I bet you know a few of Jane Austen's opening lines. Critics will tell you the first sentence of a novel is crucial, even in a world where readers are browsing in the book stores and picking up books at random less and less. Today's online buyer will typically select the genre and category before … Continue reading Theme Thursday– Opening lines
I was watching the 2009 production of Emma the other day when I realized Pride and Prejudice is the only Jane Austen story in which the primary male and female characters do not go on an excursion together. Of course, in each scenario there are annoying people amongst them. It made me wonder what it … Continue reading Wacky Wednesday–Scott’s Grotto
Can you guess which Jane Austen heroines I have mixed up in the following opening line? Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and no one who had ever seen her in her infancy would have supposed her … Continue reading Wacky Wednesday– Mix up
On Monday, I posted the song Friends Don't by Maddie and Tae. I wrote that it reminded me of Emma and Knightley. I could have written from a few other locations in the book, but chose the scene where Harriet Smith acknowledges that she loves Mr. Knightley--and believes he loves her in return. I … Continue reading Thursday Three Hundred–Greater than Friends
I've seen many articles around the Austen-verse with writers opining that Mr. Knightley is a better romantic hero than Mr. Darcy. I won't bother to touch on that. 🙂 However, I think the thing that makes many readers uncomfortable about Mr. Knightley is the following line: "The good was all to myself, by making … Continue reading Tea Time Tattle–Knightley loved Emma as a child??
Oh they say when you marry in June You're a bride all your life, And the bridegroom who marries in June Has a sweetheart for a wife, Winter weddings can be gay Like a Christmas holiday, But the June bride hears a song Of a spring that lasts all summer long, By the light of … Continue reading Austen’s Brides- Overachievers
Despite my assertions that Jane Austen did not set out to write Romance, she nonetheless has had a profound impact on the genre. If focused on the romantic elements instead of themes of identity, her books can be summarized as follows: Sense and Sensibility: Heartbroken, can she love again? Can their attraction overcome his dark … Continue reading Austen Writes Romance- Legacy