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    I would argue that you don't really need to read...

    I would argue that you don't really need to read the books first, especially with Sense & Sensibility, which is not her best work. She's not known for her plot twists, so watching the film first...
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    Inspired by a conversation over on the Discord, I...

    Inspired by a conversation over on the Discord, I have put together the list nobody asked for: my ranking of Austen adaptations! This list is not exhaustive, as I have apparently seen dozens of...
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    To Be Taught, if Fortunate by Becky Chambers is...

    To Be Taught, if Fortunate by Becky Chambers is the best kind of hard sci fi. It pairs a deep respect and love for science with thoughtful dissection of what constitutes life, what price is...
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    Few writers have despised their fellow human...

    Few writers have despised their fellow human beings as thoroughly as Emily Bronte did. I really think Wuthering Heights is brilliant, but its reputation has been tarnished by those who want it to be...
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    I really enjoyed the whimsical ambiance of The...

    I really enjoyed the whimsical ambiance of The Night Circus by Ellen Morgenstern. It was imaginative and thoughtful and fun, but I can't help but feel that it would have been much more effective if...
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    The P&P miniseries is terrific. The 1995 film...

    The P&P miniseries is terrific.

    The 1995 film version of Persuasion is really, really good. Maybe my favorite Austen adaptation (and definitely my favorite of her novels.) Netflix has a new...
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    Also, I came down on pretty much liking the 2020...

    Also, I came down on pretty much liking the 2020 Emma. with its odd punctuation, even if it couldn't quite decide if it was an adaptation or a deconstruction.

    One of my sisters hated it, though....
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    It's pretty fun! I can't remember who said that...

    It's pretty fun! I can't remember who said that Austen names her books after the central problems in the books-- Persuasion, Pride & Prejudice, etc. and the central problem of Emma is... Emma.

    I'm...
  9. Thread: Random Thoughts

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    Awesome, thanks. I'm in there as mightbenatalie...

    Awesome, thanks. I'm in there as mightbenatalie as there are apparently too many Maras
  10. Poll: I think one of the reasons I loved it is because...

    I think one of the reasons I loved it is because the humor totally worked for me. Without that it would have been more of an interesting experiment with less of an emotional connection.

    I have a...
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    Thanks! I was under the impression you needed an...

    Thanks! I was under the impression you needed an account with a gaming system, but it doesn't look like it. How would I get an invite to the MC stuff?
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    Srsly guys I have made it this far in my life...

    Srsly guys I have made it this far in my life without figuring out what exactly Discord is, so I tried to look it up and I'm still confused
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    I am well, and I hope the same for you. I have a...

    I am well, and I hope the same for you. I have a lot of affection in my heart for the people of this board, and I am feeling sad about all the communities over the years that I've lost touch with...
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    I had this super intense dream about Match Cut...

    I had this super intense dream about Match Cut last night.

    Why? I have no idea.

    Hi.
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    Hey friends-- it took me ages to remember my old...

    Hey friends-- it took me ages to remember my old login but I had to come over and say how sad I am about KF. He truly was one of the greats. Kind, funny, smart, and compassionate. I loved talking to...
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    SERIOUSLY. It reminded me of a year or two ago...

    SERIOUSLY. It reminded me of a year or two ago when they had a car chase scene where everyone was driving really slowly and obeying traffic lights and I was drenched in sweat from tension by the end....
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    Co-signing this. I was surprised how happy I was...

    Co-signing this. I was surprised how happy I was about the renewal.
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    Upon rewatch, it really really works.

    Upon rewatch, it really really works.
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    AMAZING I haven't been able to stop thinking...

    AMAZING

    I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. I went back and rewatched the whole season.
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    Hmmm; I poked around but I don't think I can do...

    Hmmm; I poked around but I don't think I can do it. We might need an admin!
  21. Thread: The OA (Season 1)

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    I was okay with (or at least patient with) the...

    I was okay with (or at least patient with) the execution until the very last episode. Sometimes it comes across as boundary-pushing, but sometimes it feels self-indulgent. But I respect the ambition...
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    Phyllis Smith does work that I would call career...

    Phyllis Smith does work that I would call career best, but that sounds like faint praise given the fairly minor roles she's had.

    Let's say she's a revelation.
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    I thought it was interesting verging on terrific...

    I thought it was interesting verging on terrific until the last episode.

    And the last episode wasn't even terrible, it was just extremely rushed and hinged on a plot point that was... well,...
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    I am a fan, I guess, in that I have watched and...

    I am a fan, I guess, in that I have watched and re-watched it regularly, and watched all the new episodes. But it's probably about 70% actual enjoyment and 30% yelling at the screen, for me.
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    I've been thinking a lot about this comment and...

    I've been thinking a lot about this comment and I'm starting to tally up the various ways that guests choose to experience the park (and how it caters itself to all of them.) The awful tourist couple...
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