• Holiday Austen

    Nostalgia, Merriment, and Hallmark Prejudice

    In our very first marathon, we’re taking the season at its word and focusing on movies that entwine Austen’s novels and Christmas. We are curious about the increasing number of holiday movies touting Austen novel titles—and also a bit suspicious. For instance, Sense, Sensibility, and Snowmen (Hallmark, 2019), which we decided against reviewing due to a paywall (and today we have one more reason not to pay a dime), seemed like a stretch even to the casual reviewer. To be sure, the connection between Jane Austen’s novels and Christmas is as old as the novels. The opening chapters of Emma, which was published just in time for the holidays, on…