Jane Austen, one of my favorite authors, was born on December 16, which was also my mom's birthday. For some crazy reason, I derive extreme joy from this. While my mom wasn't a famous author, she could craft a great story. In a quiet, unassuming way she could suss things out with humor and unique aplomb. Mom spent almost 20 years in a wheelchair, and that made her invisible to many people, but it gave her a great vantage point to witness life's intricacies. I learned it's amazing what you can pick up when no one is noticing you. Like Jane, Mom was a keen observer of human nature. In remembrance of Jane on the 200 anniversary of her passing on July 18, with a special nod to mom, here are some of my favorites:
It's tough to choose just one of Jane's novels as a favorite...so I will narrow it to three. Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Mansfield Park. Well, maybe I will add, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion for good measure!
For PBS adaptations, Emma, hands down, my favorite!
Favorite movie at cinema, Pride and Prejudice, with Kiera Knightly.
Favorite Bollywood version: Bride and Prejudice
Favorite Rom/Com book club variety: Jane Austen Book Club
Honorable mention: Colin Firth
Favorite Mini Series with Time Travel: Lost in Austen
And Current Read with a twist...
...and a wink and a nod to Jane and Antiquarian books. Happy, Reading!