I have a confession to make. I haven’t read any Jane Austen books! I know, I know, I can already hear your jaws hitting the floor, but it’s true. Well not entirely true actually…..I have attempted to read Jane Austen but haven never finished (is that even worse?).
Maybe I am missing something here as pretty much everyone I know (bloggers or otherwise) love Austen books and the funny thing is that I love a) the classics (Victorian fiction in particular which is only one era away from Austen), b) I love a bit of romance and wit (I mean chicklit-types, not bodice-rippers) and c) Colin Firth as Mr Darcy is HOT! (OK, I digress…)
Maybe it is precisely that – I have seen all the TV adaptations – that I know the story lines and don’t feel the need to read the books (where’s the surprise?) but I’m not even sure it’s that. Several years ago I did start reading Pride & Predjucide (hence my teensy fib about having read the book) but I only got half way through. It wasn’t because I hated it (I didn’t) or because it was badly written (it wasn’t) so why then? I just got distracted by something new and shiny and P&P didn’t have enough pulling power to force me back.
If you’re still my friend after reading this post, should I persevere? Which one should I try and why?