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Everything Austen Challenge!

June 25th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


When I saw this challenge posted on Twitter I knew it was for me because Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book and I keep meaning to try and expand my horizon to Jane Austen’s other books.  I also loved the Pride & Prejudice movie adaptations much to my surprise since I’m not usually a fan of movies based on books since they rarely live up to my expectations.

If you want to sign up for the challenge as well or get some ideas of what things you want to do for the challenge visit Stephenie’s Written World.  Here is a glance at the rules:

The Everything Austen Challenge will run for six months (July 1, 2009 – January 1, 2010)! All you need to do is pick out what six Austen-themed things you want to finish to complete the challenge.

What is considered Austen-themed? Obviously, any of the books Jane Austen wrote herself count, so if you’ve been contemplating reading one of her novels, now is the time! Or, maybe watch the different movie versions of Pride and Prejudice. You could even try reading one of the many sequels written by various authors or listen to one in your car on your way to work. Truly, the list can be endless! All you need to do is pick six Austen-themed items to read and/or watch to participate. Note that you can mix it up a bit – maybe commit to watching three movies and reading two books – or if your TBR pile is huge, pick out six movies you would like to watch – YOU DECIDE!
Also, you can combine this with another challenge. For example, if you are going to participate in Carl’s RIP challenge this fall, maybe add Northanger Abbey to your list. Or read a couple books during the next Dewey 24 hour read-a-thon.

My list of Austenesque things:

  1. Read and review-Pride, Prejudice & Zombies by Sean Grahame-Smith
  2. Read and review-Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange-my review
  3. Read and review-Emma
  4. Read and review-The Plight of the Darcy Brothers by Marsha Altman-my review
  5. Read and review-Darcy and Anne by Judith Brocklehurst-my review
  6. Read and review-Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe-my review
  7. Watched Sense and Sensibility-my write up
  8. The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman-my review

As bonus items since I already watched them many times I might try and re-watch either the BBC or the Keira Knightly version of Pride & Prejudice or re-watch the Lost in Austen mini-series.

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5 Responses

  1. Stephanie

    So glad you are joining in! I just finished The Plight of the Darcy Brothers and really enjoyed it!

  2. Michelle

    I’ve chosen my six as well and done a bit more mixed media. I have a feeling that I’ll likely do more than the required six for the challenge ultimately. :)

    I’m looking forward to seeing your progress through the challenge.

  3. dsuzuki

    Thanks Stephanie!

    Michelle-yeah, I planned on doing more of a media mix until I realized how many austenesque books I have in my TBR pile! Good incentive to get through them. I am hoping to catch some tv shows but seems like they are all on channels I don’t get.

  4. velvet

    Thanks for the heads up on this. I’m gonna do too. Definitely watch the Lost in Austen mini-series. I loved it! I saw the DVD but you can also check it out on Youtube, if you haven’t already.

  5. dsuzuki

    I enjoyed Lost in Austen and have it saved on our DVR. I tried watching the YouTube version awhile back but they were missing bits and pieces.

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