Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Why I Love Jane Austen and a Giveaway!

If I could say one thing to Jane Austen, it would probably be “Thank you. I love your books.” I will confess that I have only read Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion, but I have enjoyed them and am very eager to read Northanger Abbey soon. At the moment, my favorite is probably P&P, but that’ also probably because it’s the one I’ve read and studied most. There’s a variety of reasons behind my love for Jane Austen, and I’m sure you, dear readers, will be able to relate to some of them.

I love how romantic Austen can be. I’ve swooned over many of her male characters, and will continue to do so for years to come. I enjoy watching her men stand up for love and the women they love, especially when they’re not following the rules of propriety. Last time I read P&P I was tearing up towards the end, but it was definitely in a good way. Plus, let’s not forgot about all the handsome actors that play these men in the films.
I have to say, however, that Austen’s work does a lot more for me than this. Her characters and her writing make me laugh. One of my favorite quotes from the Bennet parents is...

"Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion of my poor nerves."
"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.”
Pride and Prejudice, p. 45

On the one hand, I laugh at her characters when they commit social faux pas, yet still have pity for them as I read the story because they are oblivious to this. There are even some characters that I love to hate. I love reading Austen’s commentaries on human characteristics. Here’s one observation which I find to be particularly thought provoking...

"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us."

Pride and Prejudice, p.58

I also must admit that I love Jane Austen because of all of the great adaptations which have been made from her work. Besides the film adaptations and Bridget Jones’s Diary, I’m interested in reading many of the books which she has inspired, such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland.
I love how happy her films make me when I watch them, and I’m impressed by the fact that even though she wrote about over a hundred years ago, people are still making adaptations of her work. She connects issues of class and money with imperfect characters. Even though we may believe our own standards are drastically different from those of regency England, movies like Bridget Jones’s Diary, where the clearly wealthy Darcy scorns Bridget for drinking and smoking make us question the stereotypes that influence our perceptions of others. I think that’s a sign that an author has made an impact.

So what is my purpose in writing this post? To pay an homage to a wonderful author and her books? Certainly. To blather a bit and explore what her work does for me? A bit. To try to explain why you should read her if you haven’t already? Definitely. With that being said, I want to help you explore your love of Jane Austen, so I’m having a contest! One lucky winner will receive a Penguin hardcover of Pride and Prejudice and his or her own copy of Bridget Jones's Diary on DVD. To enter, just leave a comment on this post with your e-mil address. Because I'm a relatively new blogger and would like help spreading the word, I'll be offering an opportunity for extra entries. The contest will end at midnight on June 18th. Good luck!
EDIT: This giveaway is open to international readers! However, please keep in mind that the DVD which I'll be giving away is Region 1, so before you enter make sure that you have a Region 1 DVD player.
+1 for tweeting about this contest/linking it in your sidebar--be sure to leave a link when you comment.

39 comments:

  1. Awesome post, Liz! I love love love the 1995 edition P&P! *swoon*

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  2. I'm not entering your contest (I have the movie and three copies of the book already!) but I had to say rock on! Loved this post, and great giveaway :) such a gorgeous edition.

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  3. I would LOVE to be entered :) :)

    Here's the link to my tweet: http://twitter.com/thebookcellarx/status/15224253376

    :) Erica
    thebookcellar@wi.rr.com

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  4. This sounds good! I just love Jane Austen, her novels and everything related to her.

    milkareads@yahoo.com

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  5. great way to spread the Jane love ;-D

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  6. Whoo! Good luck everybody!!!

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  7. Yay! I have (ashamedly) never read Pride & Prejudice and I would looooooove to fix this asap. :)


    lightningstreak123[at]comcast[dot]net

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  8. What a lovely giveaway! Please enter me. :)

    angiegirl (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I would love to enter your giveaway. I love Jane Austen's books.


    dekad1(at)hotmail(dot)com
    +1 tweeted about the contest - http://twitter.com/TasciaD/statuses/15286524658

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  10. Enter me please! What a gorgeous book!
    areed2@gmail.com

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  11. Hi Liz! Please enter me into the giveaway. And what a wonderful giveaway this is :)

    I'll send you my contact info.

