Saturday, 2 August 2014

#AusteninAugustLGR Masterpost

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I saw this event last year and wanted to join but it was the month I moved into my first house so there were a lot of challenges that prevented me from joining in. Also a thank you to Jorie over at Jorie Loves A Story, whose Masterpost gave me a final push! This year I'm also moving but I feel I'll be a lot more relaxed, having already done it. I will be gone the third week of August so I'll try to get most posts up before and after then, but maybe I can post some from France! Anyways, here is some info about the event
Austen in August: is an annual reading challenge hosted by Roof Beam Readerwho has handed over the reins to Lost Generation Reader this year, as he is unable to host.  The goal is to read as many Jane Austen novels, stories, and unfinished manuscripts as you can whilst encompassing the spin-offs, sequels, re-tellings, and biographies that also exist about this wickedly dynamic author who is still able to captivate an audience 196 years after her death! Master Post & Archive of 2014 Event : Sign-Up Post :
Usually #AusteninAugust is hosted by Adam over at Roof Beam Reader, but he is incredibly busy this year so it's being hosted by Lost Generation Reader. Here is a link to the host's Masterpost, so check that out for more info and where to sign up in case you want to join (you know you do!). Now, here's for my Masterpost.
Now, I'm a self-confessed Classics snob in the sense that I love classics over everything and get very nervou when adaptations come into play. I ranted about sexual rewrites of classics, which also included a Pride & Prejudice rewrite, which included the sex scenes Jane never wrote. Now, in the spirit of bettering myself, I have decided that this week, while rereading some of the classics, I will also try to read adaptations and spin-offs. I hope I'll be able to not be to prejudiced against the from the start.

I think rather than review the rereads I'll just be reading them and then writing a post about some passages etc. which will sort of be a review. I'll figure it out as I go along I'm sure.

Books I plan to read:

Canon rereads:

  • As if I would go this event without rereading Pride & Prejudice.
  • Persuasion is another favourite of mine.
  • Lady Susan is one I haven't read in ages, but I really enjoyed it when I did. - Here's my review/discussion of Lady Susan, Feminism and Jane Austen
  • Sense & Sensibility. I read this one once before and didn't like it, maybe now I will!
and then for the adaptations that I want to focus on.
Adaptations:
I might update this post as I read, but this should be it for now! Can't wait to get started, might start right now! You thinking about joining up? It'll be a lot of fun with giveaways and everything!

10 comments:

  1. I just LOVE your massive list. It's so inspiring. I hope you enjoy all the reads and rereads! Thanks for joining us. :)

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  2. This sounds like so much fun! I have only read Pride and Prejudice (and the zombie retelling of it), but I've been meaning to read more Austen. Maybe this month is the best time to do it!

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider Silk

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  3. Great to find your comment at FHC, Juli! I'm excited you're in =)
    I totally hear you on trading on JA's name for any and every diversion. I have some tried and tested variation authors that I will happily go to - Shannon Winslow, Victoria Connelly, Kara Louise, Karen Aminadra, Amanda Grange, Rebecca Ann Collins, Beth Patillo, Maria Grace, Stephanie Barron, Carrie Bebris, Julia Barrett, for a few. I look forward to adding to that list with others on this year's list. But I don't want to disappoint myself with wasted time reading drivel that has nothing valuable to add to my enjoyment of JA... so , I wish you many happy hours exploring your reading list [I picked up Longbourn yesterday at my library!] and also, enjoying your time in France!!

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    1. Oooh, that's a great list of authors! I will try to read some of them :) Thanks for the recommendations!

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  4. I'm one of the few who did not like Longbourn. There was too much modern thinking in the characters for me -- I didn't find it historically convincing. However, it will be very interesting to see what everyone thinks about it during this event. Enjoy your reading!

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  5. Great list! I would also suggest Lady Vernon and Her Daughter by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway and Jane Rubino. It a novelization of Lady Susan.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

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    1. I will definitely be checking that one out, thanks :)

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  6. I'm like you, I have avoided many of the JA adaptations over the years, but this year, I plan to embrace all things Sense and Sensibility....mainly because I seem to prefer Emma Thompson's movie of S&S to the book! (horror!)

    But I haven't reread S&S since my twenties or since the movie came out...so I'm curious to see what influence the movie has had on my opinion of the book (as well as just get older and wiser :-)

    Good luck with the move and trip to France - lucky duck!!!!!!!

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  7. Thanks for some great suggestions and for stopping by my master post too! Hope you're getting lots of reading in!

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  8. Hallo, Hallo Juli!

    :) I'm a bit late to the party, but my reading schedule has been fierce this past week as I had to shift a lot of my schedule from July into August! *whew!* I'll have a bit more of a breathier next week, but I wanted to drop by and say how wonderfully delighted I was to find that I had inspired you to participate in the Austen in August event!! I had no idea -- and I cannot wait to publish an 'update' on my own Master Post today alongside my first of 12 blog birthday posts -- what my parents did yesterday to surprise me was simply incredible!! And, it is all interconnected to this particular event! I *love!* your list and I love how your enthused reaction to the event was encouraged by my own! Isn't that the best!? Knowing that we can encourage each other and give each other bookish joy!?

    PS: I did read this the night it posted! I simply could not return until now to add my words of gratitude for the shout-out and how happy I am we're connected.

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