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Mission accomplished

I actually managed to complete my mission: I’ve watched eight Jane Austen related movies and lived to tell about it. And I enjoyed every one of them, but, as usual, I liked one above the rest. Can you guess which one?

I am Anne Elliot!

Yep, I didn’t need to take a test to know I liked Persuasion more than any other of the movies. Nevertheless, I was thrilled to know I am Anne Elliot.

Now I’m back to my day-to-day life. The house feels empty without my parents, it feels less like a home. And I’m spending my mornings missing my little baby. But I’m getting used to it. Life goes on and her place is school now.

I also realized that I have a lot of unfinished projects around the house and a large stack of unfinished books that pretty much looks like this:

A picture of several book stacks on the floor.

Photo by xtrarant

I went back to reading Boccaccio’s Decameron, that I started before the movie marathon, but I’ve not been able to write anything else besides this blog post. Therefore my short story is still a possibility, not a reality.

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On The Jane Austen Book Club

Finally I manage to watch The Jane Austen Book Club. It was the most difficult movie to watch. Along with my separation anxiety from my little girl I had to deal with another separation anxiety from my parents going back home. Somehow I was able to barely survive.

But now lets talk about the movie. First of all I need to make clear that I have not read the book that inspired this movie. So I have no way to compare both version. Second, that it was nice to change from all the period films to a more contemporary setting.

The Jane Austen Book Club (film)

The Jane Austen Book Club (film)
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Jane Austen Book Club is not a great movie, but it’s cute. There are six characters, one each represent an Austen heroine, that includes Grigg, the only guy, who’s a modern-day Catherine Morland. I liked the fact that each one of the club members is unique in her or his own way similar to the Austen model without being a blatant copycat.

What I really didn’t like was the Daniel/Sylvia situation. He divorces her in a climacteric whim, leaving her for another and when he’s back and contrite, Sylvia just accepts him back. She didn’t even try to redo her life in the meantime. Why oh why perpetuate that kind of subservient conduct for women? Well, maybe the lesbian kid and the older woman/young man topics were more than the screenwriters and director could handle.

Besides that, I think this is an entertaining movie, especially if you’re looking for something you can pretty much guess from the beginning. As a writer, I’m sure I want people to enjoy my writing, but I’m not sure I want them to guess the outcome from the start.

By the way, the annoying Prudie turned out to be my favorite character. I think she’s the one that changes the most throughout the movie.

Somebody reading a book with a Jane Austen portrait in it using a magnifier.

A jeanite reading for a book club

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On Becoming Jane

Becoming Jane seems like the logical movie to watch after the previous six based on her major novels. I really like this fictional biography.

It’s a Postmodern creation out of the very Romantic idea that an author biography is reflected in his creation or, in this case, her creation. That’s why most of it isn’t true. And I pretty much I imagined it when I watched it the first time.

Anne Hathaway does a fine job as does James McAvoy and pretty much everybody else.

Cover of "Becoming Jane"

Cover of Becoming Jane

One of the things I liked the most about the movie was the constant references to Austen’s work. It actually became kind of a game recognizing the literary references.

As a writer I think I can do that, refer to other literary works not to copycat them but to exercise readers’ minds. And why not. Real originality is unattainable and great authors are influenced by previous great authors. They don’t copy them, they work over what they have done before as Austen did.

And what the heck, I might as well say it: I want to be a great author.

Large billboard on the a building's wall with Jane Austen in it.

The casting call Becoming Jane was a little… subtle.

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