Friday, January 4, 2013

The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge

This year marks the bicentenary of Jane Austen's second published novel, Pride and Prejudice. In honor of the occasion, the Austenprose.com blog is sponsoring a Pride and Prejudice-inspired challenge.

As it happens, my daughter is reading P&P for the first time and she and I started watching the A&E 1995 adaptation yesterday, so we are well on our way to a Neophyte achievement (1 to 4 selections) in the challenge.

As she experiences the story for the first time, I'm struck by how much she responds to Jane Austen's satirical characterizations, especially Mr Collins and Lady Catherine de Bourgh. She has no patience for Lydia and Kitty's silliness and mentioned to me this morning that she's thankful that her mother doesn't act like Mrs Bennet. Phew!

For the remainder of the challenge, I plan to re-read the original, watch another film or TV adaptation (haven't decided yet), and read The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, by Syrie James.

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