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Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen — March 14, 2018

Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen

download (1)The narrative, which Austen initially titled “First Impressions,” describes the clash between Elizabeth Bennet, the daughter of a country gentleman, and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a rich and aristocratic landowner. Although Austen shows them intrigued by each other, she reverses the convention of first impressions: “pride” of rank and fortune and “prejudice” against Elizabeth’s inferiority of family hold Darcy aloof, while Elizabeth is equally fired both by the pride of self-respect and by prejudice against Darcy’s snobbery.

How do I do this? This book was amazing!!!! And it is my classic for the 2018 Book Bingo. I am so proud of myself!! Maybe I’ll complete this thing after all. But back to the book, the characters were awesome and the plot was like nothing I’ve ever read before. If you want to hear more then read on.

The characters were a mix between funny to read about and me screaming about why some people weren’t together yet. So, not a very good combination. I’m pretty sure lots of people have said this but I’m going to as well, I knew that the marriage between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy was coming. Sorry, I needed to get that out there. I just realized something. I don’t know which Bennet sister I am!!!! Maybe Mary, because she reads books? That brings me to a question. Where was Mary during this book? We only saw her ten times tops. That annoyed me. We saw every other sister, why not Mary? Because I’m sure that you don’t want to hear me rant I will just move onto to my favorite character in the book, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is really really cool. I’m not sure if she would rule high school but it is a good possibility. Just like Lydia would be on the cheerleading team just to see if she could get a football player. (And I have lost the plot again.) Elizabeth was also very self-confident. (And Mr. Collins was an idiot.) She didn’t take the first offer of marriage she got, or the second (Mr. Darcy proposed to her, sort of, twice). So, all the power to her. I hope that she and Mr. Darcy are happy together.

The plot was really really intriguing and different. Social drama and running away with guys that you barely know(yes I’m talking to you Lydia). Even though that’s not the drama that we face right now it’s just as interesting. The marriage situations were my favorite. Mrs. Bennet was either yelling at the girl in question for not accepting the offer or strolling around declaring that the girl was her favorite child. It was really funny to read about how moronic Mrs. Bennet was. The conversations that the characters had were very funny. I think that this book deserves its title as a classic and I hope that everyone reads it.

The setting was also very interesting. I loved how the characters were always traveling. Pemberly was my favorite estate in the entire book. It wasn’t a very hard choice. That one has the biggest library. *my little sister screaming “And it has Mr. Darcy!!” Shut it little child. You know nothing of this world.* As, I was saying, it has the biggest library and that is why I would like to live at Pemberly. The grounds are also supposed to be really beautiful. Have I said enough? The answer is yes.

As you can see I loved this book quite a lot. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It is also the classic for my 2018 Book Bingo. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Emma, by Jane Austen — March 8, 2018

Emma, by Jane Austen

download (1)Beautiful, clever, rich – and single – Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.

This book was amazing!!! The writing style was like nothing I have ever read before. I don’t know if Pride and Prejudice is like that but I think that it is. Emma was such a delightful person. She had her flaws but she acknowleged them and then tried to change her actions. It was delightful. The plot was also impressive!!! I don’t think that I could write about a town like Ms. Austen does. Maybe one day I’ll give it a try.

All of the characters, as you can probably tell, are amazing. I will now summarize each of the main characters (and some side characters) in one sentence.  Emma is witty, smart, and sometimes interferes with things that she should not. Mr. Woodhouse is eccentric and protective of those close to him (a quality that I greatly admire). Mr. Knightly is to the point and tells Emma how things are, not how she wants to here them. Harriet Smith might not have been very smart but she cared about people and that counts for something. Mrs. Elton was just annoying and I hated her. The same with Mr. Elton. Jane Fairfax seemed okay when she was actually there and not being talked about. Fred Churchill (any connection to the famous Winston Churchill?) was in the beginning of the book a very nice man but then he started scheming and my respect for him dropped a lot. Now you know how I feel about a lot of the characters. That went on longer than I thought that it would.

The plot was also very interesting (I feel like I say that a lot) because of the town setting which let us get to know the characters better and how they interacted with each other. It also let you attend many social events like balls and picinics. There was some drama and romance in this book as well. The romance part was very interesting to me. Emma was constantly being reprimanded by Mr. Knightly to not meddle in people’s affairs, mainly their love lives. It was pretty funny actually. The arguments were really impressive. 

The setting was very well done. I think that it would be very hard to write a small town contemporary setting (yes, this was actually a contemporary, it was written in her time period, when she was alive so therefore it was a contemporary for her). You would have to study the town that you were modeling your fictional town after for ages to see how it worked and how the people interacted. Another thing, Ms. Austen really gets people and how to get into their heads (that probably should have been in the character’s paragraph sorry not sorry). 

As you can see I loved Emma. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone. It also counts as my takes place in a different time period square for my 2018 Book Bingo challenge. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Book Rating: th (14)