February 11, 2017

I Love Austen Tag

Hamlette (a lovely blogger) is having a Jane Austen party this week, and to start the whole celebration off, she has created a Jane Austen tag here! You should check her blog often as I think there will be many posts coming up. I plan on doing a review later this week to add to the fun, and get this: both Hamlette and Heidi are sponsoring giveaways! So go do those (after you scroll through this tag of course! ;)!

1.  Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?

I definitely had a few Jane Austen movies in my system before ever picking up a book (thank you Masterpiece Theater!) Sunday pizza nights are my family's longest-held tradition, as all the good programming is on then (as you may have read here).  Yes, I certainly have had my share of Jane Austen movies: the only problem is I only remember the tiniest snippets of them that my 8 year old brain picked up!

Pride & Prejudice 1995:

2.  What is your favorite Austen book?

I like the story of Pride and Prejudice the most, but I believe I had the most fun reading Northanger Abbey.

3.  Favorite heroine?  Why do you like her best?

I don't knoooow!! I can tell you who it's not: Emma (love her but she's pushy), Marianne/Elinor, Anne Elliot, or Fanny. Which leaves Catherine Morland, Elizabeth Bennet, and Jane Bennet. And I love them all dearly. I suppose I shall be a traditionalist and say Elizabeth Bennet, for her wit, spunk, and charm.

elizabeth bennet:

4.  Favorite hero?  Why do you like him best?

I am no more sure of this than I was of a heroine! I think we can safely rule out Mr. Collins, but beyond that it's nearly a draw. After much consideration, I think Mr. Tilney is my favorite. He understands muslin, after all.

5.  Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Austen's work?

Ah, now here's a question I can answer with a simple "no", since, as you can see, I have a hard time choosing a favorite anything when it comes to Austen!


6.  Have your Austen tastes changed over the years?  (Did you start out liking one story best, but now like another better?  Did you think she was boring at first, then changed your mind?  Etc.)

I am on a journey (albeit at a sloth's pace) of enjoying and understanding Jane Austen's books more than I used to. For as much as I love Austen movies and stories, I have a shameful lack of experience with them all. I feel like I have no comprehensive knowledge of her works, especially since it's been years since I watched/read some of her stories. But like I said, I am working to change this, and now that I am older, I understand the wittiness Austen used in her writing.

Pride and Prejudice:

7.  Do you have any cool Austen-themed things (mugs, t-shirts, etc)?  (Feel free to share photos if you want.)

I have a Jane Austen journal (that I am afraid to write in and mess up!) and a Pride and Prejudice puzzle.

Have this! Jane Austen Writing Journal. Aspiring writers will find encouragement in the free-thinking attitude of Jane Austen. Her refreshing outlook abounds in a journal peppered with humorous pairings of illustrations and quotes from her novels.   160 pages (blank, lined), 5x7 in., elastic closure.:  I have this Jane Austen Puzzle!!!:

8.  If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?

Could you find me a perfect match like you did for your heroines? :)

Northanger Abbey:

9.  Imagine someone is making a new film of any Jane Austen story you choose, and you get to cast the leads.  What story do you want filmed, and who would you choose to act in it?

I really enjoyed Love and Friendship, which is based off of Lady Susan, so I think it would be great to make more films of Austen's early works, such as The Watsons. It would be wonderful if some genius Janeite could be inspired by an unfinished snippet of a story and create a convincing, accurate film out of it. Soon it will be time again to remake the Austen movies done in the 90s. Thankfully Pride and Prejudice 2005 has shown us what not to do. ;) (As for actors, I have no idea. I'm terrible with actors.)

Love and Friendship:

10.  Share up to five favorite Jane Austen quotations!

"Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again." -Northanger Abbey

"You have no compassion on my poor nerves!" -Pride and Prejudice

"She did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition." -Sense and Sensibility

"Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint!" -Juvenilia

"If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad." -Northanger Abbey (I used this one as my senior quote for the yearbook!)


  1. "Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again." -Northanger Abbey
    I had totally forgotten that one!!! I love it! You are making me want to read Northanger Abbey again!!!

    1. Yes, that's one of my all-time favorite quotes!

  2. That is such a great question! I want one, too!;)

  3. I have that journal! Someone gave it to me for my birthday like 6 years ago, and using it actually got me more interested in her books again, after having not read them for a long, long time. I re-read them all in a single year and discovered I loved them a LOT, whereas before I'd just kind of liked them okay. So hooray for that journal!

    Thanks for joining the party :-)

    1. Wow, that's cool! And reading all her books in a year is quite a literary project! I think I need something like that to make me get into Austen more again. Actually, this blog party may just do the trick! ;)

    2. I got so into Austen that year that I read a whole slew of other books about her besides. And her juvenilia, Lady Susan and The Watsons and Sanditon, etc. I made sure to give myself time to read something else between her novels so they wouldn't all run together and I wouldn't burn out, but it was wonderfully fun.

  4. I love all the pictures you included!
    That is such a neat journal! I would probably be afraid to write in it, too. ;)
    And I just have to say that I think it's so cool and clever that you used that Northanger Abbey quote as your senior quote!

    1. Thanks Molly! Haha yeah I don't know why but when I write in journals, I'm still writing like I expect someone to read it someday. Maybe I've just read too many journal style books. :P And thank you, I thought it was rather clever myself! ;)

  5. It really is nearly impossible to choose a favorite heroine and hero, isn't it? They are all so good!! Lizzy and Henry Tilney are good choices, though...if you have to choose. :)

    5. Haha. Love this answer!! :D And that is so true for me, too.

    8. Yeees! If only she could find husbands for us all!! (Heehee.) <3

    1. Yes indeed! Jane Austen simply wrote too many good characters! I wonder who her favorites were.

  6. LOVE!!! You have good tastes. :) I loved reading this. :)

    1. Why thank you Rae! Good taste is something I pride myself in! ;)

  7. I have had that same Jane Austen journal for years, and only just started using it recently! I'm currently (attempting) to use it for the bullet journal/planner idea. We'll see if it works. xD

    I know what you mean about having snippets of Jane Austen filter into your life! I was ten when I first remember actually watching part of Emma with my mom and Granny. But after that...it all rather blends into bits and pieces. :)