Inquiring Reader: David JC contacted me to let me know he would be blogging about his experiences reading Jane Austens six novels in six months in his new blog, Following Jane. As he so eloquently wrote –
A complete social experiment. 31. Husband. Father. Friend. Reader.
Over the next 6 months, I’ll only read Jane Austen’s novels.
A solitary book club.
1 book a month between April and September of 2010.
Let’s see what insight I’ll find while following Jane.
I wrote David and asked him a few questions, which he promptly answered.
Why did you decide to concentrate on reading Jane Austen’s novels for six months?
I was driving home the other night and wanted to do something productive, but also something meaningful that would enrich my life. I thought of a list of influential people in life… directors, teachers, historical figures, actors, authors… and then Jane suddenly popped into my head. I wondered what it would be like for the male perspective to read all of her novels and then write about the experience and discoveries. I don’t think it has been done before, and it felt like an interesting challenged.
Have you read any before? if so, what did you think of it/them?
I have read Pride and Prejudice before and was completely intrigued by the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth (but then again, who isn’t?).
Have you seen the movie adaptations? Which are your favorite?
I have only watched bits and pieces of the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice version… never the entire thing, or any other film adaptations.
I cant wait for David to get started, and will keep you, dear reader, posted.