Watch me do the Jane Austen July Tag in August. That’s how much I love her work.
The reason I chose this image of flowers and macarons to be the featured image of this post is because it seems like a perfect combination to have near you while you read Jane Austen’s work 😀
Now let’s get into it! (Tags are SO MUCH FUN, I regret missing out on the Pancake Book Tag, but in my defense, I didn’t even know about blogging at the time)
What’s your favorite Jane Austen book?
Watch me choose an extremely iconic book.
I actually haven’t read all the Jane Austen books (I know, it’s sad) but I did read this one, Emma, and I have a physical copy of Persuasion (you can bet it’s on my TBR list). Emma was pretty good, but I felt that it took a while to get to the point. Plus, I’m a major Pride and Prejudice fan — I also watched the BBC TV show, a musical based on the book, and was about a quarter through the 2005 film when I realized I already knew everything that was going to happen and started watching something else.
Who is your favorite Jane Austen protagonist?
Elizabeth Bennet! Even though I didn’t watch the entire 2005 film, Keira Knightley totally nailed it playing her. The sass! And in the book, Elizabeth is such a great character, with plenty of spirit and agency. Her character arc was strengthened all the more when she admitted to and overcame her flaw of prejudice.
Name a book off of your shelves that you think Jane would wholeheartedly approve of and why.
I feel like choosing Little Women, or the Penderwicks, or some other book focused on sisterly relationships, but I also feel like I shouldn’t do that.
Other bloggers have commented on how they believe Jane Austen would appreciate a character driven story over world-driven or plot-driven ones, and it makes sense. Therefore, the book that I will choose is one that is very touching and full of character, and made me want to cry.
Esperanza’s story is made all the more realistic by the challenges she and her family faced. These challenges were real problems that affected Mexican workers deeply during that time. The way Pam Muñoz Ryan told Esperanza’s story was clever and heartfelt, for not only did she show these tragic events from a young girl’s point of view, but really put her in them. Esperanza at first struggles to adapt to her new life, but she soon realizes she can’t always rely on others to survive. She goes through major character changes, and becomes all the more likable for it. We respect her for her strength and independence. I think Jane Austen would approve of Esperanza and how her struggles did not weaken her — rather, they made her tougher and stronger than ever before.
Name a book off of your shelves that you think Jane would have disliked and why.
This series is pretty good. In terms of world and plot, it’s very solid. But the only problem I had with these books (and it’s rather major) is that the characters were not very original.
Many of them are traditional fairy tale characters, with interesting backstories that the author made up. I’m not saying that those weren’t clever, but I wish the author had come up with his own characters, especially as the fairy tale ones take up almost the entire cast. Or at least, if he was using fairy tale characters, like Once Upon a Time (a TV show I enjoyed), he could’ve showed these characters undergoing development.
With characters in any story, I want each of the main and supporting ones to have unique qualities, or a unique personality, that would be hard to find elsewhere. I may be coming off as picky, but it’s my opinion. Jane Austen nails original characters — ahem, Emma, Elinor, and more. So I don’t think she’d be particularly attached to this series.
Who is your favorite minor Jane Austen character?
You know, Mr. Bennet isn’t bad.
Kudos to him for being able to ignore Mrs. Bennet’s unreasonable hysterics. Plus, he’s got a sense of humor 😀
Name a book off of your shelves that you feel was somehow inspired by Jane Austen’s body of work.
I haven’t read this one — I’ve only read the first book in the Mother Daughter Book Club series, and I really enjoyed it. But come on, look at the title! Obviously Jane Austen had a big influence here. Plus, here’s the summary from Google Books.
Right before the start of their freshman year, Emma’s family unexpectedly moves to England. The book club is stunned, but thanks to videoconferencing, they can keep the club alive. They decide to tackle Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a particularly fitting choice. In England, Emma deals with a new queen bee, Annabelle, who makes her life miserable. And back home, Annabelle’s cousins–who have swapped homes with the Hawthornes–whip the rest of the school into a frenzy. Cassidy clashes with moody Tristan, Concord’s own version of Mr. Darcy, and everyone is taken with his younger brother Simon.
Desperate for life to get back to normal, the girls throw a bake sale to raise money and bring Emma home–and suddenly, they have a thriving business, Pies & Prejudice. But when the plan they cook up falls short, will the book club ever all be together again?
Which Jane Austen character do you simply love to hate?
Wickham. Barely had to think twice.
He is so horrible, to Darcy, Darcy’s sister, and all the Bennets. I’m not even going to put his picture here. He doesn’t deserve it.
Besides, he made Elizabeth think Darcy was cruel at the beginning, and blamed everything on him! Hmph. Well, at least Darcy had the guts to give Elizabeth the letter later on, but if Wickham hadn’t interfered, well…*sighs*. Oh well. Wickham does have his place in the story, and I will grudgingly say he drives the plot forward…but not necessarily in a good way.
This was so much fun! I hope you enjoyed reading this. I will do my best to do more blog memes / book tags in future, as they seem popular among my readers!
Meanwhile, in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions! Did you agree with my choices? Who is your favorite protagonist? Which book do you think Jane wouldn’t like?
Stay tuned for more (hopefully) entertaining content soon!