Day 2: the obligatory Austen mention

Today’s choice probably won’t surprise anyone.

Because it isn’t possible to talk about great books without a mention of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, right?

pride and prejudice

I’m actually not a gigantic Austen fan. To be honest, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion bored me a little. I thought Emma was quirky and funny, but it wasn’t good enough to convince me to attempt Mansfield Park or Northanger Abbey.

Pride and Prejudice, on the other hand, is completely brilliant. It contains just the right combination of romance, intrigue, and social commentary, but the heavier subject matters are lightened with liberal splashes of humor. She does witty so well, in fact, that I don’t understand why Austen’s other novels are so heavy and dark. I know that die-hard fans are probably gasping in horror, but that’s just my opinion. Besides, no matter what I think of her other novels, Pride and Prejudice completely redeems the lovely Miss Austen in my eyes.

image source - Crystal Cha
image source – Crystal Cha

Ang and I read this book together during the (too brief) time we lived in our apartment. Anyone who knows my sister well knows how rare of a thing that is, so I cherish the memories I have of those winter evenings.  Call me sentimental, but remembering those times makes me love this book even more. Reading it is like chatting with an old friend – sometimes you don’t realize you miss something until you pick it up again.

image source - My Book Affair
image source – My Book Affair

So share your thoughts on Jane Austen with me.  Love everything about her works? Pick and choose? Never heard of her? 😉 Drop a comment!

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5 thoughts on “Day 2: the obligatory Austen mention”

  1. LOVE Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice is by far my favorite!! I even enjoy the movies. Usually if I love the book, I’m too disappointed in the movie. I just recently read a fictional book entitled Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict. It was pretty funny. Not a great book but I enjoyed it because it referenced so much of Pride and Prejudice.

  2. I’m with you! I love Pride and Prejudice, but I couldn’t even finish Sense and Sensibility. 🙁 I’m not a huge Austen movie fan either.

  3. In college, I took a course on Austen’s novels and their film adaptations. It was so much fun. We watched the A&E mini-series with Colin Firth and we watched Bridget Jones. 🙂

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