In honor of Jane Austen’s birthday, later this week (Dec. 16th), here is a ranking of her novels. Do you agree?
I had an idea that I wanted to try out… I took books that are in the public domain (so that I had easy access to the text) and condensed them down to the 20 most used nouns (for the most part). Then I used Wordle.net, an awesome “word cloud” creator, to make fun art with the words. Let me know what you think in the comments.
First up, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
Review: Ms. Baker’s new take on Pride and Prejudice tells the story of the what was happening in the lives of the servants of Longbourn during the events of Jane Austen’s classic. I don’t know if it was her prose or perhaps I’m a little bit of a snob but the story wasn’t as interesting as the source material. It didn’t feel Austenian enough for me. I recognized bits and pieces of the Jane Austen I know but it wasn’t enough to overcome the glaring deficiencies and anachronisms. It left me feeling slightly angry that Ms. Baker betrayed the genius of Jane Austen through her melodramatic twisting of the story.