Let me lay all my cards on the table and confess that Mansfield Park has always been one of my favorites. If the Bennet girls operate under the ticking time bomb of the entail, they at least have each other, their looks, and their wits. In MP, Austen isolates Fanny Price from all possible aid. She has no money, she is separated from her dear brother, she has an overbearing aunt, and she loses her favorite cousin's attentions to that delightful siren Mary Crawford. Fanny is on her own.Though not unintelligent, Fanny is no wit, no life of the party. But while she may shrink on the outside, the girl is rock-solid underneath.
|Stay away from this woman.|
Mansfield Park has been on the old brain recently because, among my many writing starts, I've got a few chapters of a novel "inspired by" it, in the same way the movie Clueless was "inspired by" Emma. Tangentially, this book would fit in the Cass Ewan series because the Edmund character gets mentioned at least once by name in Mourning Becomes Cassandra or The Littlest Doubts (I'll have to search on Google Books to remember where!). We'll see how it goes. The draft is a little messy so far, but I'm on Chapter Five. If it makes it over the Chapter Six hump (where my failed novels all go to die, or at least go into limbo), I'll keep you posted.
|And this one, with her inexplicably loose hair!|
Warning: DON'T watch the movie adaptations! Apart from the ancient BBC version (in which everyone is oddly hideous), the more recent versions are complete flights of fancy. Okay--not complete flights of fancy, but NOT the book, in any case. They will ruin you.
|I warned you about these guys|
Now that we've cleared that up, let me know if you'd like to join us!
Let's kick off our virtual book club with two general questions (please answer here, so everyone can see and respond):
- What is your favorite Austen book, and why?
- What is your favorite TV or movie adaptation of an Austen book?