Pride and Prejudice and Star Trek into Hot Shoulder Action

Random Fandom: Pride and Prejudice.

Random Fandom is the segment where we talk about your favorite fandoms.  It doesn’t matter if it is a TV show, movie, book, cartoon, toy, or comic you can send it in and we will talk about it. You can send us a simple email and we will do the heavy lifting of figuring out how to explain the topic, or you can do the explaining yourself. If you want to send an audio clip use the voice memo app on your phone and send it to our email just make sure to keep it under a few minutes so that there aren’t any email attachment size issues.

This week we had an audio clip sent in about Pride & Prejudice and lacking the expertise to have a serious discussion about it Branden, Nik, and Jeff attempt to Mystery Science Theater 3000 it. Despite our jokes Pride and Prejudice is a great piece of work that is deserving of all of the adaptations and reinterpretations that it has spawned. Included is the transcript from the audio comment.

Begin Transcript:

Hi, my name is Sara, and I’ve commented in the past, hello! For random fandom, I nominate Pride & Prejudice. It’s the most popular subset of the classic, older than balls… Jane Austen fandom.

There are 18 adaptations spanning film television and web series across multiple countries. Remember Bridget Jones’s Diary? That was a P&P film. There  have also been at least 7 theater productions.  Those numbers are just the versions that made it onto the Wikipedia page, not counting 200 years of international media and fanfic.  There’s also films like You’ve Got Mail that aren’t direct versions, but certainly borrow from or directly reference the story.

Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813 by Jane Austen. An early draft of it was known to exist under the title “First Impressions” as early 1797, when the story is set. If you’ve never read the book, it’s a romantic drama and comedy wherein the Bennet family of England attempts to find good marriages for their five daughters.

The classic debate of P&Ps nerds is to assert which movie adaptation is superior. In this I vote hard for the 2005 Keira Knightley film. Not only is it the most visually beautiful of the adaptations that I’ve seen, it very neatly condenses the story into a feature length.  It shows the human relatability and texture of all of the characters living in that historical period.  

It is also one of the most romantic freaking movies I’ve ever seen in my LIFE. I watched it in a small college theater with a friend of mine when it came out, and we both started literally smacking each other on the shoulder halfway through the movie, because we couldn’t get over how intensely romantic it was. The sexual tension in that movie is so crazy hot that at one point just touching someone’s hand actually causes physical angst. The famous failed proposal halfway through takes a scene that is awkward or funny in most adaptations, and turns it into the most gasp-worthy almost-kiss moment I have ever seen on screen. The 2005 film shows how important casting for screen chemistry is. It made me fully believe that these two characters were into each other long before they overcame their pride and their prejudice to voice their true feelings.

If you want a cute modern version, the web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a charming and racially diverse adaptation that adds up to about 2 hours worth of viewing. The horror fans among you will probably like 2015’s Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. It has good costumes, a sword fight marriage proposal, and convincingly gross zombies. And of course, there’s always the original novel for purists.

Whatever your flavor, I recommend you discover Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, because trust me: it’s a fandom that is never going away

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Protagonist Podcast: Lizzie Bennet Diaries

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Star Trek at 50

On September 8, 1966 a little SciFi show called Star Trek aired and well it changed the world. Since that first episode aired there have been 6 official TV series with a 7th digital tv series coming soon, 13 movies and countless books, video games, fan fictions and other media. So today lets share some of our thoughts and feelings about Star Trek.

If you could spend a day with any character from Star Trek which one would you?

Nik – Seven of Nine

Jeff – Q

Branden – Reginald Barkley

What are some of your favorite episodes / movies / or even scenes from Star Trek.

Jeff – First Contact – The Line is Drawn Here!

Nik –

Branden –

  • TOS – Trouble with Tribbles – I was a kid and it was fun!
  • TNG – Gambit – My Dad took a lot of effort to watch this show and I wanted to know why
  • DS9 – Pale Moonlight – A new tone in Star Trek
  • Voy – Tuvix – This was when I realized Star Trek took on social issues
  • Ent – The Andorian Incident – This brought the Vulcan’s down a peg and I liked that

If you had to serve under any of the captains, which one would you pick?

Jeff – Picard

Nik – Janeway

Branden – Janeway


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