The challenge requirements, as set out by Becky, were to read two of Jane Austen’s books (or see the movies), but I decided to take the challenge as an opportunity to re-read all of her works. I’m so very glad I did. I followed Brooklyn Arden’s calendar for reading Jane Austen, and I have to highly recommend it as a way to read all Austen’s works. It spread them out enough so that I was able to enjoy (mostly) each and every one, without getting Austened out. As a result, I thought it’d be fun to do The Jane Awards as a recap.
Least favorite — Mansfield Park (I didn’t like it the first time around, and this time still didn’t do anything for me!)
Favorite — Persuasion (It’s such a wonderful, beautiful, mature love story.)
Favorite Male Protagonist — Mr. Knightly in Emma (I had “best hero”, but my brother objected: the best hero is Colnel Brandon, in Sense and Sensibility. I do have to agree. He’s pretty heroic. But I still like Mr. Knightly best.)
Favorite Female Protagonist — Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice (She’s the most fun: sensible without being a pushover, energetic without being silly.)
Best Chemistry — Darcy and Lizzy (Swoon. Love to read them banter.)
Changed My Opinion — Northanger Abby (I get it now. And yes, it’s funny.)
One that Doesn’t Get any Press, but Is Actually Really Good: Sense and Sensibility. (I didn’t like this one the first time around, either, but I found that I actually quite enjoyed it. It’s not a highly accessible novel, it’s really long, but there are some good little bits throughout.)