Yeah, so…don’t tell anyone, but I’m a closet Jane Austen junkie. I try not to give off the whole I believe in happily-ever-after with Colin Firth…erm, I mean Mr. Darcy vibe, but I love those books and movies as much as the next person. Note that I wrote “person” in place of “girl” (which was my first inclination) in the last sentence. Jane Austen might be beloved by more women than men as a rule, but my dad liked Pride and Prejudice (the novel), and my brothers will watch the movie adaptations with nary a complaint. That’s evidence enough for me that her writing is universally admired.
But yeah, back to being an Austenite. I own a couple of the original books, several of the film adaptations, and a number of spin-offs or modern works inspired by the world of Austen. I most recently read (and loved!) Shannon Hale’s Austenland. One of my all-time favorite novels is Persuasion. If you haven’t read it yet (and surprisingly few people have: it’s one of her lesser-known books), let me persuade you to pick it up. Or just read it online here.
The fact that Stephanie at The Written Word blog is hosting an Everything Austen Challenge is almost too perfect. The idea is to read or watch six Jane Austen authored or inspired works over six months (July 1, 2009-January 1, 2010). Obviously this challenge is perfect for me. I’m going to resist the urge to list things I’ve already read/seen/own, and branch out into the weird and fun. Additions and reports on my progress through the list to follow.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith [contest to win a gift bag when you post your review of PPZ HERE]
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange [contest to win a signed copy HERE]
Prada and Prejudice by Mandy Hubbard
Becoming Jane (2007)
Lost in Austen (2008), television mini-series