January 13, 2008

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As I get ready to watch Persuasion, the first of the Jane Austen marathon on PBS, I had a couple of things to bring to your attention:

*1st Becky's Mini-Austen Challenge is underway. Hope you have your books picked out for that.
*2nd Dana from Once Upon a Book is hosting Dana's Austenology Challenge. She'll be reading the 6 Big Ones from Austen January through April. She's creating a Yahoo Group. Please check it out!
* Speaking of Becky: She's hosting this month's Bookworm Carnival. The theme is Best of 2007. I hope you take a look and see what everyone loved about 2007.

12 comments :

  1. Hello, I am JCR and I have a blog about books www.frequencyofsilence.blogspot.com

    Can I add your blog to my Link List?

    Thanks
    JCR

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  2. Both those Austen challenges look tempting, but with my piles of challenges, the mini-challenge is probably more doable.

    I'm going to visit JCR just because he's so polite!

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  3. Mme H- lol. Yes, he is. I checked out his site and it looks pretty good.

    JCR- I will add your blog to my blogroll. And yes you can add mine.

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  4. You know, I was planning on watching the Masterpiece Theater Persuasion, and I just didn't have the time. I meant to Tivo it, but I forgot. How sad!!

    Looks like I'll just have to Netflix it!

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  5. Stephanie- Too bad. It was good. I'm really looking forward to Northanger Abbey this Sunday.

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  6. Oh, hey, thanks for reminding me about this month's carnival!

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  7. Ooh, good idea, Stephanie! I hadn't thought of that.

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  8. So, you liked Persuasion? I saw it last year in England and thought it was, uh, okay. But I love the book, and found glaring omissions and alterations in the TV adaptations. If you're interested, there's a whole heap of opinion about the current crop of Austen on TV over at AustenBlog.

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  9. Well, Rob, he might not do it for you but Capt Wentworth was not bad to look at! I did notice the omissions and all that running at the end was weird but I did enjoy it. Did you see Northanger Abbey? Because I am looking forward to that.

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  10. I actually liked Northanger Abbey, but it does contain a lot of cuteness (Felicity Jones and Carey Mulligan). It was probably the most purely entertaining of the three new adaptations. The real mess was Mansfield Park; my favorite of the six novels, and by far the lousiest adaptation.

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  11. Mansfield Park is the only one I haven't read. I'm fixing that soon. I wonder if I should even watch it. No, I think I'll wait.

    Really can't wait for Sunday now. Thanks!

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  12. I never did care for Jane Austen (weird, I know). I liked Daphne du Maurier. However, my restless personality and wanton desires just could never seem to settle down and commit to one particular author. I must sound like a character from an Austen novel, lol....

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