Thursday, March 17, 2011

Further Reading: Sense and Sensibility

As part of our book club this month, I thought I would share some additional resources of books similar to Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility for further reading.

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There are obvious starting points such as Jane Austen's other famous works like Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park, but here is a list of some other works (and films) that will satisfy your Regency-era period piece cravings:

Les Miserables (1998): A Regency-era piece set in France during the French Revolution
Becoming Jane (2007): A film dedicated to the woman behind the novels, Jane Austen herself
Jane Eyre (2011): Another famous British female author whose characters also lived in the Regency period
The Duchess (2008):  While Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, lived in the decades prior to the Regency period, this is nonetheless a gorgeous period piece about a contemporary of Marie Antoinette and an ancestor of both Diana Princess of Wales and Sarah Ferguson.
Clueless (1995): A modern interpretation of Austen's Emma
From Prada to Nada (2011): A modern, Latina rendering of Sense and Sensibility

Eliza's Daughter: A Sequel to Sense and Sensibility by Joan Aiken
Colonel Brandon's Diary by Amanda Grange: A novel examining the life of Colonel Brandon before, during and after he meets the Dashwood sisters
The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman: A modern story of two sisters with shades of Austen's original work
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin
The Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible Yet Elegant Guide to Her World by Margaret C. Sullivan
Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels by Deirdre Le Faye

Have you read any of these books or seen any of these movies?  Any additional resources you'd recommend?  Let's hear it!


  1. Clueless...I love it. I need to go back and watch it again!

  2. I didn't know clueless was based-on and inspired by Jane Austen! omg! re-watch for sure!!!!!!!!

    how fun!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  3. Clueless!!! Ok, I'm working my way through Sense and Sensibility and I think I'll be done tomorrow. Is that too late to join the discussion?

  4. @ Ashly: I watched it myself a few weeks ago because it was on HBO On fun!

    @ Jenn: Definitely! It's based on Emma, hence all the failed matchmaking :)

    @ ...and that's a true story: Not at all! The linky is up until midnight tonight and even if you get it written and finished after that, just post the link to your post in the comments :) I really want to hear your thoughts on it!


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