Austenland begins with a concept so clever you wonder why it hadn’t been done before: what would a live action role-playing game geared toward women look like? It probably wouldn’t involve overweight accountants embodying orcs, hitting cardboard swords while bacne-ridden knights trade fake gold for fake amulets. What’s more girly than Jane Austen, whose heroines were plucky, witty and unostentatiously pretty, and who veritably set the standard for the “hate on first date” model of relationships? (To be fair, a horse named Sparkles Pancake may be more girly. But don’t worry, she makes an appearance; though sparkly vampires may might have been more appropriate, given that Twilight author Stephanie Meyer is one of Austenland’s producers.) Read More
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