The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013

The Pride Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge (2013) 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.

Challenge Details

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:

I hope you can join us. It shall be a wonderful year reading Pride and Prejudice, and visiting all of its varied offshoots.


Laurel Ann

The beautiful Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 graphic was designed by the very talented Katherine Cox of November’s Autumn


Please leave comments or links to your reviews in the monthly reviews as we progress through the year. The list and links to each monthly review is listed above. This post is a sign-up and commitment post. Thanks!

© 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

431 thoughts on “The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013

  1. I love the idea of this challenge and so
    commit myself to the “aficionado level”
    of Pride and Prejudice. I will begin as a
    purist by re-reading this most delightful
    novel in January.


  2. I’m in – Aficionada level of course. I will start sorting through my archives to see what I have in books and DVDs. Of course I will start with the Namesake of the challenge – THE book but also rewatch the DVDs – both 1995 and 2005.


  3. This will be fun since my 13 year has just started reading Pride and Prejudice. She watched Colin Firth and decided she had to read the book. Aficionada please


  4. Excited to participate in my first official Jane Austen challenge!! I’m going big and may live to regret it but Aficionada!! First up…my favorite version of the movie starring Keira Knightley!!


  5. I’d like to participate but there’s no way I can be that dedicated and come up with a schedule or even commit to anything. Maybe once I’m done with school in the spring. Have fun until then everyone!


  6. love this!! Definitely aficionado! Just to be clear, if I comment here on every book or film that counts? I do not ave a blog. Thanks laurel Ann


    • Hi Charlene. Thanks for joining the challenge. This is the sign-up post to commit to the challenge. Each month I will post my own selection with a review. (see the list above for the dates) Since you do not have a blog, you can leave a comment in my monthly post after you read or view your selection. Just state the title of the book or movie and a few sentences about what you liked or disliked. It’s that easy. Have fun!


      • • January
        Watch- Pride and Prejudice 1940
        Reread- Darcy’s Passions & Darcy’s Temptations
        By Regina Jeffers
        • February
        Watch- Lost in Austen 2008
        Reread- An Assembly Such as This, Duty and
        Desire, & These Three Remain. By Pamela Aidan
        • March
        Listen – Pride & Prejudice(Naxos Audiobook)
        Reread- Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell
        New Read-Darcy Goes to War by Mary simonsen
        • April
        Watch- Pride & Prejudice 1995
        Reread- Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (last man in the world) by Abigail Reynolds
        • May
        Watch- Pride & Prejudice 2005
        Reread – Darcy’s Voyage by Kara Louise
        • June
        Watch- Becoming Jane
        Reread- Misconceptions by Doris Nieves
        • July
        Reread- Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C Allyn Pierson
        Read- New P&P book
        • August
        Reread – Rainy Days by Lory Lillian
        Read – New P&P book
        • September
        Reread – Becoming Elizabeth Darcy by Mary Simonsen
        Go To AGM in Minnesota
        • October
        Reread – Mr. Darcy Vampire by Amanda Grange
        Read – New P&P Book
        • November
        Read – One Thread Pulled by Diana Oaks
        • December
        Read New read with Laurel Ann (also rewatch a P&P ?film)

        Wow I know I have a lot on my plate but I’m ready to start eating!! Heheheh
        I’m sure I’ll pick up the new books from my fav authors as the come out and also read them to. I have a 3hr plane ride coming up sooo I now have stuff to do.

        Thanks Laurel Ann


  7. Aficionada, yes! I don’t have a blog, but look forward to leaving comments in your monthly post.

    With this challenge, a Regency challenge and the start of Downton Abbey’s third season next weekend, I am happily overwhelmed. What a wonderful beginning to 2013!


  8. I’m going to go as disciple,since I have quite a bit of reading and writing to do next year. My selections will be at least five books and three films(with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries as extra credit,perhaps?). Plus,this will be a mix of old and new P&P titles because what better excuse for rereading and trying out something different is there:)

    My post about this will appear later this week-Happy New Year,all!


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  10. I am entering at the Aficionada level. This sounds great. I do not have a blog, but I do have a Good Reads account that I will post a link to my full review there if that is alright.


  11. What a splendid way to start the New Year! Please count me in at the Aficionada level. P & P is my all time favorite Jane novel.


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  13. Yes, yes, yes! I gladly accept the challenge-aficionado, for sure! This will be such fun. I do not have a blog but hope to start one later. Will post here until then! Thanks Laurel Ann. What a great way to celebrate 200 years!


  14. Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections
    1. Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition (Patricia M. Spacks, ed.)
    2. The Annotated Pride and Prejudice: A Revised and Expanded Edition (David M. Shapard, ed.)
    3. The Friendly Jane Austen by N. Tyler
    4. The Making of Pride and Prejudice by Susie Conklin & Sue Birtwistle
    5. Who Betrays Elizabeth Bennett? by J. Sutherland (Just one chapter is about P&P, but it would be a great discussion. I totally disagree with Sutherland’s answer. Btw, this one is available on Ebsco books if you have access.)
    6. So You Think You Know Jane Austen? by J. Sutherland
    7. Jane Austen’s Letters by Deirdre Le Faye (This one will take a while…)
    8. Jane Austen for Dummies by Joan Elizabeth Klingel Ray
    9. Bridget Jones’s Diary by H. Fielding (I’ve seen the movie but never read the book.)

    10. Pride & Prejudice (2005) with Keira Knightley & Matthew Macfadyen
    11. Pride and Prejudice (1995) with Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle
    12. Pride and Prejudice (2000) with

    I also hope to read Shapard’s annotated versions of Emma (started today), Persuasion, and Sense & Sensibility this year.


  15. Lovely! I saw a post about the challenge on Goodreads, and I’d like to go for aficionada. I know I will definitely watch the Jennifer Ehle/Colin Firth and the Knightley/Mcfadyen film versions, and I will listen again to Karen Savage’s audiobook. For the rest … Don’t know yet!


