Austen Month

5 Reasons Why I love Jane Austen’s Work

I’ve been reading Austen for years now and she’s on my list any time I’m asked who my favorite authors are. I’m even planning a tribute to her in one of my future tattoos. It struck me recently that I’ve never bothered to share what it is about her work that makes me love it so much.

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Austen Month

Austen Month Announcement

It’s February once again, so that means it’s Austen Month. Why? Because I started focusing on Jane Austen’s work in February two years ago and now I’m just going to keep doing it…until I stop! This year I’ve picked six books (though Austenland is really just an optional re-read, so it’ll be last on my list) that include modern retellings, a paranormal reimagining, and non-fiction.

Netflix has decided to pull almost everything Austen related (grrr!) so my movie options are limited but I’ll probably rewatch Austenland and Clueless (it’s Emma!) and Becoming Jane. I might watch Death Comes to Pemberly, but I’d like to read the book first, so we’ll see.

As usual, I’ll be using #AustenMonth on Instagram and Twitter. Feel free to join me!

I’m also participating in a read-along of Gone with the Wind with some lovely ladies on Instagram, so you might see some posts about that as well.

Austen Month

Austen Related Recommendations

Before my Austen Month comes to a close, I wanted to make a little post about Jane Austen related materials that I recommend. I don’t know about you, but when I love a certain author or story, I’m usually interested in works that have been inspired or influenced by said work. I know there are loads of Jane Austen spin-offs and reimaginings that I’ve yet to explore, but I wanted to highlight some of the ones I’ve discovered and enjoyed.

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Austen Month, Movie / TV Reviews

Movie Review: Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park
Directed by Patricia Rozema

1999, Miramax Films
Starring: Frances O’Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, James Purefoy

Note: I expected this movie to be in the same vein as the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice and the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility. However, it wasn’t. In preparing to post the review I wrote right after watching the film, I found that Wikipedia describes the movie as “loosely based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same name…the film differs sharply from the original novel in many respects.” Had I known that going in, perhaps my expectations would have been lower and my review different. 

You can read my review and a general synopsis of the book here – or just Google the plot.

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