BY TRISTA EDWARDS
This week marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. It is a truth universally acknowledged that the cult of Janeites are always on the prowl for new Austen-inspired goodies to showcase their undying love and affection for the 18th century novelist.
Enter these brand new Jane Austen playing cards from Kickstarter - a fully custom deck inspired by Austen’s well-loved novels and characters, and rich in authentic period detail. The cards aren't available yet, but I have no doubts that Jane fans will do anything other than fawn over this deck.
Each suit in this fully custom-designed deck represents one of Austen's beloved novels, and each suit’s court is represented by the novel’s lead characters.
Aces represent Pride and Prejudice; Hearts display Emma; Clubs detail Persuasion; and Diamonds showcase Sense and Sensibility.
If parlor games aren't your bag, you can also use these lovely cards for cartomancy (fortune telling and divination) similar to reading tarot. (I plan on getting a deck to add to my growing tarot collection!)
The creator of these cards also offers an uncut deck if you prefer to ogle the beauty of St. Jane from a proud swath of your wall. An uncut deck would make for a lovely art piece!
It was Austen who once said, "Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because you can never have too much Jane Austen paraphernalia."
Or something like that.
Trista Edwards is a poet, land mermaid, light witch, horror enthusiast, creatrix, traveler, and dog lover. She is also the curator and editor of the anthology, Till The Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2015). She is currently working on her first full-length poetry collection but until then you can read her poems at The Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, 32 Poems, The Adroit Journal, Sou’wester, Queen Mob's Tea House, and more. She writes about travel, ghosts, and poetry on her blog, Marvel + Moon. Trista is a contributing editor at Luna Luna Magazine.