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E56: "Why are there so many Colonels?": The Austen Episode

E56: "Why are there so many Colonels?": The Austen Episode

Jess and special guest host Jenn Northington (Co-host of Book Riot podcasts Get Booked and SFF Yeah! and all-around person of awesomeness) talk All Things Austen and Austen-related. They discuss Jenn’s participation in a Regency RPG, Drunk Austen’s VirtualJaneCon, share recs for Austen retellings, and talk about an Emma adaptation that people don’t talk enough about. This episode is sponsored by TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations; Book Riot Insiders; and Libro FM. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. To get even more romance recs and news, sign up for our Kissing Books newsletter! News Book Riot has a story stream collecting all of our bookish COVID-19 coverage. Check out Good Society, the Regency Role Playing Game. See the rundown of VirtualJaneCon, which was held over the weekend of March 28-29. Many of the video presentations are linked there or on Drunk Austen’s Facebook page. See if there’s an event like Jane Austen Night at the Woodlands near you. Books Discussed Pride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen Persuasionby Jane Austen Emmaby Jane Austen Northanger Abbeyby Jane Austen Sense and Sensibilityby Jane Austen Sanditon by Jane Austen Bridget Jones’s Diaryby Helen Fielding (referenced) Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavorsby Sonali Dev Recipe for Persuasionby Sonali Dev If I Loved You Lessby Tamsen Parker Sophia Khan is Not Obligedby Ayisha Malik Ayesha At Lastby Uzma Jalaluddin Longbournby Jo Baker Well Playedby Katrina Ramos Atienza And check out the 2009 adaptation of Emma starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller. There was also some Clueless discussion. Check out the interview with 2020 Emma director Autumn de Wilde on the Novel Gazing podcast. Watch that version of Emma.  Here’s the Great Emma-Off from Gail Carriger’s blog. Keep sending us your recs for what romance adaptations we should discuss, and let us know what you’re reading to take care of yourselves these days. As always, you can find Jess and Trisha (and Jenn!) at the WIR email address ( You can also find us on Twitter (@jessisreading and @jennIRL), or Instagram (@jess_is_reading and @iamjennIRL).

Duration: 60 min

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