This confession is slightly less serious than the last time I made a confession. I am 37 years old, love romantic literature (as in the genre of romantic literature, not books covered in Fabio...blech!), and I've never...I've never...gulp....I've never read any of Jane Austen's novels.
(Collective gasp goes up from the throngs...or not)
Seriously, I LOVE me some Jane Austen movies. Sense and Sensibility, with Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet, and Alan Rickman is one of my favorites. When Elinor discovers that Edward is, in fact, not married, and collapses into a chair from happiness, I feel her utter joy.
However, having said that, for some reason in all my years of reading hundreds of books, I have neglected to actually read any of her novels. That was taken care of over the past few days. I decided that I needed to read her novels in the order in which she wrote them...not, however, in which they were published. So, since that was the criteria, I started with Northanger Abbey. I absolutely adored it. I think maybe I found myself in the character of Catherine because she was so ordinary. The situations and misunderstandings she found herself in, I could see myself getting into.
Now, since I am officially a part of the Jane Austen fan club (okay, maybe not officially, but whatever), I figured I should change my style of writing to match hers. Let me give an example of a before-reading-Austen sentence and an after-reading-Austen sentence:
Before: She was upset.
After: Her emotional fortitude, having been met with such incomprehensible dissatisfaction, unknown to her before this moment of her being, was severely struck with such unhappiness as to make her countenance unable to give any other indication of her feelings but complete and utter sadness.
On second thought, just trying to come up with that many words for one sentence has made me very tired. I gotta go lay down...
Sense and Sensibility is next on my list...I can't wait!