Marrying Mr. Darcy

Just in case you haven’t heard of this game: Oh My God! If you are an Austen fan and you haven’t heard of this game, I repeat: OH MY GOD!

Back in my dissertation days, I wrote a few posts about different YouTube web series including the amazing and award winning Lizzie Bennet Diaries. As the fandom just celebrated the 5 year anniversary of the beginning of the series, 4 of the actors gathered in order to play this card and dice game and it was hilarious. My sister and I quickly sent out for both Marrying Mr. Darcy and the Emma expansion pack and spent tonight watching LBD and playing the game – since we were the only two we played multiple characters.

If you don’t want to watch the LBD video which really gives you all the basics in terms of instructions, here is the basic game play: after picking characters, setting out ‘character’ cards, designing your game plan, and picking order, each player picks an event card in turn following instructions therein. You try to match the rewarding ‘character’ cards to the criteria needed to make a match and gain more points than anyone else.

After playing both the Pride and Prejudice and Emma packs, the difference is as clear and as telling as the books they are based on.

Since Emma is really the story about a rich, entitled girl who blunders her way through life with a sharp wit eventually trying to redeem herself, this game is vicious. There are cards that let you undercut other players – like stealing their top cards – and almost every character has a special skill that lets the player work the game in their favor.

P&P, on the other hand, is nicer in terms of game tactics but is a little sad. There are less guys for all the girls but also as a story of a family of girls with few to no prospects going to dances with few men (again less options). You seem to fall victim to heartships more often than you may usually associate with this story.

We had so much fun playing both of these, although they were really complicated when we were trying to balance our character priorities. I’d love to play in a big group with either of these decks, or with a really big group, a combined game.

Seriously, Watch the LBD video if you don’t think this is an amazing game. Oh and for you zombie people, there is the undead expanded pack (thank you, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies!). Basically, if you are looking to make your Austen celebration even grander, this game is so worth a look!

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Fall in Love with Lulus

I know, I know, I’ve been all over Pinterest this past month but this time I need to tell you about a site I have fallen in complete love with through one particular pin: Lulus.com.

Emma Approved

Joanna Sotomura as Emma in Emma Approved

Lulus is a great shop with all kinds of great pieces for women from shoes to coats to your everyday wear. They are always running sales as well as getting a 10% discount if you sign up for email notifications. Currently, there store houses are behind schedule which means you may not get your order very quickly, however, they are giving $10 discount vouchers on your next purchase because of it.

I’m not usually one for online shopping – you can’t feel the material, you can’t see the cut on you (and unless you are exactly model sized, this can be a big difference!), you can’t try it on, and the list continues. However, there are times when I must make an exception and Lulus Royal Luxe Ivory Print Dress was one of them.

If you’ve been following along, over a year ago I talked a bit about web series and my master’s thesis which relied heavily on transmedial webseries as the main focus of my marketing theory. Well, one such literary webseries was the amazing Emma Approved by Pemberley Digital, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic Emma.

The show followed the archived footage created by Emma Woodhouse, lifestyle coach and while the story brought me back week after week so did Emma’s wardrobe. This dress was featured on the webseries and the second it popped up on Pintrest with an Emma Approved tag and a link to where I could buy it, I was sold!

(The discounts of course sold it that much quicker!)

Remember, if you are buying online, check for discounts, look at reviews (both positive and negative), check out all sizing charts given, measure twice, and look at the terms and conditions when it comes to returns and exchanges so you don;t end up stuck with a dress you will never be able to wear! What’s worse than buyers remorse? Owner’s envy (envying something in your own closet you’ll never wear. If you suffer this, get rid of that item, please! I doesn’t matter how much you may have spent on it.)

So yes, it’s love – with this dress, with this site and with this webseries – check them out and until next time: be well, be safe, be smart, and thanks for reading.

  • Taylor Gallagher

Classic Alice: A Must.

Really this is about the thing that is taking over my life (no really!)

Classic Alice's pic for World book day; tumblr.

Classic Alice’s pic for World book day; tumblr.

Classic Alice” is an amazing webseries/transmedia production (which just means the story takes place across different media areas/distributors) about a college girl studying to become a writer who gets a “bad” mark on a paper which included the a harsh critique that she doesn’t identify/empathize with characters and that her writing lacks a sense of creativity. In response, Alice decides to become more in tune with what characters go through in their stories by basing her life choices on those made by the protagonists in classic literature.

Did you get all that?

Basically, Alice is living her life through books; taking every ‘oh no…’ moment you’ve every had while reading a great book and dealing with the consequences—which, for the audience, means many moments spent (just like when reading said books) yelling for the characters to get there acts together (and there are definitely characters who are yelling about it with you!).

Anyway, why is this taking over my life?

  1. The series is really just that good.

I’ll be honest, I’ve watched a lot of transmedia series and for good reason. More and more they are gaining quality that is easily comparable to TV; videos are free (YouTube!) and short enough that you can binge watch most in one day; you have a lot of access to the actors as well as the characters they play so you can talk to both, ask questions and just really get involved; and the list goes on and on…

But back to “Classic Alice.”

If you like books, reading, school, or compelling stories, this series has it all and it will hook you. Even if you’ve never read a single book Alice talks about, the characters and their struggles and triumphs come to life in a way that makes you forget that these aren’t just some girl’s vlogs about her life. You find yourself rooting for Alice as if she were a real person—a friend—who you want to see succeed.

  1. As someone interested in Women working and studying creative industries, “Classic Alice” is a must!

This show is basically a power house for women creators and if it can keep going, it’s a great example of where these industries can go in way of empowered young women. But don’t just take my word for it, look here for more.

SPOILERS (Just for this bit, jump to 3 to avoid)!!

But besides the women behind this masterpiece, in the second season a major sticking point has been that stories don’t end just because there is a happily ever after. Even if the girl gets the guy, that’s not where her story ends…

  1. It has actually become the focus of my dissertation….

Yep, I told you this show has taken over.

After getting hooked on this show, my dissertation topic transformed from analyzing access and self-publishing to transnarrative storytelling and book marketing….

Basically, my paper gives me an excuse to watch these wonderful people over and over again (not that not having an excuse ever stopped me…)

  1. They are about to finish their Crowdfunding campaign at midnight tonight (March 6, pacific time).

I don’t know many times a day I’ve checked this page, but it’s the first thing I do when I wake up and last thing I do before dropping off. Again, I chalk this up to dissertation interest, but really it’s that I feel just as excited every time the number goes up as all those who are actually involved in the project.

Over the last two months, I’ve picked up three perks and actually won an extra prize (a personalized signed copy of Lev Grossman’s “The Magician’s Land” –YAY BOOKS)!

And finally,

  1. The true proof: this post was meant to be about internship/job interviews….

Oops? Yea, that had been the plan but with the end of the funding taking place and my dissertation proposal all coming together this week, there was nothing for it.

So next week we’ll go for all that interview stuff (including my thought on my own…), but for now—if you haven’t—go check out “Classic Alice” and if there is still time go and give what you can (every dollar counts!).

–Taylor Gallgher

Ps, I’m all about these series so if you have a suggestion of another for me to check out or want a suggestion of what else to watch, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.