Jane Austen; Book Review

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If you have never actually read one of Jane Austen’s books, they are as good as, and maybe even a little better than, the movies.  I have read three of them and hope to read all of the eventfully.

Northanger Abby
I loved this book, but I have yet to find a movie of it I like.  Unlike in the movies, if you have seen any of them, the book does not focus on the novels she is reading.  Although it does mention that she is reading gothic novels, it is not bizarre in the book like it is in the movies I have seen.  I thought the book was fun and one of Jane Austen’s more humorous works.

Pride and Prejudice
This was the first Jane Austen movie I ever watched, and I quickly got the book and read it.  I loved the book!  If you don’t read anything else, the last chapter is worth it.  It is like an epilogue that none of the movies that I have seen used.

Emma
Okay, I thought this was one of the best Jane Austens. The book was so good, although there were one or two times I was a little confused, but not many.  My favorite thing about this book is that Emma has some issues, but they are shown as bad things.  In today’s work, faults are often shown as a good thing.

What is your favorite Jane Austen book?

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2 comments

  1. Hi Sarah!

    Northanger Abbey- Ugh, I know, the movies are TERRIBLE. The book was fine but they can't seem to do a good movie on this one. I've seen two and both were awful.

    P&P - this one is just the best! And they really should have used the nice epilogue in one of the movies... BTW, do you like the Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth one the best or the Keira Knightley/Matthew Macfayden version? I much prefer the former as it's more like 'watching the book'. :D

    Emma - This book was great too, although not my absolute fave. I am a lot like Emma myself and it's almost like too much of a reminder of my faults, at times! :D But I do enjoy the story and think Mr. Knightley is such a sweet guy! :D Have you seen the new movie with Romola Garai? It was pretty good except for Romola, whom I thought was to giggly and grinning to really be like 'Emma'. I did like the extended length though, the movie is about 3 hours long. :D

    I really liked Mansfield Park the book, I found it interesting with all the characters... but it is the longest, and some have found it hard to get all the way through.

    Persuasion was bittersweet to me, & I can't help wishing Anne and Wentworth hadn't lost those 8 years of their lives when they could have been together! If you watch a movie of this one I would reccomend the one starring Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root. :D

    Hugs,
    Julia

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  2. Hi Julia!

    My favorite Jane Austen movies are coming on Thursday!

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