Book Blogger Appreciation Week Meme: The Jane Austen Version

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“It is such a happiness when good people get together — and they always do.” Miss Bates, Emma, Chapter 21

The Second Annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week September 14-18, 2009 is quickly approaching. It is an online event in celebration and acknowledgement of all the hard working, creative and dedicated book bloggers out there making a difference by promoting reading, culture and an online community. Last year over 400 blogs participated, and the organizer Amy Riley of My Friend Amy Blog is hoping for an even stronger turnout this year. 

Anyone who blogs about books can participate. To register visit the BBAW Blog and fill out the form which will ensure your inclusion in the BBAW 2009 database of Book Bloggers and enters you in the drawing for giveaways and prizes. You can also nominate your favorite book blogs in the Second Annual BBAW Awards. There are forty categories to choose from like Best Review Blog, Best Design, Best Specialized Blog and Best Historical Fiction Blog &C. You name it. It’s there! The deadline is August 15th so don’t delay. It is a great way to discover new blogs and say thank you to the ones you really enjoy. 

To spread the word about this great event, the BBAW committee has created this meme. 

1)  What has been one of the highlights of blogging for you? 

Connecting with my readers. The comments have been so amazing. Sometimes I am just blown away by insights that I had not seen, or jokes that I had missed. I am reminded every day that through books comes enlightenment. Through people comes enrichment. 

2)  What blogger has helped you out with your blog by answering questions, linking to you, or inspiring you? 

I started this blog on a whim and a prayer. I had long admired Jane Austen and her novels and wanted to share my passion with others. I had no idea that I would still be writing about her and other books inspired by her after a year and a half. I would not have been able to achieve a fraction of what you see now, nor still be here without the help of Mags at AustenBlog and Vic at Jane Austen’s World. Both of those amiable ladies were miles ahead of me in experience and sensibility before I even started, and I owe them my sincere gratitude and thanks.

3) What one question do you have about BBAW that someone who participated last year could answer? 

Since I did not participate last year, I really do not know what to expect. I am like Cher in Clueless, ready to go shopping for the perfect outfit to impress the cute new boy in school. What actually happens the week of the event? What should I be prepared for? 

Thanks in advance to all my readers and friends who have shared your love of Jane Austen and books with me. It has been most agreeable! 

Cheers, Laurel Ann

Pride & Prejudice: A Young Man of Large Fortune

Image of Allison Steadman as Mrs. Bennet, Pride & Prejudice, BBC, (1995)FORTUNE

“Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it, that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately;” Mrs. Bennet, Pride & Prejudice, Chapter 1

Don’t you just love Mrs. Bennet? No hidden agenda here. Her introduction in the novel Pride & Prejudice quoted above reveals just about everything we need to know about her personality and motivations. It’s all about social position and money.

Being the mother of five unmarried daughters between the ages of 15 to 22 who have no immediate marriage prospects on the horizon can really wear on ones nerves, which she reminds us of quite frequently. And her husband, Mr. Bennet, does not sympathize with her in the least, nor share her concern about their children.

“They have none of them much to recommend them,” replied he; “they are all silly and ignorant, like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.”

“Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way! You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves.”

“You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.”

“Ah! you do not know what I suffer.”

“But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood.”

“It will be no use to us if twenty such should come, since you will not visit them.”

“Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty, I will visit them all.”

Image of mr. & Mrs. Bennet, Pride & Prejudice, BBC, (1995)

Poor Mrs. Bennet. She may be a very silly woman, but at least she has some idea of the importance of her daughter’s marrying quickly and to men of good fortune. Her methods for procuring husbands, as we will see, may be creative, but her heart is in the right place.

Image of Lizzy & Darcy, Pride & Prejudice, BBC, (1995)Be sure to mark your calendars and set your watches for the Masterpiece Classic airing of the 1995 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, starring Jennifer Ehle as wity, plunky and perky Lizzy Bennet and Colin Firth, who needs no introduction, as her sparing partner Mr. Darcy, in the BBC and A & E production of Jane Austen’s classic novel on Sunday, February 10th at 9:00 pm on PBS

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