Saturday, July 11, 2009
Jane Austen Challenge
You may or may not know that I am Jane Austen's #1 fan and have been since I was about 15 or 16 years old. That's when I picked up a copy of Emma at my school library and started reading. Next I read Pride and Prejudice, and my literary life would never be the same!
I just heard about this other blogger who has started something called the Everything Austen Challenge on her blog. The contest runs from July 1 until Jan. 1, 2010. You must choose 6 things Jane Austen-related to do. You can watch Jane Austen movies. (I've seen most of them--I'll work on seeing them all!) You can read one of the MANY fan-fiction books that are out there these days--books about Jane Austen's characters, taking them places Jane Austen herself never dreamed of. I believe there's even a book about Mr. Darcy as a vampire. Oy vey! I tried to read one of these Jane Austen-inspired novels, one that had gotten good reviews, from Darcy's point of view. I didn't get very far. I just couldn't stand reading things coming out of Darcy's mouth that I'm quite sure Jane never intended! Don't mess with Jane's characters, that was my reaction. So I think that option is out for me. Instead, I think I'd like to read all her novels again, one by one.
So there you have it. That's my plan. I'm going to read Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. Can I do it? Can I read six Jane Austen novels in six months, even though they're written in language a bit dated from our respects, with a literary style that also a bit archaic by today's standards? Will I change my mind about Jane Austen's books, since it's been a lot of years since I've read most of them? Or will I fall in love with her characters all over again? Well, stay tuned to find out!
And here's my friend, Tina Russo's blog on the Everything Austen Challenge. Dive in and enjoy the challenge!