Celebrating Jane Austen Day on Austenprose with a Grand Giveaway

Jane AustenToday, December 16th, is Jane Austen’s 240th birthday. While the world celebrates Jane Austen Day, Austenprose is joining in the festivities with gifts to her fans.

Offered in the Grand Giveaway are several prizes including Austenesque books that we have reviewed this past year and some of our favorites from past years, and a tea package with a Pride and Prejudice mug.

To enter, just leave a comment stating why you enjoy Ms. Austen’s work and which character is your favorite by 11:59 pm, Monday, December 21, 2015. All books are print copies in either hardcover or paperback trade size. Winners will be drawn at random from the comments and announced on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. The contest is open to US residents and shipment will be to continental US addresses. Good luck to all!

Austenesque Books

Jane Austen Cover to Cover Margaret Sullivan 2014 x 350

A Darcy Series Bundle

Mr. Darcy's Dream: A Novel, by Elizabeth Ashton (2009)

Jane Austen tea & mug from Bingley’s Teas

Bingleys Teas gift Jane Austen Day 2015 x 500

One package of Emma’s Perfect Match and one Pride and Prejudice ceramic mug.

Emma’s Perfect Match tea

An elegant, youthful green tea is full of romance, especially with the addition of pink roses. This blend is made even sweeter with real strawberries from Mr. Knightley’s garden. Emma at last finds the perfect match and we celebrate with this aromatic and delicious blend! *China green tea, roses, strawberry, dried fruits assorted, rhubarb and hibiscus and natural flavoring.

Wishing Miss Austen’s fans a wonderful day!

Cover images courtesy of their respecitive publishers © 2015; text Laurel Ann Nattress ©2015, Austenprose.com

125 thoughts on “Celebrating Jane Austen Day on Austenprose with a Grand Giveaway

  1. I absolutely adore Jane Austen. I feel like we have a lot in common and her just snarky enough wit always makes me laugh. She wrote about life, truths, and morality in ways which are still true and relevant today. Her work is timeless. My favorite character is Lizzie Bennet.

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    • Jane Austen takes me away again and again. Her insight and sense of humor are so honest and down to earth. I love that my daughters appreciate her writing and we have shared the books and movies over and over again. Darcy is by far my favorite character.

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  2. I feel like I can relate with some of the charecters especially persuasion. She has blessed many lives with the books, which you can read time after time into late of the night.

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  3. Thanks for your wonderful blog Laurel Ann – it was great to see you this past Sunday at JASNA. I enjoy Jane Austen’s work because she tells us stories about people in real situations struggling and overcoming difficulties. They may not be modern difficulties but nevertheless they struggle and overcome. I fluctuate from day to day on which character is my favorite – today my favorite is Mrs. Jennings.

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  4. Why do I love her works? Simply put, she tells a good story and makes me care about her characters.

    My favorite character is Elizabeth Bennet. She’s funny and stubborn, but we get to see her mature into a lovely young woman.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  5. I didn’t discover Jane Austen until I was in my 30s,and I tore through all of her novels in less than a month. Though she was born 200 years before me, she portrayed strong women–some for standing up for what they wanted, others for quietly enduring heartache–and I loved her for it. Elizabeth Bennet is one of my favorites, though Elinor Dashwood may be perhaps my most favorite heroine because, in many ways, she heads up the household after her family is forced out of Norland Park and helps them carve out a new life.

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  6. My favorite ought to be Liz Bennet because she’s the only one to go toe to toe with the men. However, after my last reading of “Persuasion” I go with Anne Elliot. Her pain is so much more evident despite her efforts to keep it in.

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  7. Escape to a world of manners and polite behavior. Life today is so difficult and cynical…Jane Austin’s writing is filled with such civility I cannot get enough. Yes there is tension and self doubt, excitement and disappointment.but it is presented in such a way that you can read it over and over again and never tire of it. My favorite character is from Pride and Prejudice. MIss Elizabeth Bennet is my champion…she does not settle for anything less than true love. When presented with the opportunity for a marriage with Mr Darcy she refuses him outright and tells it like it is…her playfulness and grand sense of humor is so very appealing. Mischievous and serious at the same time, Miss Elizabeth Bennet sees through the schemes of the Bingley sisters like no one else. Her advise to Jane her dear sister is so sweet and sincere…makes you wish for her to be your sister! How fortunate is Georgianna Darcy to have her as a role model. Hurray for Pride and Prejudice!

