Introducing the Everything Austen Challenge (with prizes)!
If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know I have a fondness for all things Austen. There are plenty of books and movies available to satisfy any Austen fan. Whether it’s a novel about the Bennet sisters fighting zombies, a TV mini-series in which a modern day British girl swaps places with Elizabeth Bennet or Colin Firth’s unforgettable portrayal of Darcy, Austen is all around us. Even if you haven’t read any of Jane Austen’s novels, mostly likely you’ve seen some of the movies or heard about all the Austen-themed books available today.
I am so excited now to introducing my very first challenge!! The Everything Austen Challenge!
The details! The Everything Austen Challenge will run for six months (July 1, 2009 – January 1, 2010)! All you need to do is pick out what six Austen-themed things you want to finish to complete the challenge.
What is considered Austen-themed? Obviously, any of the books Jane Austen wrote herself count, so if you’ve been contemplating reading one of her novels, now is the time! Or, maybe watch the different movie versions of Pride and Prejudice. You could even try reading one of the many sequels written by various authors or listen to one in your car on your way to work. Truly, the list can be endless! All you need to do is pick six Austen-themed items to read and/or watch to participate. Note that you can mix it up a bit – maybe commit to watching three movies and reading two books – or if your TBR pile is huge, pick out six movies you would like to watch – YOU DECIDE!
Also, you can combine this with another challenge. For example, if you are going to participate in Carl’s RIP challenge this fall, maybe add Northanger Abbey to your list. Or read a couple books during the next Dewey 24 hour read-a-thon.
Here’s the most fun part – now you get to rifle through your bookshelf, DVD collection, or visit your local library or indie bookstore to find some Austenesque items!
How you can sign up! Grab one of the challenge buttons above and write a post detailing what six Austen-themed things you are going to do over the next six months. Then come back to this post and click on Mr. Linky. Then just link directly to your introductory post and not just to your blog’s home page. If you don’t have a blog but would like to join anyway, just leave a comment on this post.
MISTER LINKY HAS BEEN REMOVED AS SIGNING UP FOR EVERYTHING AUSTEN HAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED!! MISSED THE DEADLINE BUT ARE DYING TO JOIN? E-MAIL ME AT wordblog(at)optonline(dot)net AND I’LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO!
Check back often! Everything Austen will officially begin on July 1, 2009 with my review Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. On that date, I will put up a a tab at the top of my blog entitled Everything Austen. This is the place where a list of all the participants (along with links to your Everything Austen updates and posts) will be. This means that each time you have a post relating to the Everything Austen challenge (with the exception of your first sign-up post) you should leave a comment there with a link to your post. Be sure to check back often to see who else is reading and watching Austen!
Talk about it on Twitter! I’ll also be tweeting (my Twitter ID is @SWrittenWord) about the challenge using hashtag #everythingausten so make sure to follow me for updates and information.
Stumped as to what six things you would like to pick for this challenge? Take a peek at the below list for some suggestions (you don’t have to pick from the lists below – just thought it might be helpful):
Any of Jane Austen’s novels
Books & Movies based on Jane Austen’s life:
A&E Biography: Jane Austen
Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
Just Jane by Nancy Moser
Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence
Cassandra and Jane: A Jane Austen Novel by JillPitkeathley
Becoming Jane movie
Sequels to Pride & Prejudice:
The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman
The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy by Maya Slater
The Plight of the Darcy Brothers by Marsha Altman
The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
Books inspired by Austen works:
Jane Austen for Dummies by Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray
Me & Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter
The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Vanity and Vexation: A Novel of Pride & Prejudice by Kate Fenton
Pride, Prejudice & Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan
Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo
Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating by Lauren Henderson
The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke
Lost in Austen: Create your own Jane Austen Adventure by Emma Campbell Webster
What’s in it for you? Other than reading great books and watching fun movies, as an added incentive just for signing up for the Everything Austen Challenge you will qualify to win a copy of Lost in Austen on DVD! If you haven’t yet seen this British TV miniseries, then you are in for a treat! Take a look at the video below to see the trailer for Lost in Austen. To win, post about the Everything Austen Challenge on your blog and sign up with Mr. Linky by July 15th. I will pick a winner at random from all the participants.
More prizes! I will also be offering prizes over the next six months, so check back often to see what Austen-themed stuff I have up for grabs for the participants!