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Ah, Jane Austen has been my favourite author since I first read Pride and Prejudice in my early teens. Persuasion was a bit spoilt for me when I did it for 'A' Level English, but that was a long time ago and I've got over that and I think that vies for first place with P&P now. Your post makes me want to read them all over again. I quite liked the recent BBC adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, but preferred the Emma Thompson version.

Bride of the Book God

Danielle, I've tried and tried over the years but just can't get on with Jane at all. But interesting to read your thoughts.


I'm with Booksplease - the recent BBC adaptation of S&S was fine and enjoyable but my heart belongs to the Emma Thompson version, which is magical, imo.


I"m so glad you ended up enjoying Sense and Sensibility - although I completely agree with Persuasion being a favourite.

Ann Darnton

I didn't see the recent adaptation so I can't compare, but I do think the Emma Thompson version was true to the soul of the book. I'd definitely give that the thumbs up.


I'm so glad you enjoyed this - it's years since I last read it but I did love it. I have to confess to having never read Persuasion. I should, shouldn't I?


BooksPlease--I know school lit classes are supposed to make you love literature, but it seems they have an uncanny ability to put students off some book or other. I'm glad you enjoy Persuasion now--I think it and P&P are my favorites as well!
Bride of the Book God--I didn't start reading her until I was an adult--I'm not sure what I would have thought had I read her when I was much younger. I love her scathing wit! Luckily there are plenty of other authors out there to love if JA isn't your thing! :)
Cath--I saw that version a long time ago (probably when it came out), so I need to pull it out and watch again. I am enjoying the other version as well, but it will be nice to compare while the book is so fresh in my head.
Karen--I'm glad I stuck with it. I started reading it a long time ago, but got caught up on that slow start, and that time I put it down and didn't pick it up again. I really did enjoy it so much more this time!
Ann--The consensus seems to be that the Emma Thompson version is the favorite. I must pull it out and watch it as well. Of course Emma T. is a brilliant actress so not surprising really.
Litlove--Yes, I'm definitely glad I stuck with it. You should give Persuasion a go sometime! It is not one of the longer books at least--I love that Anne Elliot is given a second chance at love at the ripe old age of 27!! :)


What fun! I really do need to reread this one. I've not seen the BBC version but I have the Emma Thompson version and enjoy it immensely. She does the commentary on the DVD too and it is quite fun.

Dorothy W.

I'm glad you enjoyed this so much! I remember the John Dashwood/Fanny scene well too -- it's so funny! Austen has the perfect satirical voice. You make me want to reread her!


This is my very favorite Austen novel. I recently watched the movie THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB and while I know that many didn't like it, I enjoyed the concept of a book club reading Jane Austen all the time. Ha! Anyway, Emma Thompson's movie version is probably my very favorite movie of all time. Not sure why. It just speaks to me and I watch it over and over. It's probably about time for me to reread the book. Glad you enjoyed it.


I read Sense and Sensibility last fall. I had a really hard time getting into it, but ended up liking it. I moved on to Persuasion, but since I read it via it's taking a while.


I know I know. I have mentioned in many occasions that I don't read enough Austen. I have only read Pride and Prejudice. But I'll start Sense and Sensibility. It looks like there are engrossing elements that I'll really enjoy.


Stefanie--I only have the old VHS of S&S w/Emma Thompson. Still, it works. This is definitely a worthy reread!
Dorothy--No one can compare to Jane Austen when it comes to those sorts of satirical scenes. She does them so well. I'm ready to move on the P&P (a reread), but I need to read a few other things first. I'm really glad I stuck with it.
Kay--I can see why you like it so much and will have to read it again. I saw the Jane Austen book club. I thought it was pretty entertaining actually and I liked the premise, too!
Lisa--It was a little slow going for me at first, too, but I'm glad I stuck it out. I've thought of doing DailyLit, but it would depend on the book as I might get too impatient and want to read it all at once. I hope you're enjoying Persuasion, though.
Matt--Yes, you need to read more Jane Austen! This was a fun read actually. And Persuasion is great, too!

Simon T

Hurray for S&S! Again, one of my favourite novels.


Simon--I was very pleasantly surprised. But then I've liked everything I've read by her so far. It's hard not to appreciate her wonderful writing. Next I want to reread P&P and then will move on to Mansfield Park, which I've not read. I'm looking forward to it.

Jean at The Delightful Repast

Danielle, I think of you when I ready anything any more! Have recently been revisiting Jane Austen and, of course, have a special interest in the food of her era. Thought you might like

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