I watched Jane Austen movies all day and this is what happened

(Note: This was originally published on 12/18/2015)

For Jane Austen’s birthday in 2015, I decided to make use of my unemployed status and livetweet as many films as I could fit into my day (interspersed with cold-nap breaks and snack time). I got through Northanger Abbey , Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion.

Here’s what came to mind:

1. Men have been fools for a long time. Whether they are a rake like Wickham (a wannabe like Thorpe), or the real deal that is Wentworth, guys are clearly in need of some lessons when it comes to treating ladies well.

If you learn one thing from Sense and Sensibility it’s this that cake is greater than rakes.

2. Jane did not write prudish heroines. Carriage rides with a bachelor had the potential to ruin one’s reputation. Austen didn’t flinch when writing about the less-than-savory behaviors that teens are apt to take part in.

3. Everyone has family drama. Whether your mom is a Mrs. Bennet or your sister is a Fanny Dashwood, no family is as perfect as they’d like the outside world to think they are.

4. Love changes. Like a good wine (and you know I’m a fan of wine), love matures. Lizzy and Darcy needed some time to get to know each other and themselves before they could be a good match. Wentworth and Anne needed a whole lot of time before they could forgive, forget and rekindle what I can only assume is a hot love affair. (When the boats a rockin’, don’t come a-knockin’.)

5. No one can translate Austen’s wit to screen. They come close, really close, but something is always lost when we don’t have a sly narrator turning our heads and whispering in our ears behind a fan.

6. Her stories are a time capsule. I walked away thinking about accomplishments, social life and romance, things that modern women aren’t as concerned about as our Regency counterparts because we have more freedom, and therefore more to focus on in our daily lives. I’ve been completely consumed with job-hunting and budgeting my savings, but this last year I learned the value of a life outside the workplace.

Life is about more than a paycheck, just as life then was about more than a husband. For Austen’s women it was about survival, finding a husband with income to keep you set for life and then being able to manage that home. Today we can make our own means, but we should still find a moment or two to read a book, go to dinner or even marathon some movies.

Note: Does this blog seem familiar? In 2015 I wrote this for the now defunct Drunk Austen. I decided to revise and republish MY content on my own site.

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