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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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It makes the relationship more real (and more lasting) to me.

...well, I don't know. I mean, yes, real problems do make relationships more real. But I was pointing out that in the JA I like, the girls have problems. In P&P and Persuasion, the boys have problems. Darcy's a bit of an ass, and Lizzy deals with that and forgives him for it, though I always get embarrassed for everyone when he "reforms" and their whole past together kind of seems to get glossed over. I want her to remember that he is not perfect, and to still tease him! (She says she will, but after telling her father "he has no improper pride" I start to really worry.) But anyway, Wentworth is a LOT of an ass, and Anne knows it very well, but loves him anyway, and is patient. She doesn't address the problem, is my problem. Although I identify with her more strongly than any Austen character, I don't want to be her; she's not assertive enough.

So I think the relationships in P&P and Persuasion have problems, with people trying to work them out. It's the genders that are switched. And you could say Anne and Lizzy aren't as cool at addressing the problems as Mr. Knightley and Colonel Brandon, but I wouldn't. Brandon, like Anne, never says anything either (though admittedly he's in less of a position to), and Mr. Knightley is kind of a jerk to Emma.

I think Lizzy isn't quite Perfect but I think people over the years have sort of treated her as such, and certainly fandom basically makes her a convenient Mary Sue,

Well, I think that thoughtful readers who are not idiots don't make Lizzy into a Mary Sue. They realize that she does Make Mistakes. As such, they hold her up as a "real woman" who has faults, but learns from them. The problem is, Lizzy's mistakes really are miniscule. I'd rather look at a real woman like Emma, who's got a LOT of stuff to fix, but also a lot of stuff that's good.

It appeals to a clever woman's vanity, that you alone with your ~cleverness~ and ~understated attractiveness~

Oh, yes. That's definitely the secret of his charm over the ladies. For you to tell him off, and next time you see him, for him to HAVE A HUGE MANSION and also be everything you desired (IN A WET SHIRT)? I think there's a part in all of us that wants that.

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