What is your favorite and least favourite Austen book and why? Also this blog is great 👌👌
Thank you, anon!
Favourite is Persuasion – it’s just so mature and bittersweet and different to the others. There’s not really all that much courtship in it, or falling in love, so much as rediscovering what was believed to have been lost. It’s achingly tender and reflective in a way that just appeals to me as I’ve gotten older. If you’ve ever got drunk and cried listening to Landslide, this is the book for you.
Least favourite is probably Emma. It’s got its good points, don’t get me wrong, and one of the best ‘sequels’ I’ve ever read is an alternative version of it (Mrs. Goddard, mistress of a school by Joan Austen-Leigh;) but if I pare it down to the protagonists and their arcs…ehhhh. They’re interesting, but not exactly what I’d call sympathetic. I don’t want to hang out with Emma Woodhouse at the age of twenty-one, but maybe Emma Woodhouse at the age of forty could be tolerable enough to befriend.