Ep 20 The Jane Austen Book Club, The Book

May 9, 2017

In this episode, the girls discuss the Jane Austen Book Club, a novel by Karen Joy Fowler. The book is a clever take on a group of friends who read Austen together as their lives begin to parallel Austen's plots in surprising ways. Kristin and Maggie can relate!

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.

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Episode 19: Persuasion Adaptations, the Cage Match

April 17, 2017

Ok, I'm just kidding. Episode 19 of First Impressions does not include an MMA-style cage match between two Persuasion movie adaptations, although I do wish we had thought of that before recording it! This episode is just a conventional yet spirited review of two adapatations of Austen's Persuasion: the 1995 Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds version, and the 2007 ITV adapation starring Sally Hawkins. Enjoy, gentle listeners, and get ready for our next episode, when we will be reading/reviewing the Jane Austen Book Club! (The book, by Karen Joy Fowler!)

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.

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Ep 18: She Pierced Our Souls (Ow!)

February 27, 2017

Maggie and Kristin present the second installment of their discussion of Jane Austen's Persuasion, a novel that is Austen-brand catnip for the romantic in all of us (yes, including a reluctant Kristin). We hope you enjoy it, gentle listeners. You pierce our souls, our hearts, our cheese, our mics, and our balloon animals.

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 our first 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.

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Ep 17: Persuading Kristin to Like Persuasion

January 23, 2017

Hello First Impressioners! We bring you part 1 of our discussion on Jane Austen's Persuasion. Kristin attempts to enlighten Maggie to the fact that (1) Fredrick Wentworth is a dick, and (2) the dismal worldview and the autumnal themes Austen employs in Persuasion make this novel a hard read for sensitive souls. As always, the psychological nuance of Austen's work is on display as she uses Persuasion to both illustrate the power of little gestures, and explore the stories we tell ourselves about other people's feelings. We are half agony, half hope, and all admiration for this work of romantic genius, and hope you will be too!

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, 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.

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Ep 16: Regency Fashions with Bethany C!

December 5, 2016

Welcome back, First Impressions listeners! In honor of our one-year anniversary, we've got a special episode for you! Special guest (and longtime fan) Bethany C. is joining us to tell us fascinating facts about Regency fashion and its importance in Jane Austen's novels. Ever wonder about pattens, petticoats, spencers, shoe-roses, pelisses, and chemises? We've got all the information for you here. Enjoy bonus details about (slightly-creepy) hair jewelry, the "muslin disease," and Canadian beaver fur. Also: Mr. Darcy's pants were made out of buckskin. You're welcome.

Special thanks to Bethany C. for doing a tremendous amount of research so your lazy First Impressions podcasters didn't have to!

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Ep 15: Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility (1995) Movie Review

October 21, 2016

Hello First Impressioners! In this episode Kristin and Maggie review their most beloved of all Austen adaptations, the triumphant 1995 movie directed by Ang Lee and written by Emma Thompson. From the fantastic casting, to the excellent screenplay, to the indelible performances, this film is (in our opinion) a masterpiece! For the film's full credits, see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114388/fullcredits/ 

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 our first 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.
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Ep 14: Sense and Sensibilitier

September 18, 2016
Welcome back, First Impressions fans, to our discussion of Austen's triumphant novel, Sense and Sensibility! In this episode, after excoriating Willoughby just as much as he deserves, Kristin and Maggie move on to the lighter side of the story, highlighting comic passages about Robert Ferrars, Mrs. Jennings, Anne Steele, Sir John Middleton, Charlotte Palmer, and more. The girls draw a parallel between the long-suffering Elinor and her more arch fellow heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, as both deal with their nutty friends and families with the utmost equanimity. Everyone can agree that the need for an Elinor Dashwood playbook has never been more pressing... And stay tuned for our next podcast, where we'll be discussing the 1995 Lee/Thomson movie adaptation!

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, 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.
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Ep 13: Toward a Sensible Sensibility

August 5, 2016

Welcome to episode 13, gentle listeners! In this episode, Kristin and Maggie begin their discussion of Sense and Sensibility.  The girls work their way through the plot of the novel by exploring the differences (and maybe similarities?) between the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and take a deep dive into each character's reaction to love and loss. Kristin finds herself falling in love with Edward Ferrars while Maggie focuses on whether it's healthy for Elinor to always rely on her "sense." As usual, the discussion is fun, interesting, and goes places you might not expect!

Make sure to listen to the next episode, Part II of Sense and Sensibility, when Kristin and Maggie will focus on the secondary characters and the use of humor in the novel.

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, 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.

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Ep 12: Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship

July 8, 2016
In Episode 12, Kristin and Maggie review Love & Friendship, a newly released movie adaptation of Austen's comic novella, Lady Susan. Kristin relates an encounter with director Whit Stillman which raised him very much in her estimation, while Maggie bemoans the saccharine sweetness of star Kate Beckinsale's performance. In the end, the girls agree to disagree, and you'll be relieved to hear that (spoilers!) no tables are ultimately flipped. 

Kristin and Maggie are also announcing their next book in the series: break out your smelling salts, everyone, and get ready for our discussion of Sense & Sensibility, coming up in episode 13!

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, 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.
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Ep 11: Lady Susan Would Totally Win the Hunger Games

June 6, 2016

In this episode, Kristin and Maggie discuss one of Austen's minor works, Lady Susan, which stars a delightfully charming, possibly-sociopathic main character built in the Crawford mold. Austen's feminist streak is on full display in this epistolary novella, in which Lady Susan takes control of her own destiny, and we get a peek at her wicked and ruthless private correspondence! This podcast discusses the text of Lady Susan; stay tuned for our next podcast for a discussion of Whit Stillman's adaptation, Love & Friendship (possibly in theaters now depending on where you live!)

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, 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.
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