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Subject: Jane Austen
Date Posted: 4/7/2008 10:54 AM ET
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Okay, I've never done Jane Austen.  Seen movies, heard tons, but never sat down and read one page of anything written by her.  Should I do it?  Is her stuff really what most of romance novels are based or founded on?  Am I the only one who hasn't read Pride and Prejudice?

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 11:09 AM ET
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I absolutely love her writing, but it is different.   I have recommended it to a lot of people that had a hard time getting into her style of writing.

You should just give it a try.  I love Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion the most.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 11:31 AM ET
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I LOVELOVELOVE Pride and Prejudice, but I have had a hard time reading her other stuff for some reason.  I have tried Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion- got about halfway through S&S before I got bored, and only  made it about 2 chapters in on Persuasion.  I am not sure why- I thought maybe it was because I had already seen the Emma Thompson version of S&S before I tried reading it, whereas I had not seen any movie adaptations of P&P before reading it.  However, I never saw any movies of Persuasion either, I just found it much more difficult to get into.  If you are going to read any Austen, make it P&P- it is SO much better than the movie (at least the Kiera Knightly version- I loved the BBC version with Colin Firth as Darcy, but at 6 hours long, they included SO much more detail than the other version).

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 11:41 AM ET
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I liked Persuasion the best of all of her books.  Her writing can be a bit difficult to take at times.  I found myself skipping over certain passages that were just really not keeping my interest. 

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 11:56 AM ET
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Well in my favorite movie, You've Got Mail, her favorite book is P&P so I think I will start with that one :)

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 12:13 PM ET
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I have read P&P a number of times it is just a great love story  (I love the colin Firth bbc movie as well). I have also read Emma but it was such a long time ago I cannot remember if I liked it or not but I do  remember finishing it.

Date Posted: 4/7/2008 4:56 PM ET
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ooo I really love Jane Austen!  I especially love Sense & Sensibility and Emma. 

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 5:57 AM ET
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I love Jane Austen also. Persuasion is my absolute favorite, like you Dawn, although Mansfield Park is a close second!

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 6:02 AM ET
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ok, i"m in the minority..I've never read her stuff!

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 9:35 AM ET
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Lover her!  Such a shame she only got to write 6 books.  I just finished reading all her books last month.  Mansfield Park was the only one I didn't really like.  Emma was good.  Northanger Abbey was really cute.  Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility & Persuasion are amazing.

Date Posted: 4/8/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Okay -- jane is my new mission.......