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ifritah
ifritah
Are you sure you love him? ... Really sure? I don't believe you.
I finished Persuasion by Jane Austen yesterday.

It was... okay. It was a pretty fast read, but nothing really... catching. For one thing, the love lost between the two characters is touched on, but never much gone into. 'My daddy and good friend told me this guy sucks, so I'm gonna tell him to screw off. It's tragic and stuff!'

So, eight years later (oh, and a HALF. Yes, they make sure that that HALF is brought up every time) and they meet. *GASP* Umm... Okay, groovy and all, but the sexual tension? Not cuttable by a knife. I'd say about 3% of the book had them both in it together at the same place/time. The rest was about other people. Other romances, some triangles, an intrigue here and there. And it wasn't bad. It just wasn't... Well, I just didn't care about the "main plot".

Perhaps if I'd of been given more time with the two characters in question together, I could've grown to care. But the only things I wound up really getting into were: Mary getting bitch-slapped by her husband, Anne telling her family and friends to bite her and that she can make her own decisions thank-you-very-much... and that's about it. Sadly, neither of these things happened, but what can you do?

However, since I didn't hate the book, I will have to re-assess my great dislike of Ms. Austen. I don't plan on grabbing another novel from her, but I won't wrinkle my nose and 'bleh' at them either.

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Onto books I'm currently reading! Yay!

To replace the one described above, I'm going back to Piers Anthony for a spell with Pet Peeve. I love Xanth. I do! But man, nostalgia aside, I'm really starting to tire of the formula. I swear, if I have to visit Magician Humphrey's castle for three challenges one more time...

My house book is Vampires and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks. It's just 'okay' as well. If the main male character didn't feel like a stalker I might be more into him getting it on with the main character lady vamp. *Shrug* We'll see if it grows on me.

Well, I'm off to go do not much of anything at work now! *Waves*

Current Location: work
Current Mood: bored bored

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wondervixen From: wondervixen Date: November 22nd, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
*cue me sounding like an uneducated slob* I like movies based on Jane Austen books, but I've never read one. I really like Sense and Sensibility.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 22nd, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nothing wrong with that.

Hell, this was the first book of hers I picked up. Largely due to me hating the movies. Oh man, do I hate the movies.

Of course, as you know, I'm very hard to please. ^_~
wondervixen From: wondervixen Date: November 22nd, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I refuse to watch Pride & Prejudice because I can't stand Keira Knightley. I like all the BBC produced for television versions that they showed in the UK. For some reason I can get into it more when I have no idea who the actors are.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 22nd, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm not a fan of hers either. And I was not at all a fan of that movie.

I haven't seen any of the UK stuff, but I have heard they are the better way to go. Maybe I'll have to rent one to compare.
niennah From: niennah Date: November 23rd, 2006 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
The UK Pride & Prejudice is a classic. It is really, really well made, and because it's something like 6 hours long they have plenty of time to do things properly, not all squished together like in a 2 hour film. It's definitely worth trying.

So how come you read Persuasion first? I would just kind of assume that if anyone was deciding which Austen to try first it would be P&P. I know all her books run along roughly the same lines, but it seems to me with P&P she just hit the perfect formula. If you do feel like picking up another Austen book some time, give it a go!
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 23rd, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
After mentioning I wasn't a fan of Austen's (purely from back cover readings, I've never grred at Austen or anything, as the only basis I had were movies outside of her control) in someone else's journal, someone recommended that I read Persuasion as a starter book into her stuff. She talked briefly about the book and it piqued my curiosity. (It helped that it was a shorter book too, I suppose. *Cough*)

I have heard from a lot of people that P&P is their favorite. I have a friend coming into town next month, actually, who feels this way. I think I'll chat her up a bit about it and see how I feel.

At the very least, perhaps I'll look into this UK movie version of it. Six hours though... wow, that will be difficult to schedule in.
niennah From: niennah Date: November 23rd, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not a movie, it's a mini series. Just in case that would cause problems finding it! :)
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 28th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gotcha. Thanks for the info. ^_^
miggy From: miggy Date: November 23rd, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
My mom loves the UK miniseries.

Loves.

LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUVS.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 28th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my.

Well, if your mom likes, I have a good possibility of liking! We tend to agree on things.
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