.

We have seen the Wallace Collection several times, but not recently, so that sounds good.

Afternoon tea is always a great temptation…

And then there’s a play on in London right now called “Kean,” which is supposed to be kind of sort of maybe about Edmund Kean, which sounds interesting…

(And, while I’m on the subject of plays, I will admit that we have tickets to see Spamalot… Which has a Regency link, in a way: it stars Simon Russell Beale, who played Charles in the Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds film of Persuasion!)

And usually when we go to London, we end up walking around St. James’s, and seeing Trafalgar Square, and spending time in the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery… And did I mention tea? 🙂

Let’s see — I haven’t been inside St. Paul’s Cathedral recently, so that’s always a possibility…

Nor have I been to Greenwich in a while. (Lots of great Regency research there, of course!)

I must confess, we tend to buy far more books than we should. This time, I will really honestly try to be restrained, and spend far less time on Charing Cross Road.

Anyway, I will be gone during my next two Tuesday blogs, so I’ll try to leave something entertaining for you all to read!

By the way, in case you hadn’t heard…

Pride and Prejudice‘s Jennifer Ehle won a Tony Award Sunday night, for Tom Stoppard’s Coast of Utopia!

Yay, Lizzy Bennet!

Speaking of Jane Austen movies (aren’t I always?) — the first film of the Jane Austen Movie Club has been decided!

On Tuesday, July 3, our Jane Austen Movie Club will discuss the adaptation of Persuasion starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds (and Simon Russell Beale!) from 1995. (Future choices of the club will be made through discussion here, but there wasn’t enough time this time!) So be sure to stop in on July 3 and discuss it!

(For more info on what I’m talking about, see here:
Jane Austen Movie Club )

Now I’m off to pack…

Cara King, who owns way too many books

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I had a lot of fun here last Tuesday, discussing the upcoming batch of Jane Austen adaptations. (Upcoming in the US, anyway — most of them have already aired in the UK!)

As you all can tell, my interest in movies and my interest in Jane Austen intersect to make me a semi-obsessive Austen movie nut.

I may not love every adaptation.

I may not love every casting choice.

I may not love the decision to have Keira Knightley running around, sans bonnet, her hair straggling down her back.

But I’m still going to see every adaptation I can get my hands on.

And once I see them, I love to dissect them, talk about them, praise them and make fun of them!

And I know that a lot of you feel the same way I do.

So… I had a thought. How about a Risky Regencies Jane Austen movie club?

Here’s how my idea looks, in its current form: The first Tuesday of every month, anyone who’s interested can stop by the Risky Regencies blog to discuss a particular Austen adaptation. (And, of course, the discussion can continue as long as people are interested!)

People can talk about their memories of the last time they saw the particular adaptation, even if it was years ago — or they can watch it again (or for the first time) especially for the discussion, and have all the details fresh in mind.

So — would any of you be interested? Are you likely to participate?

If your answer is “maybe,” is there anything that would turn your answer to a “yes”?

Do you have any alterations that you think would improve the stated plan?

Which adaptations do you think would be most fun to discuss?

If I think there’s enough interest, we can go ahead and do this on Tuesday, July 3, and see how it goes! (And if it doesn’t go well, it will have been a fun experiment!)

Long live Jane Austen!

Cara King: Regency Author, Movie Nut, and Austen Groupie

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