Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads

So it’s that time of the year again!

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It’s time for our year in review! This is a time to reflect on what the past year held for us, the big posts, what’s new, and what you all seemed to like the most. ūüėÄ Something I did this year that I have never done before is post every single day, in fact I have reached my 300th and 400th post in this year.

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So even though what I have listed below may seem like a lot, especially compared to the previous year’s reviews, this post is actually only covering a few things. You really should check out the year yourself. To start at the beginning go here.

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1) The Views

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This year I had 31000 views!!!! Isn’t that amazing! I had only¬†9,542 views last year, which means this blog has widely grown! I have all of you to thank along with twitter and the good people at Buzzfeed who have been using my pics and linking them back to me. The top viewed day was October 11, in which I posted my review of¬†Scream 2,¬†It’s Happening Again, Isn’t It?: Scream 2.

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2) The Number One Post

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The number one post this year came during my 30 Days of Disney (see #17) in which I wrote about my favorite Disney princess. Since Disney has acquired Lucasfilm that makes Princess Leia a Disney Princess, and, in my opinion, the ultimate one. To read more go to A True Princess.

Second place went to a post from my first Valentine’s Day countdown,¬†Fulfilling the List: A Walk to Remember. In third was a post from my 2013 Halloween countdown,¬†I Saw Goody Osburn With the Devil: The Crucible. In fourth place a post dedicated to my sixth month anniversary,¬†Happy Anniversary. And rounding out this list we have in fifth place, a post all the way from my first holiday countdown,¬†Horrorfest,¬†A Monster Race: Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf.¬†

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3) The Followers

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So this community has really grown in numbers and I can not describe how pleased I am about that. We have gone from 14 followers in 2012 to 42 followers in 2013, and are now at 169. That’s amazing!

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So enough about the statistics and numbers! Let’s move on to what was covered this year and what changes I have made to the blog!

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4) Quotable Quotes

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I started a new category this year called¬†Quotable Quotes. These are different quotes from books or sayings that I just absolute adore. Since I’ve added it, I’ve had a gazillion of them posted. In fact, almost¬†every post has a quote or saying now incorporated in it. Be sure that 2015 will bring many more!

For more on Ayn Rand, go to In Their Proper Place: Metropolis (1927)

For more Quotes, go to The Final Chapter

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5) Social Media

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This year I have expanded myself throughout social media! I am on facebook, twitter, and tumblr. Follow me for extra goodies, including my #ManCandyMondays and #FilmFridays.

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6) Quizzes

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Another new category I added this year was quizzes. Everyone loves personality quizzes, right? Well I’ve decided since I love to take them, that I might as well incorporate them in my posts. They are fun, and I always include the link so you can take your own.

For more Quizzes, go to What a Fanatic!

For more on Mean Girls, go to Food, Food, Food!

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7) Chinese New Year

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With 2014 we saw a return of the¬†Chinese New Year post, but it being a bit different. Because there are so many lovable Horse characters, I decided to list 14 of my favorite fictional horses from books and movies; instead of favorite moments involving horses. To read the post, go to¬†A Horse’s Tale.¬†

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8) Romance is in the Air: Part II

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I brought back my¬†Romance is in the Air: 14 Most Romantic Moments. I have to say some of them may be unusual, but my blog, my choices. The movies I covered were: It Happened One Night (1934), It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), Roman Holiday (1953), Mystic Pizza (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), Anastasia (1997), Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas (2000), Princess Diaries (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002),¬†Love Actually (2003), The Notebook (2004), Persuasion (2007), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (2011),¬†and Catching Fire (2013)

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9) Scenes from My Life 

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As every year I like to include little snippets of my everyday life. Such as my brush with death in Final Destination: Bike Edition. A weird experience in the mall,¬†A Trip to the Mall Turns Into the Twilight Zone. Getting attacked in¬†Snow White of a Day. Phone harassment by an ex-girlfriend in¬†Do You Know Where Alex Is?¬†A teddy bear I could NOT get rid of no matter how hard I tried in¬†The Teddy Bear that Would NOT Die!¬†My views on clothes of the day in¬†Fashion Show. A day of incredibly BAD luck in¬†Just One of Those Days…Nights…No Days.¬†How ordering pizza can be more than ordinary in¬†Pizza Delivery. My attempt to start a revolution and its failure in¬†Viva La R√©volution. My attempts to dye my hair in¬†That Girl is Poison. An exercise attempt gone horribly wrong in¬†The Little Moreland.¬†A chance meeting with a really hunky guy in¬†Just a Moment.¬†How chickens really hindered my day in¬†Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?¬† And an attack by a Christmas Tree in¬†O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree.

