The Great Austenathon

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Elia LePhant, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Elia LePhant

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    I absolutely loved Austen's defense of the novel at the end of Chapter 5:

    "And what are you reading, Miss-?" "Oh! It is only a novel!" replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. "It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda"; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language."

    It made me realize how I also feel embarrassment when listing certain books on Goodreads, or when people see me reading certain books in public, like they are not "real" literature, or it doesn't "count." So silly!
     
  2. Juliya Karisu

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    I agree, I get so annoyed when some people think only certain books are worth reading!

    I finished the audiobook yesterday :joy
     
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    Nice!! :joy I'm going to try to finish it this week. :)
     
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    I started watching the 1987 version and am about halfway through ... I don't even know what to say. There's something appealing about it and yet ... they are all so creepy!! Just staring and smiling at each other and the costumes are crazy. I feel that the whole thing is super busy - so many hats and feathers that I can't concentrate on the people. But at the same time, I'm enjoying it. It's very condensed.
     
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    Uh yeah, finished the movie and the 2nd half is so weird. Extra characters, Henry's still being creepy ... the last scene is literally like 10 seconds long which was a huge disappointment.

    Can't wait to watch the newer version.
     
  6. Elia LePhant

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    Wanted to share the shirt I wore the other day with y'all.

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    Awesome!!
     
  8. Autumn Sapphira

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    How have I missed this??

    I wanna participate!
     
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    :joy

    Well, I still haven't gotten around to watching Northanger Abbey 2007 yet.
     
  10. Elia LePhant

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    Welcome @Autumn Sapphira :joy

    I finally finished Nothanger Abbey last night. And since it's been quite awhile, I think it's time to move on to the next book. @Juliya Karasu will you pick our next one? :D
     
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    I've read all her novels and seen a LOT of adaptations, so I'll jump in with whatever the next novel is. ^^
     
  12. Juliya Karisu

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    Sure! How about Sense & Sensibility?
     
  13. Elia LePhant

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    Sounds good! :D
     
  14. Ashara Koh'inor

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    Can I play? I love Austen and have read all the novels except Sandition.
     
  15. Elia LePhant

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    Absolutely! Please join us! :joy
     
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    Awesome, I'll start reading S&S tomorrow!
     
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    I finally finished watching Northanger Abbey (2007). I think it's a pretty great representation. The ending is too quick, just like the book.

    On to S&S!
     
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    Realized I didn't do one of these for S&S!

    Right now we are reading: Sense and Sensibility.

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    The film adaptations are:

    BBC 1971
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    BBC 1981
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    1995 Film
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    2008 Miniseries
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    And if you know of any others, do let us know!
     
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    Not reading the books, but this piqued my interest. I will see if I can find this on one of my streaming services ^^
     
  20. Juliya Karisu

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    So I'm listening to the audiobook and can't get over how good this book is. I believe it was her first published.

    And I like Austen's little commentaries on society.

    On taste and culture:
    On men having no profession. It seems that being idle and having lots of money still didn't make people happy back then :p
    And her characters. They are absolutely brilliant. I especially love the Palmers and Mrs. Jennings.