I’m going to encourage you all to break the first rule of Jane Austen’s Fight Club, and talk about the “trailer” for Jane Austen’s Fight Club. If you haven’t seen this YouTube meme yet, here it is, with transcription:
The vid opens on an idyllic mountain scene, which shifts to a field of flowers. Soft piano music plays. We see two women (I’ll identify them here as Fanny (Price, Mansfield Park) and Lizzie (Bennet, Pride & Prejudice)) walking arm-in-arm through a garden. They are wearing 19th century(ish) frock. Lizzie turns to Frannie and says (British accent), “I want you to hit me as hard as you can.” Franny, confused, replies with a, “What?” The music changes to ominous and Lizzie looks severe as she reaffirms, “HIT me.” The screen goes dark and the voiceover (Franny) begins:
“Wait, allow me to begin earlier…”
Cue shot of three ladies who look bored, depressed and/or downtrodden.
“For all of us, life had become and endless surrender to propriety. A lady had her duties…”
A woman doing cross stitch.
“Her expected accomplishments…”
A woman playing piano one-handed, head lying on the keys, face looking sad.
“Her … polite affections…”
Woman (of color, it should be noted) exiting room as man enters. They pause awkwardly to acknowledge each other silently.
“And the primary objective to marry, or, for all intents and purposes, perish…”
Woman on settee with man kissing her hand, pan to a sole woman sitting with dog on lap. Dog leaps off her lap, she crumbles into herself, a hand to her face.
“She changed everything.”
Shot of Lizzie coming down stairs.
We’re back to the garden scene, with Lizzie taunting and bouncing about like a boxer to, “C’mon, hit me before I lose my nerve!” Franny thwaps her weakly on the shoulder. Lizzie frowns and says, “Really?” The scene shifts to a gathering of pantaloons-clad women in a circle. Two are in the middle, fighting. Music in the background, back to ominous.
“It was on the tip of everyone’s tongue…”
Woman (Emma Woodhouse, Emma – the same woman with polite affections) raises her hand and says, “Can I be next?”
“She just gave it a name.”
Lizzie, shifting out of her dress, “Ladies, welcome to Fight Club.” We see shots of various women, still doing their duties, etc, but with noticeable bruises. “The first rule of Fight Club is one never mentions fight club.” Lizzie explains the rules to a row of women, “No corsets, no hatpins and NO crying.” She glares at one woman in particular. “If this is your first invitation to Fight Club, you MUST fight.”
Scenes of women (of all shapes and *gasp* colors) getting really into the fighting.
“After Fight Club, we were inclined to see the world differently.”
Woman pounding on piano (think Tori Amos), Lizzie at a social function, uhm, bumping and grinding against a man, Fanny at tea with a woman who sees droplets of blood on her dress and gasps, “Is that your blood?” To which Fanny replies, nonchalantly, “Oh … yes, some of it.”
Lizzie announces, “You are going to start a fight with a complete stranger.” We see Emma doing so. Another woman shoves another into the hedges. “And you’re going to lose,” Lizzie says. We see a woman being dragged across the lawn by another.
“We were no longer good society.”
The song Battle Without Honor or Humanity begins to play. We see all the ladies walking down an exterior set of steps, looking fierce and determined. Paint splatter effect and the text “In 1810”. Cut to Lizzie punching a woman in the face hard enough for “blood” to spurt. Cut to the ladies dancing wildly on the veranda and lawn. Cut to a woman (Marianne Dashwood, I think? Sense & Sensibility) pulling a man close by the tie. More paint splatter effect and the text “and 2011”. Another fight scene and the main players are introduced: Lizzie, who’s been knocked down by a punch that makes her smile, Fanny, who shoves her tea-companion’s face into a cake, Emma, who clocks someone with her handbag and the Dashwoods, Marianne seen flipping some woman and then a cut to still shots of them with hands up like boxers. Lizzie, wearing a leopard-print faux fur coat exclaims to Fanny, “In the end, you’ll thank me!” She dons a pair of sunglasses, gives a tough gesture and walks away.
Cue two society ladies, one of whom says, “I suppose they think this will throw them into the path of eligible young men.” Next shot, we see just that, literally, happening to Fanny. There are a few more shots of women fighting, shoving, etc. Cut back to Fanny and a young man, who says to her, “You’re very clever, aren’t you? How’s that going for you?” She responds, after we see flash shots of women being clever, “Splendidly.”
Next shot is Lizzie walking by two ladies standing in a gazebo. She knocks a teacup and saucer out of one of their hands, and walks away without missing a beat. Another blast of paint splatter and the title, “Jane Austen’s Fight Club” appear. Last shot is of Lizzie pumping a fist in the air.
I have one word for you: awesome.
What words do you have that you would like to share? I think there’s quite a bit to cover.