NEWSFLASH: Jane Austen is Hilarious

I watched Northanger Abbey (Felicity Jones / Masterpiece version; it is ridiculously funny) and it was so good that I read the book. (This might be backwards, but sometimes I think Jane Austen works better this way.)

Title: Northanger Abbey

Author: Jane Austen

You guys, this book is so funny. Really, Jane Austen is hilarious. All you have to do is get into old-timey language and then you just totally get it and it’s so smart and biting.

Basically, ordinary girl Catherine Morland goes to Bath and meets hottie Mr. Tilney and his sister, Eleanor, and they invite Catherine to Northanger Abbey where she’s pretty sure all kinds of crazy mysterious stuff is going on because she reads too many Gothic books. Carey Mulligan Isabella Thorpe and her bro John try to mess some stuff up, but obviously true love prevails in the end because it always prevails in the Austenends.

You should totally read it. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but I would’ve given it 4.5 if I could have. And also watch the Masterpiece version because it is really really hilarious.

Here are some fun quotes:

“On his two younger sisters he then bestowed an equal portion of his fraternal tenderness, for he asked each of them how they did, and observed that they both looked very ugly” (Loc. 480-81).

“Here Catherine secretly acknowledged the power of love; for, though exceedingly fond of her brother, and partial to all his endowments, she had never in her life thought him handsome” (Loc. 1399-1400).

“She was all impatience to see the house, and had scarcely any curiosity about the grounds. If Henry had been with them indeed! But now she should not know what was picturesque when she saw it” (Loc. 2120-22).

Go read it right now. Bonus: You can tell your friends you read a Jane Austen novel and it wasn’t even Pride and Prejudice!


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