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jane austen-a-thon [Nov. 4th, 2010|07:18 pm]
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I've been reading books by Jane Austen on my ipod touch thanks to the easy downloads from Project Gutenberg in the app Stanza (thanks ramble_corner!). It's not as easy to read on my ipod as it would be to read a book, but damn is it easier to read than on a laptop. I need to stop taking it to bed to "read for a little while" because it's turning into "read for several hours." My impressions so far...

Northanger Abbey-Could not read straight through so I skipped to the end. Oh, what a mistake because the end was kinda stupid. I have no idea if I'll bother trying to read the whole thing as I find the main character boring to the extreme.

Mansfield Park-I was okay with this one till the end, mainly because I was actually rooting for the good woman straightens bad man out story line with Fanny and Henry. Edmund did not impress me in any way, and as how he and Fanny got together was all explained and not shown I felt cheated. I thought he'd deserve Mary in the Mr. Bennet deserving Mrs. Bennet mold (being blinded by the obvious charms and missing the important bit). I felt bad for Henry the character, ending up a total cad after seeing him make an effort with Fanny. And Mrs. Norris needed to be sporked to death! ARG! These really irritating characters need to appear in small, infrequent doses. :P In the end I was really disappointed.

Emma-Ugh. Couldn't read it. This is the second or third time I've tried to read it and failed. Maybe I should just try watching a movie version? But then, neither Emma nor Mr. Knightly appeal to me much so perhaps I should just give this book up as a lost cause. Or watch Clueless as a substitute...

Persuasion-Loved this. LOVED. I bought a copy of the book today so I can reread this many times again. Loved Anne, loved how she spends the entire book trying to get over Wentworth and dying a bit inside, and then how she has her hopes raised slowly (even as she tries to squash them somewhat) over the latter part of the book. I adored Wentworth's letter to Anne (My gushing romantic self swoons at: "I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope." even as my more cynical and sarcastic self giggles...) and how he explained his whole struggle to get over her as well. I am glad Anne spent most of the book away from her older sister and father since they sucked pretty badly. The Musgroves were so much nicer as a family (aside from Mary, but even she's not as bad as Elizabeth+Sir Elliot).

Haven't gotten to Sense and Sensibility yet. I remember seeing the movie a long time ago and liking it. I'm hoping I'll like the book, too.
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[User Picture]From: ariss_tenoh
2010-11-05 07:30 am (UTC)
I adore Persuasion. There's something about it that evokes a different mood from Austen's other novels. A sort of mature melancholy perhaps.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-11-08 05:01 am (UTC)
I love its subdued feel since it makes the ending that much better.
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[User Picture]From: ariss_tenoh
2010-11-08 03:44 pm (UTC)
I have this film adaptation of it: http://www.amazon.com/Persuasion-Amanda-Root/dp/B00003JRCQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1289230983&sr=8-2

Root and Hinds give their respective roles a sort of quiet dignity and longing.
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[User Picture]From: britnit
2010-11-05 09:41 am (UTC)
I agree with you completely about Mansfield Park. It's my least favorite Jane Austen book. I actually liked Emma, the book and the movie. My favorite is definitely Pride and Predjudice(I've read that book more times than I can count, and it's also my favorite book of all time.). Persuasion is my second favorite by her(Wasn't the letter great?! I think I probably squeal every time I read it.). Don't know why I haven't picked up Sense and Sensibility. Let me know if you liked it.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-11-08 05:02 am (UTC)
I'm like you, Pride and Prejudice is definitely my favorite with Persuasion my second favorite. I'll definitely post about Sense and Sensibility when I read it.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-11-08 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the tip. Right now I've just been reading the ebooks I downloaded directly thru Stanza so I havent had any problems, but good to know how to convert other stuff.

I actually was amused at the beginning with Catherine being confused and lonely, and then dealing with the Thorpes and not realizing they weren't good people. But as I haven't read gothic novels I couldn't keep my interest going once she was at the abbey.

Re: Mansfield Park I wish she'd cut down the time spent with Henry and put it to good use with Edmund. I only got behind Henry because she spent quite a bit of time on that whole business, and then it felt like a huge swerve with Henry doing bad things off screen and all the rest...

Oh, I didn't know Gwyneth Paltrow played Emma! I actually like her, so maybe I'll like the movie (and thus the story).

I didn't know there was a recent movie of Persuasion, either. ^^; The only movie of a Jane Austen book I've ever seen was the old Sense and Sensibility...I didn't bother with the recent Pride and Prejudice even though I was told it was fun.

I've never heard of Georgette Heyer. Is she similar to Jane Austen?
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-11-10 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs! I will definitely check her out.

I have never watched the BBC Pride and Prejudice. I know everyone loves loves loves it, but I just never got around to watching it. I guess it's so long I felt like I could read the book faster? :P
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[User Picture]From: silverthunder
2010-11-05 11:47 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed Persuasion - it's one of my favorite Austen novels. I liked Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility (although one of the ending romances in that one lacked in development, since it was one-sided through most of the novel) as well. Emma was sort of cute, but not a favorite.

Mansfield Park... I enjoyed the book, but Fanny was hard to like sometimes and the romance between her and Edmund was utterly void of chemistry. I didn't really like Henry any better, though. His arrogance and the way he treated her cousins was a big turn off.

Northanger Abbey is definitely my least favorite, but that's probably because I haven't read many gothic novels and so the humor is kind of lost on me.
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-11-08 05:11 am (UTC)
I found Fanny in Mansfield Park really boring, for the most part. Edmund was also just blah. I disliked Henry a lot, but at least he seemed dynamic? It felt like the author just cast him aside after developing him for a while, which was really irritating. :P
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[User Picture]From: zedta
2010-11-08 05:46 pm (UTC)
My favorites are actually Emma and Persuasion. I think the couple in Emma is quite well matched.
The 1980 BBC Pride and Prejudice mini series is definitely worth watching. I totally cracked me up =))

Btw, I know this is random, but does anyone watch the Sherlock BBC mini series?
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[User Picture]From: insaneneko
2010-11-10 04:42 pm (UTC)
A lot of my flist have seen the BBC Sherlock, I think, and loved it. I don't think anyone has disliked it. I haven't yet, but I do want to. Just haven't gotten around to it yet. :P
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