Another month means another meme question for The Classics Club. This is a simple question for me; I love Jane Austen! Even if I didn’t though not sure why you would have the urge to dig anyone up and beat them over the head with their own shin-bone…that’s a pretty extreme/weird thing to do?! Oh well each to their own. Here are the questions that come within the bigger question:
- Why? (for either answer)?
- Favourite and/or least favourite Austen novel?
What I love most about Austen’s work is the in-depth and personal look you get into the mind and life of the young female protagonists of her novels. The stories themselves are usually pretty simple and they’re isn’t a great deal of physical action which is maybe something that puts some people off. While I am happy to read a purely character driven story, a bit of people watching is fascinating to me. And even though Austen’s novels are set in the Regency period I still feel there is so much in her novels that I can relate to. Human nature really hasn’t changed that much at all. I like to ponder what I would have done in Elizabeth’s , or Emma’s, or one of the other young women’s positions.
I think picking a least favourite is just too hard I have enjoyed all the novels I have thus far read of Austen’s; which is Emma, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility. I could possibly say though that my favourite so far is Sense and Sensibility mainly because I really relate to Elinor. It is heartbreaking to see how she keeps her head held high and still only acts for other’s benefit when inside her own heart is broken. I think we could learn a lot from Elinor’s sort of courage. I won’t say anymore though because I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t yet read it.
I have Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey on my Classics Club list, and I am really looking forward to reading them.
Do you love Jane Austen? Do you have a favourite Austen novel?