Jane Austen + Fight Club = Regency excitement!

The answer to the tedium of Regency drawing rooms? Jane Austen's Fight Club, natch! "The first rule of fight club is one never mentions fight club."

Sara sez, "Made by my best friends, a bunch of mormon girls in Los Angeles, this film trailer is exactly what it sounds like. And it sounds like awesome."

Jane Austen's Fight Club (Thanks, Sara!)


  1. This is too weird. Just had an intense urge to watch Fight Club clips on YouTube, and now this. Whoa.

  2. Hey, when they’re not interfering in other people’s lives by forcing their archaic beliefs on others, Mormons can be funny sometimes!

    1. “I am Emma’s colon.”

      “I am stricken with a malady. I cause Emma’s untimely demise.”

    2. “You, are not… a special snowflake!”

      I loved the movie, but it was such a delightful book. With all the Sense, sensibility and sea monsters and other J.A. reproductions this book would be grade A awesome.

      1. Ah yes, the trailer for “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” is worth seeing as well:

  3. Hmm. Mormon girls in LA? Guess they aren’t good molly mormons, watching an R-rated movie.

    I can’t imagine what a censored Chuck Palahniuk would be like.

    Mormonism, the ikea of religion?

  4. Mormons are interesting as a culture. Yes, they feel compelled to proselitize, but that’s only because they’re trying to save everyone’s soul (from their perspective)

    Otherwise, they are considerate and well-educated, modest, and industrious.

    Of course, I’ve also met quite a few that are batshit insane. But their magazines are well written, even with some interesting nonreligious content.

  5. I hope that tea is decaffeinated, or else they are definitely going to to be cast into outer darkness.

  6. There’s also a buttload of irony in that Mormon girls really are trained to be ultimate wives and mothers (there are even college courses in dating), expected to practice the Homely Arts, and have virtually no place in the world if they don’t eventually marry and reproduce. Cry for help, anyone?

  7. Ugh, another Austen parody. However, I wish I could be alive 100 years from now and see what kind of Harry Potter parodies the not-particularly-creative of that time will make.

  8. This reminds me of a skit the BBC did for the Children in Need charity a few years ago. It featured the actors (Colin Firth, et. al) from the BBC TV adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (I think) duking it out in a withdrawing room armed with automatic weaponry and rocket-propelled grenades.

    I can’t seem to find it anywhere though, if I find it I’ll post as it was a classic.

    1. Gilgongo, I’ve been looking for this for quite some time now. I’m dying to see it again.

    2. I can’t recall that skit but it sounds awfully like a Heineken tv advert from years ago that was based on Pride & Prejudice. Unfortunately the only copy I could find on youtube has terrible sound, but here you go:

  9. OK, those were not just Mormon chicks. Those were Mormon chicks with skilz. Did you see the shoes fly off on the flipped gal?

    But what I really wanna know is how do Mormons get such perfect freaking teeth? Are they always PERFECT? Do you have to have straight white gleaming choppers to be accepted into the fold, or required to orthodontically obtain them? They’re like Tibetans!

  10. What gets me about all of these re-writings of literature with a few horror tropes chopped in is how much they remind me of fanfic. And how many people who scream and have conniptions at the thought of anyone using their characters in such a way adore these.
    Personally, I wonder what these authors are being praised for. Are we so used to having one good script show up in one medium, only to have it move from page to big screen to small screen to stage to gameboy to graphic novel that we no longer actually want or expect new ideas, new stories, new characters?
    I think the clip is funny, in a we-made-it-for-YouTube kind of way. Nice camera work and a good sense of how to frame the idea so the Austin aesthetic shows through. I just can’t help but wish these talented young women had spent the same amount of time and energy on something original.

    1. Well, if nobody else thought to mash up Austen and Fight Club, I think it’s worthy enough to deem “original.”

  11. If that’s not made into a full-length movie, I’m going to pick a fight with a complete stranger.

  12. Maybe i’m just in denial, but do we have any corroboration that these young ladies are REALLY Mormons? Maybe that’s just a continuation of the joke?.

    1. Nope, they’re really Mormon. In fact, I will see half of these women at church today in my ward (that’s Mormon for congregation). Here’s our Facebook page – http://facebook.com/santamonicaysa

      Their video won our 11th annual church film festival last Saturday. The fest is a local thing we’ve put on to great success every year, with a nice mixture of Mormon-specific entries and videos that could play to a wider audience, such as this Fight Club gem.

  13. Is knowing the filmmaker’s religion important in understanding this work? Are we supposed to apply a Mormon literary critique to this creative mashup?

    Or is it like qualifying Jane Austen as a “woman author”, subtly placing the work in a different category to be judged and enjoyed with another set of standards.

    “Look at this film they made, all while being Mormon. Good for them.”

    1. It’s probably not necessary to apply some kind of Mormon literary critique (save that for Stephanie Meyer!), but in the context of where the video originated, at a Mormon film festival, then that’s something worth noting, I’d imagine.

      I mean, there was the Old Spice BYU library spoof video from a few weeks back that went viral, and that video was specifically promoting a college library at a Mormon institution, while never specifically stating anything about Mormons.

      So, I suppose it’s all interesting within context, but I wouldn’t read anything more in to it. You’re right – a cool video by people who just happen to be Mormon about sums it up.

      1. A Mormon film festival. Well in that context, it makes much more sense. Otherwise it just sounded like “I got together with some Jewish friends and made a Star Wars fan film that doesn’t contain any Jewish cultural or religious overtones”.

    2. I grew up Mormon. I’m not so sure that mentioning the makers were LDS re-frames the clip so much as it re-frames Mormonism—which is kind of cool.

      I think it’s tasteful. Even though I’m a secular humanist now, a scientist, and an atheist to boot, I know enough Mormons to know that they are not all batshit insane, and can actually be rather good company sometimes.

  14. *happy sigh* This is exactly the mood reboot I needed today.

    For all the people arguing about why these girls couldn’t put their time to better use, be more original, etc., look at it this way: they’ve just gained practical experience in cooperative effort, technical integration, and more that will serve them well in adult life.

    Besides, come on, let them have their fun this way. It’s not like they’re out getting into trouble or whining, “I’m booooored.” Besides, it’s heckafunny.

  15. Brilliant, utterly brilliant. I would see this movie … someone really needs to pick this up and make it a full length film. Loved it.

  16. The first rule of Sensibility: You do not make sense of Sensibility
    The Second rule of Sensibility: You do not make sense of Sensibility

  17. “Otherwise, they are considerate and well-educated, modest, and industrious.”

    As a non-mormon resident of Utah, I call gross over-generalization on that claim. Like most groups of people, some are, and some (really, really) aren’t.

    1. A friend of mine dragged me to see Twilight before I had read the books. My first reaction was, “Did we just watch Pride and Prejudice?”, which, of course, it was based on.

  18. Oh my, and I thought GEEKS hung out at Boing Boing. All these comments and no one appears to have tumbled to the fact that the writer/director/co-producer/co-star of this video, Emily Janice Card, is Orson Scott Card’s DAUGHTER. Now reconsider everything you might have said in light of that fact. And everybody who didn’t do their homework loses 18% of their total geekdcred.

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