Friday, January 11, 2013

Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013

As 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, I have decided to take part in the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge hosted by Laurel at Austenprose in celebration.   

Here are the challenge details (additional details can be found on the Challenge main page linked above):

Time-line: The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 runs January 1, through December 31, 2013.

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

Enrollment: Sign up’s are open until July 1, 2013. First, select your level of participation.  Second, copy the Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 graphic and include it in your blog post detailing the novels or movies that you commit to reading and watching in 2013. 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 Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 officially begins on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 with my review of the Naxos Audiobooks edition of Pride and Prejudice, read by Emilia Fox. Check back on the 2nd Wednesday of each month for my next review in the challenge.

Your Participation: Once the challenge starts, leave a comment including the book, movie, television, or web series that you finished and a link to your blog review. If you do not have a blog, just leave a comment about what you did read or view with a brief reaction or remark. It’s that easy.

My Participation:

I've decided to participate at the Neophyte level, and here are the four activities I plan to undertake to meet this challenge:

(1) Re-read Pride and Prejudice.   I've read this novel a couple of times, but it's been several years since my last re-read.   It's time to read it again!

(2) Read Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange.  I've read a few of Grange's Diary books and enjoyed them, but I've never read this one.    This challenge will give me the perfect excuse to do so. 

(3) Watch the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen.   I know a lot of people will be watching the earlier BBC adaptation starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, but I have to admit I actually like the 2005 version better so I'll be watching that one. 

(4) Watch Lost in Austen.   This is a fun take on Pride and Prejudice and I'm glad to have an excuse to watch it again.