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10) My Favorite Movie Lines

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As promised I brought this back! I tried to post every month 100 of my favorite movie lines: Episode III: Revenge of the My Favorite Movie Lines, Episode IV: A New Favorite Movie Lines List, Episode V: My Favorite Movie Lines List Strikes Back, Part VII: It Was Said One Night, Part VIII: The Little Movie Line List, and Part IX: Adventures in Movie Lines.

In June I did a whole post on my favorite Disney movie lines,¬†Episode VI: Return of the Favorite Movie Lines List.¬†In October I did a post on my favorite horror film lines,¬†Part X: The Movie List That Would Not Die.¬†And in November, I did an ’80s themed post:¬†Part XI: A Movie Lines List Excellent Adventure.

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11) Verne’s Back

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2014 saw the conclusion of the Verne Saga. Some of you may have read my Verne Saga, but for those of you who have never heard of it before, Verne was a guy who kept hitting on me and never leaving me alone. Everytime I thought it was over, he’d pop up again. Although this last sighting was the very last one…I hope.

To read the Verne Saga from the beginning,  go to Flirting With Disaster

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13) Honoring Pride and Prejudice

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Two years ago¬†marked the 100th birthday of¬†Pride and Prejudice and I was hoping to do extensive posts on the book; going over the novel, reviewing books based on it, movies, TV series, etc. Unfortunately, things happened and I was unable to continue. However, I did pick it up this year, and here are the posts I did on it. In¬†Flu Season¬†I talk about how Kitty is treated unfairly. In¬†Just Can’t Get a Break¬†I discussed how worse off Mary has it. In¬†First Impressions,¬†I talked about all the wrong things Mr. Darcy did when he was introduced to everyone. In¬†Oh NO YOU DIDN’T I wrote on Elizabeth’s reaction to Darcy calling her “tolerable.” In¬†The After Party, I wrote on how one always discuses what went on during a dance when it has ended. In¬†An Assembly Such As This, I reviewed Pamela Aidan’s first novel in the¬†Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series. Be assured there are plenty more to come.

Now when I was working on going through the novel, I decided it was unfair to the rest of the works to ignore them all. So what I have decided is that I am going to try and do all at the same time. Reading so many chapters in one, and matching that in all the others. Of course, along with doing books based on, films, etc. I have already started on Sense and Sensibility. 

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I have so far done only one post on it, A Family Affair, but there are plenty more coming. I also will be doing something on Emma as December 25th marks her 100th birthday as well.

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14) Painted Portrayals

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For Easter, I once again discussed different pieces of Art that depicted Christ. This year I chose¬†The Last Supper by¬†Juan de Juanes,¬†Duccio’s¬†Betrayal¬†of Christ,¬†and Reubens’¬†The Elevation of the Cross.¬†

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15) Musical Stylings of Me

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So I continued my posts of my favorite songs. This year I covered¬†The Final Countdown by¬†Europe,¬†Unbound (The Wild Ride) by¬†Avenged Sevenfold, Carry on Wayward Son by¬†Kansas, Na-Na-Na (Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na-Na)¬†by¬†My Chemical Romance, Highway Star by¬†Deep Purple, Rock You Like a¬†Hurricane¬†by¬†The¬†Scorpions, Animal I Have Become¬†by¬†Three Days Grace,¬†and¬†In Love with the ’80s (Pink Tux to the Prom).¬†There will be many more as I love music!