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  8. My favorite character is the unnamed narrator of “Mansfield Park.” She is insightfully witty (okay, snarky) and has a true moral compass. These qualities allow her to value Miss Price highly enough to call her “my Fanny.”

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  9. I love Austen’s wit, which feels as fresh as any modern comedy writer’s, and the heartfelt details of her stories. My all time favorite character is Anne Eliot, due to having Persuasion be my first JA read.

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  10. I enjoy Jane Austen works because when I read them I can relate to them to a point. The characters reminds me of people I know. My favorite character is Anne Elliott

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  11. I enjoy reading Jane Austen’s novels because they are morally grounded, witty and romantic without being sappy. I enjoy the banter and struggle of wills between the characters. I love so many of the characters, but Mr. Darcy is my favorite.

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  12. I have loved Jane Austen since I first read P&P as a junior in high school….many many years ago. I have been a life member of JASNA since the 80’s. My 2 favorite characters are Elizabeth Bennet and Anne Elliot. When I was younger I identified more with Elizabeth but as I grew older I appreciated Anne more.
    Why do I love reading Austen? Her attention to character and detail is timeless. Mr Elliot always makes me laugh, Caroline is so obviously social climbing I recognize her with people I meet today, we all know couples like the Hursts who have very little in common with each other, your heart goes out to Georgianna as she tries to forget her mistake with Wickham, and we all know a Wickham too!
    Happy Birthday Jane!

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  13. I was running around today looking for a copy of Mansfield Park!! Jane Austen books just do something to me. I can’t really explain it. I find her wit very entertaining, and I’m amazed at how relatable her books are over 200 years later. I really like the character of Anne Elliot from Persuasion. Her quiet reserve and magnanimous spirit. I’ve never forgotten her.

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  14. I enjoy Jane Austen because she is both historical and realistic. Her writing takes place during my favorite historical setting, and her characters and principles can apply even today. I am not quite sure why, but Anne Elliot is my favorite character.

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  15. First, Happy Birthday to THE best women’s author of all time, Miss Jane Austen. Her books are not only timeless, full of amazing characters, but her writing makes me smile. At present, my favorite character is Anne Elliott, because Persuasion is my favorite Austen book.. Who knows, next month it may be a different character or book !!!!!.

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  16. I am among the most ardent of Janeites. I adore Austen’s punctilious wit and wisdom so much that I went on to devote most of my PhD thesis (University of St. Andrews) to her dexterous use of visuality. Austen’s strategic use of tea and coffee in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ has been the subject of much discussion (in my conference papers at least!). While I love all of her heroines, I feel that I am an Elizabeth Bennet at heart!

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  17. I love Jane Austen because I enjoy the romance as well as the witty observations she made on people and life. It’s amazing how so much of what she wrote still applies today! It’s super tough to decide my favorite character, but I will have to go with Elizabeth.

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  18. I enjoy Jane Austen because she’s simple and because she’s complicated. The average reader gets to enjoy a beautifully-told story while the more in-depth reader gets to appreciate her literary genius that is evident on so many levels.

    My favorite Jane Austen character is Anne Elliott. She matured into a woman who came to know her own mind and even though it was an inward struggle, she came to stand up for her heart and gained the man she loved.

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  19. My favorite is Elizabeth Bennett. Her attitude her gaiety her intelligence.

    A very close favorite is Emma. For all the opposite reasons as Elizabeth Bennett!

    I’ve read her books since I was a teen (now almost 62) . Every time I reread any of her books, I get a greater appreciation
    Of her wit!

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  20. I love Jane Austen’s dry wit. The humor in her books is sometimes overlooked.
    I’m glad to see Anne Elliot gets so much love here! She really does become a great independent woman. I love Mr. Collins too. Okay, just kidding. :0

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  21. I appreciate that her Jane Austin’s works are transcendent: timeless tales about real people in relatable circumstances, encountering and overcoming obstacles, just like the rest of us.

