Oh, I want to retemplate this thing SO BADLY…

But I don’t have time to deal with site redesigns right now.  /nonsequitur.  You may have noticed that Storied is gone.  The initial wave of interest dissipated, and I decided I didn’t want to deal with constant Joomla and plugin updates if nobody was actively using the site.

Emma bidness.  I’ve noticed a fair amount of Miss Woodhouse-inspired items listed on Etsy.  My favorite so far is this tiny Emma Woodhouse Mouse.

And whilst I lag on my own Emma 4 episode 3/4 screencaps, you can peruse other people’s.  Laurel Ann discovered a huge collection of E4 caps on Livejournal.

Also.  Masterpiece Classic has an Emma 4 site up.  Airdates will be sundays, January 24-February 7, 2010.

Random updates to the Emma Adaptations Pages to follow.

More from the set of Ayesha…

Trak.in reports that Ayesha is forty percent shot:

“New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, who was in the capital for over a month to shoot for her upcoming venture ‘Ayesha’, says the film is 40 percent complete.

‘We are done with 40 percent of the shooting for ‘Ayesha’ and now we will resume the rest in Mumbai,’ Sonam told IANS here.

‘Ayesha’ has been shot across the capital as well as in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.

Made under the banner of her father actor-producer Anil Kapoor, the movie is being produced by her sister Rhea.

Also starring Abhay Deol in the lead, ‘Ayesha’ is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel ‘Emma’ and is about the perils of misconstrued romance.”

Here’s an interesting interview with one of the stars of Ayesha, Abhay Deol (“Mr. Knightley”):  “Call me casual”

“Abhay’s been shooting for Aisha – the film based on Jane Austen’s Emma in which he’s cast opposite Sonam Kapoor – in Delhi too. Is this his attempt to do offbeat stuff? “I don’t see my work as offbeat. It’s something I like to do and am comfortable with,” he said. But he does do offbeat stuff – like going off to the US for a welding course just after the success of Dev. D? “I did, and I also think it’s logical for me to take a break if I’ve shot three films back-to-back,” he answered.”

Emma in Seattle, Collecting Emma, PLUS Thoughts on Episode 2…

I first published this review in October of 2009 when Emma aired on the BBC, so some of the links and broadcast references will be out of date.

The Book-It Reperatory Theatre in Seattle is presenting a version of Emma from 10/22-11/22. More information here and here.

For those watching the Emma collectibles market, here is an interesting piece on buying and selling various older editions of the novel.

Now on to Emma 4, episode 2.  But first…

Another caveat – these are random, temporal, stream-of-consciousness thoughts.

I still like this adaptation, though there are certain elements that are starting to get on my nerves.

Continue reading “Emma in Seattle, Collecting Emma, PLUS Thoughts on Episode 2…”

Emma first editions and Ayesha costume notes…

Deb’s Bygone Books Blog reports on two first editions of Emma at auction.  One is being presented by Swann Auction Galleries of New York, which included the following blurb with the lot’s online listing:

“First english edition. Austen had a falling out with her first publisher Egerton over publication of Mansfield Park and transferred to John Murray, who published the second edition of that title and the first edition of Emma on the same terms: each was published at the author’s expense, with profits to the author after payment of a 10% commission to the publisher. In keeping with Murray’s stated views on edition sizes, 2000 copies were printed. Emma is also the only one of Jane Austen’s novels to bear a dedication (to the Prince Regent). –Gilson A8.”

Also, a short article on Sonam Kapoor’s Ayesha wardrobe, from the Times of India:

“Sonam’s clothes for the movie have been designed by fashion designer Rehane. Though Rehane is not Delhi-based, she’s participated in fashion weeks in Delhi, and has also designed the clothes for Sonam in the movie. “I have actually done the western look for her. I was supposed to do the Indian look as well, but couldn’t because of my commitment to the fashion weeks that are to follow,” says the Chennai-based designer.”

I guess this means that Mona May isn’t working on the film after all?  Or perhaps she’s working on special pieces, as Rehane is only doing the “western” portion of Sonam’s wardrobe. 

Ayesha updates and Emma4 blurb…

Random articles about Ayesha:

Sonam Kapoor:

“South Delhi’s high society is just like that of Jane Austen’s England. After all, Delhi girls are forever obsessed with getting the right man, right family and right wedding clothes for their marriage.” (More…)

Romola Garai and Emma4:

“Starting on October 4, Romola will be seen as Jane Austen’s Emma in a four-part BBC TV drama.

‘Jane Austen famously said about her that she was someone she would like, but nobody else would ever want to be friends with,’ said Romola. ‘I’ve tried to make her, despite her many, many flaws, someone you would want to be friends with.'” (More…)

More on the Sonam Kapoor Emma

I keep seeing different title spellings for the Sonam Kapoor “Emma” adaptation.  Ayesha?  Aisha?  Blah.  Anyway, two more fluff pieces about the star…

‘Aisha’ a hen party: Sonam

Meet Delhi’s Emma

Sonam Kapoor talks about Ayesha

Your next film is an adaptation of Emma. Tell us something more about it.

I love Jane Austen’s novels. I was chatting with a friend about how Austen’s novels like Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma would make great women-centric films. Emma was Austen’s favourite book and heroine and she is the most realistic character that she wrote.Coincidentally, and soon after, I heard from a girl who went to UWC who said she had a script and wanted to talk to me for the part of Aisha. The film may be called Aisha, but it is a love story between two people that’s set in Delhi. It is being produced by Anil Kapoor Productions, directed by Rajshree Ojha (who earlier made Chaurahen and Badger), co-stars Abhay Deol and the crew has members from four countries.

Read the full interview here…


New Emma allusion and Romola Garai blurb…

From UPI.com, information about a new and interesting novel-allusion to Emma and an old, short piece about Romola Garai in Emma4.