My commitment to reading great literature (in the form of a challenge to myself) this year began with the Emily Project, my slow acquaintance with Emily Dickinson. I am now increasing my challenge commitment (that nasty procrastination problem is rearing again) and adding The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 .
While Emily and I have formed a nodding acquaintance (she’s a little standoffish, but maybe that’s because I don’t know her that well yet), Jane and I go way back. JA and I have spent a lot of time together, and she is one of those inspiring friends that makes me want to keep coming back and spend even more time with her.
Here are the challenge details:
Time-line: The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 runs January 1, through December 31, 2013.
Levels of participation: Neophyte: 1 – 4 selections, Disciple: 5 – 8 selections, Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections.
Enrollment: Sign up’s are open until July 1, 2013. First, select your level of participation. Second, copy the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 graphic and include it in your blog post detailing the novels or movies that you commit to reading and watching in 2013. Third, leave a comment linking back to your blog post in the comments of this announcement post. If you do not have a blog you can still participate. Just leave your commitment to the challenge in the comments below.
Check Back Monthly: The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 officially begins on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 with my review of the Naxos Audiobooks edition of Pride and Prejudice, read by Emilia Fox. Check back on the 2nd Wednesday of each month for my next review in the challenge.
Your Participation: Once the challenge starts, leave a comment including the book, movie, television, or web series that you finished and a link to your blog review. If you do not have a blog, just leave a comment about what you did read or view with a brief reaction or remark. It’s that easy.
I’m going for totally nuts for JA level: aficionado: 9 – 12 selections.
This means I have to read and review 9-12 Jane Austen selections. Here is my tentative list. I hope I can make adjustments. (Mother, may I take two baby-steps?)
- Pride and Prejudice–the Laurence Oliver version to kick off the 200th anniversary
- The Colin Firth PP series
- And then Kiera Knightley’s version
- Throw in the Lost in Austen for good measure
- Sense and Sensibility (the book)
- Emma Thompson’s 1995 Sense and Sensibility version (yay–I’ve been meaning to watch it again!)
- The 1981 BBC Sense and Sensibility
- The BBC 2008 Sense and Sensibility
- Jane Regrets–a BBC production about the supposed regrets JA might have had in regards to her love life
- The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries by Emma Thompson (didn’t know this existed!)
- The Lake House (because the movie revolves around the plot of Persuasion and even uses the book as the metaphorical prop–haha how is that use this week’s literary term, Mrs. Fieldstone?
- Maybe I’ll finish off with Northhanger Abbey (movie or book?)
Oh, I have to stop at 12? Maybe I will be switching things around. I did just watch the Kiera Knightely version over Christmas Break. “And Goddess Divine for everyday.” JA might not have said that, but I relish that line in the movie.
So, I will be switch hitting between Emily and Jane for now. Unless I get really crazy and add in another challenge. I did check out a juggling book from the library to go with that set of juggling sacks I got as a gift (to myself).
The JA Gallery of Can’t-Wait-to-Watch
Cover of The Lake House
Detail of a C. E. Brock illustration for the 1895 edition of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice (Chapter 3) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
pride and prejudice (Photo credit: Apostolos Letov)