    Every reading brings to light a new favorite character, but I’ll say Elizabeth Bennet for now, because she’s joyful, smart, and struggles don’t quench her spirit. I, of course, reserve the right to change my opinion tomorrow. :)

    Thanks for the generous giveaway. What a nice holiday treat!

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  22. Why do I love Jane Austen? Her keen insight into the human psyche, her wit and clever turn of phrase, and of course the romance.

    How can you choose a favorite character. Today I’m going with Elinor from S&S. Love her sense of duty and family.

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  23. It is hard to pin-point what is best about Jane Austen. Her timeless characters, the subtle wit, and just the “Jane-ness” that has transferred the down the years is just so great

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  24. I learned to love literature when I was
    13, and my grandmother gave me
    Pride and Prejudice to read. Since then
    I have loved Jane Austen’s sharp wit, elegant
    language, profound understanding of human nature and how she wraps all that in a very
    intriguing plot! I’ve always loved Elizabeth
    Bennet and have come to admire and love
    Anne Eliot.

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  25. I love Jane Austen’s work for her insight and wit and proto-feminist views. I love her letters and snarkiness as well. Picking a favorite character is extraordinarily difficult, especially among the heroes and heroines, so I will pick a favorite side character of mine, and go with Mrs. Jennings.

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  26. I love Austen for her romance and her humor. I love that when I read and re-read her novels I find something either new or something I’ve loved and forgotten! My favorite heroine is Eleanor but I love to hate Mrs. Norris too. She is particularly odious!!

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  27. Thank you for hosting such a fun giveaway! Jane Austen is the model of quality writing and storytelling for me. I love her wit, humor, and thoughtful commentary that are all so cleverly laced throughout the dialogue and narration in every book. I love her characters and how she delves into human emotion and experience. And I love that she takes her characters through a process of growth and self-discovery. I feel as if I’m learning alongside them when I read! All of her books are brilliant of course, but I’d have to pick the tried and true Pride and Prejudice as my absolute favorite. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s story never gets old for me!

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  28. I’ve adored Jane Austen since I was introduced to her in high school; and my love was further cemented when I studied literature in college. Now that I’m a teacher, I admire her even more because my inner-city students from backgrounds of poverty have fallen in love with her, too! I’d love to win so I can put a wider variety of books in my student’s hands. We don’t have a library, just the books I’ve gathered in my room. They’d like to expand their world through additional titles.
    Aside from enjoying her well-crafted, complex female protagonists, I especially enjoy the irritating characters that I just want to shake some sense into…such as Mr. Collins!

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  29. Happy birthday to Jane Austen, whose works have stood the test of time. Her plots and characters are just as relevant today, and just as enjoyed. I’ve always loved Emma because she is aware of her faults and takes action to remedy her transgressions.

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  30. Thank you so much for this fantastic giveaway. I love Jane Austen, because her work is timeless. I find it is still relatable and her novels never get old….I could re-read them each year! My favorite characters are Elizabeth Bennet and Anne Elliot.

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  31. I enjoy Jane Austen because she wrote such wonderful stories and characters that readers still can relate to 200 years later. My favorite character is Fanny Price. We both have a lot in common, being shy and having mortals. She is wonderful and sadly underrated in my opinion.

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  32. I very much appreciate this blog. I look to it for all my buying preferences. I am a great Jane Austen fan and wish Ms. Austen a most happy birthday!

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  33. I love how Jane always has an almost secret understanding with her readers that her society, and people in general, are always a little foolish. My favorite of her heroines is probably Anne Elliot. I love the maturity of Persuasion. My favorite hero, other than Colin Firth . . .I really like Brandon and Wentworth about equally.

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  34. I love the stories of Jane Austin as she takes the reader into worlds where society had strick rules to follow & adhere to. The way people learned about things was through visiting & letters. Entertainment was reading, playing cards, music, having refresments and the gossip of the day. It was a simpler life but seriously taken by all parties. My favorite character is Emma as here was a young lady who pursued the happiness of others whether they needed it or not! Happy Birthday to Jane Austin.

