What's the Jane Austen News this week?Jane Austen's Daily Quote App Good news! The android version of the Jane Austen quote app has been updated! As with the older version of the app it is still free and provides a new Jane Austen quote straight to your phone at a time to suit you every day. However, it now loads much faster, with quicker quote loading and a smoother user experience all round. Plus the app is still loaded with lots of other Austen goodies; free articles from the Jane Austen Centre online magazine and easy access to the Online Giftshop and Centre news. To get the update users with the old version will have to uninstall their version and install the new one. On the other hand if you don't have the app yet but would like to download it, you can get the Jane Austen Daily Quote app for Apple and Android devices from iTunes or Google Play.
Jane Austen - Master Beer Brewer This week the Jane Austen News has come across a lovely little blog post which talks about Jane's penchant for brewing beer - perhaps not the first thing to come to mind when you think of Jane. Here are a few great facts from Nick Hines' post on VinePair:
- Beer was safer than water and was considered a daily necessity just like food.
- It was the woman’s role to provide the beer.
- Jane's beer of choice was spruce beer; a beer brewed using the buds of a spruce tree, which give off citrus and pine flavours.
Six Ways Jane Austen Has Shaped My Relationships Jane Austen has sometimes been accused of giving people unrealistic expectations when it comes to relationships. After all, not everyone can be so devoted as Colonel Brandon, or as (eventually) eloquent in their devotion as Mr Darcy, but one post on Bustle caught the eye of the Jane Austen News because it was extolling Jane's novels as being a help, not a hinderance, when it comes to forming good relationships. And how?
- They make you more forgiving of your family's quirks (e.g. "thank goodness my mother is not Mrs Bennet").
- They prove that character is more important than charm.
- They make you more understanding of your friend's choices (Lizzy on Charlotte's marriage anyone?).
- Look after your siblings.
- Appreciate second chances.
- Patience is a virtue.
Bridget Jones Needs A Man Like... ...Always? That's the conclusion of some disheartened Bridget Jones fans this week having seen the new film. In the most recent Bridget Jones film, Bridget is pregnant and unsure who the father is. Bridget is a strong, modern woman, and yet she spends the film trying to choose which of the two potentials she needs to have as the father of her baby. The implication being that she is unable to cope alone. When Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice (which was the inspiration for Bridget Jones) the sad fact was that unless Lizzy wanted to become a poor spinster then she did need a man so Austen can't be criticised for her fixation on marriage. Things have changed a lot in 200 years though, and so it's a shame that despite major advances in gender equality (female suffrage anyone?) it would seem that the mainstream message for women is still the same: you need a man. At least this is the conclusion of quite a few disappointed Jones fans. Thoughts?
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I was so excited to download the iOS app, but it doesn’t open. It crashes. :(
Really sorry but since the site was moved to a new server it has stopped working. I have passed it on to our webmistress and I hope she will deal with it very soon.