Thursday, March 01, 2007

Jane Aus


Classic FM tell me that, to mark Mothering Sunday, they are podcasting Jane Austen novels, or, as they put it "complete abridged re-telling of these romantic classics". That's got to be better than the shortened abridged version, hasn't it?

14 comments:

hesitant scribe said...

Isn't "complete abridged" a bit of an oxymoron?! And what was wrong with the full version - or is it just part of the growing trend in the 'snippet culture'?

Rob Spence said...

"Isn't "complete abridged" a bit of an oxymoron?! " Well, that was my point really. Obviously, Classic FM - which tends not to play more than one movement of a symphony - is very much part of "snippet culture".

francessa said...

There's neither SENSE nor SENSIBILITY in shortened abridged versions. And re-telling seems even worse. But maybe my aversion to abridged versions is just a PREJUDICE? However,I wouldn't take PRIDE in reading this ..
Maybe with a little PERSUASION they would read the full and totally unabridged version ...

Rob Spence said...

You've hit on something there, Francessa. I can see it now. Classic FM presents "Pride" by Jane Austen. Next week: "Sense".
Then: "Northanger".
Finally: "Em".

francessa said...

You mean, just those 4 words? Now, my students would love this! Maybe, they could even shorten "Northanger" to ANGER?

Rob Spence said...

This would be the edgier, twenty-first century, gritty, urban Jane Austen, wouldn't it? It would feature a tough female detective - perhaps Em, or even M. I can see the stark images on the covers now, each one in the series given a single-word title, embossed in black on the cover:
Pride, Anger, Man...
Jane Austen's too prissy a name for our auuthor though. Maybe Jack Austen...

francessa said...

I prefer Jane Aus. :-)

Rob Spence said...

I've just seen the advertisement for the new film about Jane A. Its certificate is 12- "contains mild sex references and scenes of boxing". Now that would spice things up - Jane indulging in mild sex after a few rounds with Mr Collins...

Harriet said...

Yes indeed. Can't wait for this movie -- maybe I should take my 3rd year Jane Austen students along for a change from all that serious lit crit.

Rob Spence said...

Hi Harriet - the film has the inevitable American in the title role, though not Renee this time but Anne Hathaway ( I'm sure I've heard of her somewhere before...) who, from the publicity looks a trifle more glamorous than Jane ever managed.
At least it doesn't seem to be going down the "JA never married so she was obviously a lesbian" route favoured by some critics of late.

francessa said...

Anne Hathaway? Wasn't she the wife of Mr Shakespeare?

Rob Spence said...

...so I've heard tell. She seems very well-preserved...

francessa said...

Amazing, the effects of anti-aging products these days ...

Stevie's full of good intentions said...

They should have used it for William, too.