Austen and me
I first read Austen when I was in the XIth, a 15-year-old, reading grown up books for the first time. Alongside, I was also introduced to Daphne De Maurier and Barbara Cartland.
Pride and Prejudice happens to be my favourite of all Austen novels. Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park come to close second. Personally, though different, I find Sense & Sensibility very similar to Pride & Prejudice. Emma, I don't like, because of the silliest reason. Emma, the protagonist was so irritating a character, she turned me of the book.
Fitzwilliam Darcy was probably one of the first introductions to the rich, successful, arrogant, and highly irresistible men, to girls of my generation. When I had read Pride & Prejudice the first time, it was a story. But a few months later, when I read it with my Literature class, it opened up new meaning. Austen delved into human psychology big time. Her books are easy reads; but only when you actually get into the lines, do you understand how humorous and sarcastic she was. A woman author, from a not-so-modern era, Austen's opinions and thoughts were extremely modern.
IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
The above sounds funny, doesn't it? Austen was not stating a fact, she was ridiculing how the society thinks. In all her books, she is seen to be pulling down beliefs and customs of the society, in guise of humour.
I can go on and on about Austen, but I shouldn't. Firstly, I am a nobody to say anything about her, she is one of the best authors to have published her writings. Secondly, I would rather that you pick up one of her books, and see for yourself!