Ep 30: Book Discussion: What Really Matters in Jane Austen by John Mullan

July 17, 2018

First Impressions fans! We're SO EXCITED to release our discussion of the brilliant book, What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan. This book is full of surprising connections, fascinating analysis, and deep insight into Austen's life and works. In this episode we dig into two specific chapters of the book, focusing in on the topics of "sex" and "death" in Austen's work to produce our most metal podcast ever! (And you'll have to forgive the several wedding-related digressions.)


Ep 29: Part 4 of Movie Commentary for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice Miniseries

July 8, 2018

Hi First Impressions fans! We know you're all waiting with bated breath for our next major episode, but in the meantime, here's the fourth installment of our movie commentary series for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries to tide you over. Keep your eye out for our next episode on What Matters in Jane Austen, by John Mullan, which will be coming in the next few weeks!


Ep 28: Movie Commentary Part 3 1995 Pride and Prejudice Miniseries

May 4, 2018

Gentle listeners, rejoice! Maggie and Kristin are reunited once more, this time broadcasting from beautiful Boise, ID, where we tackle the thrilling third episode of the 1995 miniseries adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. This is a movie commentary track, so you can listen while watching the movie, or simply just follow along while doing all those boring data entry tasks at work, or folding that pile of laundry!


Ep 27: Movie Commentary Part 2 1995 Pride and Prejudice Miniseries

March 25, 2018

Hello First Impressioners! We're continuing our commentary track series of that oh-so-perfect adaptation, the 1995 Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. The track was recorded while watching the second episode of the miniseries, but if you know the movie by heart like we do, you can also listen to it on its own! We hope to cover the whole series, so stay tuned for more tracks coming next month. And thanks for listening. :)


Ep 26: Movie Commentary: 1995 Pride and Prejudice Miniseries

February 19, 2018

Hello First Impressioners! As promised, we're releasing the first of our commentary tracks on the 1995 classic Pride and Prejudice miniseries. The track was recorded while watching the first episode of the miniseries, but if you're familiar with the movie, Maggie tells me it can be listened to on its own as well! Stay tuned for more of these commentary tracks coming soon!


Ep 25: P&P Part 2 Part Deux

December 17, 2017

Dear First Impressions listeners, thank you for being so patient with us. After many technical difficulties, we're so glad to present the second installment of our re-visitation of Pride and Prejudice! In this episode, we probe the Darcy-Elizabeth relationship, and how they both grow and change and come together to teach the admiring masses what conjugal felicity really is.


Ep 24: Bonus Ep! The Jane Game

October 30, 2017

Hi First Impressions fans! We apologize for the wait for the next podcast we promised, P&P The Remix, Part 2. Due to technical difficulties we have not been able to complete that podcast yet (sad face), however, we do have a special bonus episode to tide you over while you wait! Kristin, Maggie and Bay check out a new Jane Austen trivia game, The Jane Game, for your edification and amusement!


Ep 23: More Pride, More Prejudice

August 28, 2017

[UPDATED FILE AVAILABLE: There seems to have been a glitch around minutes 3-5 of the first version of this podcast; we've uploaded a fixed version of the file for anyone who wishes to re-download it.] We knew you needed more, so we delivered! The girls are back to give Pride and Prejudice the complete podcast treatment, where all the minor characters can finally shine. During our first foray into podcasting Pride and Prejudice, you might have wished Kristin would shut up about her anxiety disorder and get to talking about the real stars of this incredible book: Mr and Mrs Bennet, Kitty and Lydia, Mr Wickham, Mr Collins, Charlotte Lucas... basically everybody besides Elizabeth and Darcy and all their drama. Good news! They're finally getting discussed.


Ep 22: The Movie: The Jane Austen Book Club

July 1, 2017

We're back, gentle listeners, with a spirited discussion of the 2007 movie The Jane Austen Book Club (which is based on the book of the same name). Jocelyn, Sylvia, Prudie, Grigg and the gang are back, and they're still well drawn characters with rich inner lives. Despite some misgivings, we greatly enjoyed this movie, and especially liked the discussion of Mansfield Park which the book was lacking! Now if only that title sequence wasn't so cheesy...

The movie's credits can be found at IMDB here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0866437/

The First Impressions podcast is a safe space for us to discuss our love for Jane Austen away from the haters, and perhaps even convert some skeptics in the process. Thanks for listening to this episode, and if you enjoyed it, please spread the word and let us know what you think! We can be reached at first.impressions.podcast@gmail.com.



Ep 21: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Kevin and Bay

June 19, 2017

Something a little different, listeners! BOYS! As you wait for us First Impressions gals to come out with our brilliant analysis of the Jane Austen Book Club movie, please enjoy this podcast we asked Kevin and Bay to put together on that beloved box office flop, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! The guys warm up by talking about their own histories with Austen, then lay the smackdown with cutting critical analysis of this vaguely Austen-flavored cinema disasterpiece. Did the makers of PP&Z come to deliver delicious Austen movie fluff, or to destroy the source material and eat our braaaaains?