Have you heard about Austenland? Shannon Hale, primarily known for her young adult titles, gives us the tale of a woman so enamored of the the BBC’s version of Pride and Prejudice that it’s hindering her own hunt for Mr. Right. (Or should we call him Mr. Darcy?) At any rate, the 2008 novel has been made into a movie. The film hasn’t been released yet, but it’s showing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
There’s no trailer available, but here’s a hilarious story about the making of the movie from Shannon Hale:
Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive. ~ Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
Today I added new quotes to the database. This brings the collection to 2,259, sourced quotes from literature. Will 2013 be the year that the collection grows to 3,000 quotes? Here’s hoping! If you’d like to help make that happen, feel free to contribute a quote. In the meantime, here are my favorite quotes from the new batch.
“Facts or opinions which are to pass through the hands of so many, to be misconceived by folly in one, and ignorance in another, can hardly have much truth left.” ~ Persuasion by Jane Austen
The fool wonders, the wise man asks. ~ Count Alarcos: A Tragedy by Benjamin Disraeli
Mrs. Bittacy rustled ominously, holding her peace meanwhile. She feared long words she did not understand. Beelzebub lay hid among too many syllables. ~ The Man Whom the Trees Loved by Algernon Blackwood
Silence is of different kinds, and breathes different meanings. ~ Villette by Charlotte Bronte
We all know that Samuel Clemens wrote under the name of Mark Twain and that George Eliot was really Marian Evans. But did you ever wonder about the back-story? In Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms Carmela Ciuraru examines this issue. The book looks at the lives of of authors who used pen names. In addition to Twain and Eliot, there are chapters on the Bronte sisters, Lewis Carroll, O. Henry, George Orwell and others.
Exploring the fascinating stories of more than a dozen authorial impostors across several centuries and cultures, Carmela Ciuraru plumbs the creative process and the darker, often crippling aspects of fame. Part detective story, part exposé, part literary history, Nom de Plume is an absorbing psychological meditation on identity and creativity.
They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods. ~ Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
“Friendship, I fancy, means one heart between two.” ~ Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith
Her love was entire as a child’s, and though warm as summer it was fresh as spring. ~ Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour. ~ A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens