It’s a scenario that would make Jane Austen smile. In early 1817, when she began writing the first chapters of her newest novel about brothers trying to set up a seaside town, Jane did not know her first 11 chapters would be her final piece of writing. But here we are, more than 200 years later, and Jane Austen’s final novel, called Sanditon and later completed by “Another … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Let’s Save Sanditon!
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By Janna Wong Healy I was not alive in 1945, when Evelyn Waugh’s highly revered and most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited, The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder, was published. As an English major in college, I had heard about this thoughtful, beautifully written story of friendship, love, and religion…yet didn’t read it. In 1982, the talk around town … [Read more...] about Guest Article: Visiting Brideshead Revisited for the First Time – Comparing the Book, TV Show and Film
By Janna Wong Healy I am an unabashed fan of British literature, which makes me an unembarrassed fan of the heroes of those novels when they pop up on the large or small screen. There are a plethora of heroes to be found in British literature, and they are heroic for many reasons – for rescuing the heroine from physical harm or emotional travails, for rescuing someone else … [Read more...] about British Heroes: Heroes of British Literature and Film – Who’s the Most Swoonworthy?
By Janna Wong Healy Last summer, I was innocently going about my day, unconcerned about the late 1700s, unknowledgeable about life in Cornwall, without a care in the world about mining, broken engagements or pilchards. And then came “Poldark”…and my whole life changed. For those uninitiated, “Poldark” is the Mammoth Screen television production based on the book series by … [Read more...] about ‘Tis Proper: A Look at the World of Poldark as it Returns to TV Screens for Series 2
By Janna Wong Healy You know Miranda Hart, don’t you? She’s the 6’-1” British actress who many recognize as Chummy on the internationally successful BBC series “Call the Midwife.” Her presence on this show brought a bit of humor to the early seasons of the ultra-serious show as well as a much-needed romantic subplot that viewers cheered on (the shy, awkward midwife falls in … [Read more...] about Brit Telly: A Look at Miranda Hart’s “Miranda” Hit British Comedy
By Janna Wong Healy You know the story. You’ve read it, heard it, seen it…but do you know the background behind Charles Dickens’ annual rite of the holidays, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and the importance of his tale to our current celebration of Christmas? In this day of crass commercialization, when Christmas decorations and television commercials begin popping into view the very … [Read more...] about A Christmas Carol: A User’s Guide to the Various Film Adaptations Through History – Which is Your Favorite?
Article by Janna Wong Healy I just finished watching POLDARK for the 8th or 9th or 10th time. I’ve lost count because I’m watching episodes on my DVR, on the Blu-ray I bought and from my iTunes, where I purchased a season pass so I could take it with me to the gym. I am enraptured by this series and it’s not simply because of the tall, dark and handsome Aidan Turner who … [Read more...] about Great British Telly: The Global Allure of the British Costume Drama Examined – Guest Feature
By Janna Wong Healy It all began with a phone call from my sister. One Sunday afternoon, without even saying hello, my sister launched into conversation about a film she had just watched on cable called ONE DAY. It was charming, sweet, funny, she said, and had I seen it? As it turned out, I saw the movie years before, the first week it came out, in fact, because I had read … [Read more...] about Guest Long Read: Brit Movies – Top Ten Most Under appreciated British Films from the Last 25 Years
By Janna Wong It’s all Richard Armitage’s fault. When I heard last spring that this extraordinary actor was set to star in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” at The Old Vic in London, my head began to explode. Since his early days on the stage, Armitage has become a swoon-worthy television star (if you don’t believe me, ask any woman about “North and South”) and an international … [Read more...] about Guest Long Read: A Pilgrimage to London to See Richard Armitage in The Crucible at The Old Vic
By Janna Wong Healy Editor's Note: This is another guest article written by Janna Wong Healy. She previously wrote Top 10 Most Swoon-worthy British Film & TV Scenes. It is a testament to Jane Austen’s observational sensibilities, wit and facility with the written word that nearly 200 years after her death, her novels continue to be read by the masses and brought to … [Read more...] about Jane Austen on Film: The Top 10 Best Filmed Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Novels – Which is Your Favorite?
In our fast-paced, often violent and sometimes cynical world, we should remember that LOVE makes the world go ‘round. Take a moment and you’ll see that love is everywhere, from the cute couple walking down the street holding hands, to the long-married husband and wife walking, arm and arm, into the movie theater ahead of you, to the preteens giggling their way through their … [Read more...] about Guest Long Read: Top 10 Most Swoon-worthy Scenes from British Films and TV Shows – Which One is Your Favorite?