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Jane Austen’s 12 Most Delightful Insults

Don't ever change, Jane!

In celebration of one of the coolest women in literature, here are Jane Austen’s 12 most delightful insults, from her fiction to her personal acquaintances, even to the King of England himself.

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How I Set About Queering Jane Austen

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people have always been kicking around society; it is inconceivable that Jane Austen would never have met one in her lifetime. And as she was a great observer of humanity it is almost as unlikely that she would never have included a queer person in her writing—whether or not she knew what made them act in such a way.

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Elizabeth Won’t Trade a Sword for a Ring in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Trailer

I have a soft spot for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, even though the original book adaptation was essentially created in a lab to please fangirls.

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Finally: The BBC Is Working On a Netflix-Style Streaming Service

According to The Atlantic, The BBC is currently developing a "Netflix-style streaming service offering programming past and present."

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Kickstarter Campaign for Janet Lee’s Illustrated Pride and Prejudice Enters its Final Hours

No zombies allowed.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Eisner Award-winning artist Janet Lee is incredibly rad, and if you're a Jane Austen fan who'd like to see Lee bring the Bennets to life, now's the time to head over to the Kickstarter for her illustrated Pride and Prejudice!

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Things We Saw Today: A Very Whovian New Comic Book Day

Allons-y! Geronimo!

I've been loving Titan Comics' Doctor Who stories for both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors - they sound just like the characters from the shows, they both feature female companions of color, and they're way more interesting than the actual current episodes of Who. The first volumes of both Doctors' stories come out today with great covers from Alice X. Zhang and I recommend you pick them up!

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Things We Saw Today: This Karate Cat Shirt Is Very Important


Thank you, Zumiez. Thank you.

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Guys, There’s a Paper That Describes the Relationship Between Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy Using Math

Peanut Butter and Chocolate

"A mathematical model is proposed for interpreting the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy portrayed by Jane Austen in the popular novel Pride and Prejudice. The analysis shows that the story is characterized by a sudden explosion of sentimental involvements, revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation in the model. The paper is interesting not only because it deals for the first time with catastrophic bifurcations in romantic relation-ships, but also because it enriches the list of examples in which love stories are described through ordinary differential equations…. A series of small discoveries can give rise to a sudden turning-point in the development of a love story. In mathematical terms these turning-points are nothing but so-called catastrophes, which, in the case of Pride and Prejudice, are technically revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation.”Discover has a lingo-laced excerpt from the paper "A mathematical model of 'pride and prejudice'" ("as a consequence of the letter the upper saddle-node bifurcation curve is crossed from below and this crossing implies a discontinuous jump from x’ to x”’..."), plus a graph. A graph. It's so beautiful. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged That This Pride & Prejudice Proposal Is the Cutest Ever

Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

Jane Austen fans, be prepared to swoon. Coming home one day Redditor ByTingo was greeted by the unusual sight of her sister, dressed in Regency-era garb, exclaiming that Netherfield had been let at last! What followed was was the lucky Austenite getting suited up as Lizzie Bennet to be led through scenes Pride and Prejudice, at the end of which her own Mr. Darcy popped the question. "I was an English lit major - he knew I love P&P and that I would be glad my family was involved," explains ByTingo. "The important part was that it was personal to us!" Props to Darcy for his sentimentality and his common sense: "My favorite book is Les Miserables... but that would have been way too depressing for a proposal. He chose wisely."

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Things We Saw Today: A Shirt That Gives You Khan’s Chest

Things We Saw Today

I'm going to assume that this doesn't come in a ladies cut, but I really hope that doesn't stop any woman from wearing it and knowing that she has the most hilarious getup for miles. (Fashionably Geek)

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries Won An Emmy!

Good News Everyone!

I know what you're thinking. "But Rebecca, the Emmys haven't even happened yet!" That's true. But the Creative Arts Emmys for digital media programming have been announced, and that's where the LBD crew took home some gold. Or maybe you're just thinking "Oh my God, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries won an Emmy! That's so cool!" Can't say I blame you.

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There’s a 12 Foot Tall Statue of Colin Firth’s Wet Shirted Mr. Darcy Emerging From a Lake In Hyde Park. What A Time To Be Alive.

And All Was Right With the World

This statue of Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy, Colin Firth lake scene version, was placed in London's Serpentine Lake to promote Drama, a new TV channel devoted to British shows. Via The Huffington Post:
It is scheduled to go on display at several locations before being installed in a lake in Lyme Park, northwest England, where the scene was filmed. It will remain there until February.
I'd come up with something clever to say if I could stop laughing for long enough. I don't mean in a mocking way, though. I am being completely sincere when I say this statue brings joy to my heart. (Photo by David Parry for AP, via Vulture) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Jenna-Louise Coleman is Set to Appear as a Bennet Sister in a New Crime Drama

It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single story in possession of a good adaptation, must be in want of a murder. Doctor Who star Jenna-Louise Coleman is set to play Lydia Wickham, sister to Elizabeth Darcy, in the upcoming BBC crime drama Death Comes to Pemberley. The three part series is based on the novel of the same name by author P.D. James, and places the familiar characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in a more mysterious, murderous setting.

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Things We Saw Today: Pride and Prejudice and Pulp

Things We Saw Today

Redditor dannynolan also posted pulp redesigns for The Great Gatsby, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Robinson Crusoe, and Tess of the d'Urbervilles, but this one of Pride and Prejudice is my favorite by a mile. Oh, Mr. Darcy! (via Flavorwire)

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Things We Saw Today: Play a Nice, Calming Game of War With These Game of Thrones Playing Cards

Things We Saw Today

By Paul Nojima. Check out some close-ups at Nerd Approved.

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The BBC Is Replacing Arthurian Drama Merlin with Greek Mythology Drama Atlantis

Great Hera!

Fans of Merlin may still be reeling after the show's abrupt cancellation (I don't want to talk about it), but we now know the show that will be taking its place, in the BBC's lineup if not in our hearts: Atlantis, a Greek mythology-themed fantasy drama. That… that might manage to take Merlin's place in my heart too, actually. I'll have to see how good it is, but... Greek mythology-themed fantasy, guys. Greek mythology-themed fantasy.

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Fetch Me My Smelling Salts, There’s a Downton Abbey-Style Pride and Prejudice Movie in the Works

Together At Last

Now I'm thinking of a Downton Abbey/Pride and Prejudice crossover where the Dowager Countess manages to stare down Lady Catherine and Edith and Mary Bennett bond over how everyone in their respective families ignores them. That's not what this new movie's going to be, but it'd be pretty cool, no?

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Neuroscience and Jane Austen: Immersion in a Good Book Has a Big Effect on Brains

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

English professor Natalie Phillips has more than enough time during her day to observe folks who aren't particularly engaged in what's going on around them. As an English minor, I can speak from my own experience and observations in many English courses. As an English professor, Phillips is intimately familiar with the ability of a good book to make one immune from many distractions, ironically for the works of Jane Austen, which she says feature distractibility a major theme, particularly in Pride and Prejudice. She began to wonder if there might be some unexpected science behind the character arc of the novel's heroine... and decided to team up with some neuroscience professors to find out, with interesting initial results!

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