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The Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie (@ Stephanie’s Written Word) is in full swing and I thought I’d do a little update on where I’m at with my challenge list. Just looking at it there’s been some changes.

Here’s the original:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen (Still working on this one…)
  2. Becoming Jane by Jon Spence
  3. Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil Brinton
  4. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
  5. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (I read Confessions in the fall.)
  6. The Jane Austen Book Club (movie)

Here’s what I’ve completed/currently reading:

  1. Jane Austen Festival in July
  2. Watched Clueless with my little sister. (It’d been so long since I’d seen that movie! And now I’m more aware of the parallels between it and Emma.)
  3. Watched Lost in Austen. I enjoyed it and, hopefully, I’ll get a review up soonish.
  4. Picked Emma back up and am making progress. I’m enjoying it more and more…although I’m finding that Emma is my least favorite Austen heroine. Maybe because she has the most obvious flaws. Mr. Knightley reminds me a bit of Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey.

So…basically I have three more to finish the challenge. Two of the books on my original list are sitting on my bookshelf (Becoming Jane and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen) and one is on it’s way from PaperBack Swap (Old Friends and New Fancies). We’ll see what get’s done. I’m sure more movie watching is inevitable!

Oh! I almost forgot. Stephaine has a guest post today from Laurie Viera Rigler (author of Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict) which was really good, if you haven’t already read it, and a giveaway including both of Rigler’s novels. Check it out!


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emma+and+knightleyI’ve gotten back to reading Emma over the last few days and have found a few choice pieces of wisdom from Mr. Knightley. These both occur as they’re talking about Frank Churchhill’s absent from his father’s wedding.

There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do, if he chooses, and that is, his duty; not by manoeuvring and finessing, but by vigor and resolution (135).

Depend upon it, Emma, a sensible man would find no difficulty in it [leaving his aunt & uncle, who raised him, to visit his father]. He would feel himself in the right; and the declaration, made, of course, as a man of sense would make it, in a proper manner, would do him more good, raise him higher, fix his interest stronger with teh people he depended on, than all that a line of shifts and expedients can ever do. Respect would be added to affection. They would feel that they could trust him; that the nephew who had done rightly by his father would do rightly by them; for they know as well as he does, as well as all the world must know, that he ought to pay this visit to his father; and while meanly exerting their power to delay it are in their hearts not thinking the better of him for submitting to their whims. Respect for right conduct is felt by everybody: if he would act in this sort of manner on principle, consistently, regularly, their little minds would bend to his (136).

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Sunday afternoon, while we were still in Louisville, we headed out to Locust Grove to the Jane Austen Festival. We felt like newbies and tourists all mixed together not knowing why people kept asking questions about the family that lived there. Apparently, it wasn’t just some old home that was perserved, but happened to belong to the founder of Kentucky. Kind of important if you’re from there, I guess. We just didn’t know who this Clark guy was.

But, anyways…

The festival was quaint. It was pretty much as the website said. There were shops, a fashion show, afternoon tea, period sewing classes, etc. I missed the book signing with Maragret Sullivan and her talk. The tea and sewing classes were already full, so we just perused the shops, enjoyed the gardens, and watched the fashion show which included a detail explanation of each outfit.

All in all, it was an enjoyable afternoon. It would have been nice to have more of a focus on Austen herself or her works, it was more of a focus on the time Austen lived in. Of course, there were plenty of references and it Locust Grove did have the country feel of Austen’s novels.

That said, I’d go again next year. Sign-up early and get into the tea or other classes they might have. For now, here’s some pictures:

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You don’t really have to guess…but we’re in Louisville this weekend looking for an apartment. Which we found on our first day! Yeah! It’s close to7locustgrove campus with lots of other seminary students and families. God is good!

Finding our new home early gives us more time to explore the city…and you know what’s going on this weekend???

hi08_janeausten_1The Jane Austen Festival put on by the Louisville chapter of JASNA. Exciting! I read about this awhile back and thought it’d be fun to go, but didn’t expect to be in town for it. Then, yesterday I remembered that this was the weekend.

So, tomorrow after we visit a church we’re going to go to the festival. I don’t know how exciting it will be for my husband, but I’m thrilled. The festival is at the historic Locust Grove. It looks so picturesque.

