SparkPeople Jane Austen Fans Team Messageboard A sparkteam for fans of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice movies, books, anything related to the writings of Jane Austen. SparkPeople Jane Austen Fans Team Messageboard Everything Austen I guess I've seen every version of Pride and Prejudice produced in America and Great Britain - television series or movie. I love the romance and all the wonderful characters. <BR> <BR> Now I just need to apply that passion to exercise and eating healthy! <BR> <BR> Madde Sun, 17 May 2015 06:36:06 EST Just another book worm =) Hello my name is Lalita and I am a 38 year old Mom and Wife in Maryland. I am a book nerd, tea/coffee lover, among other things, lol. I am looking to stay healthy and motivated too! Have a lovely day =) Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:01:00 EST Salut! I was literally ready to start this group myself - LUCKILY I found you! Hi, I'm Lauren, a newly 20 year old who spends far too much time in the Jane Austen universe, reading and enjoying visual interpretations of her work, some which may or may not have been created by BBC… Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:30:08 EST Shameless Promotion of My Daughter's Book Yes, my dear daughter has published her first book, a comic fantasy novella. It's on Smashwords: called Away With The Fairies by Felicity Knight, and it's free. She's so happy, she got 91 downloads in the first 24 hours, and last I heard (yesterday) was 117. She was hoping for 100 by the end of the first month. <BR> <BR> So of course now I can't be outdone. I've found my old notebook from my Thursday creative writing group, and I'm going to upload the flash fiction and short stories I wa... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 04:43:36 EST Hi Sparkies! My name is Mary Catherine. I live in Pittsburgh. I am so thrilled to be on Spark People and sparking. Good luck to all of you on reaching your goals. Dont hesitate to send spark mail to me and I will try to answer each and every one. Mon, 20 May 2013 15:35:20 EST Hello Was just browsing teams I might join and so excited to have found this one. <BR> <BR> I grew up on Jane Austen, she is imbedded deeply in my wee 2012 psyche. <BR> <BR> 'Nuff said. Thanks for havin' a team. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 23:15:46 EST Anyone up for a group read? Hi, <BR> <BR> I was so happy to find this team, and then saddened when I saw that it was considered an inactive one! Would anyone be interested in a group read of a JA-book to get things moving here? <BR> <BR> Oh, and as for introductions, my name is Anna and I'm from Sweden. Most of the time I read my JA books in English, but sometimes I'm lazy and go for the version translated into my mother tongue. :) Thu, 9 Aug 2012 06:28:28 EST Which Austen Heroine are You? I just took this quiz and found out that I am more like Elinor Dashwood of Sense & Sensibility. Which one are you? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:16:21 EST Hello Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was an English major and while a love of Jane Austen isn't mandatory, it did happen. The movies, the books, the spin-offs. Books about people writing about Jane Austen, studying Jane Austen, getting trapped in a Jane Austen novel. . . .say the word and I'm there. I do read other things, but there is just something so clean about Jane Austen that you have to clean your palette with it and refresh your mind. <BR> <BR> Currently I'm reading Mansfield Park. I've yet... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 22:57:57 EST Introduce Yourself Please introduce yourself in this forum! Mon, 5 Sep 2011 16:01:46 EST Team Name Change I believe most of us can agree that Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a great novel and has been made into numerous great movies. However, I believe that this is not the only great novel she has written and she should be honored for all of her works! <BR> <BR> If you have any questions, please comment below. Mon, 5 Sep 2011 15:57:06 EST Sense and Sensibility I am re-reading Sense and Sensibility and would love to discuss this...whose with me? Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:31:56 EST Any New Year's Resolutions? I personally don't make you? Wed, 5 Jan 2011 11:15:40 EST Another new member Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here watching the BBC version of Emma with Jonny Lee Miller and Romola Garai and it made me think to see if there is a Spark Team for Austen fans, and here you are. <BR> <BR> I've never read any of Austen's books cover to cover, only excerpts as I fell in love with the films. Favorites are the 1990s version of P&P with Colin Firth, Emma Thompson's version of Sense & Sensibility, the 1995 version of Persuasion with Amanda Root & Cyrian Hinds, the BBC's 2007 ver... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 18:03:30 EST Jane Austen tarot deck I recently got the Jane Austen tarot deck, and I really love it. <BR> <BR> Here's a review of it at Aeclectic Tarot: <BR> <BR><BR>e-austen/details.shtml <BR> <BR> which includes some scans of some of the cards: <BR> <BR><BR>e-austen/index.shtml#cards <BR> <BR> It's very well thought out. The suits are Quills (traditionally, swords), Teacups (traditionally cups), Coins (traditionally pentacles) and Candlest... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:16:56 EST Jane Austen Soulcollage card I've recently gotten interested in soulcollage, an art/creativity/psychology project where you make collages to honor various aspects of your life. I made a card for my soulcollage deck for Jane Austen. This is a card for the "community" suit, i.e., cards that honor someone in your life who has been an important influence. It can be someone you know or someone you've never met who you admire, who serves as an example to you (as Jane Austen does for me). <BR> <BR> Here is a scan of the card:... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:08:14 EST Jane Austen Fight Club Genius!!! <BR> A gal pal sent me a link to a youtube of Jane Austen's Fight Club. <BR> It's hilarious and super well done! <BR> What do you think? <BR> <link><BR>feature=player_embedded </link> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 09:47:22 EST Sequels to P&P Have any of you read the sequels or other versions of P&P? I especially enjoyed Pamela Aiden's 3 books that tell the story from Darcy's point of view. <BR> Do you have any others to recommend? Wed, 2 Jun 2010 18:29:31 EST Austenland by Shanon Hale Everyone should check out this very fast-paced and engaging book about a modern woman who attempts to shake her Darcy obsession with a vacation to a regency manor complete with no electronics and full period dress. <BR> <BR> I cannot recommend this highly enough (and I am not normally a fan of romantic comedies!). Wed, 5 May 2010 11:12:31 EST Hi! I'm new a HUGE P&P and Jane Austen fan. Hi! My name is Maria, I'm from New York and I'm kind of new to SP. I was thrilled when I found this particular SparkTeam. I have watched all versions of P&P too many times. My favorite P&P is the BBC version and my favorite Mr. Darcy has to be Colin Firth. Oh, and I read P&P religiously every year. I need to lose 70 lbs and am working at it one day at a time. I could always use a buddy for some motiviation. