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Jacqueline Ooh, you're reading this! Didn't you get this for Christmas? Which one are you reading now?

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Rhia Curran yep. well im attempting to read pride and prejudice but its not going well.

message 3: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Oh, why? I love that one! :D Maybe you need to see the movies first...

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Rhia Curran i watched the old movie in 6th grade and i hated it. id watch the new movie no problem. but the book is really hard to get into for me.

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Jacqueline Girly, you gotta watch the 1995 one!! It's really good! It's nothing like the old one (although I've never seen it, NOTHING can compare to the miniseries)! Or if you don't have the time, you should watch the one with Keira Knightley in it (even though it's ULTRA condensed). Then I think it will solve all your problems. :D

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Check if I got that right. I promise I didn't look at anything.

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Rhia Curran i dont know. its just not my style so its really hard to read without thinking: muah this is tiresome.

message 7: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Hm, yeah, Jane Austen's writing is pretty hard. P&P is maybe one of the hardest ones. I'd start off with a different classic, one NOT Jane Austen, to get the flow of how they wrote back then. Like Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. It's not the easiest read, but I think it's waayyy easier than Austen. :D

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Rhia Curran thats the thing i dont have the patience nor the time to ease into it. either i do it or i dont. thats just how it is

message 9: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Hmm....*is thinking*. Maybe you should wait a little. Most classics are an acquired taste. Sometimes, you don't like them right away, but later, you really appreciate them. Make sense?

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Rhia Curran i loved the count of monte cristo and the scarlet letter.

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Rhia Curran i also love tom sawyer and huck finn and others. im not unaccustomed to classics missy.

message 12: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline No, no, I didn't mean that you're unaccustomed to classics; what I mean is, Austen's novels are not like any other novel you'll ever read. First of all, they're over the top complex. Secondly, the writing is almost other-worldly. We don't talk like her characters do. Because they're so difficult, like I previously advised you, watch the movies. One of the important parts of reading something so high level is to have good visualization of the scenes; if can't visualize it because you have to decipher what the author is trying to say, movies are always best. Plus, you get a couple hours of entertainment thrown in.

This might sound off-topic, but Dickens is hard, if not harder (I believe him to be more difficult), than Austen. Which is why it took me three days to read five pages (the first part) of A Tale of Two Cities. I really should finish that one, and perhaps I could have gotten through it faster if I had read a plot summary online beforehand. Ooh, that's another thing: the key to classics is SPOILERS. I know you don't like to read spoilers (I tend to ♥ them, haha), but trust me, it will help you so much in Austen's books (plus, you get the benefit of knowing they all end happily ;) ). Spoilers from Sparknotes, Wikipedia, from people who have read them...or, again, movies! :D

Y ahora, fin mi discurso. ;)

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Rhia Curran i can still visualize from the old movie i watched back when. even though i dont remember allot of it. still id like to see the new movie rather than read the book. oy.

dickens is good i know but i absolutely loath reading him after being made to read great expectations in 8th grade. yarg.


message 14: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Oh my goodness, you would love the miniseries one and the new one. I really think you should watch those first before reading P&P. :D

Oh trust me...Great Expectations is "Dick and Jane" compared to A Tale of Two Cities. :P

I said, "And now, end my discussion/speech." :D

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Rhia Curran k.

bleh. whatev.


message 16: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Yay! Watch it soon! :D

No really...."See Spot run!" ;) Or maybe The Cat in the Hat. ;)

I tend to use Spanish quite a bit nowadays. Even when I watch movies I translate as much of the dialogue I can. ;)

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Rhia Curran im reading crime and punishment for lit now.

oh for the love of soup.

message 18: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Isn't that by Dovstoyevsky (sp???? :P )? The guy who wrote a book called The Idiot?

Haha, I love that saying! :D :D

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