Mr Darcy has groupies (gasp)!

Mr. Darcy has groupies!

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All the word nerds wearing this are of course screaming, “Duh!”

Apparently, the mainstream media is now discovering something that the rest of us book nerds already new! Women love Jane Austen and a lot of us really love Mr. Darcy. 

The video is worth a view if you can get over the completely obnoxious covering of it. Both reports seem completely unable to grasp people’s love of Jane Austen and in insulting and condescending way in their labeling of groupies.  And as a music, comic and word groupie, a subculture that has been around for well a long time, I find it slightly horrific that others can’t seem to grasp or understand its existence. 

But if you can get through the obnoxious banter or  if you skip to min 3 of the video, you can see some pretty awesome reenactments, events,  and costumes.  (I’m completely envious of the weekend teas!) 

 

The epicness of literture: a hodgepodge Tuesday

Today is a mash-up day for me.  I just finished work (at my “real job” ), now it’s time to squeeze in a quick blog then off to workout, write and study for my GRE (for my pursuit of my Doctorate’s).

Inspired by this, I thought I’d share a collection of english/literature related links I’ve found over the last few weeks, including a shakespearian take on Star Wars and a giant, albeit slightly creepy statue of Mr. Darcy.

1) Mr. Darcy has surfaced in Hyde Park.

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In an effort to drum up interest in a new TV channel called “Drama”, this statue of Mr. Darcy has appeared in Hyde Park before finding a permanent home in Lyme Park (where the scene it depicts was film.) Personally, I would rather the statue resembles Matthew Macfadyen, but still a 12 statue of Mr. Darcy is pretty darn impressive and it is a great photo opportunity, especially for those like me who love vacations to see road-side, or in this case, lake-side attractions.

2) What can you do with library books? Why dominoes of-course! And that’s just what one library did, constructing a world record domino chain of books. This is every 5 year olds dream. Oh, who am I kidding, I’m 27, and this would be dream come true for me as well:

 

3) Every had a bad flight? I haven’t personally. I’m still a plane virgin and unnatural terrified of the air (looking at you Twilight Zone and William Shanter)…..But for those who have sat hours in a cramped metal tin calledan airplane with crappy movies and oddly microwaved objects, people swear to you is food,  this letter  is for you.

And last but not least.

4) Sometimes two things come together, so unnaturally, like the shy, nerdy boy in high school,  who musters his will to perform a techno dance on stage during the annual Christmas, but forgets his glow sticks, leading to 8 minutes of him whirling his barren hands in the air to a bad beat, that you are entranced. Even if you wanted to look away, you couldn’t.  So it is with a Shakespearean take on Star Wars.

Two things which never should go together, yet, Ian Doescher found a way to combine them, rewriting A New Hope in iambic pentameter . I’m undecided if the work translates to a train-wreck or pure brilliance but either way I can’t look away. His book is available through Quirk Books.

Walkin’ in the shoes of Mr. Darcy

For those word nerdettes like me, who are obsessed with all things Pride and Prejudice and, of course, all things related to Mr. Darcy, Radio Times Travel has a treat for you. They have mapped out the ironic walk Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet took in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation.

If you read my blog, you are well aware that I dislike this version (sorry!). Colin Firth and  Jennifer Ehle’s just rub me the wrong way. But even though I prefer the 2004 and 1980’s adaptations, this has just been added to my bucket list. Now, I just have to find my way over to England……

Even if you aren’t a fan of the book, you should take a look at the article. The the walk has some beautiful sights that would entice any nature lover.

So lace up your shoes! It’s time to follow in some great literary footsteps.

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