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16) Scenes of Supernatural

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Since my love of Supernatural is extremely strong and I include stuff from them all the time (i mean they have a gif for everything), I have also included a Supernatural category this year. There is plenty in the past and even more of Supernatural in the future.

For more on Supernatural, go to I Before E, Especially After P

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17) 30 Day Challenge: Disney Edition

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Every day in the¬†month of June I did a post on something I love about Disney. I’m such a Disney girl, that these were hard choices but I was able to complete them all.¬†Day 1) Your Favorite Disney Princess,¬†Day 2) Your Favorite Disney Prince,¬†Day 3) Your Favorite Disney Heroine,¬†Day 4) Your Favorite Disney Animal,¬†Day 5) An Underrated Disney Movie,¬†Day 6) Your Favorite Disney Villain,¬†Day 7) Your Favorite Disney Male Sidekick,¬†Day 8) Your Favorite Disney Female Sidekick,¬†Day 9) A Disney Film You Like but Others Hate,¬†Day 10) The Most Aesthetically Pleasing Disney Film,¬†Day 11) Your Favorite Disney Song,¬†Day 12) Your Favorite Disney Love Song,¬†Day 13) Your Favorite Disney Villain Song,¬†Day 14) Your Least Favorite Disney Song,¬†Day 15) The First Disney Movie You Ever Saw,¬†Day 16)¬†A Disney Movie that Makes You Laugh,¬†Day 17) Your Least Favorite Disney Classic,¬†Day 18) Your Favorite Disney-Pixar,¬†Day 19) Your Least Favorite Disney-Pixar,¬†Day 20) Favorite Disney Sequel,¬†Day 21) A¬†Disney Movie that Makes Your Cry,¬†Day 22) Saddest Disney Death,¬†Day 23) Your Favorite Disney Theme¬†Park Ride,¬†Day 24) Your Favorite Disney Kiss,¬†Day 25) Your Favorite Disney Classic,¬†Day 26) Your Favorite Disney Original Movie (DCOM),¬†Day 27) Your Favorite Disney Hero,¬†Day 28) Your Favorite¬†Scene from Your Favorite Disney Movie,¬†Day 29)¬†Your Favorite Disney Remake, and¬†Day 30) Your Favorite Disney Character of All-Time.

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18) Getting Over a Heartbreak Series

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This July I started a series of songs to help someone get over a break up. I would post every Tuesday,¬†Thursday, and Saturday from July to September. It was a lot of work but fun as well. The songs I chose were¬†If It Means a Lot to You by¬†A Day to Remember,¬†The End by¬†Silverstein,¬†I Don’t Love You by¬†My Chemical Romance,¬†Now You’re Gone by¬†Everyday Sunday, Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley,¬†Good or Bad by¬†Action Item, Love Stinks by¬†The J. Geils Band, That’s What You Get¬†by¬†Paramore, Chin Up Kid by¬†Forever the Sickest Kids,¬†I’ll Be Alright Without You¬†by¬†Journey, For a Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic by¬†Paramore, Missing You¬†by John Waite,¬†Gone Forever by¬†Three Days Grace,¬†Put Me Out by¬†The Used, But It’s Alright¬†by Huey Lewis & the News,¬†Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson,¬†Move Along¬†by¬†The All-American Rejects,¬†Up and Up by¬†Relient K, Red Rubber Ball¬†by¬†The Cyrkle, Over You by Daughtry, I Don’t Want to Be in Love (Dance Floor Anthem) by¬†Good Charlotte, Here I Go Again¬†by¬†Whitesnake, Love Will Find a Way by Pablo Cruise,¬†Don’t Stop Believin’ by¬†Journey,¬†The Lining is Silver by¬†Relient K, Whip It by¬†Devo, Be Good to Yourself by¬†Journey, Any Way You Want It by¬†Journey, Unbound¬†by¬†Avenged Sevenfold, Here I Go by¬†Relient K, and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.

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19) Harry Potter

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So this year I read all the Harry Potter books and saw all the movies. I am planning on doing a post on my thoughts of them soon. (I just have so many ideas and never enough time!) But because of that, I included a new category on Harry Potter and have mentioned it in many posts. And, yes I am a Slithryn, just like my favorite character Snape.

