Bill Nighy will be playing the father of Emma Woodhouse, Mr. Woodhouse, while Callum Turner will be playing Frank Churchill, a young man determined to keep his engagement a secret throughout the story. The story tells the tale of Emma Woodhouse, who lives in the fictional village of Highbury. The novel tells the story of youthful hubris, focusing on several families within the village through Emma’s eyes.
Playing the lead, Emma, will be Ana-Taylor Joy, whose credits include The Witch and Split. This adaptation will be directed by former music video director Autumn de Wilde, making her feature film debut. Also in the cast are Gemma Whelan, Mia Goth, and Johnny Flynn. The film will be splashing onto screens in 2020 and will such a star-studded cast, we can’t wait to see it!
2017’s Playwright of the Year Kate Hamill’s adaptation of the two-centuries-old novel Pride and Prejudice is set to run on the Syracuse Stage from March 20 – April 7, 2019.
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A little history:
A comedy of manners in Britain’s Regency era, the novel charts the emotional development of Elizabeth Bennet, known as Lizzy, whose family faces a financial crisis. Her mother urges her to marry any man who can provide for her and right on her porch are two men: Mr. Bingley, who’s rich, and Mr. Darcy, who Elizabeth falls head over heels for, in spite of the fact that he isn’t considered socially ‘proper’. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy is afraid to marry Elizabeth because she belongs to a different social class—despite the fact he’s madly in love with her.
In the end, both Elizabeth and Darcy learn to disregard the social pressure to marry wealthy people and instead marry for love. With over 20 million copies sold, this literary classic has literally been in the public consciousness for centuries.
So there’s a lot riding against the new stage adaptation, but again, Kate Hamill has written it. Oh yeah, she won her 2017 award after receiving praise for her adaptation of the William Makepeace Thackeray’s 1847-1848 serial novel Vanity Fair for stage from bothThe New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
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Even more, The Daily Orange writes that “Hamill views her process as a collaboration between the author and herself. She said she ensures her pieces are unique from the original, while still having the key moments those familiar with the novel will recognize.” Not surprising, seeing as this version is set to have musical numbers, including at least one scene with disco music.
Plus this new adaptation will not only be directed by Hamill’s fiancé, Jason O’Connell, but Kate Hamill will have a dual role: Lydia Bennet, the youngest of the Bennet sisters, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy’s aunt.
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Furthermore, this isn’t the first adaption of Pride and Prejudice Kate Hamill has created. In 2017, Kate Hamill and Jason O’Connell starred as the main character at the premiere of Hamill’s adaptation. Don’t think this will be just a remake of that version, though, because O’Connell told in an addressed to The Daily Orangethat, “…the actors I’ve cast now need the freedom to bring their own talents and energies to these characters, and not feel that they need to replicate my and Kate’s earlier performances.”
With that said, this new adaptation might be something to see.
It’s Valentine’s Day—now more than ever, we need a book to fall madly in love with. This week, we’ve got three reads that are sure to show you a good time. (If you’re in the middle of a less satisfying novel, consider a dalliance with one of these. We won’t tell.) Our picks this week are fun yet honest, ideal qualities for any date! While some of these are romance-oriented, let’s not forget that self-love and personal development counts for more than we sometimes remember. So, honestly, love yourself and give one of these a read. Without further ado, here are Bookstr’s Three to Read: the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week. Time to find your perfect match!
OUR HOT PICK
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.
On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.
Bookstr’s valentine is On the Come Upbecause we’ve fallen in love with #1 New York Times bestselling Angie Thomas, one of the most powerful voices in YA fiction today. Thomas expertly follows her breakout hit The Hate U Givewith this novel, a raw, insightful, and often funny depiction of coexisting ambition and poverty. Thomas strikes a masterful balance when discussing issues of racism and structural inequality, using her light and playful voice to approach topics few other YA authors have addressed in such detail. Her careful examination of social issues and deeply nuanced characters will appeal to old fans and snag new ones. Warm, earnest, and honest, On the Come Up is your perfect book date this V-day, and it’s sure to be a match.
OUR Coffee Shop Read
Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.
He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.
But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.
