We have made it! All five books under our belt. We officially received a gold star in Jane Austen reading. So, for my last blog post on Persuasion, I decided to think back to all the other four novels we have read this semester. Do a little compare and contrast if you will. But, here is the problem. When thinking back to all of the books we have read, I cannot even separate them in my most (in a general sense). Certain things/moments/books stand out. For instance, Emma – probably because it was my favorite, plus I did my presentations on it. But, even with Emma, I cannot remember the specific details of the plot. Heck, I finished Persuasion a week ago and am having a real hard time remembering details about it.
Why the struggle?
After talking with the girls on Tuesday, I think we all (I know me and Sam) thought about how dang similar all of these books were. I mean really. All the same genre, just different characters (some with the same name) with a different obstacle that all has to do with falling in love.
Boy falls in love with girl. Girl rejects boy. Girl gets lonely. Boy comes back. Boy rejects girl. Boy goes to another woman. Girl is really sad and kind of jealous. Boy decides to come back to girl. They live happily ever after. (Insert many outside characters who create a lot of problems and drama).
How many times have we seen this story in her other books. Pride and Prejudice is really just a more complicated version of this. Emma follows the same principles of love, plus the girl friendship which we see pop up again in Northanger Abbey. Sense and Sensibility is love triangles on overload with more characters than the US Army. And, Mansfield Park was a drag – I can barely remember it (Probably because Fanny was so boring). But, my point being, these are so much alike – so, so, so much of the same story. We (readers) knew how every one of these novels were going to end after the first chapter. Somehow, someway, everyone would end up happy and everyone who was bad would be punished.
Please don’t get me wrong. Some of these books, I really, really, really enjoyed. Emma is probably one of my top 20 favorite books. But, I just don’t understand why we go so crazy for all of her novels. Obviously, these books were probably not written to be read all at once in a four month period so it would not be that obvious if I read the books over a span of years. But, I didn’t. So, now I can’t help but think about it.
What do you guys think?
Am I the only one here? Am I being unreasonable because it is the end of the semester and I am tired and grumpy? What do you guys make of the series of books and all their similarities? Let me know!