  16. I would enjoy taking part in your challenge. Sign me up as ‘neophyte’…hard to believe but I have not read any Austen books, only seen ‘Emma’ and ‘Sense and Sensibilty’ on telly! I don’t have a blog up and running now but may resurrect an old one in the next few days :) so for now just count me ‘unblogged’ :)

    Now I just need to get a copy to begin reading!


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  19. I’m joining as an Aficionada as this is my all-time favorite book ever! My husband and I ended 2012 by watching the 1995 BBC 6-hour P&P, and have loved listening to two different audio-books and look forward to hearing the one you indicated, read by Emillia Fox. Is she the actor who portrays Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, in the above movie? I’ll decide on my full list later, but will begin with “Celebrating 200 years of Jane Austen”, and will include a re-reading of an annotated version of the novel. Looking forward to this immensely!


    • Hi Carol, yes Emilia Fox portrayed Georgiana Darcy in P&P 1995. He mother Joanna David played Mrs. Gardnier. They are part of the famous Fox acting family. Her reading is superb. More about it with my review. Thanks for joining the challenge.


      • Thank you for the information about Emilia, Laurel! I look forward to your review of that audiobook… I may have to add it to my collection! :-)


    • I loved listening to P&P. I listened to the version by Nadia May. It is excellent. The Emilia Fox sample I listened to sounds just as just as good. Whichever version you choose, it must be read with a British accent! :D


      • I agree, Diane! I recently purchased another one… read by Josephine Bailey who also has a British accent and it was also excellent!


  20. Alright, I am so excited about this! I don’t have a blog, but I’ll post my responses here and on Goodreads. I’ll commit to Aficionada–excited to read some new Austen-related material! But I’m not a huge fan of “sequels” to Austen’s work–does anybody have other P&P-related suggestions for me?


    • Hi Hannah, welcome to the challenge. I would start with P&P, then watch a few of the movie adaptation. There are also online games, board games, web series like Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I am sure others can recommend spinoffs too. Can I tempt you to read Mr. Darcy’s Diary with me? It is a classic in the sequels genre and very well written. It might surprise you!


      • I read the original recently, so I think I’ll skip that step, but I’ve already started on the movie adaptations and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, because I wanted to jump right in and go. I will go to the library and see if they have Mr. Darcy’s Diary. Might as well give it a try, for the sake of trying new things, right? I’m thinking I might try some different things as well, like Pride & Prejudice and Zombies…and maybe Death Comes to Pemberley, which sounds exciting. I’m going to try reviving my blog, as well, so I’ll be posting there, and hopefully the link works here so you’ll have it. :) Thanks for your encouragement!


    • I feel the same way about Austen sequels, etc. I’ve figured out that I can appreciate loosely-based parodies (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Clueless, etc.), but, when a book is presented as one that could have been written by Austen, I tend to have expectations that are waaayyyy too high and am disappointed. I am no writer, but it must be near impossible to imitate Austen’s perception, pacing, wit, and style. That’s why Austen’s books are still so loved 200 years after being written. (That said, I may still try Mr. Darcy’s Diary since Lauren and others have highly recommended it.)

      Here’s my preliminary list (comment above).

      I will probably add/substitute Austenland by Shannon Hale since I got it for $1.99 at Amazon for the kindle.

      Here’s a pretty good free audio version from Librivox.


  21. The challenge is delightfully accepted at the afficionada level; although, it creates two more challenges. First, I’m on a remote island in the South Pacific where specific books are not readily available. Secondly, It will be a challenge to stretch the reading out to nine or ten months (allowing for video watching for two or three months of the year). This situation calls for an urgent shipment of P&P sequels from family and friends in the US and elsewhere!

    I don’t blog; so, will be checking in here.

    I will begin the challenge by reading the Pamela Aiden “Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman” trilogy.
    Book 1, An Assembly Such As This
    Book 2, Duty and Desire
    Book 3, These Three Remain
    4. Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austen
    5. The Pemberley Chronicles: Mr. Darcy’s Daughter ~ Rebecca Ann Collins
    6. The Pemberley Chronicles: My Cousin Caroline ~ Rebecca Ann Collins

    The schedule will be updated as tomes arrive. There will most certainly be a viewing (one of several) of the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’ Diary, and – depending on the need – the Knightley/McFadden film version of Pride and Prejudice.

    Thank you for the assignment!


  22. Yay! More reasons to read Austen Inspired literature! My post is at
    At my own blog I have been working on a 100 Austen Inspired Novels Challenge which I should be finishing up this year! This challenge will pretty much finish me off. What will I do? I guess start shooting for 200!? My 100 Austen Challenge list is at


  23. I am all in! Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections, lovely indeed! My first selection will be “Darcy’s Temptation” by Regina Jeffers, “Duty & Desire” by Pamela Aidan (both on my night table already) plan on ordering the audio that the hostess Laurel Ann will be starting with. So sorry I have no time for my blog since I started teaching again BUT, I still would love to be a part of this challenge! :)
    P.S. I recommend to my fellow Janeites Mrs. Shannon Winslow’s “Darcy’s of Pemberley to add to your list.
    Happy Reading fellow Janeites!
    Susan aka @lovesjaneausten on twitter


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  25. Sounds like great fun! The past few years I have made it a “tradition” to read Pride and Prejudice plus Pamela Aidan’s trilogy, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman – all in January (and maybe spill over into February, if I get too busy.) But it’s always something to look forward to! I’m seeing some wonderful new titles to explore. Thanks for the challenge! Aficionada – my level.


  26. Hi Gorgeous! It’s so nice to be visiting you again… my blog hiatus is over. And I think I’ll enjoy a cup of tea with some of my scones while I enjoy my visit here! I absolutely love the reading challenges you share with all of us… Hmmm, let me think about this one for a few days as I ponder the committment for 2013. Lurve~


  27. I am going to start out as a disciple but hope to end as aficionada I am still trying to decide which ones I want to do so many choices! :)


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  29. Disciple for me, i believe (Only because i’m getting married this year, thus quite distracted). Though I refuse to watch (ever again) the Kiera Knightly version of P&P…watching her hack away trying to portray one of the most complex characters ever written (Eliza Bennett) is just …well…sacrilidge. Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle are the only Elizabeth & Darcy I recognize. I will take the following
    #1. Pride and Prejudice (Naxos Audiobooks)
    #2. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife
    #3. Pride and Prejudice A&E/BBC miniseries
    #4: Presumption: An Entertainment: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice
    #5: Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma


  30. I’m going all in with the Aficionada level. I’ll start with the original masterpiece, then the Colin Firth BBC mini-series, and then….who knows. Excited to explore the many variations of this great work. Thanks for the challenge.


