“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey
Last but not least, it’s time for Northanger Abbey!
My favourite Jane Austen novel varies, depending mostly on which I’m reading, or which adaptation I’ve seen most recently. But in one thing, Northanger Abbey will always be my favourite. Mr Tilney is, and I will take no argument, the best Austen hero. He just is. I might change my mind on this after a re-read, but for now I can say with absolute confidence: Mr Tilney rules.
Here’s the blurb for you:
This coming-of-age story revolves around Catherine Morland, a young and naïve “heroine”, who entertains the reader on her journey to a better understanding of the world and those around her. In the course of the novel, she discovers that she differs from those other women who crave wealth or social acceptance, as instead she wishes only to have happiness supported by genuine morality.
It’s got love, it’s got loose morals, it’s got jokes. What more could you want from a book?
Unlike the other Austens, this one’s light on the adaptations, heavy on the background reading. It’s a satire of some of the most popular Gothic Novels of the time, and if you’ve got neither the time nor inclination to read said Gothic novels, let me just assure you that they are:
a) full of fainting heroines
c) very silly fun
So without further ado, here are some free resources for you to read along:)
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Here’s another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. But let’s not get into that again.
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Adatation wise, there are 2 main ones:
ITV is my absolute favourite because of the incomparable JJ Field. And Felicity Jones is spot on.
If you enjoy the story, there’s a modern version by Val McDermid, set in around the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
And so, there’s the end of Austen!:(
But fear not, after a few months off, there’ll be some more classics coming up! I’m thinking Dickens for Christmas, some Bronte and Gaskell for an indeterminate time in the future. Any requests, let me know!