1. I've read all of her novels, some of them numerous times.
2. I have seen three movie versions of Pride and Prejudice, two movie versions of Emma, two movie versions of Sense and Sensibility, as well as movie versions of both Mansfield Park and Persuasion.
3. I also saw Becoming Jane, Clueless (which was totally an Emma remake), Bridget Jone's Diary, (Ah, Colin Firth--you will forever be Mr. Darcy in my heart) and Bride and Prejudice, which is an awesome Bollywood film.
(EDIT: Sadly, I totally misspelled Austen when I first wrote this post. I wrote Austin, as in Texas. My only defense is that I was waiting for some books from Austin, Texas, and so the place was much on my mind. Sorry.)
Despite my hard won Austen expertise, I still loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, except for the occasional grossness. (That's why I watch Jane Austen movies and not zombie movies. Usually.)
|Pride and Prejudice and Zombies||Grahame-Smith, Seth|
I can't decide what I love most about this book; having such a bizarre thing as zombies described in the style and wit of Jane Austen, or the fact that Elizabeth Bennett is such a kick-arse heroine. Probably both. 5 stars.
And in the spirit of controversial-ity, here are some more not-recommended-for-everyone books. (These are great books by skilled authors, but "a good clean read" is NOT how I'd describe them.)
|White Witch, Black Curse (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #7)||Harrison, Kim|
Kim Harrison is kind of what Laurell K. Hamilton would have been had she not gone over the deep end and filled her books with violence and sex. (Much of it at the same time.) Not that there aren't, um... patches of grown up material in the Rachel Morgan books, but they don't take over the story and by and large are much more tasteful.
This is my favorite Rachel Morgan book so far, (and the first one to get five stars) primarily because of a new character she introduces; a ghost who's "a little dirty with a heart of gold". I'm a sucker for confident, competent, slightly sarcastic men in books, and Pierce bids fair to become my favorite character.
(Dear Kim Harrison, if you're reading this, please do not kill, banish, or otherwise send Pierce away in the next book. I will cry.)
|Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)||Butcher, Jim|
My dad (from whom I received my 'read-everything-and-sort-it-out-later' gene) found this series, finished the first book, and promptly handed it off to me, saying "You need to read this." I did.
In a day.
A-mazing. The main character is a wizard with a bit of a past who pays the rent by hiring out his wizarding skills. But when someone starts killing people with magic, he has to figure out who, all the while dodging the Mafia, a possible death sentence from the White Council, and a wizard who kills every time it rains.
The voice is pitch perfect on this, and SO much fun to read. I think this was the line that hooked me:
"Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."
Also, a Poll: I have a couple of posts that will be all about books by one author. Which would you like first, Agatha Christe, or Elizabeth Peters?