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 05:26:43 EST Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Let me just say that it was the weirdest book I have ever read. I saw it at Barnes and Noble and I sat there and read/skimmed the book. I don't think I liked it much, but you can pretty much guess from the title what it's about. Taking the story and just putting a little horror twist on it. Anybody else read this book? Fri, 5 Mar 2010 14:19:28 EST A-Z Food Challenge We are starting a new challenge: Today we will start with the letter A. Please post a "healthy" food that starts with the letter A that you have included in your diet today. <BR> <BR> Mine will be: Asparagus. Thu, 4 Mar 2010 09:44:25 EST MIA I wanted to take time to apologize for being MIA for awhile. After my surgery last year, my life took a minor detour. I am back and looking for support from friends to get healthy. Thanks for keeping this group going while I was away. Any ideas for the group and the upcoming year? Wed, 3 Mar 2010 11:10:22 EST My Cinderel la/Pride and Prejudice Fairy Tale Okay so I am totally new to this site, but I saw this team and knew right then and there I had to join. So this is my goal. At the time of writing this I weigh in at a heft 300 lbs. I am 18 years old and in less then a month I am going to be 19. I am 5 foot 4 and I am short. My weight goal is to loose 180 lbs. This means I need to loose 120 lbs. <BR> <BR> I know what all of you are thinking how in the world did this girl let herself get this big? Well lets see my life has been made up of str... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:16:31 EST Regency-era Ball I was curious to find out if anyone here is from the midwest? My friends & I attended the Regency Ball in Lansing, MI last year and will be again this March. It's stepping into the Netherfield Ball. I wanted to let others know about it, and see if anyone else would be attending? <BR><BR>xhibition-Ball Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:25:52 EST Mr. Darcy!!!! So I'm new to this team but I can see we are going to be fast friends!!! I love any and every thing Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favorites and oh don't even get me started on the newer movie....Mr. Darcy can make me his Elizabeth any day!!! <em>30</em> Send me some love or a friend request or a hey you are weird and back off cause Mr. Darcy is mine message!!! LOL <em>244</em> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:36:37 EST Lost in Austen Lost in Austen: I recently rented this English-made movie from Netflix, and I really enjoyed it. Has anyone else seen it, and if so, what did you think? Mon, 11 Jan 2010 09:36:41 EST Oh my GOODNESS! There is no way I found people to talk to about my Pride & Prejudice obsession! I have read the book...this is my eleventh time now, yeah and it always brings me happiness. Horay for Mr. Darcy...BOO for contemporary society for producing too many Mr. Whickhams. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 23:31:59 EST Persuasion is a good read. Ann, The heroine is more mature, 27 in Austin's world was ancient especially if you are a maid. She is solid, principled, helpful and persistent. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite, but Persuasion is my second favorite book. Wed, 2 Dec 2009 14:08:02 EST New to the Team I love Pride and Prejudice, Bride and Prejudice(Bollywood version of P and P) and Lost in Austin. I have to be careful though, I can get lost in the movies and not get my exercise done, So I have a rule where I go to the pool first and then enjoy the show. <em>471</em> Wed, 25 Nov 2009 14:29:45 EST Hi There! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been a lurker in this group for a while, and I'm coming back after a hiatus from SP... <BR> <BR> I'm a fan of Jane Austen and costume dramas in general. I own just about every JA adaptation available (well, except for the '83 and '07 Mansfield Parks). <BR> <BR> As for a favorite? That's a tough one. P&P '95 will always be my favorite, I think, because it was that which introduced me to JA in the first place. <BR> <BR> I'm also fond of S&S '08 (loved the mus... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:21:22 EST Emma (2009) Hey, I didn't see this posted yet, so I wanted to mention that a new 4-part adaptation of Emma starring Jonny Lee Miller and Romola Garai has recently concluded airing in the UK. <BR> <BR> It will be broadcast in the U.S. on Masterpiece Classic in January 2010 (I think). Not sure about broadcast dates for other countries. <BR> <BR> This may be common knowledge to my fellow Janeites, <em>41</em> but I thought I'd pass along the info. Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:03:42 EST Fate! Honestly, I could not have found a more perfect SparkTeam! I watched Pride and Prejudice this past Saturday for the millionth time. I just love that movie! I could literally watch it everyday. My fiancé always makes fun of me. <em>247</em> I get lost in the language and the music. I fall in love with Mr. Darcy every time I watch it. I'm obsessed with that time period. I am so excited to be a member of this team! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 14:24:41 EST ???????????????? ???????????????? <BR> I don't about y'all, but I have seen the movie, The Jane Austen Book Club, so many times it's a bit of an over kill. This morning I was flipping through channels and it was on, so I turn up the sound and go into the kitchen and start cleaning out the fridges while I half watch and half listen to the movie, I just love that movie, it is so good:) Can't stop watching it!! <BR> <BR> Jane Austen book club, the movie is what got me to read the books. Jane Austen helps me clean the kitchen:)... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:07:43 EST July Challenge? We need a new challenge/goal to work on for July? Any ideas or preferences? Thu, 25 Jun 2009 10:50:12 EST Back Again Well, I'm not new, but I've been gone for awhile! (And this place looks a lot deader since I was here before), but I just wanted to say that I'm back, raring to go, and... - yea, that's it. Sat, 20 Jun 2009 10:29:44 EST Hi I'm new! Hello, I'm Amy and also a big Jane Austen fan! I love the book Pride and favorite so far. I also love the new movie as well as the BBC version with Colin Firth! I'm now reading Northanger Abbey...only on Chapter 2 so far. :) <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2009 18:30:42 EST So What!! I borrowed this idea/game from one of my other teams. This is kind of a game where you vent. <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> I watched tv all day on Sunday and had virtually no exercise. So what!!! <BR> Mon, 23 Mar 2009 11:08:13 EST Virtual Walking Tour from Longbourne to Pemberly I am posting the virtual country walking tour from Longbourne to Pemberly again. This challenge seems to get everyone motivated and participating. So, I think it needs to become a regular team activity. <BR> ********************************* <BR> Our challenge is to walk the 185.2 miles to Pemberley as a team. All kinds of miles count(whatever activity you do)-- Just log in your miles on the Walking Tour thread. <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> <BR> 1. Start out going WEST on NEWBURY DRIVE tow... