So the summer is winding down. I have less than a week (!) until my senior year of high school begins. A few weeks ago, I pushed past my denial of the approaching yeah and figured it was probably time to start my summer assignments for my AP Literature class. My assignment is to read 2 books, then do some crap revolving around the novels. One of the books I was assigned to read was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I received it in the mail last Wednesday. With a mental groan, I forced myself to pick it up, supposing it would be another Scarlet Letter incident. For those of you that don't know, I hated The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was long-winded, hardly comprehensible, and excruciatingly boring. The reading experience was good for an English lesson--riddled with symbolism and other rhetorical devices--but had absolutely no entertainment value.
But Pride and Prejudice was not like that, nosirree.
I am shocked to discover that I love Jane Austen, and I love Pride and Prejudice. I was taken by the characters, both round and flat (in regards to their character development, of course). I was thoroughly entertained by their various antics, the dialogue, and, above all, the writing. I had to read slowly, but it was still pretty easy to understand. While reading, I almost forgot that the book was a school assignment.
I will definitely be reading more Jane Austen.
Have you read anything by Jane Austen? What did you think? Did it meet your expectations (or soar past them, like it did for me)?