Jane Austen’s Heroines Kick Butt. Literally.

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“No corsets, no hatpins and no crying” are the second, third and fourth rules of this Victorian lady’s fight club.  But you didn’t have to grow up in a country manor in the rolling hills of Steventon, Hampshire to know the first rule.  We all know the first rule of fight club, so let’s break it: let’s talk about fight club.

Sick of their oppressively passive lives, the women of Austen’s 19th century English gentry go about their sewing, piano-playing and courting duties with the sullen attitudes of teenage girls everywhere.  But when Pride & Prejudice’s Lizzie Bennett shows up to kick some butt, these ladies find liberation in knock-down brawls among the rose bushes.  It’s not easy to pull off a street-wise strut in your lacy undergarments, but it sure beats waiting around for a decent marriage proposal.

This hilarious spoof was the grand prize winner of a Santa Monica-based film festival.  The sponsor? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  That’s right.  To the list of winner Emily Janice Card’s influences, just below the societal reflections of a 19th century novelist, Quentin Tarantino’s adrenaline-infused Kill Bill soundtrack and the depraved sensibilities of David Fincher’s classic film, you can add the Mormon church.

Card, who plays Fannie in the film, is part of a group of young Mormon singles who put together spoof videos, play tag football and dine together, according to their Facebook page.

No word on whether a sequel is in the works, but the collective admirers on Boingboing, Jezebel and YouTube are certainly demanding one.

- Meredith Melnick

12 comments
roncee
roncee

I believe the overthrow of Yanuckovic, the democratically elected president, was engineered and/or influenced by the Western powers. They didn't like the idea of Yanuckovic spurning the EU and accepting help from Russia. It appears Democracy is fine as long as it is advantageous the Western powers.

cannibalofthetrees
cannibalofthetrees

This time.

God hopes the next time, will be more effective No other society has earned the scorn of God than Israel. May it burn..

Openminded1
Openminded1

I doubt the Ex KGB agent is shaking in his boots because of Obama's rhetoric , and i doubt Obama got into a heated conversation with him, i would love to hear that white house oval office tape.

JuliusYoung
JuliusYoung

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mrdeanpaton
mrdeanpaton

Don't mock Russians, it's a really good way to make things worse.

aboutbebout
aboutbebout

The Russians in the Ukraine who want to side with Russia, remind me of the Obama voters who wish they could go back to 2008, and voted differently.

vetramon
vetramon

Take Putin and put any other Russian president at this moment and his behaviour is going to be the same as Putin. This is not a matter of personalities, this a matter of geopolitics that any rational head of state, except the democrats and its president, is going to use to act the way Putin or any other head of state would do. The problem is that the common behaviour of the presidents of the USA in the affairs of the world,  is that they can do whatever they want in the world without a whimper of disapproval from the world and the UN.

sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

Imagine if an Leader in Canada is overthrown in a coup and the new Government declares that it will forge a new alliance with Russia or China, and review all treaties and agreements with Washington,would the US attack? Ukraine has been a part of the Russian empire for over 300 years and its capital Kiev was infact called Kievan Rus. Why is the EU and US surprised that Putin is calling the bluff on Ukraine? A bankrupt country, corrupt to the core and in many ways a failed State, relies on Russia for its survival. Obama has become personal about Putin because Russia has stared down the US on Syria,Iran and more. The US talsk about sanctions because it does not hurt the US. Try selling this to the Chechs who import 75% of Gas/Oil from Russia or to the Germans who import 40%. The last thing the US wants is closer relationship between Russia and China. Hence, after all the sabre rattling, Lavrov and Kerry will come out smiling!

BillPearlman
BillPearlman

Big difference, Putin doesn't care what a bunch of twerps in the white house think of him. He has the cards here. He can make Europe suffer. Work with the Chinese. Any number of things.

Peppercorn
Peppercorn

@Openminded1 Obama is an embarrassment. He creates the mess by spending $5 billion the US can't afford to destabilise and create the Putsch and, then inflames the situation by getting the media to brand Putin a nutcase when all the time Putin say's little but acts with real power. Checkmate!

Has the US media bothered to tell the US public about the $5billion? The paid snipers? Supporting the radical right wing Nazi's and feeding the rioters cookies by Victoria Nuland?

What about the treaty with the Ukraine that Russia has which allows them to have 20,000 troops on the Crimean soil at any time?

Have they also informed the US public that if NATO places missiles in the Ukraine Putin will take all of the Ukraine or consider Nuclear weapons?

If there are any unstable World leaders you can guarantee it isn't Putin. While this thing escalates Obama misses security meetings and goes on holidays playing golf. the US may sneer at Putin but, I can assure you the rest of the world including Europe and laughing at Obama.