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Sense and Sensibility, a mini-challenge & giveaway

August 14, 2009

My love for Jane Austen started in an unusual way. With most fans, a book is the first glimpse into the world of a favorite author. For me though, it was the movie Sense and Sensibility.  

It was over twelve years now, when I was living in a small apartment not far from my current home, when I on a whim picked up Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility from the video store. What I didn’t realize was how much of a emotional roller coaster the story was and how no matter how many times I would watch it, I would always cry at the end.

It’s taken me all these twelve years to finally pick up the original novel to read, which I did recently for my Everything Austen challenge. Even though I had the basic knowledge of the characters and their personalities, it was nice to take the time to get a more in-depth glimpse into their lives during 19th Century England. I really enjoyed my reading time.

Afterwards I picked up my well worn DVD and sat down to watch Sense and Sensibility again. I have to say that between Emma Thompson’s award winner screenplay writing and Ang Lee’s direction, they preserved the story of Jane Austen’s original book beautifully.

If you are planning to read or watch Sense and Sensibility during Everything Austen, I would highly recommend you do both – I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.


I hope you guys are enjoying my Everything Austen challenge so far! I’ve been thrilled to see so many reviews for the challenge pop up already (over 250 and counting) and hope that your Austen experience has been a pleasant one.

Nicole of Books & Bards was sweet enough to offer to host a mini-challenge for participants. Please stop by her blog today and join in her Do you Have What it Takes to Be a Mrs. Jennings? A Jane Austen Mix-and-Matchmaking Mini-Challenge for a chance to win a copy of the book Lost in Austen: Creat Your Own Jane Austen Adventure. Nicole also has another really great post called Regency Glosseries for the Austen-Impaired, where you can find out answers to your most burning questions (like what really is the difference between a phaeton and a barouche)!


Also, stop by MariReads today for a really great post filled with information and beautiful pictures about her recent trip to Bath. She has also brought something back to share with all of you Darcy fans so make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win!

28 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2009 10:42 am

    This contest has been a lot of fun! I don’t think that is such an unusual way to discover Jane Austen. That movie made my sisters and I realize that we really had to start reading some Austen.

  2. August 14, 2009 11:01 am

    What a lovely and personal review. Sense & Sensibility is next up on my Jane Austen list.

  3. August 14, 2009 11:25 am

    If I happen to show this film to my classes at school, I am always amused and encouraged by how angry the boys become at Willoughby. I once had to stop the film at the point at which he cuts Marianne at the ball.

  4. August 14, 2009 12:05 pm

    I love this review and insight into how you came to love Austen. Wonderful. I’m having a great time with the challenge. Thanks for hosting.

  5. August 14, 2009 1:21 pm

    Thank you so much Stephanie, for your support of the “Jane Austen Mix-and-Matchmaking” mini-challenge! I’d like to personally invite all participants of the Everything Austen Challenge (and anyone else who just has a general love of Jane) to stop by and check it out. Here’s your chance to get creative and meddle a bit with our beloved Jane-iverse! I Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  6. August 14, 2009 1:25 pm

    Stephanie, you’ve convinced me to see the movie Sense and Sensibility. I read the book many years ago and would love to see the movie, which seems to be well-cast.

  7. August 14, 2009 1:46 pm

    I love that movie version of Sense and Sensibility too and didn’t know Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay.

  8. August 14, 2009 2:04 pm

    I have Sense & Sensibility on reserve at the library. It’s amazing the wait lists on the Austen movies.

  9. August 14, 2009 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Stephanie. Seeing S&S was also the way I came to find my love for Jane Austen. 🙂

  10. August 14, 2009 2:55 pm

    Fantastic review – this is one of my favorite movies as well! For me it was seeing Pride and Prejudice on A&E back in 1995 that first interested me in Austen. I picked up P&P after that and started a love affair for Austen that includes books, movies, and spin-off books.

  11. August 14, 2009 3:28 pm

    Sense and Sensibility is one of my favorite movies. I enjoyed it so much I went out and bought a copy!

  12. jennifermorrill permalink
    August 14, 2009 8:00 pm

    I’m like Laura. It was Colin Firth and the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice that got me first reading Austen. I think I had to read one of the novels in high school, but as it was assigned reading I don’t think I took it in much!

    I watched this movie as part of your challenge and I LOVED it! I had never seen it before!

    Thanks again for hosting this amazing event.

    p.s. I hope your treatment is going well and wish you all the best!

  13. Tricia Z permalink
    August 14, 2009 8:33 pm

    This is great! I also just finished reading a novel called Just Jane, which is a great version of Jane Austen’s life- intriguing! Thanks!

  14. August 14, 2009 8:49 pm

    One of the things I love about that movie is how Lee used paintings as inspiration for so many of the shots of the women in the house. That and Alan Rickman reading Shakespeare. *melts into puddle on floor*

  15. August 15, 2009 12:13 am

    Oh…that movie is classic and awesome. And I kind of have to agree with heidenkind re: Alan Rickman and puddle on the floor. That man = amazing.

