Classics Club March Question

Hi there!

Finally, a question I can answer that isn’t based on my sad little list of books read off of my Classics Club list! I’m sure I’ll eventually love those questions after I’ve made more of a dent, but I don’t want to talk about the same couple of books over and over again, you know?

Anyways, here’s the Classics Club question for March:

“Do you love Jane Austen or want to “dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone”? (Phrase borrowed from Mark Twain).

  1. Why? (for either answer)?
  2. Favorite and/or least favorite Austen novel?”

 

 

I totally love Jane Austen. Screw you Mark Twain (cause I’ve only attempted to read The Prince and The Pauper by you and found it super boring and tedious, but I’ll try something else by you later).

Anyways, Austen. Yes. The only book of hers I haven’t read yet is Mansfield Park, which I’m hoping to read later this year. I love her because she’s the master of witty insults masked in politeness, and she includes a lot of social commentary in her books about love. Her books aren’t the MOST romantic – characters rarely ever express their love or kiss or anything until near the end – but the parts that are romantic are EPICLY romantic. There’s a reason Darcy’s proposals to Elizabeth Bennett, Wentworth’s letter to Anne, and so on are so well known.

I also like that her novels are all so different from each other, in content and style. Northanger Abbey is so ridiculously different from Pride and Prejudice.

I haven’t been able to pick a favorite Austen. I love Emma because Emma is snotty and rich, I love Northanger Abbey because it’s dark and goofy, and I love Persusasion because it’s full of social criticisms and romance. I of course love Pride and Prejudice because come on… I just have to. It was the first Austen I ever read or saw, so it has a special place.

My least favorite Austen is definitely Sense and Sensibility. Edward is a lousy Austen hero – he’s boring and awkward and you have no clue why Elinor is so attached to him. Colonel Brandon is super awesome, but he doesn’t get nearly enough time on page. He’s the most romantic and his love for Marianne is the best, but all that gets glazed over. LAME.

So what do ya’ll think? Love it or leave it when it comes to Austen? Favorite Austen novel? Austen novel you can’t stand?

~Sarah

 

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11 comments

  1. I love Austen! I am sad to hear that you didn’t enjoy Sense and Sensibility because that is my favourite of the novels I’ve read so far. I agree Edward isn’t the best love interest of Austen but I just love Elinor so much. I have Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park on my Classics Club list. Looking forward to reading them 🙂

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    1. I think that my feelings for Edward affected my feelings for Elinor, because I couldn’t see what she saw in him. I TOTALLY wanted her and Colonel Brandon to fall in love. But nooooo, Colonel Brandon likes em younger apparently. Lol.

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  2. As I have only read one Austen (“Persuasion”), so I am not going to make a post of my own, but the question itself is intriguing.

    I mean – dig someone up and beat them over? I am not aware of the context of this Twain quote, but it sure sounds like he was the kind of dude to go punch someone in the face on the street just because he didn’t like their top hat or something. I kind of think if I don’t like something, I just keep away from it, not go and punch them in the face. But okay.

    I liked “Persuasion” for several reasons – social criticism, mature romance, subtle sarcasm, not that likeable but yet human characters. At first I was a bit startled by the language (huuuuuuge long sentences), but I got into that zone pretty fast and in the end was forced to admit that Ms Austen was pretty intelligent writer.

    I’m going to read a few other Austens for sure, but somehow I have a feeling that “Persuasion” might actually be the favourite out of her novels for me.

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  3. I’ve only just recently read my first Austen and it was Pride and Prejudice. I definitely enjoy her writing style as it’s so witty and complex but not hard to read in the least. I can’t wait to read more by her!

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  4. That image is the best. I could go for a full reading of P&P translated.

    I’m sorta eh on Austen. I really like P&P, I’m meh on Emma, I was bored by Sense & Sensibility and that’s all I’ve read so far.

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  5. Heck yeah, I love me some Austen! Persuasion is my fav because it’s got a big fat romance in the middle that isn’t just love at first sight. There’s a lot more depth and the characters have been through so much.

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    1. I do really like that Persuasion is about people already in love. And I like that Emma is about two friends falling in love. I think that’s the thing I like least about P&P is that it has a whiff of insta-love to it.

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