The Jane Austen Book Club

The Jane Austen Book Club

DVD - 2008
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Romance blooms when five women and one man get together to discuss the works of Jane Austen.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2008]
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Jane 3558
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 106 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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AL_STEFFEN Nov 22, 2016

So the movie they made about this book is probably on my top ten list of the entertaining movies ever. It is full of bizarre scenes and six weird characters, who form a Jane Austen book club and then comfort and roll their eyes at each other as well as say things like, "The world is an English Village!!" with genuine emotion. I highly encourage everyone to see this movie. Frankie hates it.

BUT I had never read the book.
Turns out the book is like 5 times as bizarre as the movie. I instantly understood where all the bizarre lines from the movie came from because the book is well written but literally CHOCK-FULL of bizarre sentences and bizarre details and bizarre backstory. It's as if the author is in a writer's workshop where the other members are unable to tell her to edit or remove but in fact encourage her to include the strangest details that come into her wacky head. Almost every paragraph has a sentence that made me laugh out loud, even as I was simultaneously nodding my head in agreement with sentiments like - "It takes ten weeks to get into shape, and ten days to get out of it." The movie is full of sentences like that, and halfway through the book I began highlighting my favorites. I plan to mail this book to a dear friend of mine and hope she highlights her favorites and then mails it back to me. Maybe we can do this once a year for the rest of our lives. I also ran out and bought two copies for my mom and another friend. This is the kind of book you can recommend with the genuine enthusiasm it's main characters feel about dear old Jane"

Here is a description of another book written by Karen Joy Fowler, the author: "Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister."
I swear this is a sentence-turned-book from the Jane Austen Book Club.

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hey44
Oct 22, 2015

I've watched this movie twice, the second time not intentionally but only because I didn't realize I'd seen it before. It only dawned on me about a quarter of the way into the second viewing that I'd already seen it (should have quit while I was ahead), and I think that speaks to how memorable it isn't. I did not find the characters to be especially believable, and the acting was not that great either.

What would Jane have done? For starters, she would have picked a better movie to watch, or made sure this movie better reflected the depth and character of her writing.

The concept is interesting, but not well done. There are better movie options out there.

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norma777
Oct 15, 2015

I stopped reading when in the first few pages there was a pretty raunchy scene involving bullying someone sexually. I'll stick to the classic Austen, where people are genteel and discreet, thank you!

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frishta
Sep 02, 2014

I actually liked the movie better than the book, which is unusual for me. This is a fun movie. Enjoyed the cast and I liked how many of the elements in Austen's books were included this story. I enjoy this movie more each time I watch it.

crystal_dark Jan 31, 2014

This movie is great! It is full of interesting characters and has several great lines in it. This is one of my go to movies whenever I want to watch a fun movie to me up.

Shsunon Jan 30, 2014

Fun to watch--very unrealistic!!

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marijancad
May 29, 2012

The book was better. (what else is new?)

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goofy
Apr 16, 2012

Chick Flick about a group of women plus one man who form a lit. group devoted to the books of Jane Austen. Good acting and good humour. It made me want to go back and read Austen's books.

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rslade
Feb 04, 2012

Good story about friendships, relationships, and even love. The more you know about Jane Austen's novels, the more parallels you can see in the film. Gentle humour. Decent acting. Great date movie, and one to see over again.

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bstudent
Nov 28, 2011

good movie. didn't move well enough for me though. here's grown women measuring their real lives against characters in several fiction novels. it does give them something to talk about and there are similar problems in real life but a little too much emphasis is put on "what would Jane do" and not enough on "where am i at in life/relationship and where am i heading". there is a fun side to their talks and also an immature reality to them as well. they say it themselves, "Jane never goes into detail after they get married". how many people do you know that get married and how many of them stay the corse?

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Sexual Content: Suggestive sexual scenes.

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Grecoel
Apr 13, 2017

Prudie Drummond: I'm in love with one of my students. I mean, nothing's happened, much. It could if I let it... I fantasize about him constantly.
Bernadette: Sweetie, your mother died. This is grief.
Prudie Drummond: He looks at me like he's the spoon, and I'm this dish of ice cream.

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