Congratulations to Maria Maderi, who is the winner in the giveaway! I will be contacting you!
When you meet another Jane Austen fan, your conversation might eventually lead to when and how each discovered her. I love hearing people’s stories, whether they were very young, or perhaps it has been fairly recent. I would love to hear how you first met Jane Austen with these questions: What was your first exposure to Jane Austen and when was it? Was it through one of her books or a film adaptation? Then when you read the book or saw the film adaptation, which did you prefer?
For me, my first introduction to Jane Austen was later in life. For some reason, I had not read any of her novels in school. We had read classics, like Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, and I remember loving the book, Jane Eyre. But Jane Austen wasn’t even on my radar.
I actually saw Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow and Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson when they first came out, but I thought they were just nice, period movies. But oh, my, when I watched the 6 part Pride and Prejudice a few years later, it affected me like nothing ever had done before. I had borrowed it from a friend after hearing her talking about it (my interest had initially been piqued when watching the movie, You’ve Got Mail), watched it twice, two days straight, and then bits and pieces as the week went on. I finally decided I better give the DVD back to my friend, went to Best Buy, and was thrilled they had one copy. I snatched it up!
After saturating myself in the epic film, I finally bought the book. It was a small Penguin paperback that was annotated, which was handy, as it explained a lot of things I knew nothing about, such as entails, customs, introductions, etc. And not only did I enjoy the story that I had come to love in the film, I loved her writing. She had such a way with words, and my adoration of this woman continued to grow.
From there I went online and searched “Pride and Prejudice” and was amazed to find a whole community of people who felt the same, and many stories had been written to continue her novels or ‘what ifs’ as the variations were often called.
I finally worked my way through the rest of her novels, watching a film adaptation when I could. While Pride and Prejudice remains my favorite, Persuasion is a close second. As to the question of whether I prefer the book or the movie, I love both! There are times I want to lost myself in the brilliancy of her words and other times I want to sit back and be pulled into the world of her stories via film.
So that’s my story. What about you? Was it one of her books or a film that drew you in? And which do you prefer (book or film)?
If you comment, you will have a chance to win a paperback of “Chance and Circumstance” (US only) or the ebook if you prefer or if you are international. If you already have that book, we can talk about an ebook of one of my other self-published books. I will draw a name from those who have posted by next Tuesday, January 16, and post the winner’s name here and on facebook, and notify the winner by email.
I can’t wait to hear how you discovered her!