For more on the Harry Potter Series, go to When in Doubt

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20) Horrorfest III

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So this was the third installment of my horrorfest series, that is 31 days of horror films or Halloween episodes.

I covered the following films this year: Metropolis (1927),¬†The Wolf Man (1941), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Laura (1944), ¬†Under Capricorn (1949), Dial “M” for Murder (1954), I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957), Queen of Outer Space (1958), Jaws (1975), An American Werewolf in London (1981), The Terminator (1984), Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Phantoms (1998), Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman (2000), Scream 3 (2000), Along Came a Spider (2001), The Ring (2002), When A Stranger Calls (2006), The Mist (2007), The Lovely Bones (2009), Vampires Suck (2010), The Wolfman (2010), ¬†Scre4m (2011), Godzilla (2014),¬†and¬†Gone Girl (2014).¬†

I also reviewed the following TV episodes:¬†Happily Ever Aftermath from¬†Grimm, Monster Movie from Supernatural,¬†Tuesday the 17th from¬†Psych, and Who’s Afraid of Cory Wolf? from¬†Boy Meets World,¬†

And I did a post on 100 of my favorite movie lines from horror films, Part X: The Movie List That Would Not Die. 

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21) The Fifth of November

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So celebrating the 5th of November isn’t exactly new as I have done it in the past. However, the last time I did it, it was on Doc Brown’s amazing idea of Time Travel. This year I did it on¬†V for Vendetta. To read the post, go to¬†Remember, Remember the 5th of November.

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22) Fandom Posts

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This year I started a series of posts on things I am a huge fan of or fandoms I am in. It was supposed to just be one post, but instead has become very many. I post every Sunday, with each post covering six of the things I fan over. So far I have covered: Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock,  Anne of Green Gables, Archie Comics, The Avengers, Avenged Sevenfold, Awkward, Back to the Future, Batman, Bones, Boy Meets World, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Captain America, The Chronicles of Narnia, Copper, Criminal Minds, CSI, DanisNotOnFire/Dan Howell, Deadwood, Diagnosis Murder, Disney, Downton Abbey, Frank Peretti, The 4400, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Friday Night Lights, Game of Thrones, Garfield, Gilmore Girls, The Godfather, and Jane Austen

If you would like to check these out, go to Fanning All Over the Place, Simply Fantastic, Fantastic Fantasies, A Whole Lot of Fanfare, and What a Fanatic!

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23) Thanksgiving
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Two years ago I did a Thanksgiving post, and I decided to do it again this year. I not only talked about what I’m thankful for, but pie, Twin Peaks,¬†and Supernatural.

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Last year I mentioned I found this on Pinterest:

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But I ended up with so much stuff I actually had to do a shoebox full. Just so you all know, I will be posting on that shortly.

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So happy 2015 everybody!

And don’t forget to dress like this!

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And this!

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May this year be as awesome as always imagined!

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To read a review of the year 2013, go to Looking at the Past, Focusing on the Future

For the review of the year 2012, go to Looking Back, Moving Forward

For more on Back to the Future, go to Just a Friendly Reminder

We’re Following the Leader

Hey everyone! So I just wanted to remind/let you know about the many things I have that you can follow me on. I do a lot of thing on these other sites that you all might be interested in.

There’s facebook:

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Here I post the newest posts from my blog, pics I like, songs/videos that are stuck in my head, things I find interesting, and of course Man Candy Monday + Throwback Thursdays. If you go to the right, there is a box you can click to like my page or follow this link. Please help boost my numbers.

There is also twitter:

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Here I tweet similar stuff, such as newest posts from my blog, pics I like, Man Candy Monday, Throwback Thursdays, etc. If you go to the right, there is a box where you can see my newest tweets or you can click to this link to follow me.

And tumblr:

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I updated the page so it is much different than it original. Here I post similar to things I stated above. However they tend to be longer than Twitter, but shorter than blog posts. I post a lot of other pics I make here that I don’t want to post on my blog.¬†Click this link¬†to get to my page.

