Sunday, June 26, 2011

What's the Big Deal About Jane Austen?

I have never read a Jane Austen book.

I've tried.

I love books. I love reading.

I don't love Jane Austen.

I haven't been able to wade my way through her drivel.

But I feel like I should, you know? Everyone loves Jane Austen. Who hates her? I do, apparently.

I am trying yet again. This time with Pride and Prejudice, which is one of her more popular works and I haven't given that one a shot yet. I will force myself to get through it. I feel like I am back in high school English.

I did enjoy the movie Clueless. That counts, right?


Que and Brittany's Adoption Journal said...

I am a Janeite but I respect your willingness to try again! :) (PS: Persuasion is better than P&P.)

Laura Hendricks said...

yes, enjoying the movie clueless totally counts.

i've never read any jane austen-not even tried! i think i've always been too scared that i would hate it.

Kristen Phillips said...

I've read three of her books and honestly they were not my favorite to read. I think the plots are awesome but she really is a dull writer. But of all her books that I read I thought Sense and Sensibility was better then the others.

Liz Smith said...

im not a fan of her writing either. it's Boring. you are not alone! :)

Ashley said...

I could watch the movie again and again until my eyeballs fell out. I love to read. I read to relax, think and for pure entertainment.

That said, I have read the book once. I read it to catch all the little lines and the dialogue that aren't in the movie.

Then I put it down and will never EVER read it again because it is slow, hard to follow at times and rather DULL.

I also must say, I hate, I Hate and I HATE The EnglishPatient.

You're not alone.

I couldn't make it through Emma. I couldn't. I tried. Alas, I'm too ADD to read Austen and enjoy her.

Ashley said...

Keep going. I feel like you have to push through until you get into the rhythm of her writing—and then it becomes more enjoyable. P&P is especially fun because of all the extra tidbits that aren't in the movies.

Good luck! Stay strong!

Meagan said...

Whoa there are a lot of Jane Austin haters on here! :) I actually do really like her, I haven't read many of her works and honestly I don't feel like I need to. Reading should be fun. It takes a bit to get into the way she writes, but I think the P&P is awesome! There really is a lot of comedy in her writing, however dry it may be. I hope you enjoy P&P.

Jill Elizabeth said...

If you're having trouble getting into Jane Austen, I recommend trying the Marvel graphic novel versions of "Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility." I usually loathe graphic novels but I thought these were well done - you'll get the gist of it without being weighed down by the wordiness.

Also "Clueless" absolutely counts :)

Amy said...

I second the recommendation for Persuasion. It's a shorter book, with a great story, and not as much drivel. I don't know which books you've tried reading, but I think that's the easiest of her books to read. I also really like Emma. I like both of those books more than P&P and S&S. If you hate it, don't read it! That's the joy of being adults, we aren't forced to read books just so we can write a paper about it. ;)

Natalie said...

Oh my gosh, me neither!!! I don't know why...I get through one page and my mind is already wandering onto something else. And of course Clueless totally counts. :)

UK Yankee said...

I love Jane Austen, but it does take some time to get used to her writing. You don't have to love her, but big props for trying again! (And if you feel like trying again again, try Persuasion, it's my favorite!)

rochelle said...

I have tried Jane Austen in the past and I have had a really HARD time getting into her books. I LOVE, LOVE to read, but I can't seem to get her books to grab me. On a lighter note, I loved Clueless too!!

Groff Family said...

I'm with you. If Jane Austen could take a page out of Stephanie Meyers book as far as writing style goes, then we might be talking. I don't think I've ever made it past one page in any of her books. BORING!!

kelley said...

I've read Pride and Prejudice and Emma. I don't LOVE them but I enjoy them. I like reading them knowing that as a woman in her time period, to write that kind of humor and wit in a novel was revolutionary. I think we forget just how ambitious and clever she had to be to write all of those novels. I appreciate her more as writer in that sense instead of as 19th century chick-lit.
And Clueless is totally awesome. And Bridget Jones too, which is more loosely based on P&P but supremely funnier.

Rachel said...

I'm so glad I'm not alone on this. I feel that I should love her, but I do not. It's not the prose style--I kinda enjoy the 19th century floweriness--it's just that the lives of her characters are so. damn. pointless.

The only one I've been able to tolerate is Persuasion. There's a bit more drama and action, which pleases me.

Karen and Roger said...

Lol. The comments to this post are hilarious. It's true it might take a reader a little while to adjust to her writing style, but the same could be said of Shakespeare, Tolstoy or any other great author from another time period. Remember when it was written. Reading commentary to the book can help you understand and value their writing at a new level.

Perhaps the real problem is this generation is lazy and wants to be entertained without having to think.

P.S. Yikes! Stephanie Myers compared to Jane Austen?!?


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