Austen Love. <3
January 5, 2011
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When, and what, was your first introduction to Jane Austen? For me, I was staying with some family friends between my second and third year of undergrad. I’d picked up and tossed aside the novels a few times, heard lectures on it, and was told just how awesome the novels were, but I didn’t buy it.
Not until one rainy afternoon sitting on the couch knitting with my dear friend GF (name abbreviated for privacy). She loves Austen and had a huge collection of Austen film adaptations. That afternoon, for our movie selection, she chose “Pride and Prejudice“, the 1995 version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.
I was hooked. I loved Elizabeth’s intelligence and wit. Her strength. And I loved the historical setting and the window into the past. Since then, I’ve devoured everything Austen, from the film adaptations, both old and new, to the cryptozoological novel adaptations like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (still working on that project – comparing original with c. versions).
The people over at Bitch Magazine love her, too, and wrote a really cool article on her and her rise to stardom.
Are you an Austen lover? Or not so much? Why? What about her and her novels do you love or not?
(There, two good posts to make up for missing one yesterday!)