This September, Alix and I will be participating in a lovely event called Classics Retold. The project involves choosing a classic and then reading or watching as many adaptations of that classic as possible. This includes spin-off books, prequels, sequels, film adaptations, television series — whatever you can find for the novel of your choice! Since it’s such a big project, it’s being hosted at several different blogs. Our category, 19th Century & Gothic, is being hosted by Charlene at Bookish Whimsy. Want to join in? Sign-ups are open until May 25th! The details are all on this page, including where to sign up depending on the category you’re interested in.
Our Pick: Persuasion by Jane Austen
At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austenâs last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.
We chose Persuasion because…
Alix: I have loved Jane Austen since I was a young teenager! My mom introduced me to her via theÂ
infamous 1995 BBC mini-seriesÂ Pride & Prejudice starring Colin Firth! After watching and falling in love with the story of Elizabeth & Darcy, I went out and got myself the Complete Novels of Jane AustenÂ (one huge brick of a book that gave my arms quite the workout while reading!).Â Persuasion was not immediately a favourite Austen novel of mine, it took my reading it again years later to fall in love with the story of Anne Elliot. Now it is my second favourite Austen novel.
Paola: Confession time! I am actually not a big Jane Austen fan. (Cue horrified gasps!) I had this terrible experience trying to read Pride & Prejudice many, many years ago and I’m afraid the ordeal frightened me away from all things Austen. However, I do believe that it’s time for me to give it another chance and see how I like the books now that I’m older and (possibly?) wiser. I actually love the Regency era and books set in that time period, so I feel like that’s another reason to allow Miss Austen a second chance.
And we’ll be reading/watching these adaptations…
- The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz
- For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
- Searching For Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe
- Persuasion (2007 TV Drama) starring Sally Hawkins & Rupert Penry-Jones
We can’t wait for September! Are you participating in Classics Retold? If you are, please tell us what classic you chose and leave a link to your blog or intro post so we can follow along!