This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author
Not gonna lie. It was a little difficult to come up with an idea for this week's list because I'm not used to recommending books to people (so much of what I read is assigned or recommended by others...not used to actually thinking about this sort of thing)
Then, it came to me: Jane Austen. But what about her because I haven't actually read much of Austen. Then, it came to me again: ten things to see or books to read if you like Jane Austen. And let me know if there are any that I missed. I'm always game for an Austen adaptation.
1. The 1995 TV miniseries of Pride and Prejudice: it stars Colin Firth (if that's not enough to sell you, then I'm not sure what to do for you) but the BBC produced it and I think it's against British law for people to mess up Austen and Shakespeare, so it's a great way to spend an off day if you love P&P.
2. Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club: not quite an adaptation straight from an Austen novel, but the characters read all of Austen's books and some of the plots mirror some of the plots that Austen's characters lived through. Love the book and the movie as well.
3. Clueless: it's based on Emma and let's face it, I'm a child of the 90s. I've seen the movie approximately a zillion times (more or less) and I've loved it for twenty years. As a future teacher (someday, somewhere) one of my dreams is to be able to teach a class that would somehow incorporate modern adaptations with the original text. If I get to, these two would most definitely be on the list.
4 & 5. Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary and The Edge of Reason: both books were inspired by P&P (and for those who have seen the movies have probably noticed the inside joke of Bridget loving the P&P adaptation starring Colin Firth when Firth plays Mark Darcy in the films)
6. Katherine Reay's Lizzy and Jane: it's a heavy book, but an interesting read about two sisters who come to realize that they may be more like the Austen sisters than they ever realized.
7. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: it's a web series that's shot vlog-wise and based off of P&P. If you're looking for modern, look no further.
8. Austenland: again, not really based on one book in particular, but the main character, Jane, loves all things Austen (including the 1995 BBC P&P adaptation starring Colin Firth) and visits a Jane Austen-themed resort in England.
9 &10. Wishbone's "Pup Fiction" and "Furst Impressions": yes. Wishbone. I loved the heck out of this show growing up and I'm feeling a bit nostalgic. "Pup Fiction" was based off of Northanger Abbey and "Furst Impressions" was based on P&P.
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