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Ange de Musique
04-10-2008, 09:57 PM
Does anybody here like Jane Austen as an author? I love her writings, and own every book she wrote. :D And of course I love all of the movies made based on her books.
What are some things you like about her books?
Which book is your favorite?
04-10-2008, 10:39 PM
I love Jane Austen!!!!!! Probably one of my favorite authors ever! I love her style of writing and her stories because they all end just the way you want them :D I think Pride and Prejudice is probably my favorite then comes Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuation, Mansfield Park and finally Nothanger Abby. Although I did come across a book that she only wrote part of and that was finished by someone else called Sanditon although I haven't finished yet but its good...you should read it if you haven't already :)
Ange de Musique
04-12-2008, 05:41 AM
Sandition, huh? Hmm...I'll have to hunt that one down. I think I have it in my Jane Austen collection, but I'm not sure. I will be sure to read it. ;)
Which Pride and Prejudice movie version is your favorite? Mine is the Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle one.
04-12-2008, 05:45 AM
I don't know I love them both. I love the Mathew Macfadyen and Kiera Knightly one because it was what got me interested in Jane Austen. But I love the Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle one because its so much like the book and you get to see it a bit more from Dacry's point of view more so then the book and any other adaptation. Did you know they made a new adaptation of Sense and Sensibility?
Ange de Musique
04-12-2008, 05:59 AM
Ooo, no! :eek: I didn't know that! What actors/actresses are in it? Is it released yet? Yeah, I'm just a little excited. :D
04-12-2008, 06:05 AM
It has Wendy Albitson and Caroline Hayes and other people that aren't very well known. It came on the 30th of March and I havent' seen it yet so I really can't give you a good opinion on it but if I see it I'll let you know how it is.
Ange de Musique
04-12-2008, 06:20 AM
Thank you for the information. ;) I will look that up first chance I get! Sense and Sensibility is my second favorite Jane Austen movie.
04-12-2008, 06:22 AM
I have to admit that for me Emma is. I think its so hilarious and Gwyneth Paltrow is simply amazing and potrays Emma beautifully. I laugh everytime I watch it even though I've seen a thousand times.
04-14-2008, 02:10 AM
YES!!! The Jane Austen domain! I've found it!
I've started reading Persuasion. I've read Pride and Prejudice so many times. Haha!
I have to say that the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice is the ultimate screen adaption. Jennifer Ehle is Lizzy.
Ange de Musique
04-14-2008, 03:04 AM
As Barbossa says in Pirates of the Caribbean..."Agreed!" :D
What part are you on in Persuasion? Are you liking it so far, or not really? I've seen one movie version of this book with Ciaran Hinds (Firmin in POTO) in it. Have you seen it? I didn't particularly care for that version...Have you/anyone seen a good version of Persuasion?
04-14-2008, 03:06 AM
I don't know which one I saw of Persuasion but all I can say is... loved it!!!!! It took a little while to get into the book but after the first 50 pages or so I couldn't put it down...and the end...omj its absolutely amazing :D anyway don't want to ruin it for you but you'll love it if you just stick with it :D
04-15-2008, 01:30 PM
WOW. finally, people who understand me XDDD GO JANE AUSTEN!
I haven't managed to get my hands on a copy of Persuasion yet, but I will when ever I find one!
Have you guys read Emma? This is just my opinion, but does anyone agree its not as interesting as her other books?
It's, in my opinion again, one of her most boring books!
*I apologise to people who actually enjoyed the book.*
04-15-2008, 01:35 PM
Actually I found Emma quiet comical and I must admit its one of her longer novels and is a lot harder to get into but once you're into it there's no turnign back :D anyway personally I loved it and it ranks right up there as my third favorite, right behind P&P and Persuasion.
Ange de Musique
04-16-2008, 04:00 AM
Yes, I read the entire Emma novel and loved it. :) I adore the movie too, though. I can't make up my mind which movie is my favorite: Pride & Prejudice, Emma, or Sense and Sensibility! *sigh* :D Oh well, I'll just love all of 'em I guess it can't hurt anything. :D
04-20-2008, 03:15 AM
I LOVE Jane Austen... I'm actually buying her complete works online as we speak. What Irony.
I first was interested in Pride and Prejudice. That actually started when I saw Bridget Jones (because, let's face it, who doesn't love Bridget?) and loved it... and I watched with my mom and she said "You know this is a parallel to 'Pride and Prejudice'... you need to read it." So, I started reading it, but I was getting bored. Then for Christmas, my mama bought me the Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle DVD set. I tried to watch the whole thing in one day, but it was Christmas break and I got restless. What really got me to finish the book was that it was on my reading list for English II, which started right after break. I learned that if I watched each section of the movie right after I read it, I'd understand it. That was a year ago... Now I've read Pride and Prejudice four or five times and memorized the movie. I'm in the middle of it again, and wondering how I didn't understand it a year ago.
The only other book I've gotten a chance to read is Sense and Sensibility. Loved it as well, though not as much as Pride and Prejudice. Once I finish P&P, I'm going to read Persuasion, since I got that for Christmas.
Another good book I found is "Mr. Darcy's Diary." I was at BooksAMillion the other day and was going to be there for a few hours and it looked like a good read. My mom was came in (she dropped me off to get her hair done, and then we went to the DMV where I almost got my permit... long story) and I was about halfway through it. She bought it because there's no way you can read half a book and leave it there... I just had to swear not to let my brother and sister know...
And has anyone heard of Lady Susan? The Jane Austen collection I'm buying includes it and I've never even heard of it...
04-20-2008, 03:59 AM
Jane Austen? How do I love her, let me count the ways...
