Thursday, 18 September 2014

Janeite Tag

I decided to do a tag that Paige from Sunday Best and All theRest left on her blog for Jane Austen fans to do. Feel free to complete this tag too if you are Jane Austen fan.

The Rules:
~Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
~Tell how you were introduced to Jane Austen and share one fun fact about your Janeite life (this fun fact can be anywhere from "I stayed up all night reading Emma," to "I visited Chawton and met Anna Chancellor.").
~Answer the tagger's questions.
~Write seven questions of your own.
~Tag as few as one or as many as seven other Janeites and let them know you've tagged them.

Jane Austen was a famous author from the 18th century known for writing novels about courtship, class divide and gender differences. Her writing is described to be elegant, clever and witty. Jane Austen’s books include Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility.
The first Austen book I read was Pride and Prejudice and I was about fourteen years old. I had no idea what the book was about and I wanted to see why the book had endured to be popular to the present day.  I really enjoyed the book and continued to read more of Jane Austen’s work. Jane Austin’s writing inspired me to read other classic books which is something I still continue today. I like Austen books because the heroines are always brave in their own way. They are assertive and generally motivated to do good for others. The characters also have impeccable manners which make me wish that people were as courteous as they were in the regency period.

 Fun Fact: I love reading and watching all things to do with Jane Austen. I’m happy when there are new movies or series based on Jane Austen’s novels and I also like watching modernized versions too. My favourite modern inspired Jane Austen movies are Bride and Prejudice which is a Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice and I also love Clueless which is inspired by Emma.

Paige’s Questions:

1) What is your favorite Austen book?
My favourite Jane Austen book changes and tends to be the one that I am currently reading. My favourite Austen books are Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park. 

2) What is your favorite movie adaptation of an Austen book?
My favourite movie adaption is the 1995 movie of Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma. I think she did a great job in capturing Emma’s lively spirit and the film is just filled with eye candy. I love all the houses and costumes.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Emma
3) What is your *least* favorite movie adaptation? 
My least favourite adaption would be the 2007 adaption of Northanger Abbey. I thought they made the main character a little too silly and I didn’t like all the sexual fantasies that she had.

4) Which character in any of the novels do you relate to most?
This is a very good question. I haven’t thought about it before. I think I relate most to Elizabeth Bennet because I think my parents are kinda like her parents.

5) If you could choose a Jane Austen home to live in, where would you live?
There are so many nice houses in Jane Austen’s books. It’s a bit hard to choose…. I suppose I would like Emma’s Hartfield or Mansfield Park or Pemberley. It’s not so much the huge mansions that interest me. I like those houses because of the gardens and features which I think would be fun to stroll down every day. 

6) Who is your favorite Austen hero?
Mr Darcy is my favourite hero because in the course of the book he changes and it’s good to show how you can change for the better.

7) If you were to write a sequel to any of Jane's novels, what would it be about?
I would write a sequel of Pride and Prejudice and we would see how Elizabeth and Jane adapt to their new lives.
Thank you once again to Paige for putting the fun tag on your blog. I don’t actually know any other Jane Austen fans so I invite anyone who is interested to complete the tag.

Here are my questions:
1. What do you think of modernized movie/book adaptions of Jane Austen’s work?
2. Do you read Jane Austen Fanfiction?
3. How has Jane Austen influenced your life?
4. Would you want to live in the regency period?
5. What book would make the best musical?
6. Which villain would you want to redeem?

7. Does any character remind you of someone you know in real life?


  1. Of Jane Austen's novels I have only read Pride and Prejudice but it was so long ago that I do not really remember it well at all. I think I still have the book though, and perhaps reading it again is something I should tack onto the long list of to-dos I have, especially in regards to my reading. I've read 3 books this week, but they are all books I've read before and the two that I've been working on for a while are getting read only incrementally while I speed through the ones I've read before. It always takes me longer to read a book the first time around. I think I need to absorb it. When I re-read something it's more to refresh the emotion and sentiment I had when I originally took my time to read the first time. If I were to read one Jane Austen book which one would you recommend Carlyn?

    1. I recommend that you re-read Pride and Prejudice mainly because I think it is the best one. You might also like Persuasion which is about love rekindling after several years. I like Persuasion because it shows that there's always hope. The main character thinks that she's destined to be an old maid but she doesn't really mind it. Then an old flame turns up it in her life which changes her outlook.

  2. Thanks for doing this Carlyn! It was interesting to read your answers. The 1995 Emma is probably in my top three adaptations. Also, I like your sequel idea. :)
    By the way, it's fun seeing your name, because I know a girl named Carlyn but until I saw your name, hadn't heard anyone other than her called that. :)

    1. I'm glad you found my answers interesting Paige. My real name is not really Carlyn but I use the name because I like how it could be a mix of two names put together.

    2. Oh, okay! Well, it's a good pseudonym. :D


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