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  35. Happy Birthday Jane! Austen’s works are timeless, in a way that the messages can easily be applied today… It’s easy to be fooled by a pretty face, or to misjudge someone. Listen to your heart and what you know is best for you, learn from your mistakes and don’t let love slip away twice. My favorite character is Lizzy Bennet, she recognizes her mistakes, learns from then and admits when she is wrong… eventually.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway chance.

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  36. She makes me laugh constantly and see the humor in the little things in life.
    Next to EB, Mr. Collins has always been a personal favorite of mine.

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  37. I did a post for Jane’s birthday as well….small though it may be. Would love to win! Especially would like to see the Carrie Bebris book! I love Sanditon…have her other books…but everything in the drawing is wonderful!
    Ruth

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  38. Happy Birthday, Jane!

    My favorite characters are probably Elinor and Marianne Dashwood from “Sense and Sensibility.” The contrast between the two sisters’ personalities reminds me of so many other sisters I know!

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  39. Every time I read Jane I find new things to love and old things to love again. Romance and humor keep me coming back over and over! My favorite heroine is Eleanor but I also love to hate mrs. Norris!!!

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  40. I feel a special affinity with Jane as we share the same birthday. Her writing is timeless. I truly her admire her tenacity to publish at a time when writing by female authors was frowned upon. Emma was my first Austen read and she remains my favorite character. Happy Birthday and many thanks to “A Lady.”

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  41. I have learned more about Life from dear Jane’s books than any of the others I have perused. She expertly describes certain members of my family. However, I will not divulge who. They may read this post! Although Elizabeth Bennet’s wit, intelligence, and ability to engage in truthful, self examination make her my favorite character, I am more of the Elinore Dashwood type.

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  42. I love Jane Austen-all her books! My favorite character is of course, Mr. Darcy. He is darkness and light-the type of guy I have always fallen for– But to be honest, i cannot think of one character I do not like reading about in her books. This does not mean I like the characters, but rather they are all interesting and multi facetted like Mr. Darcy.
    Love the blog! Congratulations Jane Austen on still entertaining us so many years later!

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  43. I enjoy Jane Austen’s works mostly because of the Old English and romance. My favorite is Persuasion. I love Anne’s character and I love her Man too :) though Darcy is still my favorite Man bite.

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  44. What a wonderful giveaway. My favorite character is Elizabeth Bennet. We have a lot in common and I can appreciate her actions, the way she thinks, and her reasons for doing things. I think part of the appeal of Jane Austen’s works is the authenticity of the characters. We know people like them and they often behave just as those acquaintances would. We can enjoy her books, because as we read, we “know” these people and pretty much know what they are going to do.

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  45. I love how Jane Austen’s work has aged so well. It still makes sense. My favorite characters are Lizzy Bennet and Col Brandon.

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  46. Happy birthday to Jane Austen! I love her books for the intelligent wit and relatable characters. The stories stick with you! My favorite character is Elizabeth Bennet.

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  47. Miss Austen’s novels are timeless … and they can be read again and again. Though Pride and Prejudice was my introduction, my favorite novel is “Persuasion” – as it is a mature work, but in writing and in characterizations. Anne Elliot is a wonderful, rich female character.

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  48. What a great giveaway! I love so many characters….some because of their perfection(pictures of perfection hardly make me sick and wicked)…see also Bennet, Jane….and some because of their humor and good will(Adm Croft), the strong and somewhat silent types(Mr Knightley and Col Brandon)…but I’ll always be part of Team Marianne!!!!!!!(yup, I love dead leaves).

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  49. Her books have inspired so many things in my life… I can’t even begin to explain. But my love goes deep. Happy birthday, Jane Austen!

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  50. I enjoy her work because it’s timeless – no matter what age or decade or century in which you read an Austen novel, it still rings true. My favorite character is Mr. Knightley.

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  51. I love her work because it’s timeless. My favorite character is Mr. Knightley :)
    (Not sure if first comment went through, please excuse this one if duplicated)

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  52. O, I love Jane Austen’s books. Each one of them. Pride and Prejudice being my favorite and then Persuasion. Favorite character is no doubt Mr. Darcy. Jane Austen’s works are timeless, even though they are set 200+ years ago. Her themes of love, class, prejudices..etc are all relevant today. And that is why there are so many modern adaptations available. I am a fan of many of her characters including Elizabeth Bennett, Captain Wentworth, Mr. Knightley, Emma…etc, but my heart will always favor Mr. Darcy. Thank you for such a great giveaway!

