Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Ok so I'll be honest for the first half of the book I thought I was just going to give up on it. I couldn't get my head around all those characters. There was too much going on in the first few chapters. I felt like I just popped in unannounced and had to catch up to the story. And then once I did catch up on what was going on I didn't feel like Fannys story was important enough. Austen paced the book well, maybe too well. There was too much unimportant information between the important, interesting events.

The story of Fanny starts with Mrs. Norris inviting her to live in Mansfield Park, because Fannys' mother just had another baby and with her no good husband her sister (Mrs. Norris) decided to help. But she herself couldn't suppost Fanny, instead she told her brother in law Sr. Thomas to keep her. He and his wife reluctantly agreed to help the girl. They had four of their own children Maria, Julia, Tom and Edmund. Fanny was treated as she was, poor and ignorant. Her cousins Maria and Julia made fun of her and never let her forget that she was below them. But Edmund took her under his wing and protected her. He made sure she was treated equal.  That's the beginning, the rest pretty much covers how her life evolved at Mansfield Park, how from a poor young girl she grows up to be a civilized young lady. If your read Pride and Prejudice this might be a disappointment to you, it doesn't have the same suspense, you can pretty much guess the whole story from the beginning.

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I loved this book, the characters are very believable and their personalities are witty and funny, at least on the Bennet side. Mrs. Bennet is obnoxious enough to make you laugh, and she dramatizes every little thing. Mr. Bennet on the other side is more collected and likes to poke fun at his wife, in a discrete way. The Bennet sisters are all over the place. Elizabeth, although not the oldest seems to have her life figured out. She is the most sensible and intelligent of all her sisters. She likes to speak her mind and doesn't care what others think of her. Jane the eldest, said to be the beautiful one, is more reserved than the rest. Mary Bennet is the third daughter, she is best described as a bookworm. Lydia and Catherine are both gossipy, immature and care only about their selves, when they aren't chasing boys.
The story mostly revolves around Elizabeth, and how her quick judgements of others are proven wrong. 
The story starts out with a rumor that a wealthy gentleman, Charles Bingley is moving into Netherfield Park, it causes Mrs. Bennet to overreact with hopes to marry one of her daughters off to the new resident. After they are acquainted with their new neighbor, they are introduced to his friend Mr. Darcy, who at first impression is stuck up, arrogant and rude. Which makes Mrs. Bennet even more anxious. Elizabeth on the other hand is not interested in the man who doesn't seem to be interested in anyone besides himself. She soon finds out that his Pride and her Prejudice against him have more in common than she thought. 
 
The book is a perfect example of a classical story, told with perfect suspense. I'd say it's a classic comedy about teenage love. Sometimes you forget it was set in the 19th century. 
 
The 2009 movie is pretty good, and follows the book to a good degree, although I didn't see any of the other versions. But when I watched "Becoming Jane", which is supposed to be about Jane Austen, I couldn't help but think either someone based Pride and Prejudice on her life or vice versa. 
 

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

My first Jane Austen book, and I gotta say it was a little difficult to get used to her writing, all those proper words. I found that it was easier to do a little bit of an english accent. But it was really good, my opinion is a little ruined because I saw the movie before, and kept picturing the actors instead of paying attention to how Jane wanted me to imagine the characters. The story itself was good. Very easy to understand and follow.  It's about sisters, and falling in love, and how sometimes even though we put our hearts into something, it doesn't always work out the way we hoped it would.
We get to experience the heartbreak of two young girls, sisters and how that heart slowly begins to love again. It a good book for teenagers, and I will highly recommend it to any girl looking for an easy light romance read. Plus it's a classic Jane Austen, you can't get better then that. I will be reading all her novels really soon.