Another challenge completed, and in the nick of time! The Everything Austen Challenge hosted by Stephanie's Written Word -- which ran from July 1, 2009, to January 1, 2010 -- allowed participants to choose six Jane Austen novels, sequels, retellings, or movies. And since all things Jane Austen are my guilty pleasures, this challenge was perfect for me.
I read four Jane Austen sequels and/or retellings and watched two movies. Here's my list with links to my reviews where applicable:
1. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
2. A Match for Mary Bennet by Eucharista Ward
3. Searching for Pemberley by Mary Lydon Simonsen
4. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth-Grahame Smith
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
I'll always have a soft spot for the first Pride and Prejudice movie I saw in high school, the 1940 version starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. I saw that movie in my 11th grade English class, and it began my love of all things Jane Austen. But I also really enjoyed the 2005 version starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet and Matthew Macfayden as Mr. Darcy. I thought the two of them were perfect. I didn't really care for Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennet, and the actor who played Mr. Collins was more creepy than ridiculous, but I really enjoyed it.
6. Becoming Jane (2007)
I want to thank Stephanie for hosting such a wonderful challenge. I hope she decides to hold another one this year. I'd sign up in a heartbeat!
Disclosure: I borrowed the Pride and Prejudice and Become Jane movies from a friend.