Get your Jane on
How many people would expect they’d still be relevant 200 years after they die?
December 16, 2016 marked Jane Austen’s 241st birthday and she’s still the life of the party. Janeites celebrate her birthday with festivities including cake, music, readings, games and historical costumes.
My local JASNA chapter in London throws a party every year which also serves as the group’s annual Christmas event.
It’s a great way to celebrate Jane, learn more about her classic novels and meet new people.
Our local JASNA group has several gatherings a year, many of which include speakers or activities specific to Jane, her novels or the times in which she lived. Of course there’s always tea in china cups and great conversation.
There’s no shortage of ways to enjoy Jane Austen’s work. Aside from her other fiction there’s her six original novels:
- Sense and Sensibility (1811)
- Pride and Prejudice (1813)
- Mansfield Park (1814)
- Emma (1815)
- Northanger Abbey (1818, posthumous)
- Persuasion (1818, posthumous)
If you’re craving more Austen reading material there’s some excellent fan fiction including two that I read recently: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen and Darcy’s Voyage. There’s also the sci-fi style Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters which is a fun read.
You can also watch film adaptations which run from classic to contemporary styles, autobiographical and alternate fiction versions. Here are just a few of the many movies out there:
- Emma (1996) (1996 TV movie) (2009)
- Persuasion (1995)
- Sense and Sensibility (1995)
- Pride and Prejudice (1995)
- Mansfield Park (1999)
- Northanger Abbey (1996)
- Becoming Jane (2007)
- Miss Austen Regrets (2007)
- Lost in Austen (2009 TV mini-series)
- Austenland (2013)
- Death comes to Pemberly (2013 TV mini-series)
- Pride Predjudice and Zombies (2016)