Jane Austen

So, I have read Pride and Prejudice but I feel like I only understood it because I knew the story line from the movie!  Has anybody read her other novels and how difficult were they to get through? 

Posted on February 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm
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I've read them... Sometimes seeing a movie can help, but not always. For example, in Mansfield Park (this version of the movie) the main character is very sassy, but she is NOT at all that way in the book. The sassiness ruins the points Jane Austen was trying to make.


I thought Mansfield Park and Persuasion were pretty easy to digest, but you might want to have Cliff Notes or something to give you a summary just in case you're feeling a little lost. ;)It shouldn't be hard to find some kind of study guide, since Jane Austen is a pretty common author in English classes.


Sense & Sensibility is very similar to the movie, but I thought that some of the plot twists in the book were unneccesarily twisty! The movie made it flow a little more logically.


Have you seen the P&P miniseries version with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? Or just the Kiera Knightly one? The miniseries is LONG (like... 5 hours) but it pretty much exactly follows the book, which might help you catch what was happening. Plus Colin Firth is yummy!

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 5:59 am
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I haven't read any of them.  I'm not too big on the "classics", they give me a headache.  "Blasphemous" I know, but I'll admit it.

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 11:00 am
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I love Jane Austen!  I agree that having cliff notes might help to get through them rather than watching a movie version.  I think I understand them better because I read most of them in high school and had a teacher guiding me through the important points.  The first one I wanted to read was Emma, because of the movie version with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm
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I have seen only the Kiera Knightly version of P & P (watch it waaay too much to be honest =])  Maybe I will check out the miniseries version to get a better idea!  I am a pretty good reader but I read fast so I can miss things!  Maybe I will just power throught them and read them a few times =]

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm
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I could understand them fine, but to be honest they kind of bored me. :S  Not sure why.  Just not my thing I guess!


Classics are hit or miss.  Alexandre Dumas rocks and his books are "classics".  Huckleberry Finn sucks enormous suck and is a "classic".  (Other Twain stuff though, the stuff they don't put on the school curriculum, is actually fabulous.  Alas the same cannot be said of Steinbeck.)

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm
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I looove Jane Austen!  I agree with you Pride and Prejudice can be kinda wordy and can be difficult at first.  Maybe you can try rereading it in a couple months or so.   EDIT: cuz in a couple months it won't be so fresh in your mind.  I know I couldn't read P&P twice in a row.  I also agree you should watch the A&E version with Colin Firth.  It was a pretty good adaptation.  The one with Keira Knightley is like the fast forward version but definately fun and romantic.  and that matthew guy is a pretty good looking mr darcy.  ah and the scene with the rain!  <3


Persuasion was a pretty easy read.  I didn't really dig Northanger Abbey.


Clueless might help you with Emma.  The Jane Austen Book Club movie was pretty neat. They talk about the books and give you little insights.  I did not read the jane austen book club.  but it inspired me to try and fail to get FI to read Pride and Prejudice.


I'm just started Mansfield Park, and so far it doesn't seem as witty as P&P and it's not difficult to follow either.  hopefully it'll get better?


Don't give up! :)

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm
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Sparky - LOVE LOVE LOVE  the rain scene!  hahah


Thanks for the tips!  I'm looking forward to reading them all someday =]


 

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 3:07 pm
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cardy - you MUST watch the BBC version of P&P with colin firth. it is amazing!!!

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 6:17 am
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I love her books but I agree they are a little complicated and sometimes I would have to re-read to ensure I understood.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 9:45 am
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I am a huge Jane Austen fan.  I've read all of her books and did a "Jane Austen's Book Club" type of independent study as a class last semester.  It was a lot of fun!  Sometimes they are a little bit wordy, but that's the style of writing that was popular at the time Jane Austen was writing.  Sparknotes or something similar could definitely help you out.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm
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JA is one of my favorite writers of ALL TIMES!! I read all her novels, both in German and in English. (I am such a show off. Sorry! I just liked her book so much that I really wanted to read the original versions.) Anyway, I love her style. Her description of characters is so wonderful. I can get lost in her books for hours...


If you like Jane Austen, check out Joan Aiken. :)


I think, Emma and Lizzy are my favorite characters. I could not choose between Pride and Prejudice and Emma.

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 9:52 am
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I LOVE Jane Austen! She is wordy for todays standards but growing up I was not allowed to read most current books so I read a lot of older books like hers. Thus I never really had a problem understanding her since that style was one of the only ones I saw for a long time. :-)

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

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