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 09:56:39 EST Birthday Idea Please add your name to this list and also when your Birthday is. I thought it would be a nice idea and supportive thing if we would send goodies or stop by our spark-buddies sparkpages when they have their birthday. <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2009 10:50:39 EST JA Character I feel most like today. . . . Today, I am feeling a little like Jane Bennett. Attempting to find the best in others. Fri, 6 Mar 2009 10:39:50 EST Hi, just checking in I've always loved Jane Austin and Pride & Prejudice was one of my favorite books - and the movie too! I just fell in love with Mr. Darcy and wish that I had lived back in those times when the world was so beautiful and all this stupid economic and global warming crap wasn't going on. Thu, 12 Feb 2009 19:29:39 EST Week 2 - Pride and Prejudice Discussions Be reading Chapters 2 and 3, while we discuss Chapter 1. Then come back next week to discuss them. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 21:31:46 EST Let's Get this Team Excited! Please share any ideas you have to group activities to keep us all motivated and headed for a more healthy future. We have been too quiet for too long. Let's hear some ideas! <BR> <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2009 16:06:49 EST New here and a Jane fan as well! My name is Christie. I am a middle school teacher who is currently at home with my two-year-old son. I fell in love with Jane Austen as a teenager when I picked up an old family copy of Pride and Prejudice. Since then, I have read the book or listened to it on tape at least 20 times! My favorite book is Sense and Sensibilty, which I have read the most. I have also read Mansfield Park, Emma and more...just can't think which one. I don't count watching the movie as the same as reading... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 08:29:37 EST Wk 1 - Reading/D iscussion of Pride & Prejudice Please read Chapter 1 this week. That should be an easy read for everyone and we can begin discussion on next wednesday - 1/14. Wed, 7 Jan 2009 13:07:50 EST Hello Just wanted to introduce myself. I am Siouxzie from the Los Angeles area. I am hoping for lots of motivation. I am new to the boards and site. There is so much to explore. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> "I am not born to sit still and do nothing. If I lose the game, it shall not be from not striving for it." Jane Austen - Mainsfield Park Tue, 6 Jan 2009 19:29:37 EST Ready to begin our reading/di iscussions yet? Let me know if you all are ready to begin reading and our group discussions of Janes's works. Also, let's take a vote on what you would like to begin with? I think maybe P&P - since it is the name of our team? Give me your thoughts. <BR> <em>20</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 14:22:56 EST How about a New Challenge for a New Year?! I don't know how many of you watch the "Biggest Loser" but it will air a new season soon. I thought maybe we could do a similar challenge. It would consist of 12 weeks (longer or shorter -- you tell me how long you want to do this), and each week we would weigh in and I would provide small prizes to weekly winners as motivation. Give me your thoughts! Sat, 27 Dec 2008 16:58:55 EST Fan fiction For all of you who like modern day versions or alternative endings or different points of views from the stories/characters of Jane Austen, I found a website where you can indulge. It's <link> </link> You can also find different stuff like this from different authors, TV shows, cartoons, or movies. I'm a little addicted but it's my guilty pleasure! Thu, 18 Dec 2008 20:00:09 EST Christmas Card Exhange? In one of my other groups, we are going a christmas card exchange. If anyone is interested, please send me a PM/email with your name and address. Thu, 13 Nov 2008 10:24:12 EST Holidays? With the holidays approaching, we should start thinking of a challenge to help us maintain our focus on eating/being healthy. Give me your thoughts and ideas on things that are hard this time of year for each of you and goals you might like to see in a holiday challenge. Thu, 13 Nov 2008 10:20:14 EST hi! I have become a Jane Austen junkie over the last couple years but have much more to read! And I didn't realize there were so many versions of the movies...I'm excited to check them out. <BR> <BR> I'm recovering from an elbow break and surgery so I have time to read <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to talking all things JA <em>213</em> <em>252</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2008 23:07:29 EST Funny story about my son who has taste... We were looking for something to watch on TV and I get dibs since it's my birthday... so I chose to watch 1995 Firth/Ehle P&P... my 13 year old son cheered! <BR> <BR> I'm raising a sensitive young man of rare good taste! To go with his cello playing and computer games! Sat, 11 Oct 2008 16:17:39 EST October Challenge: Walking Tour Hi! You can post your mileage here! If you have any creative virtual walking destinations that you would like to take, let us know. I am going to have to step down from the team leader role for awhile because of a busy fall teaching schedule, but I'll see you around! Wed, 1 Oct 2008 13:47:29 EST Jane Austen... a love affair. DUnDunDun! Hi, my name is Ashley from Central Virginia. I was wondering around the site and found this team and HAD to join. I love Jane Austen books, movies... this love affair began with JA when I stumbled on to the Colin Firth version of P&P on A&E when I was in college. (My favorite version) I have been hooked on her books and the movies ever since. I love the time period, the simple and quaint lifestyle. People really needed eachother then. Jane really makes her characters come alive. I love the wa... Thu, 25 Sep 2008 12:27:55 EST Lost in Austen Here is something new from ITV that I just found on youtube. It's a four part modern take on P&P about a modern girl, Amand, who finds Elizabeth Bennett in her bathroom. They switch eras and Amanda finds herself in the story of P&P. Obviously without Lizzy the story isn't complete and the plot gets so twisted around in a hilarious manner. Go and see it, it's so cute! Only the first part and a half are on youtube right now but I think the rest will be posted soon. Thu, 11 Sep 2008 23:22:25 EST High School English My oldest son is in grade 11, and has English this semester. He tells me he will be studying P&P this year. How cool is that?!! Maybe he'll become a Jane Austen fan. :) Mon, 8 Sep 2008 21:12:18 EST September Challenge: Walking Tour I thought we would try something a little different for this walking tour. We're going for a walk to an undisclosed location from a Jane Austen novel. As you post your miles, you may ask a yes or no question to get a clue (as in the game "20 Questions"). Let's see if you can guess where we're going before we get there! The person who guesses correctly can pick the next secret location. Mon, 1 Sep 2008 00:51:26 EST I can't help it! I'm obsessed! Okay, I can't get enough of Colin Firth. I have an addiction to him and I can't get over it. Last night, I was watching both Bridget Jones's Diary movies and every time Colin Firth got on the screen, my heart melted away completely. <BR> I think I know the answer to this problem (or is it?) Colin Firth plays character that are on the quiet side and not too showy, and in his own quiet way, saves the day. He seems a little awkward in his roles but that is so endearing (i.e. Mr. Darcy)! I j... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:44:33 EST Hypothyroidism? Anyone else have this? I am having such a hard time losing weight. I really am getting frustrated. I lose a couple of pounds - feel like I am beginning to make progress -- and then next time I get on the scales, back up. I go no where. Any tips or help anyone can give me? Mon, 18 Aug 2008 09:33:19 EST Drive By Commenting... The last couple of days I have been doing these! I just click on the link on my blog page to look at other new blog entries. I choose a few and read them and then leave a positive comment. It's kind of silly, but I really like doing it! Wed, 6 Aug 2008 14:52:55 EST August Challenge: Walking Tour Hey, walking buddies! You can post your miles for August here. If you have any creative destinations, let us know! Fri, 1 Aug 2008 22:03:30 EST Ideas for August Goals Every month we have a big discrepancy between our Team Goal walking and the Virtual Walking Tour, so I'm thinking that I'll change our Team Goal from Walking 1 mile per day to the General Fitness minutes. Those calculate automatically when you enter in your Fitness Tracker. Sound okay? <BR> <BR> Any ideas for next month's walking tour? Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:30:43 EST Hello I have been on SP for a little while and thought I would like this team. I am a fan of Jane Austen but mostly I just keep re-reading P&P, so I haven't gotten to many of her other works. I'm working on that. Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:18:14 EST Another measure of success... Last week I had my pulse and blood pressure measured. I was really pleased to see that my resting pulse is 62 bpm, and my BP was 107/77. All the walking is definitely making me fit! Fri, 25 Jul 2008 00:03:46 EST New Girl Hi! My name is Kate and I live in Columbus, Ohio. I have been an Austenophile since I was young; my mom even remembers one of my teachers making fun of me for wearing a shirt with a caricature of Jane Austen on it (from Barnes and Nobel like a decade ago, lol). My favorite is Pride and Prejudice (like how many other people!?!?) but I really enjoyed the fully annotated edition that was somewhat recently published. I wasn't too keen on the Keira Knightly version, but Colin Firth was the perfect... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 17:10:00 EST Catherine Cookson I have just discovered Catherine Cooksons's books. While the plots take place in little villages and towns in England in the beginning of the 20th century, I find that Cookson's ideas of social differences is similar to Jane Austen's. Anyone ever hear of her or read her books? Wed, 23 Jul 2008 12:10:11 EST Dancing with the stars cardio? Anyone ever try this dvd? Wed, 23 Jul 2008 08:33:13 EST Yeah, more Jane Austen! Hello! My name is Rebecca, and I'm a huge Jane Austen fan. The funny thing is, I actually found out about SP which I recently joined through, which I've been a member for about a year. I look forward to Pride and Prejudice talk, as others simply don't understand! Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:42:04 EST Hi! I am new to this Sparkteam, but been on Sparkpeople for about 5 months. I love it. I go on and off being motivated to lose weight, but this place gives me inspiration for living, not just dieting. <BR> <BR> I have been a Pride and Prejudice fan for about 30 years (since seeing the Masterpiece Theatre version of P&P when I was about 11 or 12). I have been an overall Austen fan for going on 10 years. I have just started to delve into her biographies. <BR> <BR> With two kids and a full t... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 13:03:53 EST Group Reading Book Discussion: Lady Susan The vote for next reading is Lady Susan. So find your copy or go online to read at Republic of Pemberley. To give everyone a chance to start reading, we'll begin discussion on Monday, July 14. Then we can progress at a slow pace. Happy reading! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>html </link> <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 13:52:23 EST Next Group Reading Book It seems like our interest in the juvenilia has waned for now. But that's okay! The thread is still there and we can always keep talking about it later. I'm still reading the pieces one at a time. <BR> <BR> Would anyone be interested in moving on to something else to read as a group this month? Here are some ideas: <BR> <BR> --We could move on to the next longer work that Austen wrote, which is Lady Susan, according to a chronology I have. <BR> <BR> --Or we could move on to one of the publ... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 19:04:53 EST In the spirit of our walking tours... I thought I would share this fun thing I found: <BR> <BR> The Ellipsoid Club! You measure your mileage for however you choose to work out and see if you can accrue enough miles to walk around the world! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Only 239 people are currently signed up! Sun, 6 Jul 2008 14:01:36 EST July Challenge: Walking Tour In July, we're travelling through Sense & Sensibility from Norland to Barton Cottage and back. It's approximately 229 miles each way between Sussex and Devonshire, so that's 458 miles round trip. <BR> (Thanks, Aidelade, for suggesting this month's walking tour!) <BR> <BR> As always, you can post any kind of exercise "miles" that you do, whether walking, running, riding, eliptical, treadmill, or even dancing! Have fun! Tue, 1 Jul 2008 13:23:46 EST Help! I am planning a Regency dinner. I am taking a trip in Oct. to celebrate a dear friends birthday. We are going to Boston and are planning a Regency style dinner. Does anyone have any menu ideas? Hopefully something I can make light or low fat. <BR> Or any Regency period ideas to make the dinner more authentic? Any ideas or help would be most appreciated. Tue, 1 Jul 2008 06:38:00 EST July Team Goals & Challenges Okay, I can't believe it is the end of June already! <em>198</em> <BR> <em>227</em> Let's put on our thinking caps <em>107</em> and do a quick brainstorm <em>27</em> <em>54</em> ... And then I'll post the new stuff tonight! <BR> <BR> Would you like to keep our current goals and/or add any thing new? Look below for our status on the current team goals. <BR> <BR> Any ideas for the July Walking Tour? From a book? <em>149</em> A movie? <em>272</em> <BR> <BR> And if you are (o... