Jane Austen~A Lady Who Believed in Happily Ever Afters!~


Jane's philosophy about her books:  "You go Jane Austen!!" :)

  Jane Austen–  Born on December 16 December 1775.~ Birthplace: Steventon Rectory,Hampshire,England~

  Her parents were George and Cassandra Austen. Jane Austen had 6 brothers and one sister also known as her closest friend,Cassandra.

                                        ……JANE AUSTEN, A LADY WHO BELIEVED IN HAPPILY EVER AFTERS….

Jane Austen was truly a lady who believed in happily ever afters and as far as I can see she wouldn’t take less than that. Something that is very admirable.  She always believed in true love  no matter what the cost would be. She believed that true love should always and would prevail. A belief commonly expressed in her many loved novels. Of course that belief wasn’t the popular way for  young women to be thinking  back then because back in the times of Jane Austen, if you weren’t married you didn’t have a chance of making a good way in life because the women were mostly expected to bear and raise children. Not being married  at a certain age

meant that you were an old maid or you were pretty much on way of being in impoverished if you were not a part of a rich family. Men in those times had a greater chance at succeeding  in life because more pathways in life were opened to them. Men also had more opportunities to gain a profitable  and sustainable income.

Jane Austen blew many people’s minds away with the idea of love conquering all no matter how unequal a hero or heroine might have been in the story. No matter how it seemed as if all was lost for the main characters she always managed to bring about a *sigh* worthy happy ending. Which is why I love  her quote above which says,

   “My characters shall have after a little trouble, all that they desire”-Jane Austen.

I think she did a very good job doing just that!  Jane Austen also did a very good job of giving us a glimpse of what regency life was all about.Whether it was the speech or describing manners of how some things were done. I would so love to go to England to see the many places in her novels! Her novels have been an inspiration for many spin-off variations of her stories,movies,plays,etc.

Though sadly to say she didn’t experience the happy ending that she gave to so many of her characters in her own life. She and her sister Cassandra never married. Knowing that fact, I’m glad that she didn’t give up her dream of being a successful writer or we would have never experienced knowing the stories of her many characters in her novels, or enjoyed the vast variety of movies based off of her books today. She is truly an inspiration to me.

Austen followed the tradition of other female novelists of the time by signing her books, ‘By a Lady,’ or ‘By Lady A.’.

I love Jane Austen

“Incline us oh God! to think humbly of ourselves, to be severe only in the examination of our own conduct, to consider our fellow-creatures with kindness,and to judge of all they say and do with that charity which we would desire from ourselves.” -Jane Austen

“Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.”-Jane Austen,Pride and Prejudice

but for my part,if a book is well written,I always find it too short.”-Jane Austen

“What are men to rocks and mountains”-Jane Austen,Pride and Prejudice

“To you I shall say, as I have often said before, Do not be in a hurry the right man will come at last..”-Jane Austen

a truth universally acknowledged

~WHY I LOVE AND ADMIRE JANE AUSTEN~

I was very young when I first discovered Jane Austen and then I didn’t understand the language the regency and their ways. Let’s just say I’m

just now discovering the light! lol! It all started with watching all of the Jane Austen based movies I could find. After that, I decided to read Pride and Prejudice which has now become one of my favorite books by Jane Austen along with her book,Persuasion. I do aim to read more of her works but what I have read so far I have enjoyed!

I do admire Jane Austen’s books because even though the main characters suffer through many calamities  throughout the story,she still managed to give her characters that happily ever after. Many of her heroines are so easy to relate to and the heroes are to die for! I wish all the time for her heroes to be real!

                                                                                        ~JANE AUSTEN’S HEROINES~

I just love reading about Jane Austen’s heroines! Also watching the movies based off of her heroines. Many of her heroines were not perfect in their character in the beginning but in the end they were just became spectacular! Beyond words! Jane Austen just knew how to do it! Like in Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet she and Mr. Darcy were not getting along at all and in the end both Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy were two completely different people and it turned out to be very good thing!

It is so hard to pick a favorite from Jane Austen’s heroines, I love  the characters of Elizabeth Bennet,Jane Bennet, and I absolutely love Marianne Dashwood,Elinor Dashwood, Anne Elliot oh and Catherine Morland! (Which is just about all of them lol!) Maybe I’ll truly make up my mind when I’ve read all of Jane Austen’s novels. Oh bother!

