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Postby waggawerewolf27 » Dec 17, 2017 10:34 pm

Wickham for sure. He was the archetypal cad and in this year, of all years, in 2017, Wickham has at least one modern alter ego. Or am I being unfair in some way?

I'll have to brush up on Jane Austen.
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Re: Sense and Silliness: All things Austen

Postby Movie Aristotle » Dec 22, 2017 11:08 pm

Just a note to say that I "read" (listened to) my first Jane Austen book recently. It was Pride and Prejudice. Being generally familiar with the story, it is great to finally know how all of the pieces fit together.
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Re: Sense and Silliness: All things Austen

Postby ValiantArcher » Jan 06, 2018 7:09 pm

I was wondering if anyone had played the card game "Marrying Mr. Darcy" before? A friend got it for Christmas and we played a rousing couple of games last week. Each person plays as a female character from Pride and Prejudice, and the goal is to marry your character's best match and gain the greatest number of points. It took a bit to get the rules sorted, but it was a lot of fun. ;))
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Re: Sense and Silliness: All things Austen

Postby coracle » Jan 07, 2018 7:15 am

How much difference have you noticed in your views of the characters and situations, as you have got older?

The first time I met a JA character was when I was about 14, and we had an extract to study in an English class. It was where Colonel Brandon listens to Marianne playing the piano, and he clearly admires her.
We were all shocked at such an "old man" fancying a girl barely older than us! Mid 30s was nearly as old as our parents.

It made it harder to appreciate the adult relationships that the books were really about, but I enjoyed them as I grew up.

From my extreme age now, I look at these "young men" who are running their estates, taking care of their tenants, etc, in their 30s, and I am impressed! Darcy, Knightley, and so on.
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Re: Sense and Silliness: All things Austen

Postby SnowAngel » Jan 13, 2018 10:35 pm

I have yet to actually read any of Jane Austen's works, but I have listen to three audiobooks in the last six months (Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion). Of the three, Persuasion is my favorite. And I plan to listen to Pride and Prejudice next, although probably not until next month. Scarlet was tired of me saying I was going to read them and then not getting around to, and so she told me to just do the audiobooks. Scarlet is rather smart. :)

We just watched the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice. It's still my favorite of all the Jane Austen movies.

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Re: Sense and Silliness: All things Austen

Postby Grandmama » Jan 29, 2018 3:25 pm

I'm new here, so I started reading all the posts in this thread but that proved to be quite time consuming. So, I will just jump in and say that I first read Jane Austen in high school when I did a book report on Pride & Prejudice. I remember reading a quote something to the effect of "books by Jane Austen are easy to get lost in" and at the time I thought the quote was criticizing Austen. Since that was many, many years ago, I cannot find the source of the quote, but I see it now as a compliment. I have read most of her books more than once, except Northanger Abbey, which I didn't really like at the time.
I've also watched numerous movie versions of her books, most of which I have enjoyed. The A&E Pride and Prejudice is my favorite--I feel that it really does take 5 hours to do justice to the book. Second favorite would be Persuasion with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds. I think Anne Elliot is my favorite of the heroines and Amanda Root plays her beautifully.
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Re: Sense and Silliness: All things Austen

Postby Mrs Smooshy » Mar 06, 2018 7:52 pm

coracle wrote:How much difference have you noticed in your views of the characters and situations, as you have got older?

The first time I met a JA character was when I was about 14, and we had an extract to study in an English class. It was where Colonel Brandon listens to Marianne playing the piano, and he clearly admires her.
We were all shocked at such an "old man" fancying a girl barely older than us! Mid 30s was nearly as old as our parents.

It made it harder to appreciate the adult relationships that the books were really about, but I enjoyed them as I grew up.

From my extreme age now, I look at these "young men" who are running their estates, taking care of their tenants, etc, in their 30s, and I am impressed! Darcy, Knightley, and so on.


Oh my goodness, yes. When I first read Pride and Prejudice I thought Jane Bennet was such an old heroine at 23. Never mind what I thought about Anne Elliot at 27! =)) I am still creeped out by a 30-something fancying a 14 year old. Maybe even moreso as my momma-bear instincts are now kicking in. When I was an older teen I did find it a bit more romantic even though I personally never had crushes on older men and thought my friends were strange for having them.

The big age gap with in Emma is more bearable as Emma is an adult but when he confesses he first fell for her when she was 13... :-s ...I guess 13 year olds are cute.....but more in a "aw, let me go give you a cookie" sort of way. My husband is now reaching Col Brandon and Mr Knightley age. They were my favourite of the heros so it is all fine for me. But I still couldn't picture my husband running a 10 000 pound/year estate. ha ha

I'd have to think some more before being able to really ascertain how my views on everything has changed with age. I know I appreciate the books more for the wit and the dynamics between characters than just the "swoony" romance.
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Re: Sense and Silliness: All things Austen

Postby wild rose » Mar 08, 2018 11:21 pm

While I can't say that Jane Austen is one of my favorite writers, she's certainly one I enjoy reading.

I think my favorite of all her books is Persuasion. The main character, Anne, is older than the other heroines from Jane Austen books, being already 27 years old. I like how Jane Austen made her a quiet girl who has 'already lost her bloom'. She not loud and outspoken like Elizabeth Bennett nor medlesom like Emma, but filled with a quiet, determined strength that I came to admite and really appreciate.

The relationship between her and Captain Wentworth is also a great love of mine. It's nice to see not new love, but old love that didn't work out try to rekindle itself despite all the hurts and wrongs and grudges of the past.

I enjoyed the 1995 film version of Persuasion, I didn't like the other one very much. It didn't follow the book as closely. (Yes, I'm a book purist...it makes watching movies such a difficult affair.)

I do of course very much love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I think of all Jane Austen's book Emma was the most boring for me. Mansfield Park is a great favorite of mine and the youth, slightly immature attitude of Catherine from Northanger Abby was fun, and I like how she had such a wild imagination from reading too much gothic novel.

I think I have seen as many screen adaptions of Jane Austen books as there are. And I tend to like the older versions more. That goes for Pride and Prejudice, where I so prefer the 1995 mini series to the 2005 one. Persuasion I already mentioned, and Mansfield Park I love the 1983 mini series. There is a film that follows the book to the core. Though it was boring for the rest of my siblings, haha, not enough action ;))

Sense and Sensibility I actually liked the BBC version more, also because it followed the book so well and Northanger Abby I also preferred the 2007 movie. Very good cast and acting.
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