Sunday, January 5, 2014

Austens Everywhere

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was first published 200 years ago. Many readers regard it as one of the greatest English language novels of all time, and it is certainly the most iconic among those written by the amazing Jane Austen. If you haven't read it yet, for goodness sake what are you waiting for?

Pride and Prejudice has inspired countless adaptations on film and in print. As you can tell from this friendly debate over at Forever Young Adult, most folks base their film preferences on which Darcy is hottest. (Colin Firth FTW!) There have been hollywood films, Bollywood musicals, mini series, and, most recently, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a YouTube adaptation. 

There are also, of course, a whole plethora of books written in honor of the world of Regency romance Jane Austen created. You can read about the events of the book from almost any other character's perspective. You can read about events that occurred beyond the pages of the original novel. You can read comic book adaptations. You can even enjoy Elizabeth Bennet as a detective or a zombie hunter. Follow the link for a sampling of the Austen-tatious books on offer at your library:

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