I love Jane Austen. Don’t you? I am a little ashamed to say that I haven’t read all of her books, but I love everything about them – the era, the love stories, the movies! I know most people prefer the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. Not me. I am partial to the 2005 Keira Knightley rendition. The scene in the rain when Darcy proposes to Elizabeth. Wow! Love it! It’s the movie I watch when I’m in an emotional funk. My husband bought me the DVD box set for Christmas in 2006 or 2007. It came with the soundtrack that I listened to at work incessantly for a while.
My second favorite Austen film is the 1996 Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow. My sister and I watched it a lot during high school. The dresses! The match making gone wrong! The fact that Clueless is based on the plot. What’s not to love?
I am also a bit obsessed with Jane Austen fan fiction. Have you read any?
I read The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler years ago and loved it. I appreciate a book club with a theme (as I’ll write more about another time). And I cannot resist anything with a love story. And a male character who reads Jane Austen. Check it out. The movie is pretty good too!
A few years later I read Austenland and Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. In these books there is a resort in England where the characters go to spend a week in an Austen novel. How fun would that be?! I just rewatched the Austenland movie starring Kerri Russel a couple of nights ago. Super cheesy, but so fun.
More recently I read a couple more serious Austen spin offs. Longbourn (by Jo Baker) is the story of Pride and Prejudice told from the servants perspective. It has a Downton Abbey feel to it. I highly recommend it! And The Forgotten Sister (by Jennifer Paynter) is the story of Mary Bennet. Poor Mary has almost no part in Pride and Prejudice, so this book gives her a story. It has some crazy plot twists. It was an enjoyable read. I relate to Mary as an introvert, so I was happy to see some devote some time to thinking up some adventures for her.
Are you an Austen fan? What’s your favorite Austen book, movie, or fan fiction? Please share!