I am a huge Jane Austen fan. I've read Pride and Prejudice dozens of times and watched the movie (the BBC / Colin Firth version, of course, which I own on both vhs and dvd) equally as many times. My daughter, Emma, is named after...can you guess?? Anyway, when I saw that Stephanie at Stephanie's Written Word had come up with an Everything Austen Challenge, I knew it was for me.
So, how does it work, you ask? The challenge will run for six months (July 1, 2009 through January 1, 2010 - I'm a tad late getting in). During that time, you'll need to pick out six Jane Austen-themed things to complete. They can range from reading Austen's novels, watching film adaptations, or even reading more contemporary 'sequels' or Austen related novels (like Austenland, by Shannon Hale, for example). If you decide to join, sign up at The Written Word, and you might just win a prize!
So, here's my tentative list of Austen items:
- Watch Sense and Sensibility.
- Re-read Pride and Prejudice (it's been a while, and I'd like a refresher before I get to number 3).
- Read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.
- Watch Becoming Jane.
- Read Pemberley by the Sea, by Abigail Reynolds.
- Read a yet-to-be-named novel. (I'd love some recommendations!)
So, there you have it. My not quite complete list - I'm terribly excited about this challenge. If you're also doing the challenge, please post a link to your list. I'd love to see what everyone else is doing. And, if you've got a suggestion for my item number 6, add that in the comments as well. Tell me your favorite Austen novel, or even a favorite 'sequel' or tie-in sort of novel. I may end up doing more than the required six, so feel free to recommend more than one.