Apr 11, 2013

A to Z - Jane Austen

Welcome to A to Z! This year, I'm highlighting women's fiction books (and probably instilling a decent amount of cover love in the process).

J is for Jane Austen.


I know lots of people who think that Jane Austen is just romance, but really, she is addressing all sorts of women's issues of the time through her romantic stories. One of the most beloved, Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice, is strong willed, determined to love for love, stands against the discrimination she experiences because of her lesser class...all of it. Yes, there is a heavy element of romantic relationships, but I think they contain so much more.

What is your favorite Jane Austen novel? Favorite movie rendition? Favorite character?

15 comments :

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

A good "J" post I loved reading Jane Austen when I was younger but have not read any recently.

Yvonne.

S.P. Bowers said...

Love those Jane Austen covers. A lot of people don't realize Austen was also writing humors books.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

This probably won't shock you, but I've not read any of her books.

ilima said...

Jane Austen is my hero. P&P is still my favorite, and the Keira Knightly version is my favorite movie version. *ducks tomatoes*

Jai said...

P & P most certainly. I think Elizabeth is the greatest.

Keebles said...

I am part of a minority because I'm a die-hard Persuasion fan (but P&P is a close second)! Wentworth was better looking (and not just because he was most recently portrayed by Rupert-Penry Jones) and had more money than Darcy (not that it would have mattered to Anne). Maybe I associate with Anne more, who knows, but everyone has their favorite and their least favorite (mine being Emma...I don't find her appealing in the least).

Austen started my love of reading and will always be a big part of who I am. The books and DVD's always seem to pop out quite often for a "reminder" session and I absolutely loved The Lizzie Bennet Diaries blog series that just finished (you can find it on YouTube).

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Sense and Sensibility is favorite book and Emma is my favorite movie. I would probably like pride and prejudice, but I don't like Kiera Knightly.

Andrew Leon said...

I've only read Pride, but I really liked it.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

I love Jane Austen. Persuasion is my favorite and I love the movie version with Ciarin Hinds and Amanda Root.

Jenilyn Collings said...

My favorite book depends on the mood I'm in, including a version of Sandition that was finished by a ghost writer that I really enjoyed. The only one I've never really connected with was Mansfield Park.

Also, I second Keebles suggestion to watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I absolutely loved them!

Maria Hoagland said...

I agree with Keebles :) I love reading them, but I have to admit I like the movies more because I can get an entire story in two hours. I liked the Emma version with the guy who's now Sherlock in Elementary (if I weren't lazy, I'd look it up), but P&P with K.K. is my favorite, with S&S with Emma Thompson a close second. Great post!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I like Pride and Prejudice, of course, and Sense and Sensibility.

Carolyn Twede Frank said...

I like Pride and Prejudice best. I read it during a seven hour lay over at some airport--it was the most enjoyable layover I ever had.

Mama J said...

Jane Austen novels have really stood the test if time. I like how they're still being adapted in modern settings, like Bridget Jones and Clueless.

J. A. Bennett said...

My YA Romance is totally a play off of pride and prejudice and I'm planning on writing a companion novel that's based off of Emma, we'll see how it all turns out, but she's one of my faves!