Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Mr Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange

This is the first JAFF I have read.

"I had forgotten that she was staying with Bingley. I felt an uncomfortable pang as I realized that she had not met with any warmth or friendship during her stay. To be sure, she had met with politeness to her face, but even politeness had been lacking as soon as her back was turned."  -  Amanda Grange

Loved Mr Darcy's Diary, the inclusion of Austen's original lines is the added bonus as you get to revisit them again. Now you get to see Mr Darcy's take on things. I found it very plausible that Mr Darcy's character might have written such things. There wasn't anything that made me think "I don't think he would have said that" although this line bugged me a little "Her face is not beautiful but it haunts me" sorry probably me just wanting to protect Elizabeth, she is a Hertfordshire beauty after all! If this is a taster to what is to come then I look forward to reading more JAFF.

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

I was already reading this when I came across the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013! My favorite book of all time!!! 

Pride and Prejudice, what can I say that has not been said already!
Maybe one day I can write a review that will do this book justice!

"She respected, she esteemed, she was grateful to him, she felt a real interest in his welfare; and she only wanted to know how far she wished that welfare to depend upon herself",

"She became jealous of his esteem, when she could no longer hope to be benefited by it."
I never tire of the book and adore the way Austen expresses feelings

“I have said no such thing. I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to YOU, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.” - I would love to be able to live my life by this quote, if only!

"where other powers of entertainment are wanting, the true philosopher will derive benefit from such as are given" - Love lines like these!

I grew up in Hackney and feel a connection when I read these lines

“But that expression of ‘violently in love’ is so hackneyed,
"His principal object must be to discover the number of the hackney coach which took them from Clapham."

As I started the challenge late I also read  Mr Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange in the same week and am now starting my third book. I am thoroughly enjoying  the challenge, but as I have been reading so much my essay writing in college has taken a turn for the worst. I keep writing and speaking as though I am in the Edwardian era! My youngest was about to have a tantrum the other day and I said "Stop! this will not do!" 

Monday, 8 April 2013

The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013

Okay so I've created a blog page just so I can join the Pride and Prejudice bicentenary challenge!
But I may end up writing about other things as well.

I'm going to participate at Aficionada Level 9-12 This is the amount of books or movies that I will commit to reading or watching. I've just started so am three months behind. I will post a blog every time I have read or watched something relating to pride and Prejudice.

This is my list of what i am going to commit to.

  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Mr Darcy's Diary
  • Mr Darcy's Obsession by Abigail Reynolds
  • An Arranged Marriage
  • An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman)
  • Duty and Desire; (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, Book 2) by Pamela Aidan
  • watch Pride & Prejudice 2005

A Link to the challenge which is open until 1st July 1013 

I'm not sure yet in what order I will read or watch but hope to read A Darcy Christmas in December.

I have many assignments to do at college but will try my best.