Friday, May 21, 2010

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I've never read a Jane Austen book because -ehn- I'm not big into romance and they all seem to be of the chick-lit romance genre, so no. But I thought I should, at least once, see what all the fuss is about so Northanger Abbey seemed like a good one to start with. And yes it was a sweet, funny, romantic story but I'm not tripping over myself to get my hands on any other Austen books for the time being. I've scanned the blurbs and they all sound like more of the same: lots of pomp, ceremony, romance, entitlements and inheritances. I don't know, am I missing something? The historical aspect is interesting and all but that's about it for me.


Christine said...


I mean, honestly, you may just not like Jane Austen, but Persuasion is her best one. I don't hear a lot of people talking about it too much, but I think it's quietly loved. It's obviously still a romance, but not in the typical Jane Austen way ( girl meets boy, eventually fall in love). Persuasion starts after the romance has already ended; which is not to say that there's not a happy ending, just that I feel like it distinguishes itself from Austen's other novels.

If you ever want to give Austen another try, I'd recommend this one.

trish said...

Okay thanks. I'll certainly give Persuasion a closer look.