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  53. Jane is timeless, sometimes outright sarcastic, sometimes slyly witty, and I love that I can read her books and find something I didn’t see on previous readings. I love Miss Bates because she gives hints on what is going on around Emma that she is clueless about. If Emma would have just listened once in a while to all that prattle….

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  54. The main reason I love her the most is because she makes me feel identified with a lot of her characters. I feel like Elinor at not sharing so openly her feelings. Like Anne Elliot for doing the right thing even when it hurts. I’m shy like Edward. I’m not like Emma but I can understand where she’s coming from in her actions. Being able to identify you with a character or being able to understand it makes a book so much better for me.

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  55. I love her observations of human nature. And I love Ann. There is so much hope in knowing mistakes of youth don’t have to last forever.

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  56. With Jane Austen’s novels being timeless with situations of love and desire, I think Austen’s readers wish for themselves a similar life. Getting lost within the lives of her characters painted with her marvelous words, almost makes them real. Pride and Prejudice was my first introduction to Austen’s work, and although all of her stories have been read, Pride and Prejudice is the only one read too many times to count. Even harder to count is my watching of the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice staring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway chances.

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  57. Why? Because she weaves a story with characters that are as fresh today as when she first put pen to paper. Even in 2015 you can fall completely into her stories. My favorite character is Elinor Dashwood. Happy Birthday, Miss Austen!

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  58. I love reading Jane Austen. My favorite character is Mr. Darcy, because the whole plot unfolds like a gorgeous rose as he is revealed, and because he seems to be one step ahead through the whole story. He is clever, complex, and he is kind.

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  59. Happy Austen Day! I love reading about the people and setting since it’s so different from today, but many things are still universal. My favorites are Elizabeth Bennett since she has a great sense of humor, and Captain Wentworth for trying again :)

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  60. Austen books tell us a lot about English society during the 19th century. And her characters, written 200 years ago still entertain and are touching. My favorite character is the intelligent and opinionated Elizabeth Bennett.

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  61. There’s something about Austen’s tongue-in-cheek prose that makes her writing feel fresh and modern even centuries later. My favorite character is Elizabeth Bennett; I’ve been through Pride and Prejudice five times now, and she’s just so much fun to read about.

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  62. I Love Love All of Jane Austen Books:), They take me to a World where Everyone is Kind and Where Anything is Possible:)!!!

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  63. I ask only a comfortable share in the Jane Austen Day prizes! Charlotte Lucas for me; she hasn’t been dealt an easy life and she takes it on the chin. She is practical and able to create her own happiness, and never seems to resent her friend Elizabeth’s beauty or ability to attract Mr. Darcy. As for Jane Austen, her ability to create a full case of distinct and memorable characters with just a few strokes of her pen sets her apart.

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  64. It would be glorious to win such brilliant things! I enjoy Jane Austen because it’s impossible not to be able to relate to her characters & see in them not only yourself, but the people you know. I’m a total Elizabeth Bennet. Same personality to a “T.” I do, however, relate very strongly to Anne Eliot from Persuasion. Like Anne, I was persuaded not to pursue the great love of my life & since I was young and less than confident, it was easy for me to see all the reasons why I ought not go after my “Captain Wentworth.” Sadly, unlike Anne, I never received my second chance. I regret losing him to this day.

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  65. Happy Birthday, Jane Austen! Those are fantastic prizes.

    I love how she writes about ordinary people and places and themes that are still valid today.

    My favorite character is Fanny Price, but my favorite book is Persuasion.

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  66. Jane Austen’s works still speak to us some 200 years later. Our settings may be different but we still feel a connection to her through these beautifully written yet imperfect characters. This timelessness hold up today and will continue for many centuries to come.

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  67. I love Jane Austen! Every time I re-read one of her novels, I always discover a passage that I did not remember from previous readings. Her writing is so clever and timely. I never get tired of her stories. She is magic.

