This is, surprisingly, only the second Jane Austen book I have read. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice multiple times (and have watched the 2005 movie about 1000 times and watched the BBC mini-series) as it is one of my favorite books of all time. So the fact that it has taken me so long to read another book by her might surprise people. There is a movie adaptation that I know Emma Thompson wrote and starred in and won Oscars for and I am very interested in watching it, however there is no streaming service that has it without having to pay for it.
This is a pretty well known story so I’m not going to waste a lot of time on the synopsis of the book. It’s basically about Elinor and her sister Marianne and their journey to finding love and husbands. There is, of course, high society drama, gossip, misunderstandings, scandal, confessions of love, and heartbreak. Jane Austen knew how to write that good good. I think reality tv shows got their inspiration from Jane Austen. I’m kidding unless….
I found the story to be straightforward for the most part. I did get a little confused about 20-30 percent of the way into the book, but it sorted itself out over time. I think the love arc of Elinor is really sweet and deserving while Marianne’s was a little weird. It was a little tragic just how much heartbreak Marianne had to deal with. Elinor was dealing with her own stuff as well I’m not discrediting that! I just, Marianne really suffered. It was sad. But as per usual, she did get a happy ending. Spoiler? I don’t know, it is Jane Austen and her main ladies never have a bad ending (that I know of).
Most people that I know and am friends with or follow on Goodreads seem to really like Sense and Sensibility. Some even more than Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice is still my favorite of the two, but it’s a high second place. I think the next Austen I’ll tackle is Emma as I’m familiar with that story more than Sense and Sensibility. I mean I’ve seen Clueless at least 100 times and I did watch the new Emma that came out last year and really loved it. So who knows, maybe I’ll read that later this year and will tell you all about it. Keep a look out! Also, what are your thoughts on Sense and Sensibility? Have you read other Jane Austens and have them ranked? Do you prefer this love story to that of Lizzie and Darcy?