How did you discover Jane Austen?
Were you introduced to Jane Austen by reading one of her books or did you discover her novels by watching a movie adaptation (e.g. Colin Firth's "Pride and Prejudice")?
Years ago my sister and I took an English Lit class together and had to choose between reading Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Bronte, etc.. For one of our reading assignments we chose Jane Austin and have been in love with her works since. Our husbands get annoyed with our obsession, especially when we watch Jane Austin classic movies at home lol. My absolute favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion...
I discovered her by accident. I loved to read as a kid, and whenever I would go visit my dad I would always ask to go to the bookstore. He kinda made fun of me for my reading choices, because I was challenging myself to read through all the classics, and he made a snide remark about how didn't think I was really reading them or understanding them.
So one summer I asked to go to the bookstore, and he took me to the classics section and threw a paperback copy of just about every classic they had. (I put back the ones I already owned.) He said something along the lines of "you better have those read by next summer...there will be a quiz".
And there was Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, the latter of which I read first. It also introduced me to a few I had not yet read, such as Faulkner, who later went on to become one of my favorites. later I bought the complete works of Jane Austen. It has a special place on the shelf, next to the complete Sherlock Holmes, and my Dostoevsky collection.
I had a bad accident by inadvertantly starting to read one of her books, I got down the first page and thought to myself, what is this old crap and quickly shoved the book back on the shelf.
I read Pride and Prejudice when I was at school. I watched the Hollywood movie when in my teens, and read the rest of Austen's books when I was older. I have enjoyed watching TV and film adaptations since. Yes, I have seen the one with Colin Firth.
Was made to read Pride and Prejudice in school. I didn't quite understand her writing but now I really love her books.
My parents told me that she is a wonderful author and her novels confirmed that.
I came a bit late to the party, but actually, It was seeing the movie Clueless in my early twenties. Knowing it was based on the book Emma, I found myself wanting to read some Austen, which I had never had before...I immediately bought an (If I was going to read one, I had to read all) anthology, and read each one that summer. I was hooked!
I forgot about spin-off movies like "Clueless" and "Lost in Austen". I should have put that in the main part of the question! Thank you for your great answer!
You are welcome! I was a bit embarassed to admit it....but there it is....so I am glad you liked it!
You Introduced me to her. I never knew she was the writer of Pride and Prejudice. I saw the movie though.
We had to read Pride and Prejudice in high school. From then on, I was hooked. I enjoy reading her books and watching all the movies based on them.
My mom introduced me to her book "Pride and Prejudice". I didn't understand the language at the time but now I love it and Colin Firth's movie version follows the book very well. Love them both!
All of the above. I knew of her name and school and yes there was the movies as well.
I was lucky enough to have an inheritance of my Aunt Rilla's( who died at the age of 103) library books that my brother, her power of attorney, thought I would like to have because, I love to write and so did my Aunt Rilla. There is the full volume of all Jane's work included with the books. I am so blessed.
I took an English Lit class in high school. Jane Austin had many on the reading list. I was hooked and have them on my Kindle now. I also got my 16 year old daughter hooked on them last year. She is home schooled and has read many of the classics. She also loves the Bronte's.
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