I had read Sense and Sensibility this year, and to me Marianne Dashwood’s story reminds me so much of what  Jane Austen went through in her life so far as her disappointment with Daniel Lefroy.

I admire her heroines because they have their standards and morals and they wouldn’t stand for just anything.Which I think would have  probably given us some insight about Jane Austen’s character Like for example, Elizabeth Bennet wanted her marriage to be one of love which was very rare back then because everything depended on status and how much money you had in the bank or would inherit. Character and love for a marriage was the  last thing on the list. That very thing would probably give us some insight about Jane Austen’s character.

With Jane Austen, it was ALL about the character!! How the character acted and what their opinions were. I love how Jane Austen’s characters had  so much depth of character. Many of heroines were not perfect in the beginning in their character. They had their flaws and mistakes and  I like to see the transitions of a certain heroine or hero in the story and in the end they were just perfect!  Jane Austen just tried to drive this point home, “always judge and watch a person’s character before marriage”. I think that was a punchline in her books. It didn’t matter whether they were rich or poor but that person’s character is what mattered the most. Which is what we as Christians should still keep in mind today especially young singles. It’s not about how many muscles he has  or how good-looking a young man is it’s all about the character. The important thing is does he have the character of Jesus Christ? Likewise for us young ladies. 🙂

Matthew Macfadyen (Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy) & Keira Knightley (Elizabeth Bennet) - Pride & Prejudice (2005) #janeausten #joewright #fanart

Marianne: Always resignation and acceptance. Always prudence and honour and duty. Elinor, where is your <3? Elinor Dashwood: What do you know of my <3? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I've had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations .. Sense and Sensibility (1995) #janeausten #emmathompson #katewinslet

felicity jones as catherine morland in northanger abbey

Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot in "Persuasion"

                                           ~JANE AUSTEN’S MOVIES THAT I HAVE WATCHED~

Since I never could understand the language of Jane Austen’s novels until I grew older, I watched almost every single movie based off of Jane Austen’s novels. Many of them I still watch over and over again! I believe that sometimes the movie can bring to  light some of the things Jane Austen talks about in her novels. Like for me being in America, I wouldn’t know half of the things that she was talking about because our worlds are so different.! So let’s talk about Jane Austen! What is your favorite Jane Austen book or movie? I’ll try to talk about my favorite books,characters and movies down  below!  So I love the movies even though some may have some differences than in the novel. Here’s a list of movies that I’ve watched and enjoyed,

Pride and Prejudice . . . THIS version with Colin Firth!

I’ve also watched some of the variations of Jane Austen’s  movies. Especially the Indian variations! They are different I warn you but the Bollywood versions have somethings in common with Jane Austen’s novels because girls and women in those countries still go through many of the situations that Jane Austen wrote about. But again if want the movie to be true to Jane Austen then you should stick to the other ones. 🙂 Which I do now. I watched Bride and Prejudice a long time ago.

Bride and Prejudice - Thank you Dr. Ljungquist for introducing me to this masterpiece

Image Credit: Google

Also I’ve Watched Becoming Jane the movie based off of Jane Austen’s life. Very interesting. 🙂

Death comes to PemberleyDeath Comes to Pemberley - novel & film - quote from Mr. Darcy

Just recently finished watching the movie! Well most of it and I really,really enjoyed it! I loved this quote! I’m reading the book now!

Pride & Prejudice

I love Jane Austen’s comedy and wit! I think the most comical of her characters is Mr. Collins he is so hilarious in both the book and the movies! Especially  the time when he proposed to Elizabeth Bennet! lol.

Also, ever since recently reading Sense and Sensibility, the characters of Mrs.Palmer and her  husband Thomas were very hilarious! I really loved how she combined comedy into her stories. I find myself laughing out loud many times when reading her novels!

She knew how to have that balance where she wrote about the most lovable characters and the other ones you just despised! Like Anne Elliot’s sister and father in Persuasion. Oh they got on my last nerve!  Also in Emma, the preacher in his wife! I won’t begin to explain how annoyed I was! What are some of her characters you just loved and disliked?

