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Jane Austen Month: Ending Thoughts

Jane Austen Month has officially come to an end, and I will admit that while I enjoyed it I am also relieved. Don't get me wrong, it was a lot of fun dedicating a month to one author, but it was also incredibly time consuming and sometimes way more stressful than it should have been. Still, I am glad I did it, there are just a couple of things I wish I would have done differently:

1. A Different Month
          September was not the best month I could have done something like this in. School has been busy this month for one, and for two I think I could have done better if I would have done it during the summer.

2. Less Novels
        I think I could have done better, and even been able to concentrate better if I would have just read the 3 Austen novels I hadn't read before this month. I enjoyed rereading the 3 I read before this month, but it definitely just made a lot more work for me.

        Still, even with the things I wish I would have done differently I still had a…

Jane Austen: Series Edition

While I did not have time this month to do my Jane Austen Series Marathon I thought it would still be a cool thing to talk about some of my favorites. These are not going to be in any specific order and I will also be including adaptations of Jane Austen's works that are modern. The only rule is that they have to be in a series type format.

1. Pride and Prejudice 1995:         I will admit that I think I have only watched this series once. I enjoyed it and thought it to be incredibly faithful to the novel (I still prefer the 2005 version though. Sorry not sorry). I really want to watch it again so I can see if I can enjoy it even more after a second watch. This is a very faithful adaptation and I recommend it!

2. Pride and Prejudice 1980:         Another version that I think I have only watched once. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this adaptation though. I…

Jane Austen's Heroes and Scoundrels Ranked

A few days ago I did my blog post over ranking Jane Austen's Heroines. I had a lot of fun picking and choosing which female characters would go where in the list. I have decided to do the same thing today, but with Austen's men. Now, like the blog post about her heroines, I will only be talking about the main love interests in the stories. Which means that there will be more characters listed here than in the one about heroines. Basically, if they were interested in the main character or the main character was interested in them (or if everyone thought they liked each other *cough* Frank Churchill *cough*)  they ended up on this list.

14. Mr. Willoughby:
       Breaking one of our main characters hearts? Check. Getting someone pregnant and then abandoning them? Check.  Going after a rich woman because he got disinherited for knocking up a girl? Check. Willoughby is one of those Austen characters that does a complete 180. At the beginning, you are thinking that he is a good cha…

Jane Austen Heroines Ranked

Jane Austen has written some of the best literary heroines ever found in literature. With her way of making her characters feel very real, and the fact that almost everyone can relate in some way to at least one of them. I have decided to put my opinions on Austen's Heroines in this new blog post. For this blog, I will only be going over the main females that the novels are about. So, for example, I won't be talking about Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park or Harriet Smith in Emma. They are both important to their stories, but for the sake of this post, I won't be discussing them and other characters that are like them (important but not the most important).
7. Anne Elliot:
           Maybe it's the fact that I could not get into Persuasion at all but I could not connect with this character at all. I think that rereading the novel might make me understand her more, but from this first reading, I did not really get much from her.

6.Fanny Price:

Jane Austen Novels Ranked

Okay, if you have been keeping up with my Jane Austen Calendar that I put out, you will know that this is not the blog post I was supposed to upload today. However, due to some time restraints and the fact that I have been awful at forgetting to do things lately, the calendar is going to be a bit mixed up these next 10 days of Jane Austen Month. 
          Now that that is out of the way I am here to rank all 6 of Jane Austen's novels! I will be ranking them based on my opinions of the novels. I hope you all enjoy!

6. Persuasion:     As you might have read in my book review for Persuasion I could not get into this story at all really. I feel bad because I read this book when I wasn't quite in a good place so I don't know if this is a fair judgment of this novel, but still this book did not keep my attention the way it should have.  So, regardless of my feelings while reading it, this novel still makes the number 6 spot. 5. Mansfield Park :
          I really like this novel, b…

My Top Five Favorite Jane Austen Movie Adaptations Ranked

I was supposed to have a movie/mini series marathon this weekend, but I one, completely forgot, and two, really just didn't have time. So, I will be doing my favorite Jane Austen Movie Adaptations based on what I have watched in the past. Now you should know that the movies for Persuasion are not on here, since I have not gotten a chance to watch them yet. Also, these  movies are being ranked based on how much I love and enjoy them, not necessarily on accuracy or what my favorite Austen Novels are.

5. Mansfield Park (1999)         Okay, I will give you this, the movie is really good and the cast in incredible. It's just that I have yet to watch a Mansfield Park adaptation that gets the story and the characters right. Now, I know I said that I wouldn't judge based on accuracy, and I definitely am not. This movie really is just my least favorite out of the five I will be presenting you.
          Still this movie has a g…

Persuasion Book Review

I have just finished reading Persuasion by Jane Austen and I am here with my book review! This is the last book that I had to read for Jane Austen Month and I am glad that I am finally done!
        Synopsis: Persuasion follows Anne Elliot, a 27 year old woman who is still remembering the loss of her love Frederick Wentworth who she broke off with when she was 19 years old. Now years later she lives with her father and her older sister. When her father and older sister Elizabeth decide to move to Bath after the father Sir Elliot gains debt and they can no longer afford their home, Anne is sure that she will have to go with them. However, her sister Mary has her stay with her.
        It is during this time that she sees Frederick Wentworth now Captain Wentworth. Will true love have a chance again?