  31. I’ve tried posting 3 times but as I do not use WordPress I don’t have a password to login with when it asks. Sigh. I’ll try with FB.

    I’m in at the Disciple level.


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  33. Neophyte: I’ve read it/watched P&P way too much! Am inspired by you all to read a sequel or two, or finish her biography. Most of the sequels I have read are pretty bad. Surely there are better out there! Never fear, my spirit always rises to the occasion!


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  35. I’d love to participate but I would not have access to the books to do so (other than the actual Austen publications of course!) but I will be following the challenge on all the blogs with much interest.


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  39. Count me in at the Aficionada level! I don’t have a blog, so will comment on yours and link to my GoodReads. Thanks for another fun challenge :) Happy New Year!


  40. i couldn’t say no to this Laurel Ann. let me check my Kindle library first so i could narrow down my list and i’ll make a post about the event! thank you for coming up with this awesome challenge! :)


  41. What a fabulous idea! I’ve been looking for a reason to get back into reading (was a little burned out after grad school), and what better way than to read about my favorite book! I don’t blog so I’ll be checking in and leaving comments here. I’m going to sign up for the Aficionada level. Going to do some research this weekend on what books I want to read and will post my selections then. I’ll definitely start with the original Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and go from there! So excited to begin.


  42. Oh, I must think about this. I would love to do this at the aficionada level, but with grad school I don’t think I can. I might be able to manage disciple. Is it my understanding that any and all versions, adaptations, sequels, and prequels are allowed? I will let you know what I decide.


  43. Hi love this challenge although not really a challenge! I amgoing for Aficionada level! I do not have a blog so do I need to comment my list here? And then every month I comment here as well?


      • Okay so here are my selections:

        1. LibriVox dramatic recording Pride and Prejudice
        2. A Darcy Christmas by Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan & Carolyn Eberhart
        3. Lost in Austen 2008 tv miniseries
        4. By Force of Instinct by Abigail Reynolds
        5. Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter
        6. Austenland by Shannon Hale
        7. 1995 BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice
        8. Mr. Darcy Vampyre by Amanda Grange
        9. Assumed Engagement by Kara Louise
        10. 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie
        11. What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds
        12. Open to decide at a later date….

        sorry if this shows up somewhere like 4 times but I was having computer trouble!


  44. 2013 Schedule for the 200th Anniversary Challenge: Aficionada
    Jan = 1.Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
    Feb = 2.Pride & Prejudice, 1940 (Garson, Olivier)
    3. The Darcy Code, Elizabeth Ashton
    Mar = 4. Celebrating Pride & Prejudice, Susannah Fullerton
    Apr = 5. Pride & Prejudice, 1985 (Garvie,Rintoul)
    6. Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard, Belinda Roberts (YA)
    May = 7. Pride & Prejudice, 1995 (Ehle, Firth)
    8. Vampire Darcy’s Desire, Regina Jeffers
    Jun = 9. Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister, Allyn Pierson
    Jul = 10. Pride & Prejudice, 2003 (Heskin, Seale)
    11. Lydia Bennet’s Story, Jane Odiwe

    Aug = 12. Mr. Darcy’s Undoing, Abigail Reynolds

    Sep = 13. Bride & Prejudice, 2004 (Rai, Henderson)
    Oct = 14. Pride & Prejudice, Naxos AudioBooks, Emilia Fox
    Nov = 15. Pride & Prejudice, 2005 (Knightley,Macfayden)


    • #1 Entry for the 2013 Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary Challenge

      I carefully apportioned the pages in this rereading of Pride and Prejudice, so I would complete them on the anniversary date of the publication. As I look back, it is difficult to remember that I have read this – my favorite Jane Austen novel – nearly 50 times since my 13th birthday when I was first given it by my grandmother. The wonderful characters, the intriguing plot, the elegant prose, the biting wit, the perfect irony – every element has only grown better and richer with each reading.

      It has been arguably the most influential novel in the history of English literature, from Mrs. Gaskell’s North and South to half of all the current rom-com movies and TV series. Boy and girl meet, they hate each other and then they finally fall in love. While most popular adaptions of this story line may not have the psychological subtlety or intricacy of Jane Austen’s original novel, there is usually an element of maturing and self-knowledge even in the most cotton-candy plots, which is part of the legacy of Jane Austen.

      I will always love the independence of Elizabeth, admire the gentleness of Jane, enjoy the humor of Mr. Bennet, laugh at Mr. Collins, appreciate the kindness of the Gardiners, fantasize about Mr. Darcy and celebrate when “Happy for all her maternal instincts was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.”


      • #2 Entry for the 2013 Pride & Prejudice Anniversary Challenge

        Although Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) was not on my original list, I viewed it with a friend who had never seen the film. We both enjoyed it a great deal and, of course, loved the casting of
        Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. Renee
        Zellweger was very likeable as Bridget. Certainly she was not Elizabeth Bennet, but she was warm and witty and had grown by the end and turned down the Wickamesque Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) in favor of her Mr. Darcy. The screenplay by Andrew Davies, who did the 1995 version, was thoroughly charming. I
        was glad to see it again so many years later.


  45. I can’t believe I have forgotten to post about my participation here since I have prepared my post much earlier. I have chosen disciple level first before thinking whether to add in more tasks.


  46. I’m in! Aficionada for me, please! I don’t have a Blog, though I am registered at Goodreads. Would I be able to find somewhere there to post? I am starting by re-reading the great novel itself, P&P! Thanks for setting this up, Lauren, I am sure it will be a lot of fun and it’s so lovely being surrounded by like-minded people.


