Saturday, May 28, 2011

Analysis of Great Novels of Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma

PHEW!  I am so glad to be done reading Jane Austen.  At times it was torturous to still be reading her books.  I started with 'Sense & Sensibility,' then onto 'Pride and Prejudice,' and barely got through 'Emma' (actually skimmed most of it towards the end).  I do have to say, though, that reading Jane Austen has definitely improved my reading speed and understanding.  

I really liked 'Pride and Prejudice' the most.  I thought 'Emma' was going to be my favorite but it dragged on too long about romantic interference and 'who is better fit for whom.'  So I think I would have to get back to 'Pride and Prejudice' as my favorite novel of Jane Austen.

I don't think I appreciate Jane Austen as much as I should.  I have yet to discover something truly touching about Jane Austen's writing.  I felt as though it was too saturated with gossip, prejudices, social class, and parties.  Jane Austen's writing is also so about 'what happened then,' 'what is happening now,' 'who is who,' 'what we think of this person or other,'.... just not my style of writing.

I am glad I did cover Jane Austen in my reading, though.  I just don't really have much to say about her novels, unfortunately, right now. I think I have said all I can say, now, about 'S&S' and 'P&P' in my previous entries, and as for 'Emma'?  Well, I think 'Emma' was fairly 'good.' I skimmed through most of the last 100 pages.  I felt that her character was sort of the righteous type who always wanted to set the record straight in every conversation involving her.  Her righteous attitude also got her involved in other people's romantic affairs, which she held that she wasn't really advising or interfering in, but altogether did, in fact, do just that.  So it was all sort of a soup of romantic involvements and details about who loves who and who should be with whom. 

NOW, I can say I have read Jane Austen .... Phew!  That was really my only intention in reading Jane Austen.  I wanted to be able to speak of and on Jane Austen's novels if and when I would encounter such an occasion.  Jane Austen is such a trend even these days, that it's a must read so you don't really feel out of the loop.  I still have a curiosity to know more of Jane Austen's novels; I really think I'm missing a lot about these novels which is probably why I can't appreciate her writing as much, but maybe Jane Austen is just overrated, I'm not sure, yet.  Either way... I have read Jane Austen's great novels! Yey! :)... and now I can move on to something else and I won't have this book staring back at me from the book shelf, haunting me for never having read it all this time in my life.

Updated 1.14.2012: ON THE MOVIE: 'The Jane Austen Book Club'
I finally got around to watching this movie that is based on a book club structured around Jane Austen's novels.  Even thought I have read only three of her novels, I feel like I could still understand what the movie meant to do.  It portrays people's tendency to understand relationships and create relationships, as well, on the pretense of what Jane Austen has written in her novels.  Jane Austen is the classic author of relationships and dynamics between people.

It was a movie that was entertaining, capturing, and definitely amusing, too.  I had a great time watching it.  I well beyond recommend it to people those know of Jane Austen, even if you haven't picked up any of her books to read.

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