As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…
Jack of Hearts and Other Partsis as unabashedly queer as its protagonist, including surprisingly frank and open discussions of sex. We’re talking better than sex-ed, complete with descriptions of different types of sex; advice on coming out; and even discussions of asexuality, an often misunderstood sexual orientation. L.C. Rosen is—excuse the pun—ballsy in his open portrayal of sex, drinking, smoking, and partying, boldly addressing facets of some teenagers’ lives that few authors cover in such detail. Readers will love this proud and confident gay protagonist, whose story is refreshingly fun and upbeat. Open, honest, and incredibly fun, this one’s hot enough to be your Valentine’s book date. Don’t drink too much coffee—you’ll want to bring this book to bed.
Our Dark Horse
In this one-of-a-kind retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider.
A scandal and vicious rumor concerning the Binat family have destroyed their fortune and prospects for desirable marriages, but Alys, the second and most practical of the five Binat daughters, has found happiness teaching English literature to schoolgirls. Knowing that many of her students won’t make it to graduation before dropping out to marry and have children, Alys teaches them about Jane Austen and her other literary heroes and hopes to inspire the girls to dream of more.
When an invitation arrives to the biggest wedding their small town has seen in years, Mrs. Binat, certain that their luck is about to change, excitedly sets to work preparing her daughters to fish for rich, eligible bachelors. On the first night of the festivities, Alys’s lovely older sister, Jena, catches the eye of Fahad “Bungles” Bingla, the wildly successful—and single—entrepreneur. But Bungles’s friend Valentine Darsee is clearly unimpressed by the Binat family. Alys accidentally overhears his unflattering assessment of her and quickly dismisses him and his snobbish ways. As the days of lavish wedding parties unfold, the Binats wait breathlessly to see if Jena will land a proposal—and Alys begins to realize that Darsee’s brusque manner may be hiding a very different man from the one she saw at first glance.
Readers will fall madly in love with this modern update on a timeless classic. While Unmarriageableis delightful and romantic, it also doesn’t hesitate to address the double standards that women face in regards to romance, sex, and courtship. A rich depiction of Muslim culture, Soniah Kamal‘s novel glitters with beautiful language and imagery that would enchant any potential reader. It’s as fun as it is aware, expertly examining social stratification as it takes its readers on an entertaining, colorful romp. Kirkus Reviews called this release “a charming update to the original,” perfect for Austen fans and any reader looking for a perfect match.
Although Jane Austen is known for her novels set in the Regency period, it happens that she really, really hated the regent himself, Prince George (later George IV). But a new discovery in the Royal Archives suggests that he was among her first readers.
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A bill of purchase from 1811 was recently unearthed in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle, where an effort is underway to catalogue over 350,000 papers relating to King George III and his household. It shows a charge of fifteen shillings to the Prince Regent for a copy of Austen’s first novel, Sense and Sensibility. Notably, the transaction took place before the book’s first public advertisement, which places him among her earliest readers. Scholars believe this to be the first documented sale of an Austen book.
Austen’s dislike of the Prince Regent is infamous. She once wrote in a letter, “Poor [Princess Caroline], I shall support her as long as I can, because she is a Woman, & because I hate her Husband.” But George was a “great admirer” of her work, and the royal librarian met with her, giving her “permission” to dedicate her next book to the Prince Regent. That’s not the kind of “offer” you can refuse.
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She reluctantly wrote a simple dedication: “Emma, Dedicated by Permission to H.R.H. The Prince Regent.” Her publisher insisted that she write something more flattering, and so Emma is dedicated, “To His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, this work is, by His Royal Highness’s permission, most respectfully dedicated by His Royal Highness’s dutiful and obedient humble servant, the author”. Austen scholars consider this to be purposefully and exaggeratedly pompous, not reading like her usual prose at all.
She’d probably be relieved to know that most modern publications do not include this dedication.
A hotter, sexier adaptation of the novel that Jane Austen was working on when she died is being developed by Andrew Davies, reportsThe Guardian. Davies previously wrote the screenplays for the BBC’s War and Peace and Pride and Prejudice.
With only eleven chapters completed upon Austen’s death in 1817, Sanditon focuses on Charlotte Haywood as she bears witness to the business minded Mr. Parker’s efforts to transform the titular seaside town from a quaint fishing village into a luxury resort.
The sex appeal comes into play with the main selling pointof the show reportedly being “quite a bit of nude bathing” along with the Austen staples of feisty female protagonists and eligible bachelors abound.
This latest effort will join a host of other adaptations of Sanditon which fancied themselves continuations of the original. With only eleven chapters from the original manuscript to work with, many have tried to complete the work, based upon Austen’s fragment. Here’s to hoping Davies’ production enthralls lovers of epic period pieces.