February 15, 2005

Test Your Knowledge

If you're the type of person who knows the difference between Becky Sharpe and Becky Thatcher, test your literary knowledge with this selection of quizzes.

February 7, 2005

Austen, Indian-style

Time magazine didn't seem to love the new "Bollywood" spin on Jane Austen, "Bride & Prejudice," but I'm still intrigued by the idea of this Indian adaptation from the maker of "Bend It Like Beckham." Like 19th century England, modern India has a similar social conservatism that makes it a nice backdrop for Austen's tale of courtship and classism. Of course, this version has some glitzy musical numbers thrown in for good measure, like when the protagonist sings, "I just wanna man who gives some back/Who talks to me and not my rack." (I'm sold!)

The article in Time also referenced another version of Pride & Prejudice set among a group of young Mormons. It sort of sounds like a squeaky clean "Clueless" knock-off, but perhaps I'll eventually check it out. -- Amy