Jane Austen July Wrap Up

I’m a little sad that it’s over. I really enjoyed my month of Darcy and Lizzie.

JANE AUSTEN JULY VLOG PART 2 \\ The second half of the month was taken up mostly with family and friends but I managed to get a bit of reading in. I tried out a new recipe, pizza in a mug! and we went out for an Italian dinner as well. Also got up to some crafting fun 😄

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ★★★★★

This was wonderful. Such a pleasure to read.

Synopsis: First published in 1813, “Pride and Prejudice,” Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners – one of the most popular novels of all time – tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins the novel, that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

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Unequal Affections by Lara S. Ormiston ★★★★★

Fantastic retelling! Felt a bit faster paced than the original but the characters felt like honest portrayals.

Synopsis: When Elizabeth Bennet first knew Mr. Darcy, she despised him and was sure he felt the same. Angered by his pride and reserve, influenced by the lies of the charming Mr. Wickham, she never troubled herself to believe he was anything other than the worst of men until, one day, he unexpectedly proposed.Mr. Darcy’s passionate avowal of love causes Elizabeth to reevaluate everything she thought she knew about him. What she knows is that he is rich, handsome, clever, and very much in love with her. She, on the other hand, is poor, and can expect a future of increasing poverty if she does not marry. The incentives for her to accept him are strong, but she is honest enough to tell him that she does not return his affections. He says he can accept that but will either of them ever be truly happy in a relationship of unequal affection?

Diverging from Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice” at the proposal in the Hunsford parsonage, this story explores the kind of man Darcy is, even before his proper humbling, and how such a man, so full of pride, so much in love, might have behaved had Elizabeth chosen to accept his original proposal.”

Pride and Prejudice by Sicks ★★★☆☆

Really short but also really cute.

Synopsis: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is interpreted by the Italian illustrator Sicks. This graphic novel is the first English ebook released by Zandegù. It belongs to the series I Bignè, our super-short graphic synopsis of famous classic novels in a funny ebook version.
In order to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice since its first release in 1813, Sicks – an illustrator and painter based in Rome, graduated from the ‘Scuola Internazionale di Comics’– revisits the story in an ironic way, with a sepia look and a feminine and yet modern touch … 

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

I can’t make up my mind with this one. It was sometimes tiresome to read despite the insanely short length of some of the chapters. I think the characters were realistic portrayals of what they’d likely be like in a contemporary setting though.

Synopsis: This version of the Bennet family and Mr. Darcy is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. 

Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master’s degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won’t discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane’s fortieth birthday fast approaches. 

Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip’s friend, neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy, reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . . And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.

I loved all of the movies I watched except maybe Pride and Prejudice and Zombies…. That one was a bit meh. I feel like maybe the two plot lines didn’t quite gel well together.

Pride and Prejudice 2005

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice BBC Mini Series

Bridget Jones’s Diary

These are some of my favourite videos about Jane Austen and the readathon that I came across over the month.

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4 thoughts on “Jane Austen July Wrap Up

  1. Sounds like you had a great Jane Austen month! I’m going to be adding Unequal Affection to my TBR because it sounds so good 😍

    Also, nothing to do with books or Austen, but… Pizza in a mug?! Haha how was that and if it was good, what’s the recipe?!

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