  47. Ladysusanpdx,

    Love your list and I know you don’t know me but you might want to rethink “Mr Darcy Goes Overboard”. It’s truly horrible. There are a lot of YA novels so much better. Looking forward to an exciting year of P&P


    • Thank you for the tip! I am
      reading YA for the 12 year old
      I tutor and she’s mad for boats
      and water. What about #1 in The
      Jane Austen Academy series,
      which I think is the P&P story…?


      • Haven’t read any of that seris. I did like “Prom and Prejudice”. Alot of the YA is well done I would just read some of the reviews. At our JASNA meeting one of the guest speakers a few months ago talked of YA and she did recomend a few books. Her name is Kara Shiff Dean and she has a blog. I would check her out. “Not just for kids”


  48. Hello I am going for aficionada level and hope I make it to complete my 12 selections by the end of the year
    I shall start with Lindsay Duncan reading Pride and Prejudice on CD.
    I can not seem to find the Naxos version here in the UK easily
    Then I shall go on to Who needs Mr Darcy? by Jean Burnett This is the Uk
    published version of The Bad MIss Bennet
    I shall post again when I am ready to write a comment and add my next selections

    Thank you Laurel Ann for this opportunity to celebrate Pride and Prejudice


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  50. I flatter myself by declaring that after reviewing your list, I have previously acquired aficionado status. It will be fun to participate and re-read some of my favorites. Thanks for the invite!


    • Apparently I misunderstood. I thought I was supposed to read your list along with you and comment after your review… I will have to come up with a list and get back to you. But of course I’ll still play:)


  51. OK, this looks like chick lit to me, but I’ll give “Pride and Prejudice” a try — I’ve never read it before. I’m in for the “Neophyte” level. I’m hoping P&P has lots of car chases, machine guns, and explosions in it.


  52. I love this and have an ambitious plan but cannot wait to hear from everyone else.

    I had already rewatched the 1995 movie (which I do frequently). So for January: rewatch 1995 P & P
    Read Why Jane Austen by Rachel Brownstein
    Read Darcy’s Passions by Regina Jeffers

    February . Reread original P & P
    Read bio of Jane Austen by Catherine Reef
    Retread bio of Jane Austen by Claire Tomalin

    March. Rewatch 1995 P & P
    Listen to Emilia Fox reading P & P
    Read Georgiana Darcy’s Diary

    April. Reread original P & P
    Celebrating Jane Austen’s P & P 200 years by Susannah Fullerton

    May. Rewatch 1995 P & P
    Read In the Arms of Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan
    Reread Presumption by Julia Barrett

    June reread Norton critical edition of P & P
    Watch 1940 & 2005 versions of P & P

    July rewatch 1995 P & P
    Read P & P and Zombies
    Reread Austenland by Shannon Hale

    August. Reread original P & P
    Rewatch Lost in Austen
    Read Bewitched Body and Soul Miss Elizabeth Bennett by PO Dixon

    September. Rewatch 1995 P & P
    Read Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the last man in the world by Amanda Grange

    October. Reread original P & P
    Go to Minnesota for JASNA convention

    November. Rewatch 1995 P & P
    Read Jane Austen Letters

    December. Reread original P & P
    ReWatch P & P 1995
    Host a Jane Austen birthday party


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  54. I’m a touch disappointed that my level is not one of your options… Obsessive Compulsive! I will post my progress updates on my blog spot however the grand reveal of the page is not for a couple of weeks so until then, I am keeping the address a secret.
    Here is my reading list as of right now…

    January Reading List:
    Searching For Captain Wentworth (I know its not P&P but it is still an Austen spin off) by Jane Odiwe (finished)
    The Knights of Derbyshire by Marsha Altman (finished)
    Mr Darcy Goes Overboard by Belinda Roberts
    Darcy Goes To War by Mary Lydon Simonsen
    Caroline Bingley by Jennifer Becton

    I’ll also watch Bride and Prejudice about 10 times with my daughter.

    February Reading List:
    Pied & Prodigious by D.M. Andrews
    Georgiana Darcy’s Diary by Anna Elliott
    The Future Mrs. Darcy by Maria Grace
    Pride and Pyramids by Amanda Grange

    March Reading List:
    Finding Mr. Darcy by Sandy Hayden
    Charlotte by Karen Aminadra
    My Dear Charlotte by Hazel Holt
    All Roads Lead To Austen by Amy Smith

    April Reading List:
    Honor and Hope by Regina Jeffers
    Emma and the Vampires (again not p&p) by Wayne Josephson
    Through Glass Eyes by Margaret Muir

    May Reading List:
    Mr. Darcy’s Letter by Abigail Reynolds
    A Pemberley Medley by Abigail Reynolds
    Becoming Elizabeth Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen

    June Reading List:
    Darcy’s Dark Secret by Chris Webster
    The Final Reason by Ola Wegner
    Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy by Sara Angelini

    As you can see this list is incomplete. I expect many book releases this year by some fantastic authors and will add to the list throughout the year.


  55. Well here I am with my selections Laurel Ann
    Have had to rethink as the CD version of Pride and Prejudice has not arrived yet. So I am starting with the Deborah Cartmell short book on screen adaptations
    Lindsay Duncan reading Pride and Prejudice on CD
    Who needs Mr Darcy? by Jean Burnett – The Bad Miss Bennet in USA
    Mr Darcy’s diary Amanda Grange
    Caroline Bingley – Personages of Pride and Prejudice continuation Jennifer Becton
    Charlottte Collins – again a Personages of Pride and Prejudice continuation Jennifer Becton
    Mr Darcy’s refuge: a pride and prejudice variation – Abigail Reynolds
    Watch mini series =with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle 1995
    Screen adaptations Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice the relationship between text and film- Deborah Cartmell
    Jane Austen – Claire Tomalin – biography
    Weekend with Mr Darcy – Victoria Connelly
    The bedside,bathtub, and armchair comanion to Jane Austen by Carol J Adams, Kelly Gesch, and Douglas Buchanan
    Death comes to Pemberley by PD James – a reread
    Looking forward to this immensely
    Will report back when I have finished my first book on my list


  56. I live in the UK – can I play even though I’m not eligible for the competitions? I’d like to have a go at aficionado level. Will there be a badge/graphic or anything for those who complete it?


