Lauren Writes Austen
A dedcated creator to all things Jane Austen!
How I Would Fix Sanditon (2019)
If you have seen the 2019 adaptation of Jane Austens unfinished novel Sanditon, you would know it is messed. If you haven't seen it though, don't put yourself through the trouble, you can read all about what is wrong with in my last article (THIS IS NOT WHAT JANE WANTED). There is a lot bad and wrong with the show and so today I'm going to try and fix the show to make it just a bit better. (I will not be touching on the sibling relationship, the fix is to just get rid of it entirely, the end).
- Top Story - October 2023
THIS IS NOT WHAT JANE WANTEDTop Story - October 2023
It must be hard trying to adapt an unfinished book into a series television show. Especially an unfinished book with only 11 chapters. But Sanditon (2019), I would like to believe, truly tried their hardest to make the most out of what Austen started more than 200 years ago.
- Top Story - August 2023
Austen's Unmarried HeroineTop Story - August 2023
It is a staple, if not a stereotype, of not just Austen novels, but novels by and for women, that the heroine must end up married (or at least in a happy relationship) by the end of the story. Of course, the world was different 200 years ago, and it was expected that women would get married (still is for the most part I would say but I think generally people are more chill about it now and you won't be a disappointment or disgrace!). Also fans of the Little Women (2019) adaptation will know that publishers wouldn't want to publish a book back then where a heroine didn't end up married at the end.
Austen vs Austen
Just under a year ago I finally finished reading every novel Jane Austen wrote. So now, after much deliberation, I am ready to officially rank all of Austen's books. (I keep saying "all"/"every" like there are a million, but there's only six).
I Accidentally Finished My Reading Challenge For The Year in Less Than Six Months
For the past 6 years I've done a reading challenge where I try to read the number that the year ends in in books (like 22 books because its 2022). In the previous years I would usually set up specific things about the books to try and diversify what I read and also so I'd just read more in general. Going into this year however I decided to just make the goal the number and leave what I read up to what I felt like reading (and sometimes what I had to read for classes). I don't consider myself to be a fast reader and I really didn't find myself spending more time reading than usual, but something about this year! I've read about as many books as I did throughout all of last year but in just 6 months! And because I didn't want my end of the year wrap up to be a million words long, I figured I'd do a mid-year reading wrap. So here are all of the books I've read in 2023... so far.
Wuthering Heights Quotes
Although the Brontes stories are often tortured and upsetting, perhaps most of all Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and no matter how much I personally dislike Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre, I will admit that the Brontes were good writers. Even in the most distressingly bad story they still managed to create some beautiful paragraphs and passages. Here is just a small collection of my favourite quotes from Wuthering Heights.
What is the Most Famous Bookstore in the World?
What would you say is the most famous book store in the world? When I think of a famous bookstore it is usually Shakespeare and Co., which "is an English-language bookstore in the heart of Paris" according to their website. It was a favourite of authors like Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
Is This The Worst Book I've Ever Read?
I will admit I am not usually one for romance books, but recently I've been reading some for a differernt article I plan on writing (... coming soon hopefully!). And I will admit I didn't mind one of the books that I've read for this article and I also LOVED another one, it is on my favourites list for sure! Then I had the unfortunate luck of picking up this... Always Be My Duchess by Amalie Howard.
Did Charlotte Bronte Hate Jane Austen?
In my senior year of highschool we had to read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for an English project. I had recently finished reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, and quickly noticed similarities between the two novels. This led me to research Charlotte Bronte, to see if she was at all inspired by Austen, and that was why the books were similar. What I found was not at all what I was expecting!
I Watched Four Different Jane Eyre Adaptations So You Don't Have To
In my search for the best Jane Eyre adaptation I watched four different adaptations, spanning almost 7 decades of film. Today I'll be ranking them from what I think is the worst adaptation to the best. I have tried my hardest to not let my overall hatred of the story influence how I rank the movies (because they are all telling the same horrible story) and instead focus on how they tell them, what works and what doesn't. Of course some of my original feelings on the story bleed through, especially when I was thinking about the preformances from the actors. But I digress, here is the worst to best Jane Eyre adaptation.
Jane Eyre: The Almost Feminist Icon
In highschool we had to read Jane Eyre, which I was originally extremely excited for because I love Jane Austen (obviously) and thought it would be similar. Oh, but how wrong I would be. The following is the resulting essay I wrote on the book: