So if you wanted to have a vacation that would be considered the ultimate Jane Austen eXperience, where should you go? First of all, you’ll have to get a passport and head to England.
There are some places that Jane Austen herself was associated with personally. Other places are museums devoted to Austen. A few locations were where some of the movies based on her novels were filmed.
If I were going on a Jane Austen based vacation, I would visit:
How many times a day do you wish you had something witty to say? What would Jane Austen do?
I have discovered two books that could help us figure out what Jane Austen might have done. I haven’t finished either one so this is not a review. It’s just a suggestion to take a look at the books.
What Would Jane Do? is a book of quotes and poems by Jane Austen. So it’s a book with some wisdom from Jane Austen herself.
What Matters in Jane Austen by John Mullan has been a fairly interesting read so far. He talks about things like how the age of the characters in the books is a bit different from their age in the movies. There are other topics but I think it’s interesting how Austen sees age differently than Hollywood or the BBC.
I bought the book, Sense and Sensibility. I probably read about 1/4 of it before I switched to the audiobook. Thank goodness for Librivox. It’s my new favorite thing to listen to books and work on the garden. The poor bunny has been subjected to Jane Austen for several days.
Several different versions of the movie are also on Amazon Prime. I’ve been watching the BBC series. It’s been difficult to finish when other people are home. Some people make jokes about tea and crumpets. Has anyone had a crumpet? Are they different from English muffins or the same?
I do like tea. I drink tea while reading Jane Austen. Is that too bouji? It is what it is I guess.
The book was good, so good. It’s my second favorite Jane Austen novel so far. I think that the bunny might have even enjoyed the audiobook. He doesn’t say much but he wasn’t grumpy either.
Did you guys know that there is are some video and mobile games based on Jane Austen’s novels and the Regency Era?
Ever, Jane is a MMORPG ( Massively multiplayer online role-playing game). From what I’ve read on other sites, the game involves making your own character. There are parties, gossip and dinner parties. I would imagine that the point is to elevate the social standing of your character. It seems like a game that I would love and also hate myself for loving.
Austen Translation is a fairly new role-playing game. You can play against four actual humans. This game looks like it’s all about strategy. I don’t think the point is to get married. In fact, it could be the opposite – to NOT get married. I’m curious to see what it’s like though.
Possession of a Good Fortune is a mobile game. You can raise your character’s social standing while you’re waiting in the doctor’s office or in the school pickup lane. It could be a decent way to pass the time.
Jane Austen had two unfinished novels: Sandition and The Watsons. She passed away in 1817 before she could finish the novels. Two of her other novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, were published posthumously.
Sandition should be available to watch on Masterpiece this year. The Watsons was adapted for the theater. I haven’t heard too much about it.
Both novels were finished by other authors. I’m not sure how successful their endeavor was. It must be daunting to finish another authors work, especially a relatively popular and successful author with a large fan base.
Oh my gosh. Have you guys ever seen Thug Notes? You can find Thug Notes on the Wisecrack channel on YouTube. The host is Sparky Sweets, PhD (aka comedian Greg Edwards).
It’s a funny series but you will still learn something. It’s like crib notes for thugs, by thugs. If you don’t get literature, then it’s possible that Thug Notes covers it. Sparky Sweets even devotes a few minutes to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Totally worth watching. Foreals.
While looking for books by or about Jane Austen, I found Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo. I found the ebook on Libby by Overdrive. If you have a library card, then you can also borrow ebooks from Libby.
Emma has just left her unfaithful husband. Her career is in ruins because her teaching assistant accused Emma of plagiarism. It’s not a good thing for anyone but especially not a literature professor. Also, the teaching assistant was the woman having an affair with Emma’s husband.
So Emma travels to England because she learns that there may be some letters of Jane Austen’s that no one has seen before. She has nothing else to do so she spends the rest of her savings to hunt for the lost Jane Austen letters.
She blames Jane Austen for her expectations of finding Mr. Darcy or Mr. Knightley. If she hadn’t been looking for a hero then maybe her life wouldn’t be in a shambles. I don’t agree that she should blame Jane Austen and eventually Emma realizes it.
It was an enjoyable book. There were some true facts along with fiction. I would have missed half of the references if I hadn’t been reading so much about Jane Austen lately.
If you are into quilts and Jane Austen, then I have found the book for you. Karen Gloeggler has written a book and done a quilt based on Jane Austen’s novels. She even traveled to England to see a quilt made by Jane Austen herself.
Hopefully, quilting won’t become a lost art. Check out the book. It could be at the library. The book is available on Amazon.
I have to confess that I had never read Pride and Prejudice before. Ever. It was never assigned reading in college – not even in the Victorian novel class.
So last night, I finished reading it. It took a bit longer than I expected to become emotionally involved with the story. Some people seem to really be in love with this book.
At the halfway point, the characters became more important to me. I wanted Elizabeth and Jane to succeed in life – in whatever way that would be the best for them. Even if they were old maids, they would still be worthy of our adoration.
Mrs. Bennett is so obnoxious, isn’t she? I’m so thankful that my mom is very different than Mrs. Bennett. Some of us can be thankful that Lydia isn’t our sister. There’s that saying “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” She wished for a life with Mr. Wickham. Now they are married and it’s not everything she had hoped it would be.
How many of us have turned away our own Mr. Darcy and ended up with a Mr. Wickham?
I might have been on the edge of my seat during the last two chapters. I knew how it was going to end but for whatever reason, I was afraid Mr. Darcy would slip away again.
Technically, I didn’t read Northanger Abbey. I listened to the audiobook. It was extremely enjoyable to tend to my indoor garden or drive around town and listen to a book.
I also started to watch Northanger Abbey on Amazon Prime. Hopefully, I’ll finish it this week.
Northanger Abbey is a bit of a satire of Gothic novels. Gothic novels usually include elements of fear and romance, like Wuthering Heights or The Tell-Tale Heart. I love Gothic novels but I don’t mind Jane Austen poking a little fun at them.
The main character, Catherine, has been reading Gothic novels and lets her imagination get the better of her while staying at Northanger Abbey. She imagines that there is a mystery to be discovered in the rooms of the deceased Mrs. Tilney. Catherine thinks that it’s possible that General Tilney may have murdered her.
There is more to the story but I don’t want to spoil it for you.
So far Northanger Abbey is my favorite Jane Austen novel. It is probably because of the small amount of Gothic elements. It’s the most mysterious of any of Austen’s novels.