Some of the most popular and well-known heroines of literature are the outspoken troublemakers. Think Scarlett O'Hara, Anne of Green Gables, Emma Woodhouse, Becky Sharpe or Lady Macbeth. And then there are the wallflowers.
And while Jane Austen has provided some (mis)guidance on relationships, we in the world of weddings want to know one thing: Will grooms start going down the aisle in breeches? Or put another way, will this movie impact wedding trends?
Austenland celebrates Janeite fantasies and deconstructs them. As part of the package, guests are re-named in the style of Austen characters, and given a wardrobe. Jane's new name is "Miss Erstwhile"; her room is in the servants' wing.
I often note how difficult it is to create a comedy that's not only smart and funny but also charming and surprising. But first-time director Craig Zisk, a TV veteran, has done that with The English Teacher.
There's nothing quite like visiting a place when it's in the middle of a party -- especially if it's the kind of celebration that doesn't happen every year. Here's a selection of some of the must-see festivals and events happening exclusively in 2013.
Whatever subjects we choose, as women writers we are cataloging historical and cultural events in ways that go far deeper than the two-dimensional stories told by photographs. We get into the heads of our audience in ways that movies still can't.