Sunday, December 07, 2008

Sunday Salon: Spending Time with Jane

I finally got a chance to watch last year's BBC production of Persuasion a couple of weeks ago. We'd just finished watching a couple of seasons of Spooks (known as MI-5 in the US) so it was fun to see the actor as Captain Wentworth instead of a spy. He is pretty easy on the eyes! I'm not a purist when it comes to these tv dramatisations, as I usually just enjoy spending some time with Jane's wonderful characters and stories. And this one seemed quite good, up until near the end. For those that have seen it, what was with all the running around at the end and that painfully drawn out kiss? Ack! It did make me want to reread Persuasion though, if only for the letter! Sigh. Anyway, watching it put me in the mood for something else by Jane and since I didn't really have time to reread one of her books, I picked up the Hesperus Press edition of The Watsons. It's a fragment of an unfinished work, and while much too short, was very enjoyable. You can read my review here.

When I originally signed up for the Austen Mini-Challenge, I had hoped to reread one or two of her novels this year but it seems it was not meant to be. The only requirements for the challenge though were to read and/or watch at least two Jane Austen novels/movies in 2008. So with watching Persuasion, reading The Watsons, along with my yearly viewing of Pride and Prejudice in January (has it been that long? No wonder I've been feeling the urge to watch it again!) I suppose I have technically completed the challenge. Hesperus Press have a couple other short Austen titles that I'd like to get, and one of these days/years I would really love to go back and read all her novels again. There's just something about Jane!

Also this week I read The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I'll post a review tomorrow so today I'll just say what fun! And now I'm back to The Painter of Shanghai, which I put briefly on hold to read these two other short books. So reading-wise, it's been an interesting, varied week.

Week in Review:
Weekend Snapshot: autumn colours
Mailbox Monday
Farewell Dewey
It's Tuesday... (Where are You? and Teaser Tuesday)
November in Review
Friday Fill-ins, Friday Finds
Randomness, catching up on Awards/Memes
Review: The Watsons by Jane Austen

Have a good one!


  1. Bellezza loved THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, I will be waiting to see what you thought about.

  2. I LOVED Harry Potter...just don't want to be disappointed with the new tale/characters. Would love to hear what you think.

  3. I'm reading Beedle the Bard now. It is a pretty fun read.

  4. I also received and read my copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, seems like a popular book. LOL

    And reading your post just put me in the mood for Jane Austen, but I don't have the time to read right TBR pile is calling. *sigh*

    (P.S. Found you through the Sunday Salon. Nice place you have hear, I hope you don't mind if I stick around.)

  5. I bought a copy of Beedle today for a gift. I'm surprised there hasn't been more buzz about it.

  6. I was just leaving a post to say I loved The Tales of Beedle the Bard, but dear Madeleine beat me to it! I didn't care one way or another about Harry, really, but this book is great!

  7. There are few things I love more than the Masterpiece Classics Jane Austen movies.


  8. You were not the only one to be confused by the ending of Persuasion. It was just odd. I like the Amanda Root & Ciarán Hinds 1995 version though, so check it out. Quite a lovely adaptation.

    Cheers, Laurel Ann

  9. Sylvie - I just posted my review. I thought the tales were wonderful! :)

    indigo - I don't think you'd be disappointed at all. They're just wizard fairy tales, and Dumbledore's notes on each tale are really fun to read. Made me want to go back and read Deathly Hallows again.

    N.Vasillis - It was really fun but too short!

    Ann-Kat - Not at all, I'd love to have you stick around. :)
    My TBR piles are calling to me too, but hopefully I'll get a chance to read more Austen sometime next year.

    debnance - Me too, about there not being much online buzz about it. I'm sure it's still pretty successful though.

    Bellezza - The tales were wonderful, weren't they? I imagine your students will love them too!

    saveophilia - Always a good way to spend a few hours! :)

    Laurel Ann - It really is too bad about the ending. I still haven't seen the earlier version with Root and Hinds but I've heard good things about it. I'll have to see if I can get hold of it soon.

  10. I'm with you on the running. All I could think is Austen heroines never run- they take long walks in the rain but they don't run.

  11. Chris - Yes, it was very UN-Austen-like, and not very ladylike to have her running around like that. Oh well, the rest of it was fun to watch.

  12. I totally agree with you on the ending of Persuasion - but I absolutely loved the rest of the movie. For some reason the actress playing Anne was just how I imagined her.

  13. Karen - It's a shame about that silly ending, but the rest of it was quite fun to watch. I recorded it off the tv the other day so I'm sure I'll watch it again sometime.


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