Cinders Galentine’s Celebration Package!

In Cinders we are all about celebrating our favourite gal pals and are in complete agreement with Leslie Knope that it is the best day of the year!

In order to share the love with all of you, our loyal readers, we’ve put together a package of the best the internet has to offer in free series, downloads and books to share with all of the best ladies in your life! Because we know that you want to share the love, bit might not always have the funds to do so!

Books, TV and movies

We are all for the enjoyment of a good book, and Galentine’s Day represents the perfect opportunity to enjoy some classics that you might not have gotten around to yet!

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Northanger Abbey

We are massive Austen fans here in Cinders and love all of her works. Here we have the links to free downloads of three of our absolute favourites to enjoy with all of your Galentine’s girls!

Pride and Prejudice https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1342

Emma https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/158

Northanger Abbey https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/121

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

Where would we be without Brontë’s quintessential heroine? Re-live the experience with your favourite gal pals!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1260

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

If sci-fi is your thing then take a turn with the very first example of the genre! Frankenstein is dark and wonderful – you’ll enjoy every minute!

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/84

Poems by Christina Rossetti

If poetry and fantasy are your true loves then you will absolutely enjoy Christina Rossetti!

Poems by Christina Rossetti

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/16950

Of course, if you and your best ladies would rather sit down with an excellent TV show then you need look no further than some of the brilliant TV shows that YouTube has to offer!

The Lizzie Bennett Diaries

We love everything that Pemberly Digital has to offer but we’re particularly partial to the original series, with all of its drama, love and hilarious scenarios!

Shipwrecked Comedy’s Poe Party

If you love a good murder mystery and a healthy dose of laughter then this one is for you!

Some of us would rather just relax with an old movie – some of the great classics are now in the public domain and you can watch them online, guilt free! Here is one of our favourites:

His Girl Friday

Fast talking, fast moving, fast everything, His Girl Friday is a classic example of the back and forth that forties rom coms were famous for.

And of course, because today is also Pancake Tuesday, what better way to celebrate than to make one of these delicious recipes from the BBC!

American Pancakes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/fluffyamericanpancak_74828

Buttermilk Pancakes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/buttermilk_pancakes_10390

Traditional pancakes

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/how_to_make_pancakes_02824

Whatever you share with your friends we hope this is your perfect Galentine’s Day package for spending with the best ladies in your life!

Happy Galentine’s Day, everyone!

The lady behind the curtain – an interview with Ashley Clements

Ashley Clements has had a career that has travelled back and forth from past to present to future, Charlotte Brontë to a modern day Lizzie Bennet. Five years on from her award-winning performance as Lizzie in the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Cinders caught up with Ashley about her memories of the show, her advice to actors and what she has lined up next.

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1. Can you remember the first moment you realised you wanted to perform?

I was 6 years old the first time I did a play, and it was around then. My parents didn’t believe me because my career goals up until then had gone something like princess, lawyer, first female president of the United States, actor. I think they expected 10 or 20 more before I decided, but I stuck with the decision that 6 year old made. When I was 7 I wrote a very compelling story about horses and decided I would be a writer AND an actor. And that’s still pretty much the dream.

2. If you could play/ have played any role what would it be? 

There’s still some great Shakespeare roles on my list that I need to grow into, like Lady Macbeth and Paulina in The Winter’s Tale. But I’ve got a lot of time for those.

3. Who are the actors who inspire you?

I’m super inspired by people who create their own work, like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling, and really transformative actors like Tatiana Maslany.

4. We’ve been having fun re-living The Lizzie Bennet Diaries through the 5 year re-watch – what are some of your best memories from the diaries?

Working with the cast, many of whom became dear friends, was definitely a highlight.

We went through so much together, including traveling to conventions and sleeping on each other’s shoulder on airplanes, that they’ll always be my LBD family in some ways.

At first when the videos started showing up in my Facebook feed I skipped over

them, thinking I’ve seen these all so many times. But then I started watching them, and enough time has passed that it feels like a sort of window into my life 5 years ago, because I remember so much of what was going on when we shot episodes.

So I’ve actually really started enjoying the rewatch myself.

“At first when the videos started showing up in my Facebook feed I skipped over them, thinking I’ve seen these all so many times. But then I started watching them, and enough time has passed that it feels like a sort of window into my life 5 years ago”

5. Lizzie Bennet was such an iconic role – what did you learn from playing her? 

I learned a lot from Lizzie. She came along at just the right time in my life and forced me to face my own judgmental nature. I can genuinely say I’m a better person for having gone on Lizzie’s journey.

6. Where do you think Lizzie is now?

I have a lot of thoughts on where Lizzie is now, and I hope some day soon I get to share them with everyone.

7. You really got to exercise your comedy chops as Charlotte Bronte in Poe Party – what did you enjoy most about bringing her to life? 

Playing Charlotte was such a dream. I got to wear a gorgeous gown, speak in a British accent, and run around a haunted house pretending to be mean to some of the people I enjoy the most. Every day was so much fun. I only spent 9 days on set, but I could have happily spent years making more Poe Party.

8. Having been involved in both The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and more recently, Non-Transferable – do you have a favourite romantic comedy?

I’m a huge sucker for a great rom com. Some of my favorites are When Harry Met Sally, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and Funeral, Clueless, and Bridget Jones’ Diary. (I don’t think it’s a coincidence that two of those are inspired by Jane Austen.)

9. Non-Transferable looked like it was so much fun to film – what was it like to shoot in such incredible locations?

The whole experience was sort of surreal. We were traveling so much and shooting so fast and incredibly jet lagged, but then we’d stop in the most incredible places. Our very first day we woke up and realized in daylight that we were just steps away from the Aegean Sea.

We saw small towns and big cities and incredible countryside. History like the ruins in Ephesus, and natural phenomena like the calcium travertines in Pamukkale, and a combination of both in the fairy chimneys and underground cities in Cappadocia. It was truly the trip of a lifetime.

10. Did you enjoy teaming up with some of the Poe Party and Pemberley alums?

Always! That’s the dream for content creators – to get to make things with your friends! It’s so much fun to keep working with beloved people and meeting new ones through all the connections we make.

11. Is there any advice you would give to aspiring actors? 

You’ve got to learn how to live a fulfilling life that isn’t dependent on anyone else’s approval or permission. And you’ve got to work really, really hard.

12. What can fans look forward to seeing you in next?

Since it was successfully funded I’ll be shooting The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye with my friends the Tin Can Brothers! You can check us out at wayward.guide.com

Clements

What we’re reading: Stephanie Garber, Sara Pascoe, Jane Austen, and Jo Baker

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Caraval is a book that has been all over my ‘recommended reads’ lists for months now. I finally picked up a copy to see what all of the hype was about. Billed as being similar to Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus Caraval tells the story of two sisters who are invited to a mysterious island, where they can participate in a carnival to achieve their ‘heart’s desire. Think a cross between The Hunger Games and Something Wicked This Way Comes. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it as nuanced as either one of those.

Continue reading What we’re reading: Stephanie Garber, Sara Pascoe, Jane Austen, and Jo Baker