Becoming Jane

My dear sweet husband took me out to see “Becoming Jane” last night. During closing credits, he did have to comment about his being the only man in the theater – there was one other (in his seventies). Anyway, …LOVED IT!! If you enjoyed Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, you will love this one. It had more “racey” scenes than the others, but it’s still rated PG.

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2 responses to “Becoming Jane

  • Charley

    Sara and I went on saw this over the weekend. It was very good!

  • Lakshmi Bhargava

    I am a continent and almost two centuries distant from Jane Austen but I am happy to say that Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books. I first started to read it when I was just twelve years plus but could not read more than a few pages-just didn’t find it interesting enough. I took it up again two-three years later. That was way back in the early nineteen fifties when I was studying in Women’s College of Aligarh Muslim University,India. And At my second attempt I found the book just fascinating. In spite of a continent and two centuries distance I could relate very well to the book perhaps because I came from a large family and because the ties between relatives and the neighbours were quite strong at that time. Another reason was that like Mrs. Bennet for most Indian mothers the most important responsibility was to get their daughters married. I can very well understand that for those brought up in these times of nuclear families, and even next door neighbours being strangers in Metro cities, and with live-in relationships it would not be easy to appreciate a book like Pride and Prejudice.

    If I start giving all the reasons why I like Pride and Prejudice so much I will end up writing a book myself. But one reason I like it is that Darcy is a man who does not let his pride and ego come in the way of self introspection and consequent changing himself for the better after Elizabeth’s outburst.

    As regards bybee’s comment about Charlotte Bronte’s not liking Jane Austen either, I would just refer to Virginia Woolf’s comparison of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte in her book ‘A Room of One’s Own’. Needless to say that she considers Jane Austen a writer of much higher calibre than Charlotte Bronte.
    Lakshmi Bhargava

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