...Eh forget it, I'd be typing all night.
Lemme just make it short sweet and simple by saying that ever since I discovered my passion for Miss Austen's books when I was eight when my mom read me Pride and Prejudice I've been hooked on any and everything she's ever written. Read all the books, seen all the movies. I literally have every movie adaption of Pride and Prejudice ever made, and pretty much all the rest of the movie adaptations for the other books too. Yes, I'm a JA fanatic to a tee.
Mr. Darcy, Colonel Brandon, Edward, Mr. Knightley, Frederick Wentworth, Henry Tilney = SMEXY Gentleman :D
04-20-2008, 04:03 AM
Alright Jamie I have to admit that Mr. Darcy's Diary was probably the best book written from Darcy's point of view I've ever read and I have to admit I'm pretty picky when it comes to reading books from his point of view... I guess I have my opinion on how Mr. Darcy would be and a lot of authors have failed to capture that. Anyway anyone who hasn't read it should.
I haven't ready Lady Susan but I have heard of it... has anyone heard of the Watsons? I guess there's only like two in print so its pretty rare...anyway love Austen and I think her books are a true gift to the literary world.
04-20-2008, 08:10 AM
Just wondering, how many people actually started reading Jane Austen with Pride and Prejudice?
It's by far the most popular, and definitely my favourite.
I remember I spent my summer holidays doing nothing except Watch the BBC production of it during the day time, and reading the novel in bed at night
Ange de Musique
04-20-2008, 01:56 PM
Yay! More fans! :D
I was first introduced to Jane Austen by reading Pride and Prejudice. P&P is where it all began for me. I've heard of Lady Susan, but that book isn't is the collection of Jane Austen books I have, I don't think. :( Is that just an extra book you can buy on the Internet? I haven't run across it...
04-20-2008, 06:09 PM
I actually started with Sense and Sensebility in fourth grade and I also read Wuthering Heights... these two books are I guess what got me interested in classic novels in the first place not to mention Jane Austen's novels :D
04-21-2008, 06:49 AM
Alot of my friends HATE classic novels, and I just can't seem to understand why!
I suppose it has to do with personal taste, except NO ONE in our group likes Classicals....T.T
it makes me feel kinda sad....
My first Classic was Black Beauty. That was the one that started it.
Then I got on reaing Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, I just adore classics!
Ange de Musique
04-21-2008, 08:35 PM
I agree, I adore classics too! I appreciate them for many reasons, one of them being that there is so much more 'meat' in a classic book. I'm a fast reader, and most of the books published nowadays are such fluff, there is nothing to them! I love the depth and color of classics, you have to actually think about what you are reading. Most people probably don't like classics because it forces you to excercise your mind a bit. :D
I have Wuthering Heights on audio, and I enjoyed that book immensely. The characters are so real and unique...And of course I'll always go for the tragical love story. :D
04-22-2008, 01:15 AM
I love Jane Austin. She is AWESOME!
Of course, sadly, I've only read three of her works. "Pride and Prejudice", "Emma", and "Sense and Sensibility"
I've been raised with "Pride and Prejudice", due to my mother's obsession with it (we have the book, and every movie version ever made *rolls eyes*) And I like it too. Emma makes me laugh. It reminds me of some of my friends.
But yeah, I love most of the classics that I've read... I hope to continue to read more.
04-22-2008, 01:26 AM
Classical books I think are the best ones you can read, and Jane Austen..theres just no words for how awesome she is!
I don't know how I could survive with out reading her books...
06-21-2008, 08:32 PM
My friend Wesley and I love classic novels. He almost gave up on Pride and Prejudice, but I eventually convinced him to finish it. His argument was "I know what happens, I've seen the Kiera Knightley movie!" I countered with "Did you pay attention to the story, or did you stare at Kiera the entire time..." Silence... :)
I'm muddling through Mansfield Park right now. I heard it was her least popular novel, but so far I've enjoyed it. It's no Pride and Prejudice, but it's still a lovely novel.
06-22-2008, 10:27 AM
A lot of people enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, mainly because, from many people's POV's, that Jane Austen was writing about her life in a sense, so we feel more inclined and can associate with Lizzy's situation.
I haven't read Mansfield Park yet, I wanted to borrow it, but my mum banned me from reading book T.T
until the end of the month anyway...Im still pissed though...*grr*
06-25-2008, 06:46 PM
You're banned from reading??? That's insanely unheard of in my house. I don't think a day goes by that I haven't read something... I'm sorry, hopefully the month will end soon enough for you!
I like Mansfield Park so far, there are bits of the story where I'm pulling my hair out for the irony!!! But again, Pride and Prejudice will forever be my favorite!
07-05-2008, 01:51 AM
Wow...my mum has finally lifted that god-damned ban, pardon my language....
So I am back to reading books books books!!!
And I've just reserved Mansfield Park, I think it's comming soon....I hope anyways :D
07-07-2008, 01:22 AM
I've got about ten chapters left. I haven't been able to read it lately, I just got a job at our brand new Dairy Queen! But it's a very good read.
By the way, why did your mom ban books?
07-10-2008, 02:13 AM
AppArently, I was spending too much time with my nose stuck between the pages, and not enough time studying
THAT was her reason.
Then I got into trouble at school, cos it was wide reading sessioni in English, and since I'm not allowed to bring/borrow books either to or from school, I was dead. By my teacher....T.T
08-12-2008, 07:21 PM
I've just finished Mansfield Park and loved it! Again, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite, but Mansfield Park was very good.
Now I'm reading The Other Boleyn Girl... it's not Jane Austen, but a very good book...
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