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 14:21:20 EST The Jane Austen Guide to Dating Anyone else read this? I really enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> It has 10 'rules' for dating as illustrated by Jane Austen's novels. Most of them are very common-sensical, and at the end there is a quiz to show which JA heroine or other character you are, and which hero or scoundrel your man is. <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2008 18:05:22 EST New products/Ideas to share I've been buying and trying a lot of new things lately - various food products and such, that I think deserve a little talk time. Most of these things have become staples on my list. Who knows? Maybe it will open up our eyes to new, healthy products if we share our experiences! Fri, 6 Jun 2008 12:17:34 EST June Challenge: Walking Tour While we're reading Jane Austen's earliest writings this month, I thought we could take a walking tour around the area where she grew up & beyond. <BR> <BR> This tour will include 500 miles of walking, so lace up your walking boots! (As always, you can log any of your exercise miles here.) <BR> <BR> Here's a brief itinerary: <BR> <BR> Week One: <BR> Steventon, Hampshire. The village where Jane Austen lived until the age of 25. (1775-1801) <BR> <BR> Week Two: <BR> Bath. Where the Auste... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 13:04:43 EST Group Reading Book Discussion: Juvenilia & Misc. We have decided to read and discuss the works of Jane Austen together. We are reading in the order they were written, so that we can see how Austen's writing developed over her lifetime. We will start with her earliest writings, the juvenilia, which include short stories and other pieces that she wrote for the entertainment of her family when she was just a teenager. <BR> <BR> To avoid spoilers, wait for the scheduled date before moving on to the next section of reading. However, discussion ... Thu, 29 May 2008 14:00:59 EST Jane Austen Acronym Just for fun... <BR> <BR> Can you fill in the next line of this acronym about Jane Austen? (Copy & paste into your reply.) <BR> <BR> Janeites are her fans. <BR> A <BR> N <BR> E <BR> <BR> A <BR> U <BR> S <BR> T <BR> E <BR> N <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 May 2008 16:14:27 EST Frances (Fanny) Burney Hi All, <BR> <BR> Have any of you read anything by Frances Burney? She was Jane Austen's biggest influence. <BR> <BR> I was just wondering.... <BR> <BR> :) Fri, 23 May 2008 13:31:15 EST Jane Auste Addict Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm new to SP (well, one week in), and yea... I LOVE Jane Austen, with a passion :) <BR> <BR> I've been reading her since I was about 12 I think. And have read everything, numerous times. <BR> <BR> Question though - why do we have the newest P&P as our image? It almost made me skip the group completely (I'm a bit of a purist). <BR> <BR> Oh - I named my car (a MINI Cooper) - Emma :) It was almost Marianne, but Emma suited her better and wouldn't make people think of Gi... Fri, 23 May 2008 13:19:04 EST Have you seen SparkStreaks yet? I just discovered they've put a new feature under "My Tools" called "Spark Streaks." It looks like fun. You can choose from your Quick Goals, Other Goals, and Team Goals to keep record of number of days you do any certain thing. And you have the option of posting them on your Spark Page. I went ahead & set mine up if you want to see my page. I think this will be motivating! Thu, 22 May 2008 14:37:33 EST Reading Goals Corrected I had one too many zeros on our team goal, so the tracker wasn't looking too good. It's now at a more reasonable but still challenging 9,000 pages for the month. I need to get reading to catch up with some of you!! Fri, 16 May 2008 12:44:06 EST! I mentioned it in another thread... free audio book downloads at <BR> <BR> Mind you it's only books in the public domain and the readers are all volunteers, but it's free and it's nice to be able to listen when you can't read. <BR> <BR> All of J.A.'s books are there and they are working on Udolpho, which is the book referred to in Northanger Abbey. Wed, 14 May 2008 21:50:27 EST What did ya'll think about North Hanger Abbey? I found it rather difficult to follow, it appeared too emerged in fantasy for me to recognize it's reality. I am having to revist to get a better handle. Wed, 14 May 2008 10:54:16 EST Walking Alternatives? I have been wanting to walk three days per week, but the times that I usually have available (dawn or dusk) are not the safest in my neighborhood. So I'm thinking about alternatives that are convenient like walking. <BR> <BR> I've noticed that some of you do Leslie Sansone videos. How do those really compare to walking? It seems like they would have more in common with aerobics, which is fine, but I'm just wondering. <BR> <BR> Also, do any of you have a treadmill? I don't know if I can affo... Tue, 13 May 2008 14:09:08 EST Team Goal Leaderboards I just found out that if you click on one of the team goals, you can see how much you have logged toward that goal for the month and where you rank on the team leaderboards. <BR> <BR> Trufflemaker is leading the way in miles! <BR> And Aidelade is a reading machine! <BR> Oakborn is really racking up the Sparkpoints! Tue, 6 May 2008 13:38:35 EST Jane Austen Mysteries Hi All! I don't know if we've covered this before, but I was wondering if anyone has read any of the Jane Austen mystery series that are out there? I just picked up the first by Stephanie Barron. I know there's also series by Laura Levine and Carrie Bebris. I like to read mysteries in the summer at the beach. Since these are Jane Austen based mysteries I thought it would be a good combo. Anyone have any thoughts? Mon, 5 May 2008 16:24:55 EST Support Man! I have had a hard time this last month. My kids are busy w/sports, etc. I have been on the run and have completely fell off the wagon! I am injured badly. WHEW! I have re-started this morning. Trying hard to journal and get to the gym. I need some support. Anyone got tips on how to stay on the wagon while being on the run? Mon, 5 May 2008 10:02:07 EST OT Masterpiece Theater Just wondering if anyone is still watching Masterpiece Theater Classics now that the Complete Jane Austen is over. <BR> <BR> I saw A Room with a View, made by Andrew Davies, who did a number of the Austen films. I thought it was good, but it was strange that he changed the ending. I won't spoil it if you haven't seen it. Though thought provoking, I felt the ending changed the essence of the story. <BR> <BR> I didn't see the next one about Kipling. <BR> <BR> And this weekend starts Cranfo... Fri, 2 May 2008 18:12:09 EST Miss Austen Regrets Did anyone see this film put out by Masterpiece Theater? It basically tells of Jane Austen's last year of life and we come to see how her past and present life affects her writing. The acting was really good but I wanted to know if anyone else saw it also. Thu, 1 May 2008 17:17:19 EST May Challenge: Walking Tour Our walking tour last month was a smashing success, so this month we are walking from Longborn to London to search for Lydia and Wickham! It will take us 200 miles to get there, and we expect to have to search extensively when we get there (25 miles), before returning home (another 200). <BR> <BR> Log your miles to this thread. Remember you can walk, run, take the treadmill, swim, ride, skip, or hike your way there! Enjoy the walk! Thu, 1 May 2008 11:43:35 EST Strength Training I am on an email list for a personal trainer (not that I use her services though). Today I got a newsletter from her with the following information in it, which is good inspiration for strength training: <BR> <BR> "One study I read compared a group who did cardio workouts for 30 minutes, three times a week, with a group that did three workouts as well, but split with 15 minutes of cardio, and 15 minutes of strength training. The cardio only group lost an average of 3 pounds. The group with... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 20:17:50 EST Hooked on Jane Austen since my time in England <em>213</em> <BR> I have adored Jane's work since I was in high school in England - have paid respects to her in the amazing Winchester Cathedral - and have adored every single movie/series based on her books - Sense and Sensibility was a feast - and Colin Firth oh goodness makes me go all faint and trembling! <BR> I am glad to find a place where we JA fans can get together and gab about our gal Jane. <em>244</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2008 23:15:23 EST Team Goals Have you heard about the new Team Goals feature? You can read about how it works today under "Today's Feature." We can choose up to 5 common goals that we want to work on as a team. Are you interested? What would you suggest? Here are some ideas: <BR> --We could do a walking/miles goal & incorporate it into virtual walking tours like the one we've been doing this month. <BR> --Fitness Minutes (Your choice what you do.) <BR> --Spark Points (We seem to like spinning that wheel here.) <BR> --Ja... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:49:57 EST Foods you hate A weird topic, but I just wanted to know if anyone has foods, good for you foods, that they hate, but eat anyway. <BR> <BR> For example: I just ate tomatoes with vinegar, garlic, onion & a little mozzerella. 2 things I hate to eat are tomaotes and vinegar! They leave an aftertaste that lingers FOREVER! I guess it's the acidity. All I want after a salad like that is a piece of chocolate to balance out my mouth. <BR> <BR> I won't stop eating those foods, but a healthier alternative to a c... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 13:43:54 EST Watched P&P last night Oxygen ran P&P last night (the MM & KK version). I watched the first hour and the third hour. From 10-11pm I watched Battlestar Gallactica with my husband (I need to join that forum). I cried when they finally get their act together at the end! Sat, 5 Apr 2008 09:11:25 EST Daily Challenge I thought we could use a daily challenge to keep us motivated! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge: 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> Good Luck! Wed, 2 Apr 2008 09:09:37 EST Motivation Help Hi all! I'm recovering from a back injury which has kept me down for a few weeks. I'm on the mend now, but I'm finding it really hard to get motivated to continue this whole process. I would love to hear what keeps you all motivated, especially when it comes to exercise! Thanks! Tue, 1 Apr 2008 14:30:29 EST April Challenge: Walking Tour You are cordially invited to join in a country walk. This month's challenge is a virtual walking tour from Longbourne to Pemberley. Actually, we're using the houses in the '95 film version of Pride and Prejudice, from Luckington Court to Lyme Park. <BR> <BR> Our challenge is to walk the 185.2 miles to Pemberley as a team in April. All kinds of miles count: walking, running, biking, elliptical, or whatever you do. Just log in your miles here. <BR> <BR> We can chat along the way about what ... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 10:14:28 EST Jane Austen Junkie Hi, I'm Anne from Long Island, and I'm a Jane Austen junkie! <BR> <BR> I've read almost all the books several times...the most being P&P - my fav. When the A&E version of that came out - OMG - I was in HEAVEN! Most because of the length and detail of the book to the movie, but also for Colin Firth! The MacFayden/Knightley version has grown on me considerably...especially since I've watched it twice this month while on the treadmill! <BR> <BR> See, told you I was a JA junkie! <BR> I'm gla... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 21:47:33 EST Any ideas for April Challenge? Maybe we could focus on something to help those of us who need to get unstuck. Here's one idea: We have a tally of our team's spark points and fitness minutes at the top of our team page. We could try to beat the last month's numbers for either of these or both. Or we could set a high number to shoot for. <em>206</em> <em>34</em> <em>216</em> <em>231</em> <em>135</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2008 18:55:34 EST Recent Jane Austen Fan Here I finished reading Pride and Prejudice about a month ago and I am hooked on Jane Austen! I have since read Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. I am currently reading Emma and plan to follow that with Mansfield Park and Sense and Sensibility! I am simultaneously trying to make my way through the many movie adaptations. I just recorded Emma off of Masterpiece Theater and I noticed that Sense and Sensibility is next. I can't wait to watch them all - I hope I don't run out of room on my DVR! <BR... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 19:27:18 EST March Challenge Weigh In Sorry, its late. To be honest, I forgot about setting it up. <BR> _____________ <BR> <BR> I'm sorry to report that I have not lost anything yet this month. I am stuck at my current weight. I am driving to kick it up a little this week. Hopefully, I will have something report on Friday. Wish me Luck! Mon, 17 Mar 2008 08:52:00 EST Things I Want from Jane Austen's World Besides Mr. Darcy, of course: <BR> <BR> Servants <BR> An acreage complete with gardeners <BR> A groom for my horse <BR> A carriage drawn by eight perfectly matched ponies, in graduating sizes and colours Thu, 13 Mar 2008 21:06:39 EST What are you reading next? My hubby sent me this link. Pretty cool! <link> </link> Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:14:35 EST March Challenge Any suggestions for a March challenge? Fri, 29 Feb 2008 11:24:39 EST Did you meet your February Challenge? I actually passed my goal of 4 pounds and lost 5. Fri, 29 Feb 2008 11:19:55 EST Why and what do you love about Jane Austen's Work? For me, I think that it makes me not give up on the love, even when life presents problems, it is out there if your not willing to give up or compromise yourself. She writes with such real ideas and her heros are upstanding men, not snakes! Thu, 28 Feb 2008 08:36:52 EST What is your favourite scene in your fave version I adore the looks exchanged between Lizzy and Darcy at Pemberley (at the pianoforte) in the A&E 1995 version. <BR> How about you? <em>20</em> Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:10:51 EST What Austen/Related book R U currently reading? Myself, I am reading the second Mr. and Mrs Darcy book by Carrie Bebris. I really like the series and would definitely reccomend it. Sat, 23 Feb 2008 16:17:46 EST 1980 BBC Version of P&P I just finished (on Netflix) watching a 1980, BBC version of P&P that was very good. Not as good as the more recent versions, but certainly better than some of the stuffier versions of Jane Austen's work in the past. I would highly recommend seeing it. Mon, 18 Feb 2008 11:27:55 EST Where are U from? I thought since our group was growing, we could see where everyone is from? <BR> <BR> ____________________ <BR> <BR> I am from Saint Albans, West Virginia. Mon, 18 Feb 2008 08:33:06 EST Becoming Jane I know a few of you had objections to the movie. But I really like it! The only thing that I didn't care for was the scene in the beginning with her parents in the bedroom. Mon, 18 Feb 2008 08:32:04 EST Spark Points How many