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Jane Austen Adaptation Quiz – guessing closed

Most of us have seen at least one film based on a Jane Austen novel, so this week let’s see if you can place these faces.  You only need to tell me the character and the movie (not the actor’s name or the year of the film).  They are all direct adaptations and the images may or may not be from the Austen movie – I can’t make it that easy!  There are only 6 titles to choose from so how hard can it be? :)

Each question is worth 5 points and since I’m getting this posted a little late you have until Friday morning to leave your answers in the comments.

Here are the rules… 1. Open to everyone.  Play once or every week, that’s okay.  I’m happy to have you here today.

2. No cheating.  No googling, other internet searches or looking at other commenter answers.  Yes, we’re going by the honor system

3. Your first answers will be the only ones accepted.

Last week’s Dr. Seuss results here.  Current Leaderboard here.

1. Marianne Dashwood, Sense & Sensibility

2. Fanny Price, Mansfield Park

3.  Mr. Bennet, Pride & Prejudice 4. Mr. Palmer, Sense & Sensibility

5.  Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice 6. Emma, Emma

7.  Mr. Darcy, Pride & Prejudice 8. Mr. Knightley, Emma

9. Elinor Dashwood, Sense & Sensibility

10. Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice

11.  Captain Wentworth, Persuasion

12. Edmund Bertram and Charles Bertram, Mansfield Park OR Mr. Knightley, Emma

13.  Emma, Emma 14.Lady de Bourgh, Pride & Prejudice

15. Edward Ferrars, Sense & Sensibility  16. Henry Crawford, Mansfield Park

17.  Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice 18. Mr. Darcy, Pride & Prejudice

19. Colonel Brandon, Sense & Sensibility  20. Mr. Darcy, Pride & Prejudice

Your answers will appear on Friday.

June 22, 2010 Posted by | Quizzes | , | 26 Comments

Everything Austen Challenge completed

everythingausten2My fourth 2009 challenge is done.  Whew!  Wasn’t sure I was going to make it :)  I joined this challenge without ever having read a Jane Austen novel and now I can say I have.  I really enjoyed reading Pride & Prejudice and can understand why this is a favorite of many.  Mr. Darcy ranks right up there with romantic heroes.  I listened to Sense & Sensibility and enjoyed this as well, although not as much as Pride & Prejudice.  I watched the 1995 movie version with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet as the two sisters and liked it so much it ended up on my Top 100 list.  I read The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler and watched The Jane Austen Book Club movie and was surprised that I preferred the movie.  And for my last task I watched the 1995 BBC production of Persuasion.  I liked this story and look forward to reading the book.

I am so glad I joined this challenge because it introduced me to Jane and now I feel like we’re old friends.  Thanks Stephanie for hosting this great challenge.

You will choose 50 of the books I will read next year.  If you help me you could win a $20 gift card to Barnes & Noble.  Go here to vote. (Right now the top vote getter is A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving)

December 18, 2009 Posted by | challenges | , , | 11 Comments

Persuasion, 1995 movie

Leads- Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds

Anne rejected Wentworth eight years before due to the influence of a family friend and is now considered an old maid at 27.  When Anne’s family is forced to rent their home due to money problems, Anne once again finds herself face to face with Wentworth.  Only he is barely civil and she is more than disappointed.

I have not read this Austen novel yet (although it looks like I will be doing so in 2010 thanks to all of you voters) and only had a vague impression of its plot.  Although I thought the movie was quite slow in parts I still enjoyed it.  The costumes were wonderful and the two leads were very good. 

Because the movie can only be so long I am still left wondering about a few things, like the specifics of why Anne rejected Wentworth and what exactly was going on with her cousin and sister’s companion.  I am looking forward to reading the novel to fill in some blanks, but I thought the movie was beautifully done, as with most BBC productions.

This is my last Austen for the Everything Austen Challenge :)  I checked this movie out of the library.

