Saturday, March 15, 2014

Confessions of a Jane Austen Sort

I have never read any Jane Austen. *ducks and covers as I'm pelted w/books* OW PEOPLE THROW YOUR PAPERBACK VERSIONS NOT HUGE MONSTERS LIKE THIS:

 {I threw in my little silver birdie for context}

I bought this whale of a book for $4.99 and it's a collection of four of Austen's works: Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. When I got it in the mail last summer I marveled at its massive beastliness and then read about five pages of P&P{ok, so I've read a tiny bit of Austen}. And I'll admit, I was a little underwhelmed. But I also know I didn't give it a fair chance.

Because as a professed Regency romance lover{Marion Chesney for the win!} it's sort of a crime that I haven't read any Austen stuff. And I love the hype of it all. All the stuff you can buy on Etsy: art prints, scarves, jewelry, bookmarks, bumper stickers, key chains, etc. I want to be part of the club, but I can't. *sniffle*

So starting tomorrow I will begin to weaken my wrists by hefting the massiveness and delving back into P&P. And we shall see how it goes. Oh, and here's a quick note to you, Mr. Darcy: I want to love you! I want you to be worthy of all these modern-day books & movies I see where the girl is hopelessly addicted to finding a man just like you. Don't disappoint me, sir.

 

58 comments:

  1. I read P&P in college. I majored in English and it was one of the books I read for class. I can still vividly recall sitting in the library reading that novel and laughing aloud. Students hunched over their chemistry or political science texts glared at me universally. Stamped clearly on their faces was this: What are doing in here reading for fun???? And I thought to myself, "I sure am glad I didn't major in science, math, political science, business, or any of those other boring majors." That is my way of saying that I hope you like it. I enjoyed it thoroughly and really should read it again. I have never read Persuasion, but now I want to...

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    1. Wait- P&P's got laugh out loud moments? Sweet! Books that can make me do that are my favs, so I might really be in for a treat, huh? Thanks!

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  2. Ha ha! I like most of Jane Austen, but can never get through Emma. I think Northanger Abbey is my favorite. That or P&P. Good luck!

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    1. I've only heard of Northanger Abbey just a few times, so I know nothing about that story of hers. If I can conquer the beastliness, I'll shoot for that one next! =)

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  3. The funny thing is I had seen the BBC version of P&P (with Colin Firth) so many times, I used the first dance scene to answer an AP English essay question without ever having read the novel. The BBC series is so damn close to the book that it worked in my favor. I've seen read the novel and Persuasion and Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. I still haven't gotten around to Emma. Persuasion is my favorite though.

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    1. I've not seen the BBC one, though I have the one with...oh, what's her name? Argh. I'm determined not to Google it...Ha! Kiera Knightley. I saw that one w/her. Have you watched Austenland yet? I really liked it, it was so cute and funny.

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  4. I actually only just recently read P&P--just a few years ago. I couldn't get into it before! Loved the movies and all the other fun, but just didn't really hit me. I did enjoy it when I did force myself to read it though! Happy reading :)

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    1. See, we have something else in common besides an unhealthy Mafi/Riggs obsession! Lol! ;)

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  5. Was necessary reading at school - many years ago. Fast forward 30 years and I'm listening to P&P on an audio book at the gym - and enjoying much more second time around!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
    xx

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    1. Oh, audio books, something else I've not dabbled a toe in yet either. Is P&P done w/a British accent? 'Cuz that would be neat! =)

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  6. I admit I prefer to watch Austen then read her. D:

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    1. Lol! Three cheers for honesty. ;)

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    2. I fall under this category, as well, although I've read a couple and I enjoyed them. I think it is all the bonnets and carriages and such and I don't want to look it all up to know exactly what it looks like, so the movies just show it. :) And yes, three cheers for honesty!

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    3. That's one of the reasons I love watching movies in older time periods- the clothing! All those gorgeous dresses. Though I have absolutely no desire to ever wear a corset. I despise how constricting pantyhose is, let alone how much those things would be, lol!

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  7. I hope you enjoy Austen, Leandra. I always found her novels fun, though I am not a gusher about her will-this-girl-find-husband-with-good-$allowance plots. But there is a lot of wit in her clever dialogues.

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    1. Ha! That's a nice way of describing her plots. =D

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  8. I've read everything she's written. Some I like better than others. P&P is probably my fave, although Sense and Sensibility comes in close. It still amazes how a novel that old can still resonate. I hope you get something out of it besides sore wrists. :)

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    1. Me too! =) And yes, it is crazy to read something from so long ago- and that when it was written, that really was how life was back then. And chamber pots, ugh. =)

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  9. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite... but it did take some getting used to. Mr. Darcy is a great character. :) Hope you enjoy it! (p.s. I found that a delicious cup or five of Bigelow's Raspberry Tea more than helped me settle into the book. ;)

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    1. Ooh, yes, tea. I love a hot cup w/so much sugar I can just about stand the spoon up in it! =)

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  10. It is a tough post for me. I am not an Austen fan. I put her in the Bronte category. Both terrific artists, but never wrote anything that jingled my pajamas. Don't hold it against me.

