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Parasha: Sense and Sensibility round-up

First off, would Monday be too soon to start the Sandman readings? Or do people still need to get the book?

Anyhow, sorry this is running late.



Anyhow, I'm not sure how well this worked as a Parasha book, because in retrospect so many of the characters are just so silly! And even the main characters aren't that sympathetic. I mean Elinor is logical to a fault, and so feels kinda cardboardy, while Marianne if you consider her a main character is way too flighty and immature. And Edward? He's both a) lifeless/dull, and b) has the whole "decided not to worry about the main character's heart when he knew he was already engaged" thing going for him (or against him). So yeah. Or no. Or whatever.

But at least it gives some fodder for discussion, such as whether certain characters are more sympathetic or reprehensible (Mrs. Jennings, Mr. Palmer), and just what does one think about characters like Miss Steele, or Lady Middleton, who are not painted very sympathetically but who, I think, aren't all that horrible when one looks at them from afar.

Also, wow, drama much? Secret engagements! Jealous fiancees! Callous young men spurning the romantic young woman! Secret childhood sweetheart who turns to a life of infidelity and shame and dies of comsumption! Duels (albeit off-screen)! Near-fatal illnesses! Last-minute confessions! Comedies of errors! Unexpected revelations, and proposals!

Ow, I think I've gone through my monthly allotment of exclamation points, now.

Anyhow, This is one of the Austen books I tend to like, but not my favorite. But now I'm trying to figure out just what I find enjoyable about it. I guess it might just be one of those hard-to-define "it's just fun to read!" things, as opposed to say the characters (who for the most part I don't care hugely about, usually a death-knell for a book for me), or the plot (which can be a bit contrived and silly in places), or, well... y'know, I think I'll stop picking it at now before I stop liking it as much. :p


Anyhow, please discuss! Any of the above catch your interest or anything else you want to talk about? Please, feel free!

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stormfeather
Dec. 2nd, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, I guess it's important not to lose track of the good things (the wit, the author's psychological savvy, etc.) while picking a book apart in these things!

And Emma is probably about my second-favorite Austen book (although they can shift around a bit), but yeah, it is a bit creepy in that respect. (On the other hand, I guess you can't help who you love, and he doesn't act on it until a more appropriate time. But still! Ick!)
khedron
Dec. 2nd, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
See also: "The Time Traveller's Wife". Which I really did enjoy, but that factor was disturbing.
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stormfeather
Dec. 3rd, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Weird, or not, since tastes, they do vary! But I like Emma despite that factor, and my main "don't want to read again" Austen book is Northanger Abbey. While Mansfield Park is one that I get the itch to read now and then, but is definitely second on the "least liked Austen" list.
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stormfeather
Dec. 3rd, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
"Dramady" tends to make me think of a camel. ;) But yeah, I see where you're coming from.

As for Lucy, I'm not sympathetic to her. I mean everything you say is true, but that doesn't excuse the *way* she does things. I mean, she's basically a bitch to Elinor for *gasp* daring to care about Edward (who she didn't know at the time was engaged), even when she herself has no feelings for him, and Elinor shows no signs of wanting to "poach" once she knows he's "taken." (Wow, that's a lot of scare quotes...)

And really, just her attitude the whole time is... annoying. I'm more sympathetic to Miss Steele honestly, who is much the same in the sense of sucking up to the rich folks, and I wouldn't want to hang around with her because of her dullness, but she at least isn't bad-natured about it.
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