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UK Troll Sentenced To 18 Weeks In Prison For Rape Threats

Remember last year, when a UK politician was supporting an effort to get Jane Austen put on the 10-pound note and got flooded with rape threats on Twitter? No? I vaguely remember — vaguely, because it’s just one of the many, many, many instances in which women have received rape threats over Twitter in the last two years and it’s made the news. Plus, it seems like maybe the mildest thing in the world to try to get Jane Austen’s face on a bank note. Not that trolls are ever justified for making rape threats but … Jane Austen? Really? How does one manage to use Jane Austen as an excuse for rape threats? Keep reading »

World’s Craziest/Most Awesome Family Surprise Daughter With “Pride And Prejudice”-themed Engagement

‘Twas the season for engagements and this Washington State couple won. Bethany Albert came home on Christmas Eve to discover her whole family dressed in Regency garb and holding scripts that her boyfriend David Slater had written to reenact the perfect Pride & Prejudice-themed proposal in character. David played Mr. Darcy and Bethany, of course, played Lizzie Bennet!  Click through to see how Bethany’s family pulled it all off to ensure an August wedding! [All images by Lisa Hepfur via Imgur and BuzzFeed]

The Jane Austen Video Game Was Made For The Wicked

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Gossip Your Way To A High Score...

Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austena video game prototype currently crowdsourcing funding on Kickstarter, offers us the worst of real life without any of the escape. A world in which ulterior motives run rampant and gossip destroys lives sounds like celebrating the worst aspects of human behavior. Although the gossip and deceit of the Jane Austen’s stories makes for a riveting read, we all rejoice around the honest characters who find love in the end. Is there room in this world for characters like Mr. Darcy? Keep reading »

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, A Jane Austen Victorian Airbrushing Scandal!

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Jane Austen is the newest face on Britain’s 10 pound note.  Yay feminism, right?  Well, hold your horses, sister suffragette, because now Austen’s biographer is howling about an airbrushing scandal. Keep reading »

Giant, Sexy, Slightly Terrifying Statue Of Colin Firth Emerges From London Lake

Colin Firth’s turn as Mr. Darcy in the 1995 TV adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” cemented his status as the dreamiest of dreamy leading men. And now, to publicize a new British TV channel dedicated to classic dramas, Firth’s iconic lake swim scene has been recreated as a 12-foot fiberglass statue emerging from the water in London’s Hyde Park. It will be displayed at several different locations before being installed at Lyme Park, where it will remain until February. Is Giant Darcy perhaps a little bit creepy? Yes, but I’m still planning to buy a ticket to the UK just to swim out to it, caress its giant abs, and whisper, “I love, I love, I love you.” [The Independent]

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If Jane Austen Had An iPad Cover…

If Jane Austen had an iPad today, she’d be tweeting about boys just like us. And she’d do it with this rad Pride And Prejudice iPad cover, which fits iPads versions 2, 3, and 4. The hardcover book board cover, layered with rubber inside, has been made by the oldest bookbindery in the United States  and features the original 19th century jacket art. Plus, it’s made with recycled materials. What’s there for a bookworm tech nerd not to love? [$50, Mental Floss]

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