There’ll be the shops of Meryton, a Regency fashion show, afternoon tea, period sewing classes, and Maragret Sullivan author of The Jane Austen Handbook will be speaking about “Five things a Janeite Heroine (or Hero) Needs to Know.”

I’m excited and, of course, I’ll take pictures.

Today is also the anniversary of Austen’s death.

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Stephanie is hosting the Everything Austen Challenge on her blog Stephanie’s Written Word, go check it out!

route1It’s no secret that I love Jane Austen. She’s my favorite author, I can’t get enough of her and her stories, and she’s even secured herself the position of the banner for my blog. So, of course, I have to participate in this challenge–it just makes sense!

The Challenge: The challenge runs from July 1 ’09 to January 1 ’10. You just have to pick six Austen-themed things you want to complete during the challenge. They can be Austen’s books, movie adaptations, novels inspired by Austen’s work, biographies, etc.

Over the six months there’ll also be an array of prizes! Check Stephanie’s post for more details.

Here’s my six things:

  1. Emma by Jane Austen (Still working on this one…)
  2. Becoming Jane by Jon Spence
  3. Old Friends and New Fancies by Sybil Brinton
  4. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
  5. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (I read Confessions in the fall.)
  6. The Jane Austen Book Club (movie)

I could probably go on. I’d like to read Pride, Prejudice & Zombies as well as see Lost in Austen and Austen in Manhattan. There’s so much synopsis_01Austen-themed books and movies out there!

I’ll probably watch a few Austen movies too…I have Becoming Jane (You gotta love James McAvoy!), Pride & Prejudice (2005), Sense & Sensibility, and the BBC adaptations of the novels from the 70’s & 80’s. I’d like to get the newer verisons too…maybe for Christmas.

There is a chapter of Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) in Louisville that I’ve been debating whether or not to join. I’d like to, but I’m not sure if it will work out between finances and childcare…we’ll have to see.

I’d love to hear if you’re participating and what you plan to read or see. Enjoy!

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jane-austen-004These days there seems to be a neverending stream of Jane Austen fan fiction. Even though Jane Austen finished her six novels well over a century ago, the options for more of Austen’s character’s and romance presses on from Shannon Hale’s Austenland: A Novel to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and Jane Austen Ruined My Life. It seems Austenites can never get enough!

I’ve made this my year to finish reading Jane Austen’s complete works. Emma is the only novel I have left to read and I’m halfway through with it and with one Austen biography down and another to go I’m on my way to meet that goal.

With some many sequels to Austen’s novels as well as a plethora of stories whose heroines find their own Mr. Darcy among their obsession you’re bound to find a few that miss the mark (or at least for yourself), can we say Me & Mr. Darcy? To my surprise I’ve actually enjoyed the two novels I’ve come across this year: Austenland by Shannon Hale and Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Rigler. hi08_janeausten_1

I’ve yet to read The Jane Austen Book Club and I haven’t seen the movie, although the previews have turned me off a bit. Why? I guess it just seems so predictable, but really what Austen fan fiction isn’t going to be?

I have come across a few novels that I’m interested in reading:

What Would Jane Austen Do?, by Laurie Brown

Jane Austen Ruined My Life, by Beth Pattilo

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, by Syrie James

If you’ve read any of these I’d love to know what you thought of them.

Oh…and between you and me, I’m thinking of joining JASNA when we move to Louisville. Of course, that’d be the Jane Austen Society of North America. It seems Louisville has a pretty active chapter. Then I’ll be a card carrying member! Eek!

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I had seen Me & Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter around a few different places and being an Austen fan I thought I might enjoy it.large_79949

I tried. But there were so many problems with the book. The biggest is that the character that’s supposed to represent Mr. Darcy is a big jerk, to put it lightly. It’s one thing for Mr. Darcy to be prideful, but he does have good moral character. And Emily (ie, Elizabeth) was just unbecoming and annoying.

Then there’s this whole alternate time-and-space continuum, I don’t know what, happening. Where the “real” Mr. Darcy keeps showing up in random places and asks Emily why she’s dressed so weird and etc. These sections were awkward and poorly written.

This novel is a chick lit attempt of taking a classic novel with great characters and turning it into a fast-paced, modernized romance and trying to fit it into the current media mold. Bottom line: It doesn’t work.

I wouldn’t waste your time.

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