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Topic: Phooey on "The Jane Austen Book Club"!

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Subject: Phooey on "The Jane Austen Book Club"!
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 9:47 AM ET
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Ha!  Gotcha to look!

But, almost seriously, I read the first few pages and took it back to the library.  Hey, I've only read three of Miss Austen's novels (P&P, S&S and Northanger Abbey), so I'm sure this book would have spoiled the rest of them for me.  Right?  Besides, I assumed that I wouldn't understand most of what they're talking about until I read all of them AND I didn't want their comments to color my interpretation of the characters.

BESIDES, they made fun of the Gramercy edition of "The Complete Novels of Jane Austen".  Hey, I OWN that book!  I also have an older copy of P&P which got me started loving Jane Austen, but when I had a few dollars and saw that I could get "The Complete Novels" from an eBay store for only $8 (Including shipping) I jumped at the chance to have all of her works on my shelf.

Otherwise, I'm sure it's a fine book. =0>

 

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 11:53 AM ET
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The book was a dissappointment.  Some loved it... but I just don't dig that kind of book.

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I have a feeling it's not "my thing" either.  Thanks for your input.  It may save me having to read it.  I think I have enough books to read already! 

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 7:58 PM ET
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I thought I would really like it.  Heh, not so much.  It was awful.  I finished it, but only because I can't not finish a book.  But really, what a horrible rip off of one of the greatest writers ever.

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 8:57 AM ET
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I saw the movie it was a "feel good" movie, very likely a chick flick,  and you don't have to know a lot about JA's books to enjoy the movie.  It inspired DH (he likes romantic movies) to get me the paperback of all her novels for my birthday. I can't wait to finish the book I'm reading so I can do a JA marathon!

I don't think I would enjoy the Jane Austen Book Club novel though...it's probably too fluffy for me.

Adding: I think seeing Becoming Jane really  helped for me to enjoy the JABC movie.



Last Edited on: 4/9/08 8:57 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 5:18 PM ET
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It was nice fluff, I liked it just fine.

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 11:03 AM ET
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I started it and I just could not get into it. I took it back to the library unread too;)

 

 

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 7:02 PM ET
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i HATED this book. It's one of the very few books I can say that about. I can't believe someone actually thought to make it into a movie. bleh
Date Posted: 10/3/2008 7:01 PM ET
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One of the few examples where the movie was better than the book.

Subject: It's all about Jane (Austen that is) Swap
Date Posted: 10/14/2008 7:26 PM ET
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hey calling all Jane Austen fans.  We are doing a Jane Austen swap over on the games forum.  come over and play with us.