  16. August 15, 2009 7:57 am

    I love this version and have watched it a couple of times since starting your challenge. I’m really enjoying exploring the Austen and Austen inspired books and movies. I’ve always been a fan but its been really nice focussing on this subject for awhile.
    I agree with you about Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility – the woman is a genius – can honestly say I love everything she’s done and I can’t believe how much she features in my DVD collection! Not Austen related but If you love Emma Thompson then watch how she shines in Much Ado About Nothing.

  17. janicu permalink
    August 15, 2009 11:51 am

    My love for Emma Thompson was cemented after Sense and Sensibility.

    And: Oh my god, I think I have to go to Bath!

  18. August 15, 2009 6:34 pm

    Reading/watching S & S are on my list for the challenge. It is one of my all time favorite movie adaptations of a novel. Matter of fact, tonight might be a good night to start!

  19. August 16, 2009 1:42 am

    I’ve been deciding which Jane Austen book to read next for the challenge. Persuasion, or Pride and Prejudice and the Zombies. I’ve been really enjoying the challenge, so thanks so much for making it!

    I first saw P&P long ago on tv, with Colin Firth. I fell completely in love with Darcy and Elizabeth. I can’t remember if I read Persuasion first or saw the tv P&P version, that inspired me to fall in love with Jane Austen, it was so long ago, but those two have always been my favourite of the Jane Austen books and movies. Lately though there have been so many delightful spin-offs to her work!! And I really want to get to Bath, I still haven’t been.

  20. August 16, 2009 2:52 am

    Thanks for the blog and give away tips, I love visiting new to me bookblogs and the fun excitement of a give away.
    And YESSS I’m enjoying the JA challenge very much.
    I must have watched several JA movies (?) and tv series (?) in the past, but I’m not sure witch ones that where *Ü* (shame on me) :o) I always enjoyed them though.
    Thanks to your EA challenge I’m now reading my first JA book (P&P) and watching the television series with even more interest now.

    • August 16, 2009 2:54 am

      Oops (again) about the 2 smileys *Ü*

      • August 16, 2009 2:56 am

        …and all my spellingmistakes *Ü*
        (sigh) 😦

  21. August 17, 2009 7:17 pm

    Love, love, love this movie and it gets me every time. I can’t watch it without sobbing when Hugh Grant proposes (can’t remember the characters’ names) and at the end. I think Emma Thompson is brilliant.

  22. August 17, 2009 8:10 pm

    even though i didn’t officially participate, i’ve been following along and love the whole austen challenge premise. i’ve never watched S&S but adore the bbc P&P with colin firth. i am going to rent S&S from the library tomorrow–you’ve inspired me!

    ps. you look GREAT in your new picture! 🙂 hope you’re feeling good.

  23. justicejenniferreads permalink
    August 18, 2009 1:38 am

    I am not a participant since I arrived on the scene early, but I wish I had arrived earlier – I’ve been looking for a way to jump on the Austen train. I have numerous Austen book lying around my house (my mom is a huge fan!) but I’ve never been able to delve into them. Seeing all the hype from blogs like yours is spiking my interest and I’m hoping to delve into Pride and Prejudice before the summer ends!

  24. August 18, 2009 3:02 pm

    Thanks again for allowing me to sign up late for the challenge! I’m off to go click over to the links you’ve included here…

  25. August 19, 2009 1:51 pm

    You know, I never once thought of this before, but that is exactly the same way I became a Jane Austen fan. My wife and I were living in Tulsa, OK at the time and I remember going to a theater that we rarely visited, back in the day when a few theaters still had amazingly large screens, and sitting back and just being captivated by this film. The scenery was so lovely and the film was, and remains, a masterpiece. I was so glad watching the Oscars that next year and seeing Emma win for the adapted screenplay.

    I remember reading Sense and Sensibility right after that and then Northanger Abbey. I then didn’t read any more Austen until reading Pride and Prejudice last year or the year before and I’ve read about half of Emma. While I do love the books, they are wonderful, it is the films that have captured my heart. My wife and I frequently rewatch Sense and Sensibility, Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow, both the BBC version and Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice, and Becoming Jane. Sense and Sensibility is probably our most watched one and honestly, I kid you not, at any given moment I can bring it up to Mary and she’ll want to pop it in the DVD player and watch the last hour or so.

    Thanks for bringing up such wonderful memories. I am sad that I haven’t had the time to join in all the wonderful challenges that have been going on this year, including this one. I’m so happy for you that it is going well.

  26. August 19, 2009 1:53 pm

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’m from Quirk Books, publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I don’t know if you already know, but the latest book in our Quirk Classics series is Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters! …just thought you’d like to know!

    It looks like your Austen cup runneth over (we love the Everything Austen challenge!) but let us know if you’d like a review copy! (We will send you a proper email request.)

    Happy reading!

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