You’ve done so many things and read so many books. Do you still believe in happy endings?
I, like many other bibliophiles out there, like to read the book before I see the movie adaptation. I say adaptation because that is exactly what it is, they are not taking the text word for word and creating a visual companion they are taking the story and creating their spin on it. I hasten to mention Winter’s Tale. LOVED the book but the movie was just meh, but this is neither the time nor the place. Today we speak only of Jane Austen.
One lonely weekend back in January my fiance was out of town and I pushed The Jane Austen Book Club to number one in my Netflix queue. I opened a bottle of wine as a decent sized snow storm raged outside and settle in to probably hate this romantic dramedy. In truth, I actually enjoyed the movie. It made me want to join a book club so I could talk to actual people about the wonderful things I was reading and squabble over silly nuances in text, instead of just sitting by my lonesome behind a screen telling you all my opinions on literature.
I actually owned two copies of JABC and decided to donate the hardcover back to a local thrift store when we moved from Chicago. Since I enjoyed the movie I was planning on enjoying the book just as much, if not more. Which I did. It’s a short easy read told from the point of view of a nameless woman in the book club and every chapter is centered around which Jane Austen novel they are reading at the time. Short and to the point, I found Fowler’s novel engaging and still emotional enough for me to rally behind these women and wish them well in all of their personal endeavors. Unlike many book to film adaptations this one stays fairly faithful to the end. Both the book and the film are short and sweet and sometimes that’s really all you need.