Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Talk Like Jane Austen Day - 2013

Dear Readers,
Have a Happy
Talk Like Jane Austen Day!


The more I know of the world,
the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.
I require so much!
- says Marianne of Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen


See how Marianne's sister, Elinor, reacts to this man...

I-I've come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is, and always will be, yours.
-Edward Ferrars to Elinor in the 1995 film version of Sense & Sensibility


Check out these Jane Austen-ish words...

Sense & Sensibility
by Joanna Trollope
just released: October 29, 2013

From Joanna Trollope, one of the most insightful chroniclers of family life writing fiction today, comes a contemporary retelling of Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s classic novel of love, money, and two very different sisters.

John Dashwood promised his dying father that he would take care of his half sisters. But his wife, Fanny, has no desire to share their newly inherited estate. When she descends upon Norland Park, the three Dashwood girls—Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret—are faced with the realities of a cold world and the cruelties of life without their father, their home, or their money.

With her sparkling wit, Joanna Trollope casts a clever, satirical eye on the tales of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.

Reimagining Sense and Sensibility in a fresh, modern new light, she spins the novel’s romance, bonnets, and betrothals into a wonderfully witty coming-of-age story about the stuff that really makes the world go around. For when it comes to money, some things never change....


fyi: Joanna's book above is part of The Austen Project in which six bestselling authors have been commissioned to rewrite one of Jane's completed works.

Other authors include:

Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid - coming March 2014
Pride & Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld
Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

Persuasion and Mansfield Park are not yet announced.

To find out more about The Austen Project, you can signup for their newsletter here.


I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter in all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both.
― says Marianne of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


* Talk like Jane Austen day is in celebration of the 202nd anniversary of the publishing of Sense & Sensibility. You can find out more about this day here and here.

* image source Sense & Sensibility comic #1, Sense & Sensibility cell phone


  1. I enjoy this day because my occasion Austen quotes can be explained away to the peeps at work though they still give me hilarious looks when I just rattle off a quote that fits the moment. Interesting project and I'm curious to read their stuff.

  2. I always fear these dwellings on classic books.
    They don't go out of style, so why tamper with them?


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