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Jane Austen RPG hits Kickstarter goal; what other classics deserve to be videogames?

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A single Jane Austen fan in possession of a computer must be in want of an MMORPG.

In today’s most entertaining bit of brilliant-or-bonkers, a new online role-playing game set in the virtual world of Jane Austen has reached its Kickstarter goal. Creator Judy L. Tyrer’s playable period piece Ever, Jane reached $109,563 of its $100,000 goal yesterday, with the help of 1,600 backers eager to increase their Bow and Curtsy skill or level up in Piano-Forte.
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Would Jane Austen approve of 'Austenland,' other adaptations?

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single Jane Austen female fan in possession of brains and brawn must be in want of an enjoyable/believable Jane Austen movie from Hollywood. But not every Austen adaptation gets it right.

Austenland — about a 30-something woman obsessed with all things Austen who decides to drain her bank account for a trip to a Jane Austen theme park — was released Friday in select theaters.

The film, directed by Jerusha Hess (co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite), is the latest Austenalia adaptation in a messy (but consistent) string of zany romantic comedies, historical re-enactments, books, and stage iterations over the past decade. Jane Austen fandom is alive and well, what with that Colin Firth statue, her face on currency, and Hollywood studios’ constant churning-out of movies riffing off the author’s astute critical eye for social niceties and, most of all, romance.

A quick glance on IMDb for Jane Austen (who has her own entry) shows several adaptations and miniseries galore on the precipice. But with her rampant popularity, loyal fanbase, and Hollywood’s obvious interest, would Jane Austen actually approve of these movies bearing her name?

Let’s take a look at some of the Austen adaptations over the years and do a bit of analysis. (Note: I’ve left out most of the verbatim book adaptations and stuck to big releases and inspired screenplays.)
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'Austenland' trailer: Keri Russell hunts for her Mr. Darcy -- VIDEO

Jane Austen fans, rejoice. No longer must you watch countless film adaptations of the author’s work (even though Joe Wright got it … well, right). If you find yourself dreaming of inhabiting Austen’s worlds, then Austenland is the movie for you.

Instead of taking place in the 19th century, Austenland stars Keri Russell as a modern-day singleton looking for love at an Austen-themed resort. Also starring Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Seymour, Austenland hearkens back to the golden age of rom-coms, when the genre was both romantic and comedic.

Check out the trailer for the Sundance hit, and make sure to share your thoughts below:
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Vincent Kartheiser will play Mr. Darcy on stage

Vincent Kartheiser is going back in time — okay, further back in time. The Guthrie Theater in Minnesota announced that the Mad Men star will star as Mr. Darcy in its upcoming production of 19th-century novel Pride and Prejudice. Previews begin July 6, with the show running July 12 through Aug. 31, the Guthrie’s 50th anniversary. Playwright Simon Reade adapted Austen’s oft-adapted romance; Joe Dowling will direct.

Kartheiser, though famous as perennially under-loved and -respected adman Pete Campbell, has a long history with the Minneapolis theater, starting with his turn as A Christmas Carol‘s Tiny Tim at age 7. He later appeared in subsequent productions of Henry V and Henry IV.

Since the casting announcement will bring with it an inevitable onrush of questions — “How will Kartheiser compare as Mr. Darcy? Who’s the best Mr. Darcy, like, ever?” — we’ll start: Does Kartheiser’s scowl compare to, say, Matthew Macfayden’s? Is Colin Firth’s reign as lord of the Darcy manor at risk? Methinks not (but me could be incorrect).

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'Pride and Prejudice' celebrates 200 years: Its influence on modern pop culture

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice – first published in three volumes in January, 1813 – has left quite a mark on pop culture, far larger than Jane Austen herself could have ever envisioned. In celebration of the book’s 200th (!) anniversary, EW is singling out (in honor of literature’s favorite single gal) our favorite pop culture gems that we can trace back to an origin at Pemberley. We all may have eaten up the 2005 movie adaptation starring Keira Knightley, or other modern-day films that celebrate Austen such as The Jane Austen Book Club, but that’s only scratching the surface of Austen’s pop culture superpowers — and the lovefest isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Austenland, a new movie starring Keri Russell, premiered at Sundance last week. Read on below for more things we can thank Pride and Prejudice for in modern pop culture, and definitely give a shout out to your favorites in the comments.

Colin Firth: Not to diminish his Oscar for The King’s Speech, but Firth owes his career to Pride and Prejudice. Not only did he tackle the role of Mr. Darcy in the iconic 1995 British miniseries, but his performance in that version inspired Helen Fielding to write Bridget Jones’s Diary, which is basically just a modern-day Pride and Prejudice. The best part? Firth of course agreed to star in the movie version, playing a character named Mark Darcy. That’s a whole heck of a lot of pop culture gold all beginning with Ms. Austen. READ FULL STORY

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