Happy Birthday, Penguin! Today, the revolutionary publisher of paperbacks new and old (also known to me as “work”), turns 75. I couldn’t be prouder to be at a company with such a historically strong emphasis on design. And what better way to celebrate than with this adorably informative documentary?
(Can’t embed this for the life of me… so you’ll just have to clicky click!)
… SO funny!! I’m not a huge Austen fan, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Emma, my soul-sister in misguided matchmaking. I’m always amazed at the many ways that Austen can be adapted, on- and off-screen, so I have probably seen more spin-off movies than read original books.
Penguin, as a publisher of classics, has done an amazing job of reworking old material for a modern audience, so it makes sense that Austen is perfect for them. They’ve even expanded into “Austen-Mania” with this page on their website, so that fans can delve into the world of romance, long after they’ve read the books.
To show just how innovative Penguin has been with this one author, here are a few examples any Austen fan should check out:
1. I’ve been drooling over this Hardback Classics cover of Emma for months! It epitomizes that delicious feeling of holding a really beautiful book in your hands. Make sure to take a look at the books by other authors as well.
2. Penguin UK created a fun and simple project called My Penguin. For just a few dollars, aspiring designers can pick up their blank copy of Emma (or another classic), and create their own book cover. While submissions are closed, it’s really interesting to see the gallery of work that came out of it from bands, artists, and anyone else who wanted to contribute.
3. Still not satisfied creating your own Georgian-Regency world? The book, Lost In Austen (wasn’t this also a movie?), is a choose-your-own-adventure style tale through all six books.
3. Ah, Penguin UK, why are you so pretty? The evolution of Pride and Prejudice, here, here and here. I even found an article from 2006 where the Brits turned Austen into chick lit, with Colin Firth and all. Now that’s a little ridiculous…
4. Want to read all the novels at once, just like that hot dude in The Jane Austen Book Club? Of course, Penguin Classics has a complete set.
Now, it’s a beautiful day, time to get to the park and celebrate Penguin by reading my book!