Here’s a little humor to brighten your Monday morning Janeites!
Can you describe your life in six words or less? That was the question that Smith Magazine asked their online readers in 2006. What developed was an amazing array of comic, tragic and poignant mini life stories that are now available in the book Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure.
Originally inspired by an incident in writer Ernest Hemmingway’s life, he was challenged to write a story in six words or less. He responsed
‘For Sale: baby shoes, never worn,’
proving that the imagination can run with half dozen words creating a whole life story. This amazing collection of a “thousand glimpses of humanity-six words at a time.” is both contagious and addictive. Here are a few of my favorites
Read romances. Met a man. Disappointed!
Girlfriend is pregnant, my husband said.
Most successful accomplishments based on spite.
No wife. No kids. No problems.
Aging late bloomer yearns for do-over.
Wasn’t born a redhead; fixed that.
Still lost on road less traveled.
The Mansfield Park Six Word Review Challenge
This creative and clever concept can be applied to almost anything we have an opinion on. So, the challenge that I am putting forward today is for Janeites to write a six word review of Mansfield Park, Jane Austen’s oft maligned and misunderstood novel!
You can write about anything in the plot or characters that inspires you; humorous, tragic or snarky. I have written a few of my own to start you off. The most striking, funny or poignant reviews will be selected and announced in the Mansfield Park Madness roundup and deconstruction on August 31. Good luck!
Be kind, because Fanny did mind.
Resistance is futile. Surrender Fanny!
The grey pony died. Fanny survived.
Fanny Price. What becomes insipid most.
What happens in Mansfield Park?
Edmund Bertram sermonized. Henry Crawford womanized!
Fanny Bashers conference in East room.
Fanny Price? Wasn’t she on Broadway?
Pug. Fanny Price’s Fairy Dogmother.
Did Jane Austen write Mansfield Park?
Poor Fanny. Rich cousins. Integrity wins.
Mansfield Park Madness: Day 11 Give-away!
Leave a comment by August 30th to qualify for the drawing on August 31st for one
Jane Austen Address book, by Potter Style
Paperback, with alphabetical tabs. Image of Regency lady and Jane Austen portrait on the front. 120 pages, ISBN: 978-0307352385
Day 12 – Aug 26 MP novel discussion chapters 33-40
Day 13 – Aug 27 MP 2007 movie discussion
Day 14 – Aug 28 MP novel discussion chapter 41-48
Day 15 – Aug 29 MP: Sequels, Spinoff’s and Retellings
Hm, I have one in my mind now.
‘Fanny Price. The most misunderstood heroine.’
Poor relative. Ha-ha romance. Maria defects.
Henry Crawford. No redemption. Why, why?
Mrs. Norris: Worse than the cat
Love made Edmund Bertram so blind
A little cliched, but I have 2 which are around the same:
“Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram forever.”
“Fanny and Edmund Bertram forever, obviously.”
Just a little one to get back at people who don’t think Fanny and Edmund will last. ;)
And to also get back at people who think Fanny is annoying and boring:
“Fanny Price is loyal and virtuous.”
Fanny relishes Bertrams’ fall, pillages spoils.
Fanny says, “I told you so.”
Fanny pined while Edmund whined.
Edmund declares love with a kiss
Fanny: Virtue Rewarded. Maria: Infidelity Punished.
Pug and Lady Bertram feeling stupid
Fanny was true, through and through
Fanny is passive, difficult to like.
Dear Miss Price, unnoticed, but nice!
Incest, slavery, elopement: typical Austen novel.
The Crawfords are shocking but fun.
Fanny has morals, gets her guy.
Austen’s most psychological novel, interesting stuff.
Fanny is right. No one sees.
Fanny is wonderful. Wake up Edmund!
And my husband’s offering:
Heroine boring; villains charming; dog hermaphrodite.
Run, Fanny, run. Henry’s after you!
Fanny and Edmund: Unlikely Cinderella Story
Mansfield Park intriguing, challenging and fulfilling.
Edmund finally appreciates Fanny’s many charms.
Hello Mansfield Park Madness participants day 11
I am SO glad that everyone is enjoying my little joke and understood how to create a 6 word reviews for Mansfield Park!
My favorites so far are
Sibylle – Poor relative. Ha-ha romance. Maria defects.
Susan – Fanny pined while Edmund whined.
Sylvia M. – Dear Miss Price, unnoticed, but nice!
Dina – Mansfield Park intriguing, challenging and fulfilling.
Keep up the good work. You are all so creative on Fanny’s behalf.
cheers, Laurel Ann
My none too clever offerings:
Family Feud? The Price is Right.
Crawford ‘gathers rosebuds.’ Fanny ‘gets headache.’
(Love Amy Catherine’s game show puns! Clever!!)
Longsuffering Fanny finally gets her due.
Long book, much strife, two-bit resolution.
Steer clear of that gene pool!