If you enjoyed our Pride and Prejudice: The Scenes Jane Austen Never Wrote (or P&P200), you’ll be happy to learn we’re doing it again! This time we’re taking on Persuasion, Austen’s touching story about second chances for love. As a tribute to this amazing story, which began 200 years ago this summer, the authors of Austen Variations are planning to retell Persuasion in ‘real time’ by writing the book’s missing scenes. Some will be new scenes and some will be existing scenes from the book but told from a different character’s point of view.
Just to add to the fun, we’ll be creating more than a dozen prequel scenes such as Captain Wentworth’s original proposal to Anne, their broken engagement, and major events from the dashing Captain’s naval career. One or two prequel scenes will be posted each week on Austen Variations starting April 17th with the main story commencing in June and running through early 2015. We’ll also have special historical features focusing on real places, events, and customs related to the book.
If it’s been a while since you read Persuasion, I encourage you to give it another look, or if you’ve never read it, take a first look. It’s a wonderful, romantic story with a heroine who learns to follow her heart over the advice of others who are trying to tell her what she should do. Plus it has one of the most romantic love letters in all of literature. So dust off your copy of Persuasion and get busy reading or at least check out one of the movie versions. I suggest the 1995 BBC movie starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds as it follows the original fairly closely. There are also other BBC productions from 1971 and 2007.