 

I highly recommend checking them out. I also would like to know does anyone use StumbleUpon and whether or not I should get it. Let me know.

Follow Me!

Hey everyone! So I just wanted to remind/let you know about the many things I have that you can follow me on.

There’s facebook:

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Here I post the newest posts from my blog, pics I like, things I find interesting, and of course Man Candy Monday + Throwback Thursdays. If you go to the right there is a box you can click to like my page or follow this link. Please help boost my numbers.

There is also twitter:

Twitter

Here I tweet similar stuff, such as newest posts from my blog, pics I like, Man Candy Monday, Throwback Thursdays, etc. If you go to the right, there is a box where you can see my newest tweets or you can click to this link to follow me.

And tumblr:

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Here I post similar to things I stated above. However they tend to be longer than Twitter, but shorter than blog posts. Click this link to get to my page.

And Instagram!

Of course each area has its own stuff, so I highly recommend checking them out.

On the 10th Day ‘Til Christmas: Merry Christmas from the Austen Novels

On the 10th Day ’til Christmas my blogger gave to me

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A Jane Austen Birthday Wish!

For those of you who don’t know, today is Jane Austen’s birthday. If she was alive today, she would ¬†be 237 years old. I know it’s not a Christmas-y movie, but what kind of Austenite would I be if I completely ignored the fact that it is her birthday on my blog?

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Jane Austen was an amazing woman who faced all kinds of adversary. Her father was a minister, and while well off to begin with, they ended up losing most of their money living in poverty. She fell in love with a high class man, and wanted to marry him; but his family intervened and sent him away. She was given another opportunity to marry a wealthy man that would have saved her and her family from destitution, but ¬†she couldn’t marry him. She continued to wait for her true love; although he never walked back into her life. Her first book she ever wrote, Northanger Abbey (then called Lady Susan) was published post-mortem. Her second novel and the most famous, Pride and Prejudice, was turned down several times before being published. In fact, it was published after she wrote her third novel, Sense and Sensibility.

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Austen wrote not only great stories that have stood the test of time, but wrote about real issues and her more radical thoughts/philosophies, that wouldn’t be as easily accepted if spoken in person. In¬†Northanger Abbey, we are all delighted as the main character is someone we can easily connect to. We all feel like Catherine at times in our lives, hoping that we will have an adventure and meet a dashing hero.

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This idea of a girl wanting the life of a novel, and ending up living one is later used and recycled in films such as¬†Romancing the Stone.¬†Austen also pokes fun at all the social graces and little customs one must abide by, even though they are silly. It is a satire on societal rules and the gothic novel itself. However, it is a great book and one of Austen’s favorites.

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Pride and Prejudice¬† has so many things that are amazing to it. First of all parts of it are taken from her own life-a middle class woman falling for a high class man. Unfortunately she didn’t get the same ending. But¬†Pride and Prejudice has such wit and wonderful lines; there is a reason why it is referenced in everything, has had a ton of movies and TV shows, spinoffs, vlogs, blogs, etc. I love it because the characters are so real. Elizabeth and Darcy are everywhere in the world. I’m a Darcy myself; every time I read it I always feel for him. But more on our shared traits later. I’m also an Elizabeth, they way she treats Darcy and others, when reading that its like looking into a mirror.

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Emma, well I already stated that she and I have a lot alike. Sister’s amor hating you, a guy who won’t stop following you around. In my case 3), a friend who has a trifecta of boys rejecting her, deciding to become a spinster, and has meddled in friend’s love lives…need I go on? There are probably many of you out there¬†who have had similar experiences. Not only that, but Jane Austen was able to share her own ideas of spinsterhood and how being a spinster who could care for one self (like Jane was able to in her writing) was nothing to look down on or pity. Austen said she was going to make a character that only she would love, but Emma has become beloved by all. Just like her modern counterpart, Cher from¬†Clueless, there is something about that girl that is just lovable.