spark points did you get today? <BR> <BR> <BR> I got 5. Sun, 17 Feb 2008 22:56:03 EST Sequel Ratings Here is a link to a site I found that rates sequel books: <BR> <BR><BR>_02.html <BR> Fri, 15 Feb 2008 14:21:14 EST New to the group! Hello everyone! I'm new to this group. I love Jane Austen, and I'm currently reading "Emma". That's the last novel of hers I haven't finished. I also have "Sanditon" and "Love and Freindship" on my list. <BR> I'm glad I found this group! Thu, 7 Feb 2008 11:03:37 EST That Mr. Darcy.... Greatest greetings! My name is Regina. I love P&P (2006) w/ K. Knightly and M. MacFadden. The dialogue "sparked"... <BR> <BR> "You've bewitched me, body, mind, and soul. I love you, and wish never to be parted from you again." <BR> <BR> *sigh* That Darcy Wed, 6 Feb 2008 23:48:16 EST Austen-inspired novels Have any of you read some of the Austen-inspired novels that have come out in recent years? e.g. The Jane Austen Book Club (plus the movie of course), and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. There is another called Pemberley I think, but I haven't read it. If you read them, did you enjoy them? Sun, 3 Feb 2008 21:18:36 EST Another fan here! Hi! I'm not new to SP, but coming back after a long time away... I love Jane Austen, and just re-read P&P, inspired by the book The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. I never knew there was a spark team for Austen fans! <BR> TM Sun, 3 Feb 2008 21:04:02 EST Exchange Center I thought it would be a nice if we had a place where we could list items that we no longer wanted and could give away to another team member(ie: excerise dvds, books, clothes, equipment, etc.)that could help their weight loss journey. Things that didn't work for us -- might work for someone else. <BR> <BR> I have a Billy Blanks bootcamp dvd. If anyone is interested. Sat, 2 Feb 2008 11:09:01 EST February Fitness How about a fitness challenge this month? Come on - it's a short month so it can't be too bad! We could shoot for at least 10 - 15 min per day of something over and above what we are already doing. Any suggestions? Fri, 1 Feb 2008 13:30:56 EST February Challenge Here is February's challenge: <BR> <BR> Set a small weight loss goal for this month. Even if it's just one pound! Don't focus on the big number, just the small goal. <BR> <BR> My Goal for February is 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> Also, tell someone about SP! <BR> <BR> Good Luck!!! I know you can do it! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2008 09:02:52 EST National Wear Red Day Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day (American Heart Association). Help Support the cause! Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of American Women. Thu, 31 Jan 2008 18:50:05 EST Group Ideas I would love to hear some ideas that some of you might have for this goup. Please share your thoughts. Sun, 27 Jan 2008 16:53:38 EST Tips & Tricks I thought we could use a space for diet related "Tips and Tricks" that we could share. Sun, 27 Jan 2008 16:48:29 EST I'm new and I love Jane Austen! Hey ya'll! I'm new! How awesome there is a Jane Austen group! I love her writing- and am currently reading Persuasion... Of course Pride & Prejudice is one of my all time favorite books. Persuasion reminds me of my own life right now- and she wrote it based on her own life- it was not published until after death- her brother had it published for her... The heroine's name in the book is Anne Elliot- she broke off her engagement to Capt. Frederick Wentworth- who was a naval officer.... years la... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 13:00:37 EST Bride & Prejudice I borrowed from the library the movie "Bride & Prejudice". It is the exact same story as "Pride & Prejudice" set in modern day India, London & LA. It was adorable. There is lots of music which I thought would be silly, but it actually works in this movie. The acting wasn't up to Oscar caliber, but it was fun to watch. "Mr. Colins" (not his name in the movie) was a hoot and "Lizzy" was played by the very famous Indian actress (Rai is her last name). I highly recommend this P&P adaptatio... Tue, 22 Jan 2008 18:08:09 EST Is there a part of a Jane Austin Book that . . . you wish had been put in the movie? <BR> <BR> For me: I wish that would have played out the second proposal and the waiting to ask and tell everyone in P&P. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 13:04:32 EST Weight Watchers If any of you are doing the WW program, like me. I found this points calculator. I use to pay for this online. But now I use this free one. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2008 19:44:15 EST P&P Director's Cut Petition I am not sure if any of you are familiar with "Longbourn Loungers", but they are trying to get a petition going for a Director's cut of 2005 Pride & Prejudice for deleted scense (the wedding) and such. Here is the link if you are interested: <BR> <BR><BR>s/actionalerts/index.cfm?fuseaction=Ac<BR>tionDetail&actionalertid=8 <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2008 12:40:01 EST Austen in the World Around Us. I was driving home from shopping today. While I was stopped at a light, I saw a mail box with the name Wickham on it! I was like oh my gosh! I just kept staring at it, I couldn't believe it. I just kept thinking about the poor guys with that last name. They must have a disadvantage! Maybe they avoid the last name as long as they can <em>41</em> . I'm always surprised when I find out someone has read and loves Austen. Almost all the women I know have! I've seen other names Austen used before,... Sat, 19 Jan 2008 22:16:53 EST which Jane Austen heroine are you? So, I found this on my internet travels, it's a little silly but I thought some of you might want to give it a go if your bored....:) <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I was Lizzy Bennett!! (yay!) <BR> <BR> Which one are you? Forget the quiz if you want, which heroine do you like the most/think you're like. <BR> I really think I am quite a bit like Lizzy, which is convenient because she's my favourite! <BR> <BR> -Natalie <BR> <BR> P.S. <BR> Don't fo... Wed, 16 Jan 2008 23:29:45 EST Northanger Abbey - Masterpiece Theater Reminder that this week's film is Northanger Abbey on Masterpiece Theater - January 20th @ 9PM (PBS). Wed, 16 Jan 2008 18:43:51 EST Persuasion - 1/13 Masterpiece Theater What did you all think of this version? I had never seen this version before. I think I actually liked it better than the last version I saw. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 22:59:40 EST Greetings! Hey everyone! I've belonged to SP for months and I can't believe that I didn't think of looking for an Austen team before this! I feel so foolish! I've read all of the books, including the unfinished ones, at least once, and many of attempts at sequels and diaries and such. My latest finds that I can't wait to get into are "Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride" by Helen Halstead and "Frederick Wentworth Captain: None But You" by Susan Kaye. P&P is by far my favorite but I do have a partiality fo... