This artical originated January 11,2014, on my other blog Kittens with Mittens.
I soon realized that I needed a Literary blog too, so Totally Austentatious was born.
This is a reediting of that origional post.
At this point I really have to thank you, my family and my friends, who put up, ad nauseam with my reading ramblings. What can I say, love me love my books!
Yes, I have a thing for Austen. I didn’t realize how extensive it was till I started digging through my collection.
It has even snuck into my knitting. On my to due list Darcy Shawlette,
I have the famous novels… a few copies of each
The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Seven Great English Classics (sc)
The Complete Works of Jane Austen (2 ebooks)
- Sense and Sensibility (1811) (1 hc, 1 sc, 3 ebooks)
- Pride and Prejudice (1813) (1 collector ed, 1 hc, 1sc, 3 ebooks)
- Mansfield Park (1814) (2hc, 1sc, 3 ebooks)
- Emma (1815) (2hc, 1 sc, 3 ebooks)
- Northanger Abbey (1818, posthumous) (1sc, 3 ebooks)
- Persuasion (1818, posthumous) (1hc, 1sc, 3 ebooks)
- Lady Susan (1794, 1805) (ebook)
and ebook copies too, because you can’t go anywhere without Jane!
All of the above on Kobo Glow, Kobo Arc and Sony Ereader.
Films, Audio tapes, and Ebooks
Death at Pemberley by PD. James (audio)
Pride and Prejudice (DVD 1995) A&E starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (the best!)
And the more recent Pride and Prejudice (2005)
and an older BBC version.
Somewhere I have Sir Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson, delightful!
Bride and Prejudice (2004) Bollywood musical (enjoyed it)
Persuasion (1995) – my all time fav!
Sense and Sensibility (2008 – VHS) Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant (the best)
Emma (1996) Kate Beckinsale (best of the two)
though I won both…
Emma (1996) Gwynth Paltrow (not as good) but amusing.
I also indulge in continuations of her novels and there are a lot out there.
My favourites are by Linda Berdoll,
*Mr Darcy takes a Wife and *Darcy and Elizabeth
My comment: Miss Austen, being as single lady of her age and time, probably would have been shocked by this more realistic view of married life. This is the Darcy and Lizzie you imagine as a married couple! I am so fond of these books, originally owned them in trade paperback, I also purchased them in ebook!
Some other delightful series
Sharon Lathan has also written a rather good series related to Pride and Prejudice. This series sounds more Austen.
*Mr & Mrs Fitzwiliam Darcy: Two shall become one
- *Loving Mr. Darcy
- My Dearest Mr. Darcy
- In the Arms of Mr. Darcy
- Miss Darcy falls in Love
- The Trouble with Mr. Darcy
- The Passions of Mr. Darcy (the story of Darcy’s Uncle George)
- A Darcy Christmas (Don’t have)
I have also been collecting the Pemberley Chronicals by Rebecca Ann Collins
*The Pemberley Chronicles
- *The Women of Pemberley
- Netherfield Park Revisited
- The Ladies of Longbourn
- Mr Darcy’s Daughter
- My Cousin Caroline
- Postscript from Pemberley (don’t have)
- Recollections of Rosings (don’t have)
- A Woman of Influence
- The Legacy of Pemberley (don’t have)
I like this series but Austen’s voice is missing.
Rebecca Ann Collins has also written Expectations of Happiness a follow-up to Sense and Sensibility
Found these in ebook format
Georgiana’s Diary by Anna Elliott eb. a free ebook
and Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange eb. preview I am seriously thinking about purchasing this one. Has anyone read it?
Some other recent finds:
I also have a collection of short stories *Dancing with Mr. Darcy
How about from Darcy’s point of view
*Darcy’s Passion by Regina Jeffers – Don’t let the title through you it isn’t bad
*Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion by Regina Jeffers sc.- Rather good till just before the end. Spys and nonsence creeps in. 4/5th of the book is worth reading.
How about letters, and Diaries?
Austen began writing in this form then moved to the more conventional novel format. I enjoy epistolary books (letters) and Diaries.
*Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Maya Slater sc. (rather good)
*Dear Mr Darcy by Amanda Grange tpb (very good)
*Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins tpb (Excellent series of letters between the characters)
Looking forward to reading these recent finds :0)
Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson tpb.
Only Mr. Darcy will do by Kara Louise tpb.
The Truth About Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani tpb.
and my DH found this in the last copy section of Chapters :0)
*Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski – delightful and unusual take on Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s relationship. Totally recommend this slightly off beat book. :0) sc.
Other recent purchases, as yet unread
The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview
The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle – I have since read, not how I saw Mary developing but good.
The Bad Miss Bennet by Jean Burnett (Lydia)
There are reference books and biographies as well.
Jane Austen: A life by Claire Tomlin tbp
A Brief Guide to Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the World’s Favourite Author by Charles Jennings sc.
*The Complete World of Jane Austen by Lauren Nixon hc.
(total disappointment, waste your money on this one)
My family and friends keep me well supplied, and DH & DS but up with my Austen observations.
Just for fun go check out The Republic of Pemberley website for everything Austen. DH found it while surfing the net…Isn’t he awesome! (my Colonel Brandon)
Note: * = have read, sc.= softcover, tpb. = trade paperback, hc. = hardcover, eb. = ebook