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Round One: Jane Austen
19thc_mod wrote in 19thc_exchange

Round One

SIGN-UPS FOR ROUND ONE WILL BEGIN MARCH 23nd, 12 AM PST. There will be an official sign-up post at that time.

The theme is Jane Austen, Jane Austen’s novels, Jane Austen’s unfinished work and juvenilia, and Jane Austen adapatations.

YOU MAY request and write fics based on Jane Austen’s novels, unfinished works, juvenilia, and life. You may also request and write fics based on movies, television shows, and mini-series based on Jane Austen’s novels and life, as long as they are set wholly in the 19th century.

YOU MAY cross over within Jane Austen canon (e.g., you could write about Emma meeting Henry Tilney, or even Jane Austen meeting Elizabeth Bennet).

YOU MAY NOT request or write fics based on modernized versions of Jane Austen’s novels. Bride and Prejudice and Clueless are awesome movies, but they are not permitted canon for this round. We will include modernizations in another round. For that reason, Lost In Austen will not be accepted as canon for this round. Our “modernizations” round will allow modern people traveling to the 19th c., and period people traveling to the 20th/21st c.

YOU MAY NOT request or write cross-overs with other canons that are not Jane Austen (even other 19th century literature).

YOU MAY NOT request and write fics based on published fanfiction of Jane Austen’s works. Books such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Mr. Darcy’s Diary are considered published fanfiction for the purposes of this round. These works will likely be included in a different round.

The following works are permitted canon for this round:

Emma (novel, 1972 version, 1996 Gwenyth Paltrow version, 1996 Kate Beckinsale version, 2009 BBC version)
Mansfield Park (novel, 1982 version, 1999 Patricia Rozema version, 2007 Billie Piper version)
Northanger Abbey (novel, 1986 A&E version, 2007 Andrew Davies version)
Persuasion (novel, 1971 version, 1995 Cirian Hinds version, 2007 version)
Pride and Prejudice (novel, 1940 version, 1980 version, 1995 Colin Firth version, 2005 Kiera Knightley version)
Sense and Sensibility (novel, 1981 version, 1995 Emma Thompson version, 2008 Andrew Davies version)
Lady Susan
The Watsons
Becoming Jane
Jane Austen herself

There are some other Austen adaptations not included on this list, mainly adaptations from before 1970. You are permitted to use these, but please do not use any movie or mini-series that is not explicitly an adaptation of an Austen novel.


Sign ups will begin March 23rd with an official sign-up post. There, you can state what you are willing to write, and what you refuse to write. You can also make several requests for the fics you would like to read. Sign ups will close on April 5th, 11:59 PM PST. After sign ups close, I will assign your requests and email each of you with your assignments.

You will have about 3 months to complete your fics. Fics must be at least 1,000 words in length. Fics may be slash, het, or gen, of any rating, and of any genre, as long as the Round One Theme is adhered to. Further guidelines and official due dates to follow.

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Please excuse me for butting in, but I haven't been over to RoP for some time -- why did they stop allowing fanfic?

Not sure. Though I like to blame it on myself.

In 2002, there was A LOT of fanfic happening. Me and some of the other people on the boards were ALL OVER IT, writing lots of fanfic, making really really long threads in responses to the fics we liked because we were getting into big discussions over them.

Then the mods did this thing where you could only make responses directly to the author on Bits of Ivory, the fanfic board. After that they kept making more and more rules that indicated they did not really welcome discussion of fanficition, that they wanted BoI to work more as an archive than community discussion type thing.

Shortly thereafter, they disallowed all fics that were not strictly canon-based--no modernizations, AUs, or what if?s, only missing scenes and continuations. They deleted all existing fics and works in progress that didn't meet those standards, and also all fics that the authors didn't speak up to defend. Most writers then moved to the Derbyshire Writers Guild.

After that, the BoI limped along for another 6 years, I guessed. I stopped going there, since fanfic is one of the main ways I get fannish, and I did not feel welcomed there. On a recent visit, I noticed they had stopped accepting the few fics that were trickling in in 2008.

The only reasons they gave in 2002 were that they had never intended RoP to support fanfic, and they did not have the means or inclinations to make BoI the JA fanfic hub it was becoming. They did encourage people to go to the DWG, but at the time there wasn't much going on there.

There's a lot of stuff going on there now, but I find the style of the boards difficult to navigate if you want to follow fics.

Um. This, madam, is a faithful narrative of all my dealings with RoP. Sorry to ramble.

Ah -- no, not at all rambling. I'm a lurker by trade, and I simply hadn't been around the BoI board in quite some time.

I can see the resources argument, but it is a pity to hear that they really aren't interested in fanfic.

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