I pose a question that has been asked many reading divas:
What is your favorite Jane Austen book?
Did the title come immediately to your lips? Did you just say your favorite quote outloud?
What is your favorite Jane Austen movie?
Did you smile as your favorite actor/ess took shape in your mind?
Here is a harder question:
Is your favorite book different than your favorite Jane Austen movie?
Hmmm. Is that one harder?
For me, I love the book and movie "Persuasion". And not a step behind is "Pride and Prejudice" both book and movie.
Now, here is a question I don't think I have been asked more than once-a-year:
Do you have a favorite offshoot of Jane Austen's books?
Is there a book written after the manner or storyline of Ms. Austen that you have enjoyed reading? Maybe you've read the book more than once?
I have a few and I list them at the bottom. I don't
feel disloyal to Ms. Austen. If anything, my reading other Austen-esque books has given me a deeper feeling for her books. Not many authors or books rival Jane Austen's style and technique. But there are many out there who try. Maybe this lazy summer you'll want to expand your readying to include a few offshoots of Jane Austen's books:
Mr. Darcy's Daughters
The Exploits and Adventures of Miss Alethea Darcy (Elizabeth & Darcy's daughter)
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor: Being the First
Jane Austen Mystery
Pride and Prescience (Caroline Bingley)
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen
Mr. Darcy's Diary
Lydia Bennet's Story
Mrs. Elton in America
Mrs. Darcy's Dilemma
None But You (Frederick Wentworth)
The Independence of Miss Marry Bennett
Mansfield Park Revisited
Jane Fairfax: The Story of the Second Heroine in Emma
Just Jane: a Novel of Jane Austen's
Mr. Knightly's Diary
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
Becoming Jane: the Wit and Wisdom of Jane Austen
Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners
Jane Austen Ruined My Life
Jane Austen for Dummies (YES. Another Dummy book)
Two Guys Read Jane Austen
OK! There are quite a few more but you get the picture! It might take more than one lazy summer to read the books! But you can start now while it's dreary and grey!
A couple of my favorites:
An Assembly Such as This
Pride and Prejudice Cliff Notes (I know! Weird! But I understood the book even more!)
Wives and Daughters (I don't think this is an offshoot of Pride and Prejudice but it's story line sure resembles it! I believe the two stories were writing in the same era)