Yesterday, we featured Part 1 of our look at the works of Jane Austen. In case you didn’t know, Jane Austen’s work, Pride and Prejudice, was the inspiration for our Book of the Month, Prom and Prejudice. Below you will find plot summaries and movie recommendations for the rest of Ms. Austen’s works. If you haven’t check out a Austen work or movie based on one of her novels, now is the time. Many of these books can be found on Google Reader, or can be ordered from Amazon.com. Many of the movies can be picked up from your local video store, or enjoyed through Netflicks. So, what are you waiting for?
So what’s your favorite Austen?
4. Northanger Abbey
Plot Summary: CATHERINE MORLAND goes to Bath for the season as the guest of MR and MRS ALLEN, and there she meets the eccentric GENERAL TILNEY, his son HENRY TILNEY and his daughter ELANOR TILNEY. Catherine is invited to the Tilney’s home, the Northanger Abbey of the title, where she imagines numerous gruesome secrets surrounding the General and his house. Henry proves that her suspicions have no substance by, while she is still recovering from the humiliation, she finds herself ordered out of the house by the General. She returns home and is followed by Henry. He explains that the General, mistakenly believing her to be penniless, had been anxious to keep her away from his son. Restored to a sensible humour by the truth, the General finally gives his blessing to Henry’s marriage to Catherine.
Plot Summary: At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Set in the fashionable societies of Lyme Regis and Bath, Persuasion is a brilliant satire of vanity and pretension, but, above all, it is a love story tinged with the heartache of missed opportunities.
and last but not least….
6. Pride and Prejudice
Plot Summary: Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she’s a completely hip character, who if provoked is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp — but always polite — 18th century wit. The point is, you spend the whole book absolutely fixated on the critical question: will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy hook up?