October 2014

Hour 15: A Dose of Darcy



Hello readers! Courtney from Stiletto Storytime here to take you through the next few hours. What better way to start our time together than with a little dose of Darcy? I’m an old school Austen addict as you can guess from my choice of the dreamy Colin Firth but you can sub your favorite easily. Or perhaps you prefer a break with Bingley or Brandon? Or a wallop of Wentworth? Sadly I could go all night with this but back to dear Jane. Every readathon I have helped host I have had an hour with an Austen inspiration and one thing has become abundantly clear-we have a lot of Janeites in our midst! So keeping that in mind…..

This year I am excited to be able to team up with author Syrie James and Laurel Ann from Austenprose to offer a little Austen themed giveaway surprise for Hour 15.  For US readers we have a  copy of Syrie James’ new Jane Austen’s First Love. And for Intl readers we have a Kindle copy of The Harrison Duet. Not a bad surprise huh? And to get you right back to reading I am going to make it easy. Just share your current favorite Austen related tid-bit below (quotes, characters, memes..etc). Anything Austen really. Please also let me know if you are US or Intl as I will randomly pick one of each and announce the winners next hour. I’ll give you an extra entry for sharing on Twitter with #JaneRocksReadathon just for fun!

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56 thoughts on “Hour 15: A Dose of Darcy”

  1. Just finished What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds during the read-a-thon so this is the perfect mini-challenge for me. 🙂 I’m loving Reynolds’ Pemberley Variations series and the way she asks what if? with Austen’s creations.

    My favorite quote by Austen, though, has to do with my favorite character, Emma, and the character growth she experiences during the novel: “With insufferable vanity had she believed herself in the secret of everybody’s feelings; with unpardonable arrogance proposed to arrange everybody’s destiny. She was proved to have been universally mistaken; and she had not quite done nothing — for she had done mischief. She had brought evil on Harriet, on herself, and she too much feared, on Mr. Knightly.”

    I’m US-based.

  2. US girl here! Hmmm, favorite Austen tidbit? “I thought only of you,” from Pride and Prejudice. I have a beautiful framed print of the quote in my room and it always gives me a fuzzy little happiness every time I look at it. 🙂

  3. I was going to mention–I read “Death Comes to Pemberley” for my first book today, and #teamausten has been cheering me on over on twitter — It’s a very Jane Austen kind of day!!

  4. “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

  5. So many wonderful Jane-y quotes! How to pick just one? I guess I’ll go with one that is on my website’s header: “I declard there is no enjoyment like reading.” Seems appropriate for today!

    P.S. I’m in the U.S.

  6. Christina- You know the Death Comes to Pemberly mini-series starts next Sunday?!? Perfect timing on your reading. It already aired in Britain but this is the US debut.

  7. I love Pride and Prejudice and I definitely prefer the Colin Firth version. I think my brain is fried. I can’t think of a quote right now.

  8. US here!

    Oooh Darcy 🙂 I watched Austenland and it was actually quite nice. Not to mention I tried to go to the Jane Austen house in Bath, but the available tour was not within my time schedule.
    There was a Jane Austen event in Bath the time I was there so you’ll see people dressed in period costume in the streets – it was fun!

  9. Woo hoo, door prize! 🙂 As for Jane Austen…I’ve only read Northanger Abbey, and it was a while ago, so…nothing interesting from me 🙁

  10. How about this scornful, but to me completely accurate, quote: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

    Fitting, I think, when one considers how brilliant we are to be reading so diligently this 18th of October. (Or, is it soon to be the 19th for some? I’m in the Midwestern United States.)

  11. So jealous you got that close Ruby! The closest I have gotten is ornaments from The Jane Austen Centre in Bath for my Christmas tree!

  12. p.s. Charlie Lovett’s latest book, First Impressions, is a delightful mystery wih the supposition that perhaps Jane did not author Pride and Prejudice herself. I thought it all quite amusing.

  13. 2 Austen Loves
    1) “He then went away, and Miss Bingley was left to all the satisfaction of having forced him to say what gave no one any pain but herself.” – resonated so strongly with me as a teenager reading the book

    2) Wentworth’s letter to Anne – Swoon!

  14. I’ve only tried one Austen book – Pride & Prejudice. Gave up on page 75! It was a few years ago, so I’ll try again some day. I browsed Goodreads for Austen quotes and came across this which I like a lot: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Very fitting, huh?
    This is pretty good as well: “I may have lost my heart, but not my self-control. ”

    I’m INT

  15. I love Jane Austen. Did you see the chick who played Jane in P&P in Gone Girl? Who knew she could be so creepy?! Or anything other than sweet Jane? I was so impressed.

