Everything Austen Challenge 2009
I read about this from author Trish Perry's blog. What fun! Even though I need a new challenge like the proverbial hole in the head. But I can't resist Jane Austen!
When I was classifying books once on Library Thing.com, I used the word "Austenesque" to describe books that were either based upon Jane Austen's works, were modern retellings, or what have you. Then as I packed the books from my now-broken bookshelf, I discovered I had a small box of Austenesque literature. This challenge will, honestly, give me the chance to finish some of those books.
Here's the thing with challenges: Things crop up that distract me from my goal. New books come out, or I find treasures at the library. I also know if the list is too long (as in the Austen X2 challenge!) I will not have a prayer of finishing.
Therefore, I will list all the books and movies from which I can choose! This gives me some wiggle room.
I commit to reading and/or watching six between now and the end of the challenge.
These are the books currently in my possession to read:
- The Second Mrs. Darcy by Elizabeth Aston
- Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence **in process--not an easy read!**
- The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
- Jane Austen in Boca by Paula Marantz Cohen
- Jane Austen in Scarsdale by Paula Marantz Cohen
- North by Northanger: Or, the Shades of Pemberley, a Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery by Carrie Bebris
- Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo
These are the movies currently in my collection to watch:
- Pride and Prejudice (The BBC Miniseries)
- Sense and Sensibility (The Emma Thompson version
- a few BBC adaptations of Austen novels I taped from PBS's Austen marathon last winter.
(I think Miss Austen Presents is one of them, which I've wanted to watch for a while now.)
These are the books currently on my wish list:
- The Darcy Connection by Elizabeth Aston
- Mr. Darcy's Dream by Elizabeth Aston