2013 is a celebratory year for the legion of Jane Austen fans. It marks the bicentenary of her second published novel, Pride and Prejudice.
For two hundred years we have been enjoying her romantic, dramatic, and witty story filled with memorable characters – the Bennet sisters: angelic Jane, spirited Elizabeth, pedantic Mary, impressionable Kitty and impetuous Lydia; and the men in their lives: amiable Charles Bingley, charming Lt. George Wickham, and the proud Mr. Darcy. There is so much to praise in Jane Austen’s most popular novel which has inspired many movie adaptations, book sequels and spinoffs. In its honor, we are very pleased to announce another reading and viewing challenge for our readers:
The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013
We had a fabulous year here in 2011 during The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge and are pleased to offer another new challenge for Pride and Prejudice. If you have not read Jane Austen’s masterpiece (or would like to revisit it in honor of its special anniversary), seen all of the movies, or read all of the sequels and spinoffs, this is the year to join the challenge along with other Janeites, historical fiction, Regency romance, and period drama movie lovers.
Time-line: The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 runs January 1, through December 31, 2013.
Levels of participation: Neophyte: 1 – 4 selections, Disciple: 5 – 8 selections, Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections.
Enrollment: Sign up’s are open until July 1, 2013. First, select your level of participation. Second, copy the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 graphic and include it in your blog post detailing the novels or movies that you commit to reading and watching in 2013. Third, leave a comment linking back to your blog post in the comments of this announcement post. If you do not have a blog you can still participate. Just leave your commitment to the challenge in the comments below.
Check Back Monthly: The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 officially begins on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 with my review of the Naxos Audiobooks edition of Pride and Prejudice, read by Emilia Fox. Check back on the 2nd Wednesday of each month for my next review in the challenge.
Your Participation: Once the challenge starts, leave a comment in my monthly post including the book, movie, television, or web series that you finished and a link to your blog review. If you do not have a blog, just leave a comment in the monthly post about what you did read or view with a brief reaction or remark. It’s that easy. (To clarify, the post you are reading right now if the announcement and sign-up post for the challenge. Leave your reviews in future monthly posts as the year progresses.)
Resources: Since there are literally hundreds of Pride and Prejudice prequels, sequels, re-tellings, variations, mysteries and paranormal novels – both historical and contemporary – now in print or digital format, and many film adaptations to choose from on DVD or online, I will not begin to list all the possible choices that you could select for this challenge. Many are available for purchase through online book and DVD retailers. Some of the movies can also be rented and viewed on your own tablet, computer or television. Your local library is also an excellent resource.
My Choices: I have decided to start off the challenge by honoring the origins of our challenge by listening to an audio book of Pride and Prejudice, and then revisit or discover many early and classic sequels that I read many years ago, or have been on my TBR list for years. We will end the year with a TBA novel inspired by Pride and Prejudice that is new this year. Here is my list of my 12 selections:
My Reading & Viewing Schedule:
- Wed Jan 09 – Pride and Prejudice (Naxos Audiobooks), by Jane Austen, read by Emilia Fox (2005)
- Wed Feb 13 – Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece, by Susannah Fullerton
- Wed Mar 13 – Pemberley, or Pride and Prejudice Continued, by Emma Tennant (1993)
- Wed Apr 10 – Mr. Darcy’s Diary, by Amanda Grange (2006)
- Wed May 08 – Pride and Prejudice BBC/PBS miniseries (1980)
- Wed Jun 12 – Presumption: An Entertainment: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice, by Julia Barrett (1995)
- Wed Jul 10 – Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, by Diana Birchall (2004)
- Wed Aug 14 – Pride and Prejudice A&E/BBC miniseries (1995)
- Wed Sep 11 – Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Linda Berdoll (2004)
- Wed Oct 09 – Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World (A Pride and Prejudice Variation), by Abigail Reynolds (2010)
- Wed Nov 13 – Pride & Prejudice Universal Studios movie (2005)
- Wed Dec 11 – TBA new Pride and Prejudice-inspired novel
I hope you can join us. It shall be a wonderful year reading Pride and Prejudice, and visiting all of its varied offshoots.
The beautiful Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 graphic was designed by the very talented Katherine Cox of November’s Autumn
© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose