Becoming Jane (2007)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Becoming Jane (2007) from Miramax Films, HanWay Films
Rated PG. Drama, Romance, Biography/Period Film

Description (from the film case): It’s the untold romance that inspired the novels of one of the world’s most celebrated authors. When the dashing Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), a reckless and penniless lawyer-to-be, enters Jane’s [Anne Hathaway] life, he offends the emerging writer’s sense and sensibility. Soon their clashing egos set off sparks that ignite a passionate romance and fuel Jane’s dream of doing the unthinkable–marrying for love.

My thoughts: The