A 2013 Reading Challenge – Austenprose’s Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge

pride-prejudice-bicentenary-challenge-2013-x-200So if you didn’t know already, Jane Austen is my favorite author. In fact my top two favorite books of all time (Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion) were both written by her.  The year 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice!  It’s no surprise that Austen’s novels are still popular and relevant 200 years later.  She wrote stories filled with themes that are relevant no matter what time period you live in.  She is, in one word, timeless.

To mark this anniversary, Austenprose is hosting the Pride and Prejudice bicentenary challenge and I’m happy to announce my participation!  I’m signing up at the “aficionada” level which requires I read/watch 9-12 books/movies relating to Pride and Prejudice.  It’s safe to say that I’m going to blow through this challenge.

If you’re interested in joining yourself, you can find all the pertinent details here.  Good luck!

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11 thoughts on “A 2013 Reading Challenge – Austenprose’s Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge

  1. Those are my two favorite books ever as well! I was surprised to find that you liked the combination of Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion, as Persuasion is less read (but of course I’m not including Austen Aficionados in that statistic). Thanks for posting! How do you feel about the movie adaptations of Pride & Prejudice? 8-hour BBC with Colin Firth? the one with Keira Knightley?

    • So I love the BBC version of P&P better than the Knightley version. Firstly because of Colin Firth. (YUM) Secondly because there is more time to allow more of the details of the story. If there is one thing I can say about myself is that I’m always looking for MORE. I finish a book and turn to my husband and say, I really want the author to write a sequel or SOMETHING. I need more of this story, more of these characters.

      Now that isn’t to say I didn’t like the Knightley version. When I’m short on time, that’s the one I pop into the DVD player. I think that one is also more artistically filmed. (I went to school for media production, so I definitely appreciate a beautifully shot film more than the average person)

      What are your favorite Austen novels?

      • Firstly Persuasion, because I like how Anne is so mature, and in some ways, she is a very realistic Austen character. She makes mistakes but (romantic sucker that I am) she still gets the guy she’s supposed to be with. It has such an interesting dynamic. Secondly Pride & Prejudice, because it is fabulous in every possible way (I agree with your commentaries on the two films). I like Emma mostly because I love Mr. Knightley (although Emma herself is such a child). Northanger Abbey is my least favorite, although I appreciate the satire on the Gothic genre. But I love all her books, I’ve read them all several times, including the “Complete and Annotated Pride & Prejudice”. Strangely enough, I don’t especially enjoy the “pseudo-sequels” that people create for the novels, nor the “Pride & Prejudice and Zombies” type remakes. I have a very specific image of the time period as well as my personal ideas of how things turn out, and I tend to be disappointed when others re-do the novels.

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