Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Emma: The End

Chapters Read: Done
Sanity Level: Insane
Update: I'm done.

Nope. Not just with Emma. The ENTIRE Jane Austen challenge. Let me breakdown Emma's plot:

  • Strong Female Lead not looking for love meets a guy.
  • Everyone plays cards.
  • Strong Female Lead's BFF/Sister meets a guy.
  • Everyone goes for a walk.
  • BFF/Sister gets heart broken.
  • Everyone plays cards.
  • Everyone speculates on their "friends" relationships--while playing cards.
  • Someone gets sick/is bed ridden.
  • Strong Female Lead falls in love with male character she met within the first few chapters.
  • Everyone plays cards.
  • BFF/Sister falls in love.
  • Everyone has sexy time.
  • The end.
Oh wait. That's the plot to Pride & Prejudice. No wait. That's Sense & Sensibility. Noooo. It's Emma. And I'm quiet certain that that's what happens in The Book That Won't Be Named Park but I can't tell because it's a pile of word vomit and I don't know how to read word vomit.

The reason why I can't do anymore Austen is because I'm reading the same book over and over again. The only difference is character names and locations. Elizabeth Bennet is Elinor Dashwood is Emma Woodhouse. The equation is that simple. I'm not willing to venture further into Jane Austen's works. I am extremely, extremely bored with this entire venture.

My sister said it best the other day: "You look bored and really agitated." I am bored. I am agitated. 

Maybe a break is in order. I still have Persuasion and Northanger Abbey left. I'd be willing to give those two a go in several months. But for now I need a break. I need to get on my TBR pile (because it's growing) and get back to something that isn't Regency era spiel. 

With two more books to go I'm calling it quits. I'm tapping out. Zombie Austen wins. For now.

13 comments:

  1. Valiant effort. But it's always good to know when to move on.

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    1. Thanks Debra. Austen won this time, but there's still two more books, so it ain't over yet.

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    2. I've given up on Persuasion twice, even though friends in the know insist it's the best one. I'll probably load it onto the ol' Nook in case I am one day in an airport and have read everything else, including a back issue of Cosmo.

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  2. word vomit! word vomit! word vomit! i love it so much.

    i'm quite proud of you. you're a real hanger-in-there. and never once gave an acronym.

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  3. Ahhh, your plot outline is hilarious! I want to pass it along to my Austen-fanatic friends, but I don't feel like having people throw things on me today. You are brave for reading as many of these as you did, and in such a short time! I'm impressed!

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    1. Thank you! Feel free to pass it along to anyone. Or better yet: send it to the Austen-fanatics and see which book they think it is.

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  4. I seriously commend you for your efforts, my dear Adam. You went in to this challenge with all the might in the world! Be proud! Be very proud!

    P.S. I miss your posts that make me wanna pee.

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    1. The post that make you want to pee are back as of now. I just need a few good ideas/books to get back in my groove.

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  5. 2 shy isn't bad! I'm sure it would take most people a month just to get through one (er..I'd be one of those most people).

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  6. I just finished Northanger Abbey (only read Pride and Prejudice before, but apparently that means I know the other books as well). You might find it a little different from the other books. Granted, the protagonist's BFF (almost) marries her (the protagonist's) brother, there's some playing cards and a lot of dancing and walking about the room, but some chapters into the novel, it's actually a gothic-horror-parody-novel-thingy (sorry, English is not my native language, I can't express myself clearer).
    It's definitely just another Austen novel, but with a slight twist. I found it relatively entertaining (and as a 2_ year old male reader I don't think I could get any more out of an Austen book).

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    1. You write in better English than some authors I've read recently.

      Yes, I don't think I ever got around to that part. I had to give up. I was Jane Austen'd out at that point.

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  7. Read Northanger Abbey, it's slightly different and you may enjoy it more than the other ones. Don't read Persuasion, it will make you hate Jane Austen (more than you already seem to)

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