Despite the kick-ass cover (which was done by Audrey Niffenegger), I’m still not a fan of Austen.
Then why did you read it, you ask?
Well, because it was on the shelf, and I’m trying to be better about reading all of these books that have been hanging around for what feels like forever. Plus, I figure if I bothered to move them into this little apartment with me, the least I could do was read them (or at least some of them). Because some day I’m going to move again and it’s my sincere hope that I will not have to lug quite so many books back down the stairs (maybe I should be focusing on the hardbacks?).
Back to Austen. I have come to the conclusion that there are two main reasons why I don’t care for Austen (and keep in mind I’m basing these conclusions off of Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice, so I hardly qualify as an experienced reader):
- Her main characters speak 10 words (9 of which are of dislike) to each other throughout the whole book and then profess their undying love and live happily ever after.
- All of the supporting characters are twits.
Also, for lines like this:
“He had a pleasing face and a melancholy air, just as he ought to have, and drew back from conversation.”
Just as he ought to have?? What is up with lines like that? Who deserves to have a melancholy air, anyways? And if you’re melancholy, do you really have a pleasing face?
Erg. I always get annoyed by lines like that, and by all of the Judgey McJudgerson characters populating her novels. I know it’s supposed to be poking fun at society, but it just bugs.