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  58. I am definitely going to try Aficionada level. I have even started a blog for this especially! – nothing posted yet, but watch this space!


  59. I would like to take up the challenge as well, thank you so much for offering it to us! I’d like to take the aficionado level, please. I too do not currently have a blog, but am in the process of starting one, sorry. Here is my list and I will try to post my comments after I have finished each month:

    1. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    2. Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece by Susannah Fullerton
    3. “Pride and Prejudice” (1940), movie version starring greer Garson & Laurence Olivier
    4. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: An Assebly Such as This; Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: These Three Remain, by Pamela Aiden
    5. The Unexpected Miss Bennet by Patrice Sarath; The Road to Pemberley: An Anthology of New P&P Stories ed. by Marsha Altman
    6. “Pride and Prejudice” (BBC 1980), TV Mini-Series Starring Elizabeth Garvie & David Rintoul
    7. “Pride and Prejudice” (BBC 1995), TV Mini-Series Starring Jennifer Ehle & Colin Firth
    8. The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, David M. Shepard
    9. “Pride and Prejudice” (2005) Movie version Starring Keira Knightley & Matthew MacFadyen
    10. Vol. 1- 5 of P&P Continues series by Sharon Lathan
    11. “Bride & Prejudice” (2004) Movie Starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan & Martin Henderson; “Jane Austen’s Fight Club” Clip (sorry the last is for laughs. I will need it with the Holidays around the corner)
    12. Finish off Sharon Lathan’s series

    Thank you again, I hope I survive. I know I will love it regardless.


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  62. I intended to start with the original P&P but I decided to join in the Goodreads, read of that from 28th January, so I bought a copy of Austenland by Shannon Hale which I’d seen recommended several times.

    My review is here

    And as I don’t have a blog, I’m also slowly building up a ‘shelf’ of the books I’m going to read for this as well:


  63. I am planning on at least six books and one movie for 2013. The original P&P and I’ve chosen the first five sequels and spinoffs on my reading list. It wouldn’t be out of the question for me to read more than that, depending on what else I am reading during the year! I’m planning to watch the BBC movie of P&P with my 11yo dd too.

    My post is here:


  64. Laurel Ann: I thought I had already responded to this, but I must have done something incorrectly. I will participate and will write about it at Darcyholic Diversions as well at the Aficionada level. Thanks for such a fun idea!

    Barbara Tiller Cole


  65. This is my first challenge so I might as well go for it all the way. I’ll try for the aficionada level also. I don’t have a blog so I’ll be posting in the comments. This is going to be great!!!


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  67. Well I finally have my year reading planned out. I decided that I wasn’t going to repeat anything, meaning I can’t reread or rewatch anything I have already seen (except for the original P&P by Jane Austen), which unfortunately cuts out my favorite movies, the A&E version of P&P and Lost in Austen. Realistically, I will probably still watch those, but it couldn’t count toward my challenge. So here’s my year of reading.
    January: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    February: Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
    March: An Arranged Marriage by Jan Hahn
    April: Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece by Susannah Fullerton
    May: The Unexpected Miss Bennet by Patrice Sarath
    June: Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise
    July: 1932 by Karen Cox
    August: Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James
    September: Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence (I know this isn’t really a P&P version, but it’s a book I have been meaning to read for a while so I decided to throw it in there.)
    October: Austenland by Shannon Hale
    November: The Cumberland Plateau: A Pride and Prejudice Modern Sequel by M.K. Baxley
    December: An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan (I chose this one to be read last so that if I liked it, I could follow it with the following books in the series.)

    I highly suspect that some of these books I’ll be able to read faster than a month, so I might hit more than 12, but we’ll see. Here’s to a great year!


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  69. Do rereads and finishing things up count? If so, I’ll go for disciple, though I’ll also be in the editing process of a trilogy I’m working on. Too bad I already have a post on my three favorites (the original book, the DVD with Colin Firth and the Aidan trilogy) at but I have several others and your list suggests some to get. My blog is and I’ll probably put reviews on Tuesdays. My list would include several I’ll try to get in a post next Tuesday (I’m preparing for a free day on Amazon for Horse Power right now), but I’m sure I’ll see reviews of others I’ll add. In fact I’ve already noted Mr. Darcy’s Diary and some DVD’s I don’t have.


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    • Hi Sueann, this is the original sign-up post. Monthly reviews of each of your selections are posted in the comments of my new monthly post. I posted my January selection on Jan 09. That is where you post your own review in the comment section for January. Does that make sense?


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  75. Here I go, accepting my very first reading challenge! I will try for the Aficionado level! (Trying to work my way down my VERY large Austen-inspired TBR pile.)

    I do not have a blog so I will be posting my selections each month. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s selections as well.


  76. Laurel Ann,

    I am very late, but here we go:

    Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary on my blog, Jane Austen em Português, (written in Brazilian Portuguese).

    The events will be published all year long.

    1) Comparative Reading
    Brazil and Portugal have the same language and yet with many differences. To celebrate the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary, I Raquel Sallaberry Brião (Brazil) and Cátia Pereira (Portugal) will make a comparative reading of two translations: of Lucio Cardoso (Brazilian Portuguese) and Nuno Castro (Portuguese from Portugal), both titled” Orgulho e preconceito”.

    2) Guest readers articles

    3) Interviews with Janeites

    4) Pride and Prejudice Movies Garments


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  78. I don’t have a blog, so I’ll be commenting here. I am going to try to reach Aficionado. I just came across a Pride & Prejudice Continues series that is new to me from Sharon Lathan! I will also be watching the P&P series when aired on PBS!


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  80. I am totally doing this. I am so excited. I was already rereading P&P anyway, so this gives me a reason to just fill my year with all things Darcy.


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  83. I love the idea of a P&P marathon! Sign me up as an Aficionada. I never miss the opportunity of watching Colin Firth in action – the best Darcy ever. Also, it will be fun to re-read so many favorites.