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Mansfield Park,¬†while it isn’t my favorite is still a great read. We see a woman, although she is meek and timid through most of the novel, isn’t afraid to say no to a “a good thing”. *Spoiler Alert stop reading now if you haven’t read the book*¬†When Henry Crawford asks her to marry him, even though he is rich and could save her family from destitution, she says no. She holds out for her number one, even when threatened to be kicked out of the Bertram house. Very Austonian there. She even continues to be kind and nice to all around her, even though they constantly use and abuse her. She is a true heroine, very Uncle Tom, never turning to hate or anger.

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I know I could never do that; Aunt Norris would have been punched in the eye already.

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But Fanny continues to be good, and when everyone else’s lives fall apart; she is there to help all pick up the pieces. The whole guy being blinded by the wrong girl, is also very real, I’ve had two friends like that.

Sense and Sensibility, deals with the line between expression. I liked how there is the question of whether too much of either is bad and how much does one need? We have Marianne full of sensibilities, wearing her heart on her sleeve; but we see this gets her into trouble as she expresses too much, before anything is promised to her.

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Elinor, expresses nothing, being purely intellectual and sensible; but this causes her to almost lose the man she loves.

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While both sisters are the best of friends; their extremes cause the other to never fully know their sister. Marianne can never see what Elinor is feeling and makes all these assumptions about a “frozen” heart. Elinor on the other hand, never imagines that Marianne has any sense as she assumes she is solely governed by feelings. I liked how the sisters were never privy to each others complete secrets as I feel this is realistic. I can see myself and my sister in these.

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Persuasion, is one of the saddest novels that Austen wrote, because even though it ends happily it was pure¬†wish fulfillment.¬†*Spoiler Alert stop reading now if you haven’t read the book*¬†Anne is persuaded by her friend to not marry her love. He ends up leaving but returns, and after a series of misunderstandings the two are reunited. Austen always hoped that her love would return just like Captain Wentworth, but he never did.

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She also uses a strong irony in this as Anne was rich when she turned down poor Wentworth, but when he returns Anne is poor and Wentworth rich. I simply love this book because it seems so real, how the characters react and treat each other are the emotions they actually would. Austen also does a great line about women being portrayed as a “femme fatale” so often as men are the writers of these novels; therefore the view is biased. Great book to check out.

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Austen lived only 42 years, but changed the history of the novel with her great works. She has changed my life and I hope you give her a chance to influence yours. Happy Birthday Jane!

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Now to tie this into Christmas:

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The very first day that [James] Morland came to us last Christmas‚Äďthe very first moment I beheld him‚Äďmy heart was irrecoverably gone.”

-Northanger Abbey, pg 142

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I sincerely hope your Christmas in Hertfordshire may abound in the gaieties which the season generally brings…”

-Pride and Prejudice, pg 122

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I remember last Christmas…he danced from eight o’clock to four, without once sitting down.”

Sense and Sensibility, pg 30

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If they were at home to grace the ball, a ball you would have this very Christmas.”

-Mansfield Park, pg 262

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At Christmas every body invites their friends¬†and thinks little of even the worst weather.‚ÄĚ

-Emma, pg 97

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On one side was a table occupied by chattering girls, cutting up silk and gold paper; and on the other were tressels and trays, bending under the weight of brawn and cold pies, where riotous boys were holding high revel; the whole completed by a roaring Christmas fire…”

 Persuasion, pg 80

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So there you go! Merry Christmas!

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To start the¬†12 Posts of Christmas¬†from the beginning, go to¬†On the 12th Day ’til Christmas: The 12 Men of Christmas (2009)

For the previous post, go to¬†On the 11th Day ’til Christmas: The Santa Clause (1994)

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For another¬†Northanger Abbey post, go to¬†Mr. Tilney’s Dating Tips

For more¬†Pride & Prejudice,¬†go to¬†On the 12th Day ‘Til Christmas: The 12 Men of Christmas (2009)

For another¬†Sense & Sensibility post,¬†go to¬†Let’s Hear It For the Boys

For more on¬†Emma, go to¬†By George He’s Perfect!

For more on Mansfield Park, go to Part IX: Adventures in Movie Lines

For another Persuasion post go to A Fredrick Wentworth Sighting