Friday, January 4, 2013

The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge

Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope your holidays were lovely and memorable!

I'm very excited to get started with planning my reading selections in 2013, and I'm looking forward to joining a few challenges that will help guide my selections.

One of my favorite Austen-inspired websites is Austenprose, created by Laurel Ann Nattress. This year she is hosting the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge

Laurel Ann explains, 

"If you have not read Jane Austen’s masterpiece (or would like to revisit it in honor of its special anniversary), seen all of the movies, or read all of the sequels and spinoffs, this is the year to join the challenge along with other Janeites, historical fiction, Regency romance, and period drama movie lovers."

This challenge sounds like a perfect opportunity for me to select a few Austenesque selections that having been on my TBR pile for a while, as well as revisit the classic itself, Pride and Prejudice.

I am signing up for the first level, Neophyte, and we'll see how it goes as the year progresses.

Here's my plan:

1. Pride and Prejudice, annotated edition (This was a Christmas present two years ago, and I'm dying to delve into all the Regency tidbits and historical notes.)

2. Austenland by Shannon Hale

3. Falling for Mr. Darcy by KaraLynne Mackrory

4. BBC production of Pride and Prejudice (I've watched this version a million times already, but I never ever tire of watching it!)

Hope you will join me in 2013 to celebrate Jane Austen! Please be sure to visit Austenprose for all the challenge details and to sign up if you are interested.


Laurel Ann (Austenprose) said...

Thanks for joining the challenge. I was also thinking of reading Austenland again in preparation of the movie this year.

I love your favorites list. We share many of the same books.

Anne said...

This challenge looks like a lot of fun. I have watched that version of Pride and Prejudice a million times too, I never get tired of it!

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

What a great challenge! Good luck, Joanne.

My goal is to read Mansfield Park this year. I've read Austen's other novels, but have put this one off as reading it would mean I have no unread Austen books to look forward to.

Joanne said...

Laurel Ann - Thank you so much for hosting this challenge!

Anne - I agree! This could be my top favorite movie of all time.

Melissa - I haven't read Mansfield Park either. Isn't it sad that there are only six novels from this wonderful author?

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

Awesome challenge. I love rereading Pride and Prejudice. That is the best film version of P&P too. We watch it fairly regularly at our house.

Joanne said...

Hi, Holly! Isn't it great that this movie version never ceases to entertain? Happy New Year to you and your family!

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