Most people who know me well know that I’m a die-hard Austenite. Or Janeite. Or Janiac. Whatever title you prefer. 🙂 But here are some facts that most people don’t know about me, in regards to my Austen-mania.
1) I didn’t become an Austenite until I was 18.
Frankly, I’m surprised I didn’t discover it sooner. Considering that I grew up on Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie and had already read Jane Eyre several times, Jane Austen’s books would seem a natural fit for someone hooked on classic literature featuring strong female heroines. Nevertheless, Jane didn’t take her proper place in my life until I was a young adult.
I remember going to see the film in the theatre with my mom, and that’s when I got hooked on Jane. I went out and bought a copy of the book right after, and it wasn’t long before I had read all her main novels. I absolutely love the 2005 version for its beautiful music and cinematography, and in my opinion, great acting from a well-rounded cast of stars. 1995 fans, don’t hate me! I love that version too! But since this was the version that got me addicted, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
3) I read Pride and Prejudice every year.
At least, I try to! There’s probably been a year or two that I’ve skipped when things got really hectic, but I’ve definitely read Pride and Prejudice more than any of Jane’s other books, and on average, I aim to read the whole thing about once per year.
4) Persuasion is my least favorite Austen novel.
I’ve read it at least 3 times, and I’ve really tried to love it, but for some reason this one just doesn’t speak to me as much as some of the other books do. I don’t hate it! But it seems to have less humor than the other books, and I get a little irritated with Wentworth at times for flirting with the Musgrove girls in front of Anne and seeming to hold a grudge against her. But, I’ve been told that this story grows on you as you age, so I plan to re-read it again, and maybe I’ll come to love it more in time.
5) I haven’t read Sanditon, Love and Freindship, or Lady Susan.
As an Austenite, I’m ashamed to say that although I’ve read the main six novels multiple times over, I’ve never gotten around to reading these shorter/unfinished works. I did read The Watsons this year, and enjoyed it, including the ending written by L. Oulton. Maybe this year, I’ll finally read the rest of her works.
Yeah, I know, some of you are already rolling your eyes at me. But I basically treated it as Andrew Davies’ fanfiction continuation of Jane’s novel made into a period drama, because in that context, it totally works for me, and I looked forward to watching it every week. I was really happy to see that it’s getting a new season with some new characters added in, after the disappointing ending to Season 1.
7) I started writing Jane Austen fanfiction back in 2006.
I had an outline for a P&P sequel drafted and wrote and posted the first three chapters on Fanfiction.net. Unfortunately, after the loss of my grandmother, I was too depressed to continue and put this story on hold for fifteen years. Only recently, I decided to take it up again, so hopefully, the finished story will finally see the light of day in the near future!
8) For a few years, I had a secret crush on Tom Hollander, who played Mr. Collins in the 2005 P&P.
He was my original inspiration for the version of Mr. Collins that appears in my story “Marriage and Ministry.”
9) One of my dreams is to do an Austen tour of England.
I’d like to visit all the great houses where the Austen movies were filmed (especially Chatsworth and Lyme Park!), Jane Austen’s birthplace, her house in Chawton, and the Jane Austen Center in Bath, to name a few places. Of course, I plan to do this in Regency clothing, if possible!
10) If I could jump into any one of the novels and live out the life of one of the characters in their story:
I would go into Pride and Prejudice and be Elizabeth Bennet for a while. She’s my favorite out of all the heroines, and of course, who wouldn’t want to end up with Mr. Darcy and get to live at Pemberley! But after it’s over, I would still want to come back to my real life with my husband and kids and all the wonderful modern conveniences we have. 🙂
So, now that you know a little more about me, what are your confessions of an Austenite?
Until next time, Happy Reading,