Program of Interest

I had planned to have another Austen in August book review for you. However, the book I was reading was an ebook and my device died. Since it is an older device it takes FOREVER to charge, so I wasn't able to get as far into the book as I had planned this weekend.

Those of you who are members of CNJ JASNA already received this information, but I wanted to share it with more of you in case you live in the area and are free tonight.  This isn't one of our programs, but we love to support NJ libraries!


#AustenInAugustRBR - Book Beginnings: Captain Frederick Wentworth's Persuasion by Regina Jeffers

This is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  They ask that you post the first line(s) to the book you are currently reading and share some feelings on the book.  I'm tweaking this a bit and I'm going to share first lines of books/stories, written by, about, or in the theme of Jane Austen.

This week I'm taking my opening from Captain Frederick Wentworth's Persuasion: Jane Austen's Classic Retold Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers. This is also my next book in my Austen in August reading.

"I have you Captain!" the midshipman cried. "I required assistance!" the youth screamed over the turmoil on the deck, as he attempted to support the weight of the slumped-over officer, who clung to his exhausted frame. -->Captain Frederick Wentworth had recognized the danger of pursuing the retreating French sloop, but he also had acknowledged the necessity of keeping the French from reaching reinforcements and from placing English secrets in Bonaparte's hands. Despite the fact that his wife traveled aboard the Resolve with him, Frederick had made the decision to take the French vessel. 
Don't worry the wife is Anne. I've only read a few pages, but can tell this is going to be a good book.


#AustenInAugustRBR - Book Review: Pride, Prejudice and Popcorn by Carrie Sessarego

Pride, Prejudice and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane EyrePride, Prejudice and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre by Carrie Sessarego
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Going into this book, I wondered why these three novels and questioned whether this author was one of those people who assumed these authors were contemporaries. Well, I had to make though almost all of the books for the reason - because she wanted to.  Carrie Sessarego knows that these authors weren't contemporaries and she knows that they have little in common, but she does a wonderful job of breaking down the novels and their movie adaptations.  She even goes a little further and does some comparing and contrasting between the novels.

The main chunk of this book is broken down like this:

  • novel summary
  • grouped chapter breakdowns
  • what a good adaptation should have
  • reviews of movies
  • bests in categories like characters, costumes, settings, ect.
What I liked most, was the chapter breakdowns were like sitting down over coffee with some friends and gossiping about people.  Carrie adds a snarky aspect that mimics personal conversation between friends. Everything is done from her likes and dislikes so you may not find that her favorite adaptation is to your liking, but she tends to be pretty open and honest about aspects of the movies. 

It's worth checking out if you would like to see what adaptations are out there for these novels.  Which movies are worth watching for their likeness to the novels and which are worth watching because they are nothing like the novels. Also if you want to find a like opinion that nothing about Wuthering Heights is romantic at all.