You will choose 50 of the books I will read next year.  If you help me you could win a $20 gift card to Barnes & Noble.  Go here to vote. (Right now the top vote getter is A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving)

December 18, 2009 Posted by | movies | , , , | 6 Comments

The Jane Austen Book Club- 2007 movie

Cast – Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, KAthy Baker, Amy Brennenman, Maggie Grace, Hugh Dancy, Jimmy Smits

Five women and one man of varying ages and circumstances form a book club to read all six of Jane Austen’s novels.  As they meet each month their lives intersect with the novel they have read and friendships are forged, relationships destroyed, and insecurities conquered. 

I reviewed the book this movie was based on a few days ago and liked it.  I won’t get into a point by point comparison because the movie truly stands alone.  My biggest complaint was the Prudie storyline because that was the biggest change/addition.  I didn’t care for her in the book and I liked her even less in the movie.

I liked that this was a movie that revered Austen and literature and featured women as the leads.  All of these ladies were phenomenal.  The movie had more warmth than the book mainly because these women gave it more sparkle.  And I’ve never seen Hugh Dancy in anything, but what a cutie! 

To be honest, I don’t think the book storyline is better than the movie.  If I had to choose the movie or the book to recommend I’d probably choose the movie.  Crazy, huh?  Have you seen the movie?  How did it compare to the book for you?

I recorded this movie on my DVR.

December 4, 2009 Posted by | movies | , | 11 Comments

The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler: Book CoverFinished 12-1-09, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 2004

“It does bother me that Austen wouldn’t make up a good man who finds Charlotte worth having.  The Brontes would have told her story very differently.”

“Charlotte on Charlotte,” Allegra said. “I will always love the Brontes best.  But that’s just me – I like a book with storms in it.”

discussing Pride & Prejudice

Jocelyn is the heart of this small book group.  She has personally asked five women and one man to meet monthly to discuss the six Jane Austen novels.  Jocelyn, a 50 something spinster of sorts, Sylvia, her best friend who was recently left by her husband,  Allegra, Sylvia’s lesbian daughter, Bernadette  a talkative eccentric, Prudie a married French teacher, and Grigg, a man who loves science fiction, all experience their own Austen-like life changes in the course of their six month book club.

Each monthly meeting focused on one member of the group and what was going on in their lives in relation to the book they were reading.  I’m not sure I loved any of the members, but I did like Grigg and maybe Allegra.  I loved the individual stories, but the plot moving the book along and tying the chapters together was a little slow for me.

Beautifully written and less discussion of the Austen books than I expected.  Actually, I thought I would have to be more familiar with the Austen books before reading this (I’ve only read two), but I think this would be good for someone thinking about trying a Jane Austen novel for the first time.

I should say that if I had stopped when the story was over I would have given this book a 3.5, but Fowler included additional information that I loved.  My favorite part was the pages and pages of criticism and praise for Austen.  There is the response from family and friends to each of the books and there are the comments on Austen from literary greats such as Charlotte Bronte, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, and Virginia Woolf, to name a few.  There was also a recap and questions for each book.  It was these additional parts that I loved best.

This was from my personal library.

December 2, 2009 Posted by | 4 Star Books | , | 7 Comments

Teaser Tuesday – The Jane Austen Book Club

teasertuesdays31Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!). Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

My parents believed children should have lots of free time.  They believed in dreaming.

Chapter 2

This is the same book I was reading two weeks ago, but I will finish it today.  I just need to keep telling myself that :) So what are you reading today?  Visit MizB for more teasers.

December 1, 2009 Posted by | teaser tuesday | , | 18 Comments

Teaser Tuesday- The Jane Austen Book Club

teasertuesdays31Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!). Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Cover Image

Jocelyn’s Austen wrote wonderful novels about love and courtship, but never married.  The book club was Jocelyn’s idea, and she handpicked the members.  She had more ideas in one morning than the rest of us had in a week, and more energy, too.  It was essential to reintroduce Austen into your life regularly, Jocelyn said, let her look around.  We suspected a hidden agenda, but who would put Jane Austen to an evil purpose?

Second paragraph

Sorry it’s so long.  I’m teasing myself since I plan on starting this in the next day or two.  I need to get busy on finishing the Jane Austen challenge!

November 17, 2009 Posted by | teaser tuesday | , | 18 Comments

Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen: Book CoverFinished 8-17-09, rating 4.5/5, classic fiction, pub. 1813

“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.  If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least.  They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation, and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.”

