Friday, March 19, 2010

Jane Austen [Author Appreciation Week] #aa

Author Appreciation Week is hosted by Heidi R. Kling.

No one said the authors this week had to be alive, did they?  Jane Austen is the archetypal young adult novelist.  She wrote works that leave both women and men of all shapes and sizes uplifted and wanting more.  We've all been asked what one book we'd take with us if we could only take one book on a deserted island, right?  Mine's THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN.  Hey, it's bound together in one book, alright?  Though not all of her works are appropriate for me all of the time, I can usually find one of them to read through or at least skim to help me rein in whatever emotions I'm feeling.  If I'm down, I read (or sometimes watch) PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.  If I'm feeling uninspired, I'll leaf through PERSUASION.  If I'm in need of a laugh, I turn to EMMA.  You see the pattern.  These are tried and true, and I've honestly never met a person who doesn't adore Jane's work.  **If you're out there, please, please leave a comment, I'm not sure the elusive Jane-hating unicorns actually exist!**

I'm curious, which of Jane's works has had the most impact on you?  Tell me and you get an extra two entries into any giveaway of your choice that you've entered that have posted thusfar.   Just add the giveaway in parentheses after your answer.  Ex. Pride & Prejudice (Hush, Hush).


Lisa R said...

Emma does tend to make you feel lighter after reading. I loved Austin's light sunny style in this book.
(giveaway Merlin's Harp)

Shy said...

Emma actually didn't really work for me. Or perhaps I didn't read it at particularly the right time. But I really love Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Haven't yet read Persuasion yet, maybe I should give it a shot!

(giveaway Prophecy of the Sisters)

Maria the Bookworm said...

I have yet to read Jane Austen's work, I kind of feel ashamed that I haven't.. but I have Pride and Prejudice in my bookshelf just waiting to be read :)

Stephanie said...

I actually have a friend who doesn't like Austen (She's a Bronte fan which is really weird cos she's such a happy funny person so one would think she'd like the witty books rather than the depressing books with crappy heroes-seriously how are Heathcliff and Rochester romantic?!) I guess Pride and Prejudice is the Austen work that has had the most impact on me because it inspired me to read all the rest (well that and Masterpiece Classic). (giveaway Hush, Hush)

April (BooksandWine) said...

Yay for Jane Austen!! I've only read Pride and Prejudice, but really do need to get to the rest as I have physical copies as well as ebook copies for my reader, so my answer is Pride and Prejudice. (giveaway: LuSHAE JEWELRY)

I Heart Monster said...

@Emma & Shy - I wonder if you two would be interested in an Emma debate? I'd love to have you guys guest post your two sides... could be fun. Let me know if you wanna!

@Maria - don't feel ashamed. Seriously, don't. There are several places online where you can either listen or read Austen for free, like Librivox or Project Gutenberg, so take the time to download one and give it a try. I can pretty much guarantee you'll adore it!

@Stephanie - Blech. Bronte. I mean, I have the complete works of Charlotte and Emily combined into one volume, but geez, I totally agree with you about Heathcliff and Rochester - oy. I'm glad to see we're not all the same though. I guess even Austen has her critics.

I Heart Monster said...

@April, Stephanie, & Shy - You and I, we'll get along great :o) P&P is totally my fav too.

stiletto storytime said...

I would have to say Pride and Prejudice just because it opened my eyes to Jane Austen and her talent and vivacious wit. It was my first Austen read. I even own my great grandmother's copy and it is a treasured object. Sense and Sensibility runs a close second!

I would like extra entries in the "first in a series" giveaway!


B.Kienapple said...

I really loved Mansfield Park. Fanny Price is a great heroine - practical and smart with a great heart.

Brodie said...

Definitely Pride and Prejudice. I haven't read any of her other books yet, but I really feel like I should! I think I'm missing out by not having done so yet :)

(They say it's our birthday - Swaggerific giveaway!)

Tina said...

In fact I have the same problem as Maria... :( I haven't had the opportunity to read one of Jane Austen's books. However, I've heard some good reviews for 'Sense and Sensibility', do you think I should give it a try?

( I suppose I can't have my extra entries, can I? )

Wrighty said...

I haven't read much Jane Austin sadly but I do plan to read more. Pride and Prejudice is one that I read in high school and enjoyed. I think I would like to read Emma if that is humorous. It sounds like my kind of book! (First in a Series Sixpack giveaway)