Perhaps it's the new resolve brought on by the Game On! Diet, but I'm ready to sign up for another challenge -- this one set forth by Stephanie of Stephanie's Written Word--The Everything Austen Challenge. This is my first blog challenge, and I think it's fitting that I do one posted by the person who helped me so much in putting together the Book Blogger Panel at BEA. I love Stephanie and I love this challenge! How to participate? Well, check out the introductory post over on Stephanie's Written Word but the basic gist of it is that you commit to watching or reading six Austen themed movies, tv shows or books between July 1st and January 1, 2010. So, to that end, here are the six Austen themed things I'm going to do!
Watch Lost in Austen-- I never read the book, but watching the trailer on Stephanie's blog made me realize I've really missed something, can't wait
Re-watch Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow with my daughter - I absolutely love this movie (Jeremy Northam as "My Mr. Knightley!") and have been wanting to share it with my 14 yo ever since we watched Shakespeare in Love together
Read Mansfield Park -- it's the only Austen novel I've not read, or not read in its entirety, though I've read the others multiple times
Read Darcy's Story -- because seriously, we can't get enough of him
Watch The Jane Austen Book Club -- loved the book, missed the movie and have been interested to see how it was adapted
OK, that's it, I'll keep you posted as to my progress, and if I've inspired you, you can sign up to fill yourself full of Austen (and win fabulous prizes!) over at Stephanie's Written Word!