        I am going to have an unpopular opinion here. I did not hate this book, but I didn't love it either. I will admit to having had a bit of stressful day yesterday and today, so ma…

Mansfield Park: Revisited

I have just finished rereading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and I am glad to say that I am here to express my thoughts on the novel. I will not be giving a review, but will instead be jumping straight in!

1. Fanny Price:
      Fanny is the girl that I'd love to have as a friend, but that I'd hate to be compared to. I would not say that she is weak-minded or that she does not know her opinion, but there is just something about her that I can't quite understand. I can definitely relate to her the least out of all of the Austen Heroines I have been introduced to so far. Still the fact that she refuses to marry Henry Crawford and by the end of the novel seems to have more confidence in herself makes her a good heroine in my eyes.

2. Mrs. Norris:
        This woman is awful and I was so glad when she went with Maria to stay with her. She is rude and bully's Fanny all of the time.

3. Julia and Maria:
         These two sisters are the reason that Karma exists. They are not…

Emma: Revisited

This house reminds me of Emma for some reason
I have just finished rereading my favorite Austen work, Emma. I am so glad to finally be able to come back today with the second Austen Revisit for Jane Austen Month (even if I am going to be late again in putting it up). I was so glad that I gave myself the time to reread this novel and I am now here to give you all my opinions now that I have read it a second time. I will not be giving a summary of the novel but know that I rate it 5/5 stars always, and that from here on out there will most likely be spoilers. Now that you've been safely warned I will get into my thoughts.

1. Jane Fairfax:
        I think it is safe to say that we've all had at least one Jane Fairfax in our lives. She's that girl/guy that is just perfect at everything and that no one can find fault with. I will admit that I had my own Jane Fairfax growing up, and like Emma I did not like it at all. My childish mind couldn't comprehend why that girl was th…

Sense and Sensibility Book Review

I have just finished reading Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, and even though my post will be going up later than it should be, I am glad to finally be able to write out this review.
        Synopsis: Sense and Sensibility follows Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Elinor is the one with all of the sense, never doing anything without thought. While Marianne is the sensibility half of the equation, with lots of overdramatic tendencies. Their father has recently died and since the property is left to their older half brother their family moves to a cottage with relations of their mother's. This is not as simple as that though, for Elinor must leave Edward Ferrars, a man who she has started to form feelings for, and the entire family has to leave the only home they have ever known. When they finally get settled at the cottage Marianne meets Willoughby, a young man who she …

Northanger Abbey Book Review I have just finished reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen and I am here to give a review of the novel!! Now I have, if I remember right, attempted to read this novel a couple of times, but unfortunately something would distract me from it. I am glad to say though, that I have now finished it and that I am super excited to write this review for you all!

Synopsis: Northanger Abbey follows the character of Catherine Morland. While Catherine was not a very attractive girl she is now seventeen and has grown attractive. Friends of the family, The Allen's, decide to take her to Bath so that she may spend some time there and it is at Bath that Catherine's life turns upside down. She meets many new faces including Isabella Thorpe and her brother John, as well as the Tilney family, including Henry, his sister Eleanor, and his brother Frederick. When the Tilney's ask Catheri…

Pride and Prejudice: Revisited

I have just finished re-reading Pride and Prejudice and even though my blog post will be going up much later today than it should, I am glad to say that I have finished reading it. I will say that it seems as if I have read the novel for the first time, because the last time I read it, I listened to most if not all of it on audiobook, and there were a lot of things that I missed (I realized all of this while I was reading these past few days) and a lot of things that I did not fully understand.
         Pride and Prejudice is a novel that was written by Jane Austen. It follows the Bennet family, but mostly Elizabeth and Jane. Their mother is obsessed with her daughters getting married off as the estate has to go to the first male, a cousin, Mr. Collins. When Mr. Bingley comes to town with his sisters and the proud Mr. Darcy it is safe to say that all of their lives are turned upside down.
         I wish I could give a more favorable summary of this novel, but I am afraid that…

Pride and Prejudice Vs. Emma

As some of you may know from my Five Favorite Classic Novels post: Emma and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen are two of my favorite classic novels so it only felt fitting to compare them to each other for the first post for Jane Austen Month.  I just want to make it clear that I love both of these novels and that they both have things that I enjoy about them.

1. Female Leads:
          In my opinion, Jane Austen has created some of the best literary characters of all time. The main characters that she creates are no exception to this rule.
          In Pride and Prejudice, it is Elizabeth Bennet. Witty, opinionated, and basically who every Austen fan strives to be like.  She is loyal to a fault, but she isn't afraid to disagree with someone. She, however, judges people before she even really knows them (Guilty!!!). She has incredible character development though, and she isn't afraid to admit that she is wrong when…