Thursday, December 3, 2009

Everything Austen Challenge --Completed

Finished up the Everything Austen Challenge for 2009 by viewing, once again, the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle A&E/BBC faithful adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Several months ago, after signing up for the challenge, I found this 10th anniversary collector's edition in a great sale display so I scooped it up. Not only is it my favorite P&P adaptation with a very spirited and lovely Elizabeth and a handsome and aloof Colin Firth as Darcy, this dvd set includes an interesting companion book and dvd with details of the production from concept to broadcast: from Regency-era fashion, history, furnishings, manor homes, dancing and music, food, actor selections, etc. --I love behind-the-scenes peeks into the making of a great movie.

In summary, I completed the following six selections for the Everything Austen Challenge:

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James (my absolute favorite of all the Austen-inspired writings I completed).

Ransome's Honor by Kaye Dacus

Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels by Deirdre Le Faye

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (cannot recommend at all).

I viewed the A&E/BBC production of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle

My thanks go to Stephanie at Stephanie's Written Word for hosting this terrific and worthwhile challenge!

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