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 20:36:20 EST Aussie Fan Hey! <BR> <BR> Discovered Jane Austen this century! Cannot believe I didn't actually come across her books in high school. Just started reading 'Emma'. <BR> <BR> Fell in love with Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) in the English miniseries. I remember years ago trying to get my family to watch the mini-series on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). <BR> <BR> Didn't get a chance to see it until a number of years ago. My sister and I went nuts and we had to find the then video version. We went to... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 06:07:42 EST Jane Austen Book Discussion: Persuasion Reminder: Finish Persuasion and meet back here to discuss. Sat, 12 Jan 2008 15:05:06 EST Hello! I'm a major Pride and Prejudice fan originally from Portland, Oregon. Now I live all over, I don't really have a home anymore, but I spend a lot of time in New Orleans, New York, and Portland. <BR> <BR> I haven't read all that much of Jane Austen's work (I'm going to start though, I bought Persuasion last week)but I am throughly obsessed with P&P. I've probably read it a hundred times, in addition to having read virtually all the silly spin offs and sequels! <BR> <BR> I've an addiction! <BR... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 11:08:54 EST Another Chicago fan Hi all, <BR> I just joined. I have 2 little guys (almost 3 and 10 months). And I have a wonderful big guy, we've been married 4yrs in May, yes we had a honeymoon baby. I love Austen and Tolkien books, but the Bilbe is the most important book in my life. I would love to read along and see the PBS broadcast, but I don't think I have time between hubby, church, kids, and going to the Y M-F for either swim lessons or to work-out. I've read all her novels so I might jump into the forum anyway. I w... Tue, 8 Jan 2008 16:51:55 EST Jane Austen Trivia Our first Jane Austen Trivia Question: <BR> -Who gave this quote? <BR> <BR> “Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.” Who made this observation? Fri, 4 Jan 2008 18:09:19 EST Hello from chicago I am laughing right now becuase i didnt think anyone could be as consumed with Mr.Darcy and P&P as i am and have been since i was 13 and now i am 21.The newest movie was amazing but i do love all of the versions. colin firth is a great Mr.Darcy in the BBC version however this new one is quite straping as well. lol Fri, 4 Jan 2008 11:00:07 EST Anyone interested in picking a . . . . Jane Austen or related work to read and discuss each month? Thu, 3 Jan 2008 09:15:44 EST January Challenge Let's all make a personal challenge (resolution) for the month of January. <BR> <BR> My challenge is what is hardest for me. To drink 8 glasses of water. For me this is the worst. I pledge to do better this month. Tue, 1 Jan 2008 12:08:36 EST Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict Has anyone else read this book? I did not quite understand the ending. In fact, I think it went in a whole different direction. Very confusing! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2007 15:01:38 EST JASNA Anyone ever heard of JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America, or a member of it? It sounds interesting, but thought I would do some research on the group first. Sat, 29 Dec 2007 19:10:43 EST Jane Austen on PBS - Jan. 13th Just thought I would let you all know. Below is an article I found on the net this morning. I know I'll be watching. Happy New Year Everyone! <BR> <BR> Jane Austen takes up residence at PBS <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>- <BR> It never takes much to persuade people to embrace Jane Austen. The beloved English author is getting her own winter festival on PBS, starting with a new Masterpiece Theatre production of Persuasion. Arriving Jan. 13, this 90-minute film will kick... Fri, 28 Dec 2007 14:46:09 EST December Challenge How are you doing on your Water/Walking Challenge. I am doing okay on the walking. I broke it down into 10 minute increments since I am so busy right now. But the water is hard for me. I am only doing about 5. I've got to buckle down. I know how important the water is, but I still can't seem to get motivated! <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Dec 2007 08:48:31 EST I love Jane Austen! Hello! I just found out about this team and had to join. Austen is my favorite author, which is tough since she wrote so few novels. It's really nice for people like us that she keeps getting put into film. I'm not sure I can choose my favorite of her novels; it's usually the latest one I'm reading. My favorite film version is the BBC/A&E version of P&P, but again, I enjoy most of them. When I was teaching, I put together a Writing about Literature class called "Jane Austen at the Movies." Th... Sat, 8 Dec 2007 18:11:07 EST Austen Fans Just wanted to let you all know that there is a website that has a lot of austen related resources. I use it to find good austen related books and the reviews on them. Tue, 4 Dec 2007 08:35:47 EST Austenland I read a new novel this weekend called "Austenland." About a woman's obesession with Mr. Darcy. Not what I expected. But a great read! I would definitely recommend it. Mon, 19 Nov 2007 15:12:50 EST South Beach Diet I am thinking of trying the Southbeach diet. I have a co-worker that is on it and wants me to give it a try. I haven't made a lot of progress with what I am currently doing? But I hear slower is better. Has anyone else tried it? Tue, 6 Nov 2007 10:39:01 EST Jane Austen in Scarsdale Has anyone read this book? I thought about picking up a copy and reading it. Tue, 6 Nov 2007 08:46:54 EST DVD November Challenge My first week's DVD will be Windsor Pilates (Beginners). Mon, 29 Oct 2007 19:01:22 EST Challenges Anyone want to do weekly challenges or goals? Fri, 26 Oct 2007 18:03:53 EST Need Motivation I am a little frustrated with my slow progress. I am trying to weight watchers, but I don't seem to be making a lot of progress. I need a little motivation. Anyone doing anything different that they would recommend? Thu, 25 Oct 2007 12:35:04 EST Keep Moving! Home or Gym Exercise Routines? I am trying to decide on joining a local fitness center, or buying a piece of home excercise equipment? Any ideas or advice? Tue, 23 Oct 2007 19:31:14 EST Jane Austen Book Club Has anyone read the book or seen the new movie? I haven't. Any reviews or recommendations of either? <BR> <BR> I just discovered that ITunes has audio books. I think I will download it and listen while I'm walking! Tue, 23 Oct 2007 11:08:09 EST What's your favorite version? I have to say I've liked all the versions of P&P that I have seen. (Just did a little research and found four versions, 2005 with Keira Knightly, 1995 A&E version with Jennifer Ehle, 1980 BBC version and 1940 with Greer Garson.) My favorite is the 1995 A&E Version. I like it because it seems to be the most comprehensive to me. I really bonded with the actors in their characters - most like what I pictured in the book. I have seen all the others except the 1980 BBC version - will be addin... Tue, 23 Oct 2007 11:06:26 EST Hello from WV I am Jane from Wheeling, WV. I am a huge Jane Austen fan. My favorite movie is "Sense & Sensibility", but my favorite book is Pride & Prejudice. I think the last book I read was over a year ago - Fannie Price (nice story with some scandalous elements). Looking forward to seeing more people on this forum! Tue, 23 Oct 2007 07:46:37 EST