  84. Just discovered blog and challenge. I’m writing my PhD thesis on Intimacy in Jane Austen’s six canonical novels so I don’t need a lot of excuses to read her…But a Pride and Prejudice challenge is just too much fun to miss!! Please sign me up as Aficionada (dissertation permitting). I think I’ll do this from my Goodreads account but not sure yet. For now, here is my personal challenge starting in February (is that allowed?):

    February: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (for the hundredth time)
    March: Sharon Maguire’s The Diary of Bridget Jones (movie)
    April: Nancy Butler and Hugo Petrus’s Pride and Prejudice (Marvel’s comic book)
    May: P. D. James’s Death Comes to Pemberley
    June: Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice
    July: Shannon Hale’s Austenland (+ Jerusha Hess’s film)
    August: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (Naxos audiobook read by Emilia Fox)
    September: Susanna Fullerton’s Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece
    October: Laurel Ann Natress’s Jane Austen Made Me Do It
    November: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
    December: Simon Langton’s Pride and Prejudice (BBC mini-series)

    Starting right now!! Have a fun Pride and Prejudice year, everyone!
    And thank you so much, Laurel Ann, for organizing :)


  85. I would love to join, but wondered if it is necessary to list what I will be reading and watching ahead of time? I absolutely don’t have a plan yet, but could do an update as my list grows. Does that work?
    My goal would be Disciple, I think my time is too packed to commit to more than that. I think I will use my Goodreads account, or else my blog. Maybe it could use a resurrection from general neglect!
    My daughter fell in love with Pride and Prejudice last year and has read it likely a dozen times in less than a year. We were already planning on celebrating this year with a costumed party, this can be a fun addition!


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  87. I had a love/ hate relationship with P&P at first. I tried to read the book on and off from age 14-18 I never got further than when Jane was at the Netherfield sick. when is was 19, a freshman in college, i read it FINALLY to the end! I LOVED IT! i wondered why i didnt read it beforehand. I have been a fanatic ever since. I have read SO MANY continuations. I have nobody in my house to talk to when it comes to They do understand my love of her. (9 – 12 selections. I would like to join! I am currently Rereading Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Linda Berdoll. I plan on watching some of the film adaptations feb. I dont have a blog, so i will post on here! this is great! thanks!


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  89. I am going for disciple! I love this book and my favorite version is of course the BBC miniseries. I’ve read some of the spinoff books from other authors. I’m very happy with this little push to go back to this story! Thanks!!


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  91. I’m surprised the new P.D.James novel “Death comes to Pemberley” isn’t on the list of reads. It’s a murder mystery sequel to “Pride and Prejudice “


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  94. Hi! This sounds like fun! I am so pleased to be committing to this challenge on the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice! I will strive for Disciple level…I am going to aim for re-reading the classic Pride and Prejudice as well as reading Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece; Mr Darcy’s Diary; Mr Darcy’s Refuge; and some other variation by Abigail Reynolds (not sure which one yet). I cannot wait to watch the Colin Firth BBC series for the umteenth time! :) As a fun supplement to picturing all of Jane Austen’s characters at their respective balls, I quite like reading Susannah Fullerton’s a Dance with Jane Austen! Makes me want to be right there in all those scenes! :)


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  97. The Wall Street Journal had a lovely article on Friday January 25 all about the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice; new biographies of Jane are scheduled, and a film of Shannon Hale’s “Austenland” is due out late summer. (She must be over the moon on this!)

    I will begin watching the 1995 version of P & P tonight to mark the publishing anniversary of the novel. This version is the absolute best!


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  101. How very exciting…I somehow missed this when it was posted. Very excited to re-visit my second favorite book in the world and many of it’s on screen adaptations. Thanks so much for hosting!

    Stiletto Storytime


  102. I am terribly late having allowed an entire month to pass by before officially committing to the challenge, for which I do apologize. My post regarding my commitment will be up at on February 1 (tomorrow). And I’ll be working extra hard to become an Aficionada.


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  104. OK, I’m already committed to the Regency challenge, but here goes nothing! Count me in and I’ll go for aficionado here, as well, hoping to find some of my selections at our local library. My selections are:
    1. A reread of Pride and Prejudice,
    2. Mrs. Darcy’s Dillemma by Diane Birchall
    3. The Diary of Henry Fitzwilliam Darcy by Marjorie Fassman
    4. The Pemberly Chronicles by Rebecca Ann Collins
    5., Letters from Pemberly by June Dawkins
    6. Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
    7. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Bardoll
    8. Georgianna Darcy’s Diary by Anna Elliott
    9. Pemberly to Waterloo by Anna Elliott
    10,. Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton
    11. Austenland by Shannon Hale (time travel? a new reading experience for me)
    12. Caroline Bingley by Jennifer Becton

    I also hope to get the 1995 DVD’s of P&P from my library. And since I already own the last 5 listed (on my Kindle) I will definitely not be reading my selections in the order shown. Hope that doesn’t matter. May I change this list later on if I find some of these difficult to locate?


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  108. I just came across this post, how fun! I’ll go for the neophyte level for now. I just started Patricia Meyer Spacks’s annotated P&P – loving it already. I’ll also watch the 2005 movie for the umpteenth time. :) This weekend I hope to check out the P&P bicentenary exhibit at Goucher College in Maryland.


  109. I found the site because of an ad on FB about your Jane Austen tour in September. So glad you posted that ad! I’m up for the challenge on the Aficionada level. This won’t be hard because I love her books and I may discover some new material as well. What a cool idea and I hadn’t realized P&P was 200 years old this year.As a bonus I’m going to introduce my 12 year old granddaughter to Lady Jane. I believe she will love her as I do! It will be a great diversion from the YA novels she’s reading, i.e. The Hunger Games, etc.


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  112. Hey I’m in too – as Aficionada. I’m from Austria – so my blog is in german. I hope that thats not a problem. I will write my reviews in german also, because my english reading is so much better than my writing ;-) So I hope thats ok.

    My list ist not completet now but the first 8 choices are on the list.


  113. Ooh, I just discovered this blog – count me in at the aficionada level! I’ve been meaning to rewatch Colin Firth version of P&P. This will be a great excuse to do so.


