Today marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of arguably the most famous of Jane Austen’s works. I was delighted to hear on the news this morning that in order to mark the occasion, the Jane Austen Centre in Bath is holding a reading of the book which will be broadcast online via webcam with several people (including celebrities) giving voices to it’s characters. I think it is such a wonderful idea and unites people from across the world, it is live right now so here is the link: http://www.janeausten.co.uk/janeaustenreadathon/
If you have never read the book before, or any of Jane Austen’s works for that matter, I suggest you rectify that now! There is something so soothing and enjoyable about her writing that every time I read one of her books I am instantly transported to the 1800s and have a happy party in my head! 🙂 If you are looking for some motivation, there will also be a Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge held this year, run by Austenprose.com. It runs from January 1 2013 until December 31st 2013 and encourages people to read and discuss the book with other Jane Austen fanatics. Enrollment runs until the July 1st 2013, where you can select your level of participation, whether it be light or hardcore, and you are invited to review your selections on your blogs/social media sites, or simply by leaving a comment. The link is: http://austenprose.com/2012/12/31/the-pride-and-prejudice-bicentenary-challenge-2013 And it isn’t just books, for those of you who don’t have much time in the day for reading, you are also invited to review movies aswell. So if you haven’t ever read one of her books or seen any of the films…NOW is the time to get involved and see what all the fussis about! It is worth it trust me!
I myself will be participating in this challenge as I think it is a wonderful idea and an excuse to re-read some of my favourite stories, including one of the best love stories ever told, that being Pride and Prejudice. Happy reading people! 🙂