anghraine: watercolour of jane austen; text: intj (jane austen (was an intj))
I didn't sign up for [community profile] month_of_meta , but I did want to do something, preferably several somethings, as they occurred to me. A lot of this is probably familiar to my f-list (I originally did it on Tumblr), but I think it's worth repeating a few dozen times :)

disclaimer: it doesn’t mean your fic is terrible badwrong if you don’t do these things or that nobody likes it or that your fic is even not good or that I am a perfect Georgian-period Austen fanwriter who has followed this to the letter from seventeen onwards, it’s just stuff that makes me (and most of my friends, but don’t worry, I’m not a BNF), more likely to read. Also, I tried to list things that are helpful for fic based on any of the novels, but the examples are from P&P since that’s like 95% of the fandom.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
I was hoping to catch up before my birthday in *squints* forty minutes (though I guess I can give myself until 8:10, haha), which seems fairly unlikely. But, more!

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anghraine: regency man holding a book; text: love, pride & delicacy (darcy)
A very short, vaguely cracky response to the fandom's fixation on Darcy's attractiveness. Not pointing fingers in this case (I am equally guilty! and it's not like there isn't some glorious female gazing going on in canon), but for some reason I felt it needed even more fic.

title: untitled (aka the fic all about Darcy being gorgeous)
verse: canon-compliant

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anghraine: brown-haired cartoon girl with a wide smile, large black eyes, a bloodstained shawl, a cup of tea, a sword, and a crown (me (as author!))
Otherwise known as license to ramble!

Left to Follow isn't quite my first fanfic ever (that would be this chapter), but nearly, and really the first one written from within fandom, in response to fandom. And it is my first Austenfic, which seems appropriate for today. Er, yesterday by now, but it was today when I wrote this. Okay.

I'm going to assume everyone who reads this has already read the story and knows how it ends (or they...wouldn't be reading?), so spoilers, I guess.

the commentary! )
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
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Title: First Impressions (4/13, 5/13)

Fanverse: First Impressions

Blurb: Mr Collins chooses the companion of his future life, Mr Wickham tells of his tragic, tragic life, the Netherfield Ball happens, as does some minor inbreeding.

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Chapter Four )

Chapter Five )
anghraine: luke walking onto a hill, backdrop of himself and the binary sunset; text: destiny awaits (luke skywalker)
Warning:  this is very long, very rambly, and very inconclusive except for some strong opinions in the middle.  But hey, no TV Tropes!

So, I will definitely be writing The Adventures of Lucy Skywalker for the au_bb. I might try Revenge of the Jedi as well, since I’d really like to get it done; I definitely won’t be doing the massive P&P genderswap, but that’s okay. It’s going to a good home and I’m still creator/editor/consultant, so it’ll be like … partial custody.

Lucy! )
First Impressions )  Sex, sexuality, stuff )

moar First Impressions! )

moar Lucy! )
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (pastrylove)
I cannot say how many times I have heard certain fanon "facts" about appearance repeated over and over - and they're not just popular and prevalent, like a good deal of fanon, either.  With appearance, people will actually insist that they're what Austen/the book says.  e.g., Jane is listed under the TV Tropes entry "Hair of Gold," with this explanation:

Following the frequent book descriptions as 'fair-haired', in the two most recent film adaptations of Pride And Prejudice, the prettiest (and most innocent) daughter, Jane, is a blonde 

It's stretched far beyond purely Internet fanon, too:  Colin Firth's hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes were actually dyed for the 1995 P&P; blonde Jennifer Ehle wore a dark wig for Elizabeth and even Susannah Harker's naturally blonde hair was lightened.  Mary got spots, and Mr Collins grease.  The 2005 P&P likewise gave Keira Knightley a wig much darker than her naturally light brown/dark blonde hair, and Matthew Macfadyen insisted that he wasn't dark enough to physically resemble Austen's Darcy.

So, given the rampant assumptions and clichés, I decided to track down what canon actually tells (or more often, doesn't tell) us about what the characters look like.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (crack!OTP)
Two more P&P fantasy drabbles - one which should be self-explanatory, and another wherein vampire!Wickham gets his just desserts:

Hunsford )


Persuasion )
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (muse)

[reposting from wordpress]

In my corner of the Jane Austen fandom, one of the more hotly contested lines is something that Darcy says during the dreadful Hunsford scene: Disguise of every sort is my abhorrence. (He makes several other comments to the same effect throughout the book, but they receive much less attention.) Side 1 says something like, ‘See? He doesn’t lie, so when he says —-, he must be telling the truth.’ The other says, ‘But what about Bingley and Jane? He did lie, so therefore he is fully capable of misrepresenting himself so therefore we can’t trust anything he says.’

And, in my not so humble opinion, both are pretty far afield, so I’m yet again weighing in on the subject — this time in the context of Wickham.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (warning)
Back at HG, there used to be regular drabblefests; of course, when the supernatural one came around, I couldn't help but leap on the opportunity to mix Austen and magic.  Here are the first two.



Sword and Sorcery! )


Shades of Pemberley )
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (pastrylove)
[reposted from wordpress]

Just a very short point, which came up regarding the 2005 Pride and Prejudice. Darcy proposing outside, in the rain, and explaining his motivations re: Bingley is a change. For Darcy and Elizabeth, disasters always happen indoors; morever, book!Darcy is just enough master of himself to know that he isn’t master of himself and certainly should not try explaining anything, which bizarrely allows him to finish that disaster off with a modicum of grace. P&P3’s version is not remotely similar to what happened in the book and therefore alters his characterisation.

 

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (warning)
[reposted from wordpress]


I was just reading some reviews of Patricia Rozema’s version of Mansfield Park and, of course, must vent.

I love the novel Mansfield Park — it’s my favourite Jane Austen novel after Pride and Prejudice, and I admire it more.  So when I finally laid my hands on a copy of the adaptation, I was rather looking forward to a decentish version.

 

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (muse)

[Reposted from wordpress]

(2) What should we read into the fact that Lydia is both the youngest and tallest of the Bennet girls?

A1: Let’s see. She’s overgrown and immature? The sisters who seem closest to her in nature are both slight and delicate - fundamentally different? Yet another parallel to tall, womanly Georgiana Darcy? I can keep going if you want.

 

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (warning)
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I recently rediscovered my copy of So You Think You Know Jane Austen? and, just for kicks, went through the P&P section, as that’s the one I know the best. If I may offer a word of advice? If you own and/or are considering owning this book, take everything the authors assert with a grain of salt — with a mound of salt, as it were.

So, largely for the purpose of venting, here are my ‘Yes, I rather do think I know Jane Austen’ replies; by the way, this is supposedly arranged by level of difficulty, from easy to difficult.

(For convenience’s sake, I assume the events of the novel occur over 1799-1800; ‘A1′ is my original reply, A2 their answer, with some typically kind and sweet-natured comments on my part.)Read more... )

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