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  68. Team Lizzy here. I enjoyed this entire post — especially the comments. It’s fun to see all of the different reasons people love JA. Amazing how she is still relevant so many years after her death. So many of our modern stories and plot lines for movies and books are inspired by her.

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  69. Austen’s works are timeless and are truly the only books I can ever re-read. I love being transported to the “simpler” times which were really not so simple at all. I love the depth of the relationships Austen developed in each of her books. My favorite character is Emma Woodhouse.

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  70. Jane Austen’s books are my comfort books. They are funny, shrpe, and humane.
    Her picture of family life always makes smile. Did I mention they are
    romances I could believe in ?
    Book and character – doI have to choose? Then Persuasion and Anne Elliot.

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  71. I was handed a copy of P & P from our classroom’s windowsill library in 7th grade, 49 years ago. It has shaped my reading life. My favorite character – Anne from Persuasion.

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  72. I’ve only ever read Pride and Prejudice but I’ve read it several times. I love her characters and Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are my two favorites!

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  73. Jane had such a firm grasp on human nature, her characters are always a delight to read because they are so very real. Pride & Prejudice is always excellent, as it features my favorite character, Elizabeth Bennett, but in later years, Persuasion has become my favorite of her books.

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  74. Happy Birthday!!!! I just simply love Jane’s work! I know it was not her intention while writing her novels back then to bring us back, at a time where are world is so unsettled and disturbing, to a time where things were proper, simple, and concentration was on things that mattered most. Little did she know that we could find comfort and escape to the believable world she created. A time we often wish for once again. I often felt like I should have been born back then! heehee It is so tough to pick a favorite character as she created each believable character to fulfill their purpose…and they did. You loved some you disliked others…exactly her intent. That’s what makes her work “timeless” and amazing as we see these same characters 240 years later in every day life, just a different generation!! If I have to pick though I will choose Elizabeth Bennett!

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  75. I love Jane Austen because, in addition to being exquisitely crafted, they capture human nature perfectly. Each novel is relatable even today…and they’re funny. My favorite character is Henry Tilney. If only such perfection existed in real life!

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  76. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book, first of all, and Darcy is my favorite character. The fact that he, unlike most men, was willing to not only consider the reprimands given to his proposal but then also to make changes. And then on top of all that with no real thought of its making Elizabeth change her mind he humbles himself to search out and bargain with Wickham and gives much monetary amends to a problem he considers to be of his own making.

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  77. Ooh, I must say Emma Woodhouse is probably my favorite though I identify a lot with Lizzie Bennet. I appreciate Ms. Austen’s style–her way of drawing out the society rules and almost poking fun at them and contradicting them.

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  78. Timeless classics such as Pride and Prejudice always warmed my heart and soul. My favorite individual would be Mr. Bennet.

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  79. I love Jane’s books and have been re-reading them all lately — as well as discovering some wonderful pastiches (fan fiction). I like learning about the customs of Jane’s day, and I enjoy good stories and good character sketches free of all the pollutants in much of today’s writing. I am also — like every other Janeite — in love with Mr. Darcy, esp Colin Firth’s interpretation of him. I love P&P but my very favourite story is Northanger Abbey — I laughed my way through the whole book and again through the film version. Charlotte Lucas is probably my favourite character because she understood and respected Darcy. Happy Birthday Jane!!

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  80. The worlds of Ms. Austen are ones that I return to again and again because lovely scenes and familiar friends can be found there. I can be assured that no matter how cruel a situation may be, it will always be resolved with a happy marriage. My favorite character is Elizabeth Bennet, though Anne Elliott follows closely behind.

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  81. I fell in love with Jane and reread her books whenever I feel the need… at least 2x a year. Why do I love them? They are such an insight into the past-society, customs, people. And her wit hold true for today. My favorite character is Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, my favorite novel.