  16. My little tidbit: My now-husband and I used to read Jane Austen novels “together” when we were in our long-distance relationship for a year. He also originally messaged me on the dating website because he saw I love Jane Austen, and his sister does, too. Love at first Austen word.
    I’m from the US.

  17. So this is Jane Austen herself inspired, but I loved the Jane Bites Back series by Michael Thomas Ford, where Jane Austen was a vampire in love Lord Byron and they made my girl C. Bronte the villain.
    That book was so much fun and did a very good job at implementing some of Austen’s mannerisms and style without it being an ode to the author herself.

  18. I love it Georgia! You could totally sell that…have you ever seen the Pinterest Austen stuff? There is everything you could imagine.

  19. I love Pride and Prejudice. I have a small paperback copy that I took with me both times I lived overseas because I knew it was a book that I wouldn’t mind rereading over and over.

    I’m in the US.

  20. US Janeite here! I’m lucky to have been to the JA Festival in Bath twice. My favorite quote is from Captain Wentworth: “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.”

  21. I love this challenge and I love all things Austen!

    I am getting ready to read Death Comes to Pemberley this week!
    I am in the U.S. and one of my favorite Austen novels is Mansfield Park. Here’s my quote from that book:

    “A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.”

  22. One of my most favorite authors (Tracey Devlyn!) recently sent me gold back Jane Austen playing cards featuring favorite characters & quotes as a surprise for helping promote her books. Yay! They’re so cool – don’t mind my appearance. 😉 http://tinypic.com/r/2eupg95/8

    Quote I love:
    “Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.”

  23. Thanks for the giveaway! I love a chance to win a book by one of the wonderful authors of JAFF!

    I love this simple quote by Darcy…”We neither of us perform to strangers.”

    I’m in the US. 🙂

  24. I finally discovered the film Austenland a couple of months ago and have already watched it probably 10 times. Just adding that to the multiple times I watch Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice when they come on cable (or my own copies)!

    Thanks for the chance! I’m in the U.S.

  25. I just finished reading “Pride and Persistence” by Jeanna Ellsworth, a nurse in a neurological ICU; the book’s storyline uses her work experience, as this Darcy has a head injury. I’m always amazed at how JAFF writers add such personal touches to their stories.

    I hope to watch “Austenland” soon. I’m in the U.S.

  26. Love Austen. Though must admit I was 20 before I discovered my love of Austen, up until that point I thought Darcy a jerk. (My mind has definitely changed.

    I’m in Canada, btw (so int’l).

  27. You guys rock and made Jane proud. Georgia and Nicole were the winners. My email is on Hour 16 for prize redemption. Congrats ladies! But everyone feel free to keep sharing even though the giveaway is over.

  28. Thanks for hosting! I’m in the US, and you can’t beat Mallory Ortberg for her bizarre sense of humor, particularly as it relates to books. A few highlights from The Toast’s “How To Tell If You Are In A Jane Austen Novel”:
    “A woman who is not your mother treats you like her own daughter. Your actual mother is dead or ridiculous.”
    “Someone you know has fallen ill. Not melodramatically ill, just interestingly so.”
    “A woman in an absurd hat is being an absolute bitch to you; there is nothing you can do about it.”
    Full post:

  29. The Darcy picture made me laugh/snort! Thanks for that!
    I’ve always been rather fond of this quote from Persuasion:
    “My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.’
    ‘You are mistaken,’ said he gently, ‘that is not good company, that is the best.”
    But have also a soft spot for:
    “What are men to rocks and mountains?” from Pride and Prejudice.
    I have started just recently reading The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle because I have a weakness for Austen, for lack of a better term, fan fiction that focuses on side characters.
    I’m in the US.

  30. I just read Syrie’s book “JANE Austen’s First Love” today and loved it. Very hard to remember that it was fiction. I loved the tidbits of her heroines encapsulated in one character. If you don’t win it please do yourself a favor and get it.

    I’m US (Oregon).

  31. So excited that Syrie James has a new book out! I just loved The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen. As for an Austen tidbit….well, I’m a huge fan and have read most of her works multiple times, including her Juvenilia . Persuasion is my favorite. I think this quote applies today: “My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company” Anne Elliot.

  32. Oh, yay! Love Austen and I’ve heard fabulous things about Jane Austen’s First Love (sorry I missed the giveaway). My newest Austen-related love was Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay. She wove in lots of tidbits from Austen’s works and it was lovely. 🙂

  33. I am a really big Persuasion fan myself. It is a close second after P & P. Ties with Sense & Sensibility depending on my mood. LOVE the most recent screen adaptation. Great casting of Anne I thought.

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