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  12. people and things keep trying to get me to read it, i dont know why i have not, would definitly read it if I had it, I work that way...thanks for the givewaway,lovely copy

    whersmyrain at yahoo com

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  13. Great giveaway!! I'd love to win these, I have NOT read Jane Austen.

    I am a new follower on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  14. I read all Jane's books a LONG time ago but I was given a copy of one of the mash-ups recently and this has awakened in interest to re-read them all.

    I have a couple of old copies still on a bookshelf but I need to get the rest.

    THis giveaway would be great, so if it is open to worldwide entries, please include me.

    Thanks.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  15. What a lovely post!

    I have a kind of ratty old copy of P&P I grabbed at a library book sale, so I'm loving that beautiful edition you're offering up.

    +1 http://twitter.com/IntrovertedJen/status/15224209867

    theintrovertedreader at gmail dot com

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  16. You've got a new follower, thanks for the contest. -Jason

    jason@jasonkivela.com

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  17. Awesome post. I remember reading the Bridget Jones book and not even realizing it was based on P&P. It hit awhile later that it was. ^^

    Melissa
    jediskaora@msn.com

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  18. Oh my! How fantastic. Please please enter me :)

    suitejuju(at)gmail(dot)com

    PS
    I LOVE Scones and Sensibility :)

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  19. What an awesome giveaway! Please count me in. Thank you!

    Blogged:
    http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2010/05/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-05-29-10.html

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  20. Love the blog. As a soon to be published YA author I can appreciate the elegance of Austin's words. Keep blogging and I'll keep reading. Count me in on the contest. www.kfridley.blogspot.com

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  21. Hi,

    I finally have a chance to come over here to your beautiful blog. I love the butterflies! I read the children's versions of Pride and Prejudice & Sense and Sensibility last Summer. They are both amazing stories. I am tweeting about your contest, but I am not sure how to copy the URL here. I will be back more often!

    Melina at Reading Vacation

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  22. I'd love to enter. I don't have twitter, but I'll be happy to post a link on my blog if you could send me the code:

    allthingsrie@gmail.com

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  23. yay im in awesome contest!

    tweeted here http://twitter.com/blueicefiesta

    fantasy4eva@hotmail.com

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  24. I have to admit I've never read any of Jane Austen's books, so please enter me in the contest.

    peacelily_2006(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I have never Pride & Prejudice. I always hear everyone say how they are in love with Mr. Darcy though. So I have to finally meet this elusive Mr. Darcy.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Emma015/statuses/15792759025

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  26. I love Pride & Prejudice and Colin Firth is so Mr. Darcy!
    Thanks for the chance.
    eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

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  27. I really enjoy Jane Austen's books and the movies based on them. Colin Firth will forever be Mr. Darcy in my mind.

    I also like the modern Austen-based books. It is quite amazing to see all that has been generated from Austen's works.

    Cheryl C.
    castings at mindspring dot com

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  28. Owh..Please enter me too!I've read it years before but it's not my own copy =(

    darlyn225 AT gmail DOT com

    i've twitted here;

    http://twitter.com/darlyn5/status/15907601840

    thanks!

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway and special thanks for making it possible for overseas readers to enter!

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  30. Thanks for the great giveaway! I think I'm one of the few people in the world who hasn't read Pride & Prejudice!

    My tweet: http://twitter.com/missyreadreview/status/15926763577

    missyreadsreviews@gmail.com

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  31. I would LOVE LOOOVE LOOOOOOOOOOOVE to win! Fingers crossed!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds great! I love Pride and Prejudice:)

    My email is: k_anon@hotmail.co.uk

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  33. I love Jane Austen! Please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

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  34. oh how wonderful. i love bridget jones as well. thanks for the giveaway.

    -lauren
    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

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  35. thanks for the giveaway!!

    infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

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  36. I would love to be entered - what fun!

    journey through books @ gmail dot com

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  37. Thanks for this great giveaway, I LOVE everything Austen related too! :-D

    Please enter me, thanks!

    +1 I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/16396841204

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  38. I would love to win! I have to admit, I've never watched Briget Jones but I love Jane Austen. :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I tweeted :
    http://twitter.com/Melanie_Vautour/status/16397178461

    melvautour(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Jane Austen is (obviously) an amazing writer.

    tweet:
    http://twitter.com/wefreadom/status/16501424057

    email: freadom31@gmail.com

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