Do you love Jane Austen or want to “dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone”? (Phrase borrowed from Mark Twain).
Why? (for either answer)?
Favorite and/or least favorite Austen novel?
First of all, let me just say that I had no idea there are people out there who DON'T like Jane Austen! Really? What's up with that? I can't even imagine. Why would readers not like her? I'm baffled.
And so, I guess it goes without saying that yes, I'm a Jane Austen fan. Her books are just simply... simple and wonderful. They capture emotion and real life. I love that the plots are simple but the feelings are complex. I love the soap opera feel, the crazy stuff that happens, the misunderstandings and the relationships the are made and broken all over the place. And yes, I love that they are happy endings!
It's really hard for me to pick a favorite. I would probably have to go with Pride and Prejudice, even though that is perhaps the expected and normal response. But it just has it all. I think Emma is the one that is lighter and fluffy, Persuasion is deeper and heavy. Sense and Sensibility is also a bit deep and sad in parts. Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey, I just really don't know those ones as well! (Ha, I've only read them once, whereas the others are all multiple times now, I'm beginning to lose track of how many times I've read Pride and Prejudice ) So, yeah, I should maybe read them again someday and then I can remember what I thought of them!
How about you? Team Jane Austen or not? Can you name a favorite of hers?