I'm happy to say, I finally got to enjoy a few "Everything Austen Challenges" in the past week! I'd wanted to watch (again, but it's been a while) the Keira & Matthew movie version of "Pride & Prejudice" from 2005. Love the energy! That was something I'd noticed the first time I saw the film: the cast and the director really captured the energy and youthfulness of Darcy, Elizabeth and all the characters in the book. Much as I adore the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version, that was a more sedate production and, sometimes, it's nice to see a bunch of young people acting their age...
Also, I've been waiting for just the right time--which turned out to be this week--to sit down and enjoy all five issues of the Marvel Comics P&P limited-edition series. What fun! (And *Mwah!* once again to the fabulous Pamela Cayne for introducing these to me.) While it wasn't at all the same reading experience as getting cozy with an Austen novel, my first serious foray into the world of comics proved utterly delightful... And my husband (Batman fan) and my son (Spiderman-obsessed child) found it ceaselessly entertaining this summer that I was the one always asking to stop at the comic book stores in our area so I could collect the full set.
To flesh out my week's trio of Austen-esque activities, I did one thing that was NOT on my original "Challenge" list: I ordered some items, for the first time, from The Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England. None of these items were overly extravagant, even coming from across The Pond: one back issue of Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine, one small book entitled Jane Austen's England and one dark-green tote bag with the P&P (1894) "Peacock Edition" cover on the front. I'm not an avid shopper at all, so it's incredibly rare for me to come across a MUST-HAVE purchase, but that bag was one of them... For a mere 11.99 in British pounds (about $19) + shipping, it was mine! It arrived 2 days ago, and I've been happily putting it to use ever since. :-)
Finally, I'm honored to be a guest of the wonderful Tina Russo today on her group blog "The Seekers." Tina, a fellow 007 Bond Sister, asked me to talk a little about the Women's Fiction genre and how I define it. So, if you're interested, please stop by Seekerville! I'll also be giving away an advanced reading copy of According to Jane to one of the day's commenters over there... :)