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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

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Easily my least favorite out of the three Austen novels I've read so far. Came down to the characters, I think.

Date: 2014-04-26 10:39 pm (UTC)
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This was my favorite for a long time, mostly because I'd read Pride & Prejudice when I was too young to really grasp the nuances of language (Reader's Digest Condensed Novels, ftw! My family had ALL of them.).

But when I re-read the latter novel as an adult, I loved it. So much more to it than just "Darcy's stuck up/Elizabeth has a no-class family"; and it's a romance where I could see the partners truly fitting and benefitting each other. I like the old black & white movie version with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier best.

I do still like Sense & Sensibility, mostly for Elinor's sake. I like her self-control. I can't stand her family or most of the other characters. The movie with...crap, can't remember half their names all of a sudden! Alan Rickman, that lot. It was very good. But I still want to punch out half the cast.

Date: 2014-04-26 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Yes, those two are the best ones. But it's really Marianne's novel, and given how heartily I dislike her and her selfish self-indulgence, it...doesn't work for me so well. Movie versions tend to even it out, from what I've seen.

Have you read any of Georgette Heyer's Regency novels?

Date: 2014-04-27 12:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] realpestilence
I've read Venetia, The Grand Sophy, The Reluctant Widow, and Lady of Quality. The Grand Sophy is very funny, and I think might be the best written in terms of the Regency type of novel; but I think Lady of Quality is my favorite because Annis is so easy to relate to and her problems are very modern. I do have a soft spot for The Reluctant Widow, and enjoy it more every time I read it-so funny, and Nicky almost steals the show. I like Venetia herself and Damerel, but it's like S&S...the rest of the cast...!

I did read The Black Moth, once. Don't remember much about it. I think it's set in an earlier period, though, Georgian or w/e.

I keep meaning to read more of her work, but they tend to get snapped up fast in used stores.

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