Lost in Austen
Illumination: One of the first extensions to notice in the series Lost in Austen, is its portrayal of light, or even lack there of. When Amanda Price sees the character of Elizabeth Bennet for the second time, she walks in on her playing with the bathroom light. This is obviously because, as Price will soon find out, in Lizzy’s time, electric/instant lighting is virtually nonexistent. The world of Austen is candlelit, whether they dimly illuminate the hallway or sit firmly in a lantern, a device which Price finds herself using for the simple act of finding a bedroom. At one point, in a desperate attempt to light her cigarette during the ballroom scene, she practically has to shove her face in a lantern hanging outside the building. Though light does not seem to heavily hinder Price as much as other extensions in the show, it shows to be a clunky necessity that she took for granted in her own life. Her pattern, pace, and scale feels, not slow per se, but bothersome.
Marriage: In the world of Pride and Prejudice, marriage is an institution in which young women are expected to join in matrimony with a man, not for the sake of love, but for the sake of financial stability. This being a majority of the plot, and Amanda Price being so fond and overall knowledgeable of the book, it’s easy to see why she makes a big deal when the Mr. Bingley for instance is fawning over her instead of Jane. It also fully explains the behavior of Jane’s mother, Mrs. Bennet, who is seen frazzled and panicked in every scene she is in because, unlike Amanda’s “21st-century situation” where her not getting married means she’ll simply be lonely for the rest of her life, the Bennet family will become completely destitute due to Mr. Bennet’s careless financial handlings. Marriage, in Austen’s time anyway, is not just something you discuss every now and then. When you had children, that was how your time would be spent: finding a wealthy suitor for each one.
The Real Housewives of Jane Austen
TV Cameras: Reality show stars like the Kardashians and Blac Chyna face the harsh reality of mix the real-life schedules and “work” schedules together in order to accommodate the producers and camera crew who are constantly at their beck and call every hour of the day, every day of the week. Privacy is almost impossible to find and any skeletons they may have in the closet are now at risk of being exposed. Not to mention, television being a visual heavy medium, everyone involved with the show now find themselves in a dither keeping up their appearances so as to not garner hateful criticisms hurled at by viewers through social media outlets. But of course, every little thing they do in the show will be criticized by someone who will set up a whole blog about or simply create an internet meme. As for what you do, every bad scenario that could potentially happen in your show will not only happen, but will be encouraged by the producers, and you will find yourself exaggerating your own reactions just to please the cameras watching you.
Social Media: Outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, and countless others may seem harmless to those not in the spotlight, but for celebrities who parade their freakish behavior 24/7 on reality TV, they’re places of constant dread. Any slip up or bad choice you make will soon find its way to and through several destinations on the internet. Thousands of strangers you have never met and never will meet suddenly have unlimited access to your information, whether it’s your home address, your Facebook and Twitter accounts, and God knows what else. Your family will also run the risk of being victimized by these same strangers, simply because you’re famous. Nothing you do will be taken remotely seriously and will be treated as a joke, whether through internet memes or tweets from viewers that you will never be aware of. Every time you leave the house, a picture of what you’re wearing will soon find its way on sites like Tumblr and you’ll feel scared to even go to the store.