  ~JANE AUSTEN’S HEROES~

Jane Austen’s heroes have been my book crushes like since I’ve read them! Mr.Darcy anyone? My favorite heroes, are Mr.Darcy, Mr.Knightly, Colonel Brandon, Captain Wentworth, and Henry Tilney. (Of course I haven’t read all of her books just yet but I have watched the movies for the books I haven’t read) I’m glad that she gave a voice to what the hero would think about certain situations. I think Edward Ferrars is the only hero as far as I know that didn’t really talk in the story. I liked Colonel Brandon better than Edward Ferrars  in Sense and Sensibility.  It is my opinion that the hero should talk and have the depth of character just as much as the heroine. Otherwise how am I supposed to like him in the story? Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth are the perfect examples of what a hero should be in a book. I do  think that Jane Austen’s heroes  are quoted just  as much as the heroines. She did know how to put feeling into a proposal! Oh my goodness! Read Pride and Prejudice with Mr. Darcy’s proposal and you’ll fall head over heels in love with Mr. Darcy  and his proposal! lol! WHY ISN”T MR. DARCY REAL!! lol!

"Oh, dear, I cannot tease you about that. What a shame, for I dearly love to laugh."

Darcy, Darcy, Darcy...

Captain Wentworth's letter from my favorite Jane Austen book Persuasion.

Persuasion (2007) - starring Sally Hawkins as Anne Elliot + Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Frederick Wentworth

Just for the record I loved the other Edward better in the Sense and Sensibility (1995) with Emma Thompson. Just sayin’ 🙂

Jane Austen Men

"Emma by Jane Austen. Mr Knightley is second only to Mr. Darcy" For me, it's hard to choose between the two. Maybe because I'm much more like Emma than Lizzy. :)

 

 

Now for the part all Jane Austen Fans have been waiting for!   Jane Austen & Clean Christian Regency Era Books.

I’ve  only read four novels by Jane Austen so far and I can’t wait to finish reading the rest! 

~BOOKS BY JANE AUSTEN~

Pride and Prejudice        Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics)  Emma Persuasion Mansfield Park (Penguin Classics)Northanger Abbey

Sense and Sensibility

Pride and Prejudice

Emma

Mansfield Park

Northanger Abbey

Persuasion

It is so amazing to see that the characters and the situations that she wrote about are something that I and millions worldwide  can relate to her stories. She was truly an author before her time.

I really want to read Northanger Abbey! Love the movie with JJ Feild! 😉

I have read,

Pride and Prejudice,Emma, and Persuasion,Sense and Sensibility. By far my favorites are Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion,and Sense and Sensibility. 🙂

Now, for Part 2!….drumroll….:)

The books below are Jane Austen Inspired (THE ONES I’VE READ ARE: BLACKMOORE,HEIRESS OF WINTERWOOD,A CHANGE OF FORTUNE,EDENBROOKE AND THEY WERE VERY AMAZING READS!!) I really look forward to reading more Jane Austen variations!

I haven’t read as many Jane Austen inspired books that I would like. I wanted to read the original first before I could read a Jane Austen inspired one.  Below  are some of the  books that my friends have read and have enjoyed. Also I have included my good friends’ reviews of many of the books below and you can click on the books under “JANE AUSTEN INSPIRED BOOKS” and it will carry you to their blog to read their reviews on the books below! (All except Heiress of Winterwood. That would lead you to my 2013 list of best books.)     🙂 Enjoy!

 

Also be sure to visit my friends’ wonderful blogs below to read their book reviews and more!

I would also like to give special thanks to my friends,

Areykah-HERE-She has a very fun blog and I love visiting her blog.  Her pictures are amazing! Go check it out! It really captures the moment. Love!  She has a really fun blog with many various interests. She also posts  book reviews on her blog as well.:)

Soph-HERE -A true Janeite! Her blog is a wonderful place to visit for all things Jane Austen! You name it, whether it’s Jane Austen inspired book reviews, movies, to Jane Austen variations and giveaways she has it there!

