I have a confession to make.
This is very bad.
I don't think I've ever really acknowledged it.
I haven't read any of Jane Austen's books.
The stigma, of course, being that I have seen every book-turned-movie and nearly every version -- all 7 novels! American and BBC versions! -- some of them many times over and yet ... I haven't read the books that inspired them.
I grew up quoting this (oh, and recreating the dances with a group of friends like the huge nerd I was):
Then I converted to this version in 2006 (yes, there is a great debate apparently as to which version is the 'best') despite my best efforts at NOT liking it (gotta say I have not been a Keira Knightley fan):
I remember seeing this in theatres and then buying and watching it like a hundred times:
I remember LOVING this movie so much (still do) that I asked for and got the soundtrack for my (I think) 10th birthday. Yeah. nerd.
I remember seeing this lovely film and feeling so sorry for poor Anne and Wentworth and their embattled romance:
This is really, very awful. I resolved just this afternoon to set it right. I must read all of her books. I just ... have to. Actually I want to; surely it won't be a painful endeavor. I have simply told myself that it's something I must do to balance the scales.
I have read the 'Lord of the Rings' triology; heck I even read 'The Silmarillion' in all it's verbosity. I've completely earned all the 'Jane Eyre' films I've seen over the years (this topic calls for its own blog post!); I must have read that book 20 times (it is my favorite after all). I even did a character presentation about Jane Austen in costume AND British accent in middle school. Still haven't read her books. *slaps wrist*
I will read all seven of Jane Austen's novels before the end of the year.
I think I'll read them chronologically which, according to some moderate research on this website, means I'll be reading 'Sense and Sensibility' first.
That is my Four-Months-Into-The-New-Year Resolution.