  114. Hi Laurel Ann,
    I am late but joining at the aficionada level. Do we have to pre plan what we will be doing? I already attended a Pride and Prejudice play on the spur of the moment and to plan out the year ahead of time seems unreachable!


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  117. I want to clarify again to all of the participants that this is the sign-up post for the challenge. Leave your commitment level and selections in the comments here.

    In this post is a list of dates each month that I will be posting my monthly reviews. As the year progresses you leave a comment in each monthly post about your selection with a link to your review or if you do not have a blog, leave your review in the monthly comments. Please don’t leave your monthly comments and links here.

    I have written to many of you personally about the process to help those who are lost, but I encourage you to read the instructions above and ask questions if you do not understand before posting all of your monthly reviews here.

    Unfortunately, since this is such a large group I do not have the time and patience to write to all of you personally when you mis-post something, so I am giving everyone fair warning to read the instructions above and follow them. Any future reviews posted in this thread will be deleted with my apologies.

    Cheers, Laurel Ann


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  120. I’m up for the challenge! Count me in for the Aficionada level. I am going to start with the three Jennifer Becton stories Charlotte Collins, Maria Lucas and Caroline Bingley. Next up are One Thread Pulled and Loving Miss Darcy. That will get me to the first five and I’ll see what comes next.


  121. Challenge entry # 4 =The Three Colonels ( Caldwell) I found this rather fun as a revisit to P&P and S&S characters. The transformation of Caroline Bingley as a caring Lady Buford and Lady Catherine’s come-uppence were particularly enjoyable.
    Challenge entry # 5 ( it helps to have fractured my hand and reading being one of the few things to do easily!) A World Without Darcy (Carlson) This was short but sweet. It reminded me of It’s A Wonderful Life with Darcy looking at his closest friends life without him. I particularly found Georgiana’s story heartbreaking.
    Challenge entry # 6 Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen (O’Rourke) Another fun read…set in modern times USA and UK. I don’t want to spoil the story but the idea that Jane based Darcy on a modern day Darcy was an interesting twist. As much as Eliza and Darcy were obviously destined to be a couple it was sad to see Jane left behind knowing she would remain alone.


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  123. I’m going for Aficionado – I’ve decided this is my year of Jane Austen! I had never made it through P&P, but I did in January – so excited. My goal is to read all of Miss Austen’s works, plus some of the fun sequels, etc.


  124. It is a trust universally acknowledged that friendships forged over a love of Jane Austen last forever!

    Having a shared love of Jane Austen, we will be doing the challenge together hoping to achieve aficionado status with the list below. Our monthly comments will be co-authored.

    1. Pride & Prejudice, 1995 (Ehle, Firth)
    2. Pride & Prejudice BabyLit Board Book
    3. Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
    4. Pride & Prejudice, 1940 (Garson, Olivier)
    5. Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, Linda Berdoll
    6. Pride & Prejudice, 2005 (Knightley,Macfayden)
    7. Celebrating Pride & Prejudice, Susannah Fullerton
    8. What Would Mr. Darcy Do?, Abigail Reynolds
    9. Bride & Prejudice, 2004 (Rai, Henderson)
    10. Pride & Prejudice, Jigsaw Puzzle
    11. Me and Mr. Darcy, Alexandra Potter
    12. Pride & Prejudice Audiobook
    13. Making of Pride & Prejudice 1995 (Sue Birtwistle, Susie Conklin)

    The twist to our collection is a jigsaw puzzle that will be framed. We will also be introducing the next generation to P&P by reading the BabyLit board book throughout the year to Nicole’s three young daughters.

    Jacinta & Nicole


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  126. Hope it is not too late. I will do Aficionada level. In Jan I listened to the audio book of P&P, watched 1995 edition of P&P, and read Dear Mr. Darcy by Amanda Granger. I have more to post but want o make sure it’s not too late. This sounds fun.


    • Hi Christa, the challenge is open to new participants until July 01, 2013. As the months progress, please post all future comments about your reviews in each monthly post. The links can be found in the sidebar under the challenge image. Thanks again for joining. Have fun!


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  128. Hi Laurel Ann and all the Janeites all around the world. I think this challenge is amazing, that’s why I’ve decided to sign up. I choose disciple level and this is my list:
    Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Pride & Prejudice BBC miniseries (1995)
    Becoming Elizabeth Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen
    A wife for Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen
    Pride & Prejudice movie (2005)
    Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
    Mr. Darcy’s Secret by Jane Odiwe
    Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The last man in the world by Abigail Reynolds
    See you in monthly posts


  129. I just found you a couple of weeks ago, finished A Proper Companion, decided to join your blog and the challenge! I will be at the Disciple Level and choose my selections as I go. My first is is to re-read the novel. I already had it downloaded on iPad:-) and am off and running.


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  131. Although I’m having a busy year doing my Masters, I will strive to be a neophyte at least. The good news is I’ve already started with watching the BBC miniseries in January and joining the Darcy Society at school last month. Next I will reread the original novel!


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  133. I am in! I just started reading Pride & Prejudice this month, and I admit, I am no Austen fan, but I really wanted to know what all this Mr. Darcy fuss is about.
    So far enjoying the book, though as my first incursion into Austen’s writing I have found it a little demanding at times, but I’m not quitting.

    I’ll participate on Disciple Level, still have no plan but it will include a lot of movies since getting books in the original languages, or simply, not-so-classic international literature is hard in my country. So it will be:

    – Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen (obviously)
    – any Austen biography I can find
    – Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding (if I can find it)

    – Pride & Prejudice BBC/PBS miniseries (1980)
    – Pride & Prejudice A&E/BBC miniseries (1995)
    – Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
    – Bride & Prejudice (2004)
    – Pride & Prejudice (2005)
    – Lost in Austen (2008)


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  139. Hello. Here’s Two-Bit Classics’ commitment to the challenge: We’re constantly re-reading the book as we create our own two-actor adaptation (we’re also bringing it to Twitter a tweet at a time @twobitclassics)…so that makes 7 selections I think…plus our own creation which we’ll leave to somebody else to review! Good luck all!