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  82. My first time reading an Austen novel changed my life. Dickens had been my favorite author until I read Pride & Prejudice and fell in love with her way of writing and telling a story. At heart, I am a Restoration and 18th Century literature lover and can never get enough of the period writing, and Jane Austen fits well into this love affair! After reading P&P, I made my way through Emma and absolutely loved the direction Austen took. For all her flaws, I understood Emma, and she instantly became my favorite, and she has remained my favorite through and through. – A

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  83. I read an article once that sums up my enjoyment of Jane Austen, and the gist of it was: She creates heroines that are cut from a better cloth than the society they live in, and yet they don’t stand aloof at a distance. They have the maturity to function within their world and participate in society, even though it’s imperfect. And they still manage to maintain their well-balanced minds and hearts. I think because of this, one of my favorite of her characters is Elinor Dashwood.

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  84. Lizzie Bennet is my favorite character. P&P is the first Austen I read and remains my favorite , with Persuasion a very close second. The characters are so well done in all of Austen that I think readers will always want to immerse themselves in Austen’s novels.

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  85. My love for all things Jane Austen probably began when I did a PowerPoint about her in college, and then later was revived when I took a seminar about her where we read all six of her finished works and watched movies based on her books. I love her because how timeless and inspirational her writings are, and how independent she is. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’d have to say I definitely like Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley.

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  86. Lovely gifts! I discovered Jan Austen in high school, and have since tried to read through all her books every year. My favorite book is Emma-and I appreciate Emma and Mr. Knightly even more, the older I am.

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  87. Astonishing how she could pinpoint universal truths and how much she knew about people and the way they lived their lives. All of her beliefs, all of her writing hold true today – how can that be? But it is, and we are better for it.

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway – and Happy Birthday, Jane!

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  88. I love Jane Austen’s novels because I can escape in them…the characters become my friends for a short time…and re rereading them is a must. My favorite character changes based on what I am reading at the time, but I love Emma for her self assuredness…Catherine Morland for her ability to get lost in a book.

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  89. I enjoy Ms. Austen’s work because it is truly remarkable and extraordinary and reading her work brings me great joy and brightens my whole week. Elizabeth Bennett is my favorite!!

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  90. Her wit, her insights, her style are all reasons to love her. I can read her books over and over and never tire of them. With characters like Elinor Dashwood, Anne Elliot and Mr. Knightley, she set a high standard for behavior. Of all her characters, Mr. Knightley is probably my favorite, but am I influenced by Jeremy Northam’s captivating portrayal in the film Emma?

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  91. I find myself more drawn to Anne in Persuasion. The dialogue appeals almost as much as the themes of second chances and the unending process of growing into ourselves. No matter which work I read I always find Miss Austen offers new insights, comforts, and wit.

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  92. I love Jane Austen’s books because they are a vacation from ordinary life, taking me to a time and place so different from my own. I have too many favorite characters to pick just one, I love Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightly, and Captain Wentworth most of the men, and Elinor Dashwood and Elizabeth Bennet most of the women.

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  93. Jane Austen observes humanity and teaches us to observe as well – such a necessary lesson! My favorite character is Emma, because she has to learn the lesson the hard way, and because her book is so, so funny! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  94. Why I love Jane Austen’s works….they are timeless and she fully understood human nature. She makes us feel and care for the characters. We very often see someone we know or ourselves in the characters. My favorite is Elizabeth Bennett due to her wit and not conforming to society’s expectations of the time. Thank you for the generous give away.

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  95. I find Jane Austen is one of those authors who manages to offer new bits of wisdom, wit, comfort, and courage depending on where I am at any particular moment. While the answer to my favorite character has changed over the years, I find that Anne from Persuasion speaks to me now of second chances and hope.

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  96. so many reasons why I enjoy Austen–already mentioned above! But I enjoy the wittiness and that she could craft such engaging stories out of very “little material.” And I’m always a sucker for a happy ending! Favorite character: tough! probably Anne Elliot–wish I were as gentle and kind as she is, and so glad she gets her reward! (spoilers for anyone who’s not yet read it!) thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  97. The reason why Jane Austen rules is that she is very witty and her characters are very smart and my two favorite Jane Austen characters are Elizabeth Bennett and Catherine Morland.

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  98. I’m approaching my 20-year anniversary with Jane Austen, and I love that after all these years, I’m still discovering new layers in her texts and that as I grow as a person, my appreciation for Austen grows as well. Favorite character is Elinor. She was my first heroine, and especially in this past year, I’ve looked to her as an example to get through difficult situations.

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