Saturday, March 04, 2006
Jane Austen: fact or fiction?
Anne Hathaway will star in Becoming Jane.
There was an interesting post at Austenblog yesterday (Summer loving . . . ) about a forthcoming film called Becoming Jane.
'Becoming Jane focuses on a life-changing romance during one summer in the life of the young Jane Austen,' reads the film copy.
Austenblog comments: "Sadly, no! The 'romance' with Tom Lefroy actually took place in December 1795 through January 1796. Not summer. Not even close."
I'm as eager as the next Jane Austen fan for a film about her life, but I like to know if I'm watching fact or fiction. Whilst the film intends to focus on Jane's relationship with Tom Lefroy, building it into something 'as passionate as any scenario from her works of romantic fiction. . . he was the big love of her life, her first and her only love . . . '
Austenblog comments: "Let us not forget the Mysterious Suitor-by-the-Sea."
For everyone else who likes to know whether they're watching fact or fiction, the Austenblog post is essential reading.
As for the film, the sooner the better, I say!