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  141. I am taking the challenge of Afcionada! I don’t have a blog but here is my list:

    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 am super happy I stumbled upon this site through other Jane Austen sites on Facebook. :)


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  144. Aficionada

    I can not wait to start! I read P&P every year! So this will be a fun way to spend the rest of the year!

    My list:
    Sat May 04-Mr. Darcy’s Refuge, by Abigail Reyolds
    Sat May 25-Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
    Sat Jun 15- Pride and Prejudice A&E/BBC miniseries (1995)
    Sat Jun 22-Mr. Darcy’s Pursuit by Rose Lyons
    Sat Jul 6-The Five Kisses (Pride Meets Prejudice #1) by Karla Darcy
    Sat Jul 20-Darcy and Elizabeth by Linda Berdoll
    Sat Aug 10-Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits (Austen Takes the South) by Mary Jane Hathawy
    Sat Aug 31-The Ruling Passion by Lida Berdoll
    Sat Sept 21-Pride Revisited by Tess Quinn
    Sat Oct 19-Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey
    Sat Nov 2 Lost in Austin ITV miniseries (2008)
    Sat Nov 23 Christmas at Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Holiday Sequel by Regina Jeffers
    Sat Dec 21 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin


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  147. I thought I had entered this back in January but after checking all of the above comments, it appears that I did not. I’m in for the highest commitment, which, I believe is called aficionado. I have already read some of the books and will start watching the film versions, my favorite being the 1995 version. It was the one I was introduced to Jane Austen by a good friend while I was very sick. Colin Firth still makes me swoon…..


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  149. I don’t know HOW I missed this!! Except thru a wp glitch I started getting updates only via their blogreader. Have fixed it so I get the Austenprose emails and have just signedup/blogged about the Bicentenary Challenge. Fabulous Janeite fete!! Thank you Laurel Ann.


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  154. Is it too late to sign up for the challenge? I’d love to participate as it’ll be my first reading challenge. I guess I’ll be in for the Neophyte level. I’m a real slow reader.


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  158. I know I am late to the game but I would really like to join the challenge. Since I am such a Jane junky I will go Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections. I do not have a blog so I will post here. I have some that I have completed this month.

    1) Watched P&P 2005 movie
    Pros- Production was beautifully done; Music was well done as well and I actually thought Matthew Macfadyen was a decent Darcy.
    Cons- Don’t think Keira Knightly was a good fit for Lizzy; The house used as Longbourne was too run down and in need of repairs; I think they strayed too far from the novel, I know it is only a 2 hour movie so time was a big issue but really how much time would it have cost to keep Mr. & Mrs. Hurst and Georgiana Darcy (as played by Tamzin Merchant) was way to forward. The book stressed how shy and awkward she was, especially around strangers.
    That said, I own it on DVD, have it saved to my DVR and have a copy on my laptop so I watch it quite often.

    2) Read the second book in Carrie Bebris’ series Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery : Suspense and Sensibility (Or, First Impressions Revisited)
    Pros- It is well written and I like the concept of Lizzy & Darcy meeting and interacting with characters of other JA novels.
    Cons- I really didn’t care for the supernatural element used in this book. Feels too much like Oscar Wildes novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” . A simple ghost story would have worked so much better as a supernatural element.
    I will read the rest of the series, I just hope she tones down the supernatural parts. Gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.

    3) Read Amanda Granges book Mr. Darcy’s Diary which is the first book in her Jane Austen Heroes series.
    Pros- Totally loved this book. It is a book I am happy I bought and will reread it again and again.
    Cons- The book ended too soon.
    Gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.


    • Not too late Laura. Welcome. Post links to your monthly reviews from your site in the comments of each of my monthly reviews. A link to past reviews are listed in the above post and in the right hand side bar. Thanks again. I am looking forward to reading your reviews. Cheers, LA


  159. I can’t believe I almost missed the sign-up. Doing the kids things first I would’ve really regretted missing it. This is my first challenge and I’m very excited. I want go in as a Disciple. I read slow but will push myself for this. I starting with Pride and Prejudice BBC/PBS miniseries (1980). I always have time for watching and re-watching. :)


  160. I’m not sure if I should wait till the monthly posting or if I should just post as I finish. Please let me know.
    For now I have finished Pride & Prejudice- BBC/PBS mini-series (1980). It was my first time. I enjoyed this version. The changes are not as big as the ones in the 2005 movie but since I’ve seen the movie sooo many times I found myself comparing them. Even though it was difficult to fall in love with this Mr. Darcy, my love for the character accepted him. Elizabeth was played well but I found myself really liking the way Sabina Franklyn played Jane Bennet. Lady Catherine de Bourgh was played by Judy Parfitt which was the only actress I recognized and, of course, played her part well. I would watch it again and probably not compare it as much now that I know what it’s like.
    I did like Mr. Darcy’s smile when he found out Elizabeth loved him too. Also how Jane, being older, was more correct about everyone’s character than Elizabeth was. I laughed with Mr. Collins’ dancing. :)


    • Hi Jeannie, thanks for joining the challenge. This is the sign-up post. There is a list/links in this post of the dates of the monthly posts of the challenge. They are also listed in the sidebar for the challenge on the right. Post your monthly review in each month’s contribution. Have fun! Thanks again, Laurel Ann


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    • Hi Teresa, no worries. There is a list of titles that I am reviewing each month throughout the year in this post. If you scroll back up you will see it. I will copy it here so you will recognize it:

      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

      On the dates listed above I have posted my reviews. If you click on the link of each of the titles so far, it will take you to the post. You can post past reviews in the comments and future ones as we continue through the year. There are also links to each of the reviews as they are posted in the P&P Bicentenary sidebar to the right. Look for the challenge graphic that says Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013. Below it are listed the titles I am reviewing with links to ones that I have completed.

      Please let me know if you understand. I don’t want you to miss out.

      Cheers, LA


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    • Hi Paula, welcome and thanks for your contribution. Each month I post a review of my contribution to the challenge. You can see a list and the dates in this blog and also on the right hand sidebar under the challenge image. Each month you can leave a comment in each blog and include your contribution and or link to your review. This post is for sigh-ups. Thanks, LA


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