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    1. Lol! You're good, JJ- even if I end up falling in love w/Mr. Darcy, we can still be friends. ;)

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  11. I read one Jane Austen novel ~ 'Emma.' {Running for cover, too.} Have a good time with this, Leandra. The book cover is so pretty!

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  12. I find her books (and some other classics) can take a bit of getting into. They don't always have the immediate hook we now expect and can have slow passages that would get edited out of modern books, but they're still enjoyable reads.

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    1. Yes, I've tried Charles Dickens, and couldn't finish. I'm hoping that's not so w/P&P, b/c I really want one of those scarves.. ;)

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  13. Enjoy your dip into Jane Austen's world (I saw the Austenland movie, too!). I've read some of her work, but mostly enjoyed all the different movie versions, often wondering how it would be to mix them up. For example, Keira and Collin would have been a great match...

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    1. I keep hearing about this Collin guy, I need to get that movie! Though of course I've seen all the gifs of him around the internet- yummy! =)

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  14. I've read some Austen. I have a friend who absolutely adores her work. I don't know if I'd place myself in that category, but I do think her books are enjoyable—once you get into them.

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    1. Then I bet your friend already knows all about all the Austen stuff Etsy has to offer, doesn't she? =)

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  15. Pride & Prejudice is my favorite as well. The first time I read it, I was bored to tears for the first 80 pages or so. Then I fell in love with it. I hope you enjoy it as well!

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    1. So far I am! And it's made me chuckle, so that's good! =)

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  16. That book is a MONSTER!! But picking it up can replace that annoying trip to the gym - you're gonna have biceps like rocks. Have a great week! :)

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    1. Getting rock-hard biceps from picking up a book is a much nicer alternate to pumping iron, lol! =)

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  17. I have a book like that too. I had it for years before I actually opened it up to read it. I remember it took me awhile to get into P & P at first too, but things really start getting interesting about half-way through.
    I'm now a die hard fan, a little obsessed even, but I think that has to do with not only reading the books, but watching the movies.
    It often helps me with classics to watch the movie first--because then I'm able to press through to the good parts. :)

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    1. I'm really getting the itch to watch P&P again! It's been a long time, and I keep seeing Kiera Knightly in my head when Elizabeth is talking in the book. =)

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  18. Oh my goodness, I MUST have this. Haha! Thanks so much for sharing. It's a gorgeous-looking book (and of course, filled with Jane Austen's greatest hits) and I've got to have my hands on it. :)

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    1. It was on sale at the time at B&N, but hopefully you can still find it! I really like the swirly gate on it, very reminiscent of those times.

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  19. I read her books in high school and college, not required, and enjoyed them but today I'm not sure I would. Writing has changed in the publishing world to fast paced dialogue, short descriptions, and page turner action. The books from these eras take time to get into the rhythm of the formal language, long passages, and generally the style. Not sure I would have the patience anymore.

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    1. Yes, it's very slow. And you're right, today's writer is encouraged to keep up a tight speed. So far, I'm only reading it before bed, and I'm managing five pages or so before Mr. Sandman comes visiting. ;)

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  20. No book throwing from me. :) I've only read P&P, but I did enjoy it and someday I'll probably read more. :)

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    1. Oh, good! I just ate lunch and I'm too full to duck quick enough. =D

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  21. I saw your post via a Google alert. As the organizer of a small Austen bookclub(Austen in Boston), I hope you really enjoy reading P&P. Here's another way to perhaps enjoy P&P..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KisuGP2lcPs&list=PL6690D980D8A65D08

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    1. Very cool! Thanks for stopping by, Kirk, and for the link. And that is a sweet bookclub name. =)

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  22. I actually had a very similar thought recently--that I should try diving back into Jane Austen. As a complete romance addict, I think it's so sad that I haven't read so many of the classic romances, especially hers. Maybe I'll join you and challenge myself to getting through a novel or two. :) Because I want to be in the club too! I want to love Mr. Darcy!

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    1. Yay, lets do it! We can be clubmates. ;)

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  23. I have each of these but as separate novels. They aren't as intimidating that way, but I'd say you got a great deal!

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    1. I like to think so! =) Good deals in books are even better than good deals in clothes.

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  24. Nice cover. I remember reading Jan Eyre when I was in school. I am sure if I re-read it now, I would enjoy it more.

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    1. Yes, sometimes once you get a bit more 'life' on you, things can read differently to you than when you were younger. =)

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  25. I have an Austen collection for the kindle ... actually, I am replacing many of my hefty tomes to the kindle because I can get many for just a couple of bucks. No more sore wrists :) Enjoy!

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    1. I subscribe to the B&N's daily deals for their Nook, and sometimes I can find real steals that way. It's nice! =)

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  26. Oh, Leandra, I am almost jealous! I re-read Austen's books from time to time, and enjoy them over and over again, but there is nothing quite like the first read of a fabulous book. Take your time and enjoy! = ) I can't wait to hear what you think!

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    1. Thanks, Becky! I'm always jealous of people reading Harry Potter for the first time. =D

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  27. Looks like a great weightlifting exercise! Pride and Prejudice is the only one that I've read, but it entertained me. I hope you enjoy it too!

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    1. I could definitely develop some nice biceps w/this book, lol!

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