I may be stereotyping here, but when most women think of classic literature, their minds often turn to Jane Austen’s books. What’s not to love about the timeless romances, witty commentary, eloquent language, grand balls, and courtly manners of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey. Tomorrow (December 16th) will be Jane Austen’s 241st birthday, so if you are an Austen fan through and through, here are a few fun ways you can celebrate.
1—Read one of the books: Whether it is a well-worn copy of Pride and Prejudice or you want to explore one of her other books, crack open an Austen novel and immerse yourself in regency era courtship.
2—Watch a Jane Austen movie: You can see Jane Austen’s humorous characters and fantastic language come to life in the movie adaptions of her stories. A few of my favorites include Pride and Prejudice (2005), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Emma (1996), and of course, the six-hour BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (1995).
3—Share some quotes: You can’t deny that Jane Austen has some classic quotes, so share some on social media or tell a few friends. You can hunt for your favorite quotes in her novels or you can explore a collection of them in the book, What Would Jane Do?
4—Watch or read a Jane Austen retelling: You can take a fun, new look at Jane Austen’s classic stories by reading or watching a retelling of them. Some fun options include Austenland (movie adaption, 2013), Pride and Prejudice (2003), or even the horror comedy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (movie adaption, 2016).
5—Have a regency-style tea party: If you and your friends are really industrious, then have a full blown Jane Austen tea party. Wear regency dresses, drink tea, nibble on biscuits, and attempt Jane Austen speak.
Have some more fun ideas on how to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday tomorrow? Share them in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Twitter. Also take a look at the Regency Era board I created on Pinterest for some more Jane Austen inspiration.