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Welcome Jane Austen lovers and haters alike! Kristin and Maggie discuss how Austen's classic novels have influenced their lives and challenged them to be better people.

Welcome Jane Austen lovers and haters alike! Kristin and Maggie discuss how Austen's classic novels have influenced their lives and challenged them to be better people.
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Welcome Jane Austen lovers and haters alike! Kristin and Maggie discuss how Austen's classic novels have influenced their lives and challenged them to be better people.






Ep 37: Regency Daze Part 1

Gentle listeners, we are thrilled to bring you a very special podcast event! In this episode, your faithful First Impressions podcasters, joined by some good friends, are players in a Regency Era tabletop Role-Playing Game (RPG). Join Maggie, Kristin, and their friends Selvi and Priya, as together they uncover a world of secrets, love, and party planning in "Regency Daze." Game Master Selvi has crafted a Regency-themed RPG where our three heroines must plan a neighborhood ball, all while...


Ep 36: Writing Jane Austen Fan Fiction with Lona Manning

Dear First Impressioners, have you ever been curious about the wide world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction (JAFF), and the writers that publish it? In this special episode, our friend Lona Manning joins us to discuss her experience writing and publishing her JAFF novels and stories! Be ready for some intriguing insights, from how historical fiction authors research details about Regency life, to tips for mastering Austenesque language and grammar. Kristin and Lona also discuss what to expect from...


Ep 35: The Making of Jane Austen Book Review

Hello First Impressions fans! We're excited to present our book review of The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser! In her highly entertaining, amazingly informative and exhaustively researched work, Dr. Looser discusses how our view of Austen has evolved over two centuries, from kindly "Aunt Jane," to conservative darling, to feisty suffragette. Told through cultural artifacts such as books, plays, movies, banners, letters, and even the odd séance or two, Looser's work is an entertaining...


Ep 34: Clueless (and A Lot of Other Stuff) with Special Guest Ellie

Hello gentle listeners! We're excited to welcome our second FI fan and Clueless aficianado, Ellie, onto the podcast! Join us for a freewheeling discussion about Clueless and its impact on pop culture and subsequent Austen adaptations. We touch on lots of fun details about the movie, including a discussion of the book As If: The Oral History of Clueless by Jen Cheney. There is also quite a long tangent about Persuasion, for which Kristin takes full responsibility!


Ep 33: Clueless with Special Guest Tash

Listeners, we're so excited to put out our first of two Clueless episodes! This episode stars longtime listener Tash from Sydney, an Austen scholar who helps to illuminate the brilliance of Clueless as a high-value, highly entertaining adaptation of Austen's beloved novel, Emma. Listen to learn about how Cher interacts with gender and the patriarchy (as if!), why 90s society in wealthy Los Angeles is a great substitute for Regency England, and why "you're a virgin who can't drive" is the...


Ep 32: Movie Review: Mansfield Park 2007 (Billie Piper)

Gentle listeners, rejoice! We're reviewing another Austen movie adaptation, this one the 2007 ITV adaptation of Mansfield Park, starring Billie Piper as Fanny Price. Listen as we discuss Fanny's spunky badminton chops, Haley Atwell's winsome take on Mary Crawford, and Edmund's incomprehensibly strange bangs. To nobody's surprise, Kristin didn't like it. Credits for the movie can be found at


Ep 31: Part 2 of What Matters in Jane Austen - Book Review

We're back with our second (and final) episode on John Mullan's book, What Matters in Jane Austen: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved! This time, Maggie and Kristin tackle the subjects "Did Sisters Sleep Together?" and "What Games Did the Characters Play?" Get ready from some surprising insights that stem from these basic questions, as we plumb the depths of sisterly relationships in Austen's work, and revisit one of the famous set pieces in Mansfield Park: the game of Speculation.


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

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...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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...


Ep 22: The Movie: The Jane Austen Book Club

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...


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

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...


Ep 20 The Jane Austen Book Club, The Book

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,...


Episode 19: Persuasion Adaptations, the Cage Match

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...


Ep 18: She Pierced Our Souls (Ow!)

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....