…. that when you fall in love with an author, that love lasts a lifetime.
There are certainly not so many men of large fortune in the world, as there are pretty women to deserve them.
Well, true for me anyway. I fell in love with Jane Austen’s six novels back in my teens when I watched the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I loved the language, the costumes, the chaste courtships, lively Elizabeth Bennet and tall, dark and handsome Mr Darcy. That kick started a love of Austen that has stayed with me. I read all the books, went to her grave in Winchester, her house in Hampshire and the museum in Bath. I’ve watched all the TV adaptations and films that were made. And decided that she is my favourite author, and that Pride and Prejudice is my favourite book.
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
It’s been a while since I read the novels. But with a holiday approaching and the need to stock up on holiday reads, I decided to keep my new books for that and delve once again into Austen world. I wondered if they would stand the test of time for me and if I would still love them. I needn’t have worried – I have been frantically turning the pages and swooning once again over her wit, irony, language, relationships and characters. They are romantic comedies that actually have romance and comedy. And they are a treat to read.
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything,should conceal it as well as she can.
Time has changed some things though. My favourite has always been and still is Pride and Prejudice. But some of the other novels have either moved forward or back in my affections reading them again. I used to love Persuasion second, didn’t really get Northanger Abbey and didn’t really enjoy Mansfield Park. But this time around, I’ve found more to enjoy in NA and MP and was less impressed with Persuasion. Sense and Sensibility is still delightful with a great lesson about falling for the bad boy, and Emma is as clueless as ever (hopefully the Austenites amount you will get that reference 🙂 )
It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage.
I guess that’s what marks a favourite author – they move with you as you grow and you find new things to love in their books, new discoveries that allow you to fall in love with their writing all over again. I like that some of my other favourite writers also adore Ms Austen like JK Rowling, Helen Fielding, Stephenie Meyer and Dodie Smith. Perhaps the world of Austen left a mark on them that inspired their wiring and helped their success. Even if it had nothing to do with it, it does show how Jane Austen continues to touch our hearts so many years after she wrote despite enjoying little success in her own lifetime.
My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me
I am sad to have finished my Austen revival but am pleased to know she is always there when I need her. And that her books have proved to me that true love really can last a lifetime. I’m pretty sure I’ll still be picking up her books when I’m old and grey 😉
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
Which author has been with you through your life?