It's been 200 years since Jane Austen left this earth, and yet her novels are still relevant, beloved, and widely read. Janeites aren't going anywhere anytime soon (just check out this guy and his amazing Regency apparel). To honor dear Miss Austen, I thought I'd link to a few of the pieces I've written here at Carrots about one of my favorite writers of all time. Why Do We Still Love Jane … [Read more...]
Which Jane Austen Novel Should I Read First?
“I’ve never read Jane Austen! Which one should I start with?” As an obsessed Janeite, this is definitely one of the most frequently asked questions I get. While I’m of the opinion that you really can’t go wrong choosing a first Austen because all six novels are splendid, I do think there’s an ideal order for most new readers to discover Austen’s novels. So at the risk of sounding terribly bossy … [Read more...]
If I Could Cast Austen’s Mansfield Park…
I'm re-re-re-re-reading Mansfield Park right now. I've written before about how it's Austen's underrated novel and that we don't love Fanny Price as she deserves to be loved. What I find terribly disappointing that there isn't a decent film version of Mansfield Park. Granted, the 2007 Masterpiece Theatre version was tolerable, I suppose, but the casting was just not right. Haley Atwell as Mary … [Read more...]
In Defense of Fanny Price: Why You Don’t Like Mansfield Park as Much as You Should
I’m re-reading Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park for the fourth time as part of an online book club. As we make our way through the book, I’m hearing all the comments I expected to hear about the book: “This is my least favorite Austen novel.” "Fanny just isn’t likable.” “Why is she so boring and prudish?” “Mary Crawford would make a much better heroine.” “Lighten up, Fanny.” And those reactions are … [Read more...]