Jane Austen

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  1. Juliya Karasu

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    As many of you know, I'm becoming a pretty crazy Jane Austen fan and was wondering if anyone else out there loves these books as much as me!

    I like them all but this is how I'd list them from my favourite down:
    1. Emma
    2. Persuasion
    3. Pride and Prejudice
    4. Northanger Abbey
    5. Sense & Sensibility
    6. Mansfield Park

    and to be honest, I have not read her other little ones.

    Also I'm looking for recommendations for good spinoffs. Personally I would love it if they are more like her style and not smutty.
     
  2. Elia LePhant

    Elia LePhant Aes Sedai Historian

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    Huuuuuuuuuge Austen fan here, too. ^^

    My rankings:

    1. Persuasion
    2. Pride and Prejudice
    3. Northanger Abbey
    4. Mansfield Park
    5. Lady Susan
    6. Emma
    7. Sense & Sensibility

    I always love seeing which ones resonate more than others with people. :D I'm not sure of many modern day spinoffs that are similar to her style... The only one I've really read is Longbourn by Jo Baker. I'd be curious what others recommend as well. But as far as older contemporaries, I am in love with the Bronte sisters and all of their collected works. :)
     
  3. Juliya Karasu

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    Ooooh I like the Bronte sisters as well! I recently read The Professor and Villette by Charlotte Bronte which aren't as commonly read as the others, I think, but I loved them.

    I think I'm going to put Longbourn on my to-read list as I know a lot of people who have read it.

    Do you like the movie/TV adaptations of Jane Austen? I've seen every one and I like them all.
     
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    That's just about the way I would rank them (I love the humour in Emma especially) but put Sense & Sensibility above Northanger Abbey. And there is something very special about P&P. I don't know about spinoffs, but Susana Clarke's Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell reminds me a lot of Austen if she were writing fantasy.

    And the Bronte sisters . . . :love I once fancied myself in love with Emily :look
     
  5. Elia LePhant

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    Oooo I loved Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell! Fabulous book. ^^

    I've also seen them all, and I love them all. ^^ I watch the BBC P&P at least a few times per year. :look
     
  6. Juliya Karasu

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    Agree, JS&MN (hah wow) is spectacular!

    I've only watched it twice but it grew on me a LOT the last time and the bluray is currently on my Christmas wishlist!! I love all the BBC versions, particularly Emma, Persuasion, and S&S.
     
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    Spontaneously, and after only having read them once (a decade ago, except for Mansfield Park which was earlier this year):

    1. Pride & Prejudice
    2. Persuasion
    3. Emma
    4. Sense & Sensibility
    5. Mansfield Park
    6. Northanger Abbey

    I haven't read Lady Susan yet. And it's really beyond time for a general reread.

    Film adaption-wise: I'm a heretic and more fond of 2005 P&P than the BBC miniseries one, even though it's not as faithful to the books. Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma is the best Emma I've seen so far (I haven't seen all), and I fiercely long for a new, better adaption of Persuasion because the ITV one with Sally Hawkins is terribly weak IMO.
     
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    Have you seen Bride and Prejudice, the Bollywood-style version?
     
  9. Elia LePhant

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    YES. I need a better Persuasion adaptation like I need oxygen. Okay maybe not that extreme, but it's one of my all-time favorite novels, and while I enjoyed the two adaptations made (mostly because I will enjoy what I can get) they weren't... they just didn't do it justice at all.

    Also, the 2005 P&P is much more beautiful and has a wonderful atmosphere. I would probably watch it more if I owned it like the BBC one. I always thought they both had their purposes and were lovely adaptations for different reasons.

    Okay, now I am wanting to do both a massive Austen reread and a movie-a-thon. :p
     
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    I also love her books. I have a few still on my to-read list though.

    I think I only read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma and Mansfield park yet and it is quite some time ago, so I'd rather not rate them. I have the problem that I often forget the exact stories of books. I only remember that I liked them all in their way ^^

    I also really liked the BBC Sense and Sensibility movie, but for some reason my husband does not want to watch it again with me :tug
     
  11. Elia LePhant

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    I thought y'all would appreciate this... my sister just bought me a shirt with this printed on it:

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    :lol
     
  12. Juliya Karasu

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    So awesome, Elia Sedai!!

    I personally enjoyed the 2005 more than the 1995 as well. It was the first Jane Austen-y thing I had ever watched and I just loved it so I've got a soft spot for it. Lately I've also come to like the 1995 more than before because it is more like the book, but I am not a huge fan of Colin Firth ...

    I have the same thing with the Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow - I adore Mr. Knightley in that one. He is my ideal image of Mr. Knightley. But I also quite like the BBC one because of Romola Garai. And Mark Strong in the other one is also a great Mr. Knightley. Actually I have a tough time deciding my favourite.

    YES! YES YES YES! Also have you seen Aisha, the Bollywood Emma? (And pretty much one of my favourite movies!)

    Is it because Dan Stevens wears a loose shirt while chopping wood in the rain? *swoon*
     
  13. Ashlyn Sindal

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    1. Northanger Abbey
    2. Emma
    3. Pride & Prejudice
    4. Sense & Sensibility
    5. Mansfield Park

    I still need to read Persuasion and Lady Susan.
     
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    ONLY because of that :p
     
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    Pride and Prejudice. I just finished rereading that the other night at work. And I love that shirt!
     
  16. Tallan Daar

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    Love the t-shirt!

    It was the first thing I watched, too, which probably makes me more attached. I should probably rewatch 1995, though. I've only seen it once (it's pretty long!).

    Ang Lee's 1995 film is the only S&S adaption I've seen. I've clearly missed something important here. :blink

    Also the Bollywood movies mentioned.


    All in all, this?
    Sounds like an excellent plan for 2019.
     
  17. Elia LePhant

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    Agreed! I think I'll make it my new year reading challenge to start 2019 off right. :)
     
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  19. Juliya Karasu

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    I watched the PPZ movie and I do not like zombies. But I watched it for the sake of needing to watch every adaptation. Let me just say that I would watch it again if all the zombie parts were taken out.

    Persuasion is a must-read! I haven't read Lady Susan either although I watched the Love&Friendship movie.

    Also for adaptations/spinoffs - I didn't read the book but I watched Death Comes to Pemberley and really liked that. Matthew Rhys might be my favourite Mr. Darcy ...

    I just listened to the audiobook for P&P and plan to do the rest of the series next year ^^
     
  20. Ashlyn Sindal

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    Persuasion is on my "must read" list for 2019. I'm really looking forward to it. It might be my first read of the year. ^^