Alice-HERE– Oh my goodness! She has this “Alice in Wonderland” theme going on! It’s so awesome! I wish I had some kind of theme going on as well! lol. She also has book reviews from Jane Austen,Georgette Heyer, and also various Christian fiction authors. There’s also Christian author interviews as well which are really fun to read. 🙂

lick on the books below, and they will lead you to their full book review!  They’ve made me so excited to read them myself! Most of them are on my TBR list! 😉

Thank you soooo much Areykah,Soph,and Alice for letting me use your book reviews for this post! Love y’all! 😉

 

                                                             ~JANE AUSTEN INSPIRED BOOKS~

BlackmooreThe Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers on the Moors, #1)Edenbrooke

Dear Mr. KnightleyBluebells in the MourningMy Own Mr. Darcy

A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction, #1)

Falling for Mr. DarcyDarcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas

Mr. Darcy's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #1)Mr. Knightley's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #2)Captain Wentworth's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #3)

Dear Mr. Darcy: A Retelling of Pride and PrejudiceBefore the Season EndsMr. Darcy's PromiseHenry Tilney's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #6)

 

Here’s some other new releases or upcoming releases that I’m so excited about! These are either Jane Austen inspired or clean regency novels. You can look them up on Goodreads to find out more about them. I probably will also be including them in my future posts as well. 🙂

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers on the Moors, #3)Prelude for a LordThe Secret of Pembrooke Park

A Lady of Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, #1)The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers on the Moors, #2)

The Kiss of a Stranger

Lizzy and JaneTree of Life by Ginger Monette

Reforming Lord RagsdaleAs You Are (The Jonquil Brothers #3)

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Jane Austen quote: "I declare after all, there is no enjoyment like reading"

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope to post more Jane Austen posts in the future or more posts like this or whatever! What are some of your favorite Jane Austen books or movies? (I will be traveling for the weekend! I will try to get to your comments as soon as I can!) 🙂

 Love,Peace, and Blessings. 🙂

 

 

                                           ……….Jane Austen, A Lady who believed in happily ever afters………..

 

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11 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m Grace. Thank you for following by blog on bloglovin. I’ll be returning the favor for your lovely blog.

    I’ve enjoyed watching a few adaptions of Jane Austen books, but I’ve not fully read a single one of her books. I’d like to change that this summer, either by reading P&P or Northanger Abbey. And I’d like to try the one based off of “Emma” (which the 2009 BBC version I adore!) “Dear Mr. Knightley,” as well.

    Hope you have a lovely week. 😀

    Grace @ Fictionally

    • Hi Grace! Thank you for following my blog! I’m so glad to have found your wonderful blog as well. I really love to meet new bloggers! Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book! I’m reading “Dear Mr. Knightley” now and it is a very good read so far! 🙂

  2. What a wonderful post, Virgina! I loved reading it 🙂 As a devoted Jane Austen admirer I had a great time reading your thoughts! My favourite novel is “Pride and Prejudice”, I love Mr. Darcy, though my favourite heroine is Anne from “Persuasion”. As for the adaptations, I adore the BBC version with Colin Firth, either versions of “Persuasion” (although my favourite Captain Wentworth is the one played by Rupert Penry-Jones :)), and the BBC adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility”, the one with Dan Stevens as Edward Ferrars. Have you seen it? Colonel Brandon is amazing! I loved the quotes you chose! The one from “Death Comes to Pemberley” as well 🙂 I’ve only seen the adaptation and I loved it! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about “Northanger Abbey”!!

    • Thank you Maria! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 I love Jane Austen’s heroine Anne Elliot as well she was a very good character figure. Oh yes that is my favorite version of Persuasion as well! I watch that more than I do Pride and Prejudice for some reason! lol. When I can’t read Persuasion that’s my favorite version to watch. I think Rupert Penry- Jones is very dreamy! 🙂
      I have watched a little bit of that version of the “Sense and Sensibility” with Dan Stevens but I didn’t finish it because of the first part where Colonel Brandon’s daughter was being seduced. I was like whoa! What just happened here! I didn’t finish it. But my favorite version of S&S is the one made in (1995). Oh I fell in love watching Death Comes to Pemberley! I think the actor did a really good job portraying Mr. Darcy! I can’t wait to read Northanger Abbey as well! It’s so hard to find that book for some reason. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by my blog! 🙂

  3. What a beautiful blog! (I came to it through your introduction on the Goodreads Jane Austen group.) You and I love so many of the same things about the divine Jane–it’s like meeting a sister to read what you write. I especially loved that you mentioned that her books were published “by a Lady”; I insisted on doing this in publishing my own Austenesque novel, An Obstinate, Headstrong Girl, despite everyone at my publisher’s telling me I was crazy not to use my name! But it’s about the words, and the pleasure they give to others, not the ego.

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