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The Period Drama Guide – How To Deal With A Break Up

We're taking on a rather different and sombre topic today compared to the usual posts, using our favourite type of fiction to help with a very particular life event - a break up. The end of a relationship is always a tough experience and those first few weeks recovering can feel like drifting on an endless ocean. Platitudes are offered, hugs occasionally given, but sometimes it takes a little bit of personal research to know that things will get better. Enter…

The Best Quotes From Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility Diaries

When it comes to Jane Austen adaptations, few are as beloved as 1995's Sense and Sensibility. Starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, the film garnered seven Academy Award nominations, with Emma Thompson taking home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay from her role as screenwriter, as well as playing the lead character. It stayed true to the wit and romance of Austen's original text, whilst giving us eternal heartthrobs in the form of Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman. What less…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Scoundrels

So we've looked at the heroines and we've ranked the heroes, but what about Jane Austen's villainous scoundrels? There's one in every novel, providing the perfect distraction for the leading lady, usually by throwing a few spanners in the works. Readers and viewers of the screen adaptations love to hate them: they're the bad boy foil to the dreamboat hero. That's why I've introduced a slightly new feature to this list - instead of a 'lesson learned' point (because lets…

The Official Ranking of Jane Austen’s Heroines

Jane Austen writes some fabulous characters, from bold heroines to romantic heroes and sneaky scoundrels. To celebrate Jane Austen month, we're publishing three lists, ranking her most iconic figures from her six full novels. Let's start with the heroines - the characters we spend the most time with, sharing their joys and trials as they negotiate Austen's social landscape. Lizzie Bennet, Pride and Prejudice Who else? Let's be real here, Lizzie is the girl we all want to be. She's…