I’ve been in bed for close to two weeks with the winter lurgy and hideous nausea, so of course I have used this time wisely and have rewatched all of the Jane Austen inspired movies and the TV adaptions of the books.
I fell in love with Jane Austens writing when I was about 14. I got a free copy of Pride and Prejudice with the new paper one Sunday and decided to read it. I had never before read a book where I honestly believed every word written. I was gripped from the first chapter to the last and still to this day while reading this book (spoiler alert) I honestly don’t think Elizabeth and Darcy will ever get together.
After reading Pride and Prejudice I read Emma, Mansfield park and then found Persuasion. Oh be still my beating heart. I had never found Darcy swoon worthy, always a little rough but Captain Wentworth was a character I feel madly in love with.
I like to think I have always been an old school romantic as I have always loved the big romantic gestures. I think that’s why every time I read persuasion I fall a little more in love with Captain Wentworth. If you haven’t read this book then please do as it’s by far her best book. The passion in Captain Wentworths letter to Anne honestly will make a girl cry. Jane Austen knew how to pull at a girls heart strings
” You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago”
Gosh I’m almost weeping just typing this.
One of the movies I watched this past week was called Austenland, I won’t give too much away as it’s a fun watch even if you have never read a Jane Austen book, but it’s about a girl called Jane who goes on a themed holiday where she gets to live out her Jane Austen fantasy. While watching this movie I actually googled to see if this was something that could be done and it is. I adore the idea of going on Janeite trip and might just plan it for the next big birthday!
Jolly good, Tally-ho!