Charlotte to Elizabeth, Chapter 6

There are five Bennet daughters to be married off and their mother holds this responsibility tightly to her aggrieved chest.  The eldest, Jane, is a beauty and she finds herself drawn to the agreeable and rich Mr. Bingley.  Our heroine, Elizabeth, is next in line, but with no immediate prospects past her cousin, the silly Mr. Collins.  Elizabeth does lock horns with Bingley’s friend Mr. Darcy and takes great delight in teasing him.  The three youngest daughters and their mother lack propriety and there is little hope for an advantageous match for the three of them.

There are so many complex characters in this novel and I loved them all.  I admit that I did not immediately love Elizabeth, but she grew on me rather quickly.  She made fast judgements, but was not above admitting miscalculations.  And Mr. Darcy, well, what’s not to love really?  A smart, handsome, and wealthy gentleman who would move Heaven and earth to make me happy?  Sign me up!   I loved Mr. Bennet’s partiality toward Elizabeth, especially when her mother so completely undervalued her.  And Lady Catherine was a great haughty antagonist.

This is a 19th century English classic.  It takes aim at the aristocracy and the many social customs of the day.  Were that to be all that it was it would be a classic, but what makes it so well-beloved is how well it has aged.  I loved the characters and the plot was fantastic.  There was a beautiful progression and the longer I read the faster the pages turned. 

I’ve seen the BBC miniseries (Hello, Colin Firth!) and the more recent one with Keira Knightly as Elizabeth and enjoyed them both.  Now after reading the book I think I might need watch the BBC version again.  This is the first Austen book I’ve read and I loved it.  The only thing keeping it from a perfect 5 is that just before the halfway mark it did drag a little for me, but that is a small complaint.  I’m only sorry it has taken me so long to read it!

 

August 19, 2009 Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books | , , | 16 Comments

Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Product DetailsFinished audio 7-23-09, rating 4/5, fiction, pub. 1813

This audio version was read by Wanda McCaddon

This is my first Jane Austen book, so I thought I would start with listening an audio first.  I am glad that I did.  I saw the 1995  movie soon after it came out and once I started listening the characters came to life in my mind, as the cast of the movie.  The combination was Cliff’s Notes for the Austen virgin and I thought a great way to start my Austen reading.  Now that I’ve finished the book and watched the movie again in my imagination I plan on watching the actual movie this week.

The Dashwoods have just lost the head of the family and his second family is mistreated by the heir and left with little money and few prospects.  Thanks to the generosity of a cousin they are welcomed to a small house in Devonshire and the four women make a new life with new friends. 

Elinor and Marianne are sisters that share a close relationship, but different temperaments.  Marianne is full of fancy and passion and Elinor is full of good judgement and common sense.  They both fall for two very different men, but suffer the same fate in their attraction. 

As you can see, I took the quiz to find out which Austen character I am and Elinor was the winner.  After reading the book I can see where the result came from, but think perhaps I am a bit more direct than Elinor.  I liked both sisters, but there were times when both of them drove me a little crazy.

I like the book, but I can’t give it more than 4 stars because there are so many people to dislike.  Some got their comeuppance, but some didn’t and I wanted some karma for a few of the characters.

I look forward to reading an actual Austen book soon.

July 26, 2009 Posted by | 4 Star Books | , , | 12 Comments

Everything Austen Challenge

everythingausten1I’ve decided to join my fourth reading challenge this year (and, no, I have not finished my first three – yet)  I have never read an Austen novel, which I find embarrassing, so this challenge will help me get busy.  Here are my 6 goals to finish in the next 6 months…

1. Listen to Sense & Sensibility on cd (started today!)

2. Watch a Sense & Sensibilty movie

3. Read Pride & Prejudice

4. Read or listen to Mansfield Park (loved the movie!)

5. Read the Jane Austen Book Club

6. Watch one movie based on her books.  I’ll have to look around to decide which one.

I’m really looking forward to this.  Why not join me if you haven’t already?  Visit Stephanie’s Written Word to sign up.

July 1, 2009 Posted by | challenges | , | 9 Comments

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