I picked up The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler because I enjoyed the movie. And also to read about how the characters’ lives intertwined with the reading of Jane Austen’s six novels. I have not read many Austen novels as I have only read Pride and Prejudice!
The Jane Austen Book Club is interesting and organized as each chapter is dedicated to reading one novel. In that chapter, we get to know more about each character. I noticed that unlike the movie, the book tends to focus on a lot of backstories of the characters. At least in the movie, we can see how the relationships between the characters develop, especially between Jocelyn and Grigg.
It is a quick, light and enjoyable read after all. Austen is just so appealing and any novel based on her or her works are just as engaging as well. But there was just too many backstories that I don’t remember what I read earlier if I picked up the book again to continue reading where I left off.
One mistake I made was watching the movie during the reading of this book. I got confused with the storyline while reading as snippets of the movie would play in my mind! So, word of warning, only watch the movie before or after reading the Jane Austen Book Club . =)
Reading this also helped me be more familiar with the other Austen novels that I’m not familiar with yet such as Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
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