The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011

The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 20112011 is a celebratory year for Jane Austen and her legion of fans. It marks the bicentenary of her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility. Since 1811, we have been enjoying her romantic, dramatic and witty story filled with divergent characters – the Dashwood sisters: cool, practical Elinor and emotional, impulsive Marianne, and the men in their lives: stoic Edward Ferrars, staid Colonel Brandon and rakish Willoughby. There is much to praise in this novel which has inspired many movie adaptations, book sequels and spinoffs.

The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011

We are very pleased to announce the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011. If you have not read Jane Austen’s masterpiece or would like to revisit it in honor of its significant 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 readers and period drama movie lovers.

Challenge Details

Time-line: The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 runs January 1, through December 31, 2011.

Levels of participation: Neophyte: 1 – 4 selections, Disciple: 5 – 8 selections, Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections.

Enrollment: Sign up’s are open until March 1, 2011. First, select your level of participation.  Second, copy the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 graphic and include it in your blog post detailing the novels or movies that you commit to reading and watching in 2011. 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 Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 officially begins on Wednesday, January 26, 2010 with my review of the novel The Three Weismanns of Westport. Check back on the 4th Wednesday of each month for my next review in the challenge.

Your Participation: Once the challenge starts you will see a tab included at the top of Austenprose called Reading Challenges. Click on the tab and select the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011. Leave a comment including the name of the book or movie read or viewed and a link to your blog review. If you do not have a blog, just leave a comment about your selection that you finished with a brief reaction or remark. It’s that easy.

The Prizes

Oh, of course there are prizes! There will be giveaways each month of the book or movie that I review in the challenge here on Austenprose to be drawn from comments left with each post, and one lucky Grand Prize Winner of all 12 titles tucked into a Jane Austen tote bag ($200.00 value) to be drawn from comments left at any and all of the reviews left on this blog or yours. Yes, that means that your readers who comment on your challenge reviews have a chance to win too. Winners will be announced monthly two weeks after each blog post, and the Grand Prize winner will be announced on January 05, 2012. Shipment to US or Canadian addresses only.

So, make haste and join the challenge today. I am so looking forward to revisiting Jane Austen’s classic tale through her eyes and others. Here is a list of possibilities for your reading and viewing selections:

Books

Movies

My reading & viewing schedule

  1. Jan 26 – The Three Weissmanns of Westport
  2. Feb 23 –  Sense and Sensibility 1981
  3. Mar 23 – The Dashwood Sisters Tell All
  4. Apr 27 –   Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries
  5. May 25 – The Annotated Sense and Sensibility
  6. Jun 22 – Sense and Sensibility 1995
  7. Jul 27 – Sass and Serendipity
  8. Aug 24 – Suspense and Sensibility
  9. Sept 28 – Sense and Sensibility (Naxos Audiobooks)
  10. Oct 26 – Expectations of Happiness
  11. Nov 23 – √ Sense and Sensibility (The Jane Austen Bicentenary Library)
  12. Dec 28 – Willoughby’s Return

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

Participants:

  1. Laurel Ann – Austenprose
  2. Bella
  3. Adriana Zardini – Jane Austen in Brazil
  4. Nicole
  5. Elsie
  6. Meredith – Austenesque Reviews
  7. Meredith – The Librarian Next Door
  8. Raquel – Jane Austen in Portuguese
  9. RegencyRomantic
  10. Jennrenee
  11. Karen Field
  12. Brittanie – A Book Lover
  13. Katherine – November’s Autumn
  14. Luthien84 – My Love For Jane Austen
  15. Wallace – Unputdownables
  16. Joanna Y.
  17. Whitney – She Is Too Fond of Books
  18. Lauren Cartelli – The Literary Gothamite
  19. Trai – Tutor Girl Reads
  20. Brooke – Bluestocking Guide
  21. C. Allyn Pierson
  22. Dana Huff – Much Madness is Divinest Sense
  23. Jillian
  24. Angie – Attentively Attentive to All Things
  25. Sue
  26. Renate – Literary Scribbles
  27. kswortzel
  28. JJ – Citivolus Sus
  29. Kerri
  30. Lisa – Lit and Life
  31. Courtney – Stiletto Storytime
  32. Miss Sneyd  – Mansfield Park
  33. Ruth – Book Talk and More
  34. Alexa Adams – First Impressions
  35. Emilee Turner – Another Binkley Sister Blog
  36. Sara – Notes in the Margins
  37. Leslie
  38. Kimberly – Reflections of a Book Addict
  39. Mags – AustenBlog
  40. K – Books, Movies and TV
  41. Patricia – Impedance of Locomotion
  42. Elizzy B. – Salon Jane Austen
  43. Marg – Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
  44. LynnS
  45. Kaye – The Road Goes Ever Ever On
  46. Alice – Jane Austen is my Wonderland
  47. Becky Roode – This I Know
  48. Deborah – By the Book
  49. Missy
  50. Anna – Diary of an Eccentric
  51. Kira
  52. Laura – Laura’s Reviews
  53. Else T. – Bellasarte
  54. Melissa – Swamp of Boredom
  55. Sam – Sam Still Reading
  56. Heather – The Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip Guide
  57. Nancy Kelly – Austen Inspiration
  58. Becca
  59. Jenny the Librarian
  60. Kelli
  61. Rivkabelle – A Word’s Worth
  62. Diane
  63. Andrea – Custard Kisses
  64. Nadia – A Bookish Way of Life
  65. In My Book Ag
  66. Vonna Viglione
  67. Diana I C
  68. Lynn Sherick
  69. Maria Grazia – My Jane Austen Book Club
  70. Lynnae – The Little White Attic
  71. Kassie Freeman
  72. Tarina – Doodle Bugs and Sweet Peas
  73. Svea – Muse in the Fog
  74. Lit~Lass – Frigate to Utopia
  75. Alison – Threads
  76. Lady Doc – Tilting at Windmills
  77. Debera
  78. Grace 2302 – Old South Part Two
  79. Marina Barrie – Mariners Compass
  80. Faith Hope & Cherry Tea
  81. Pascale M. – Pascale Maret Author
  82. Cassia – Bonjour Mademoiselle
  83. Raquel
  84. You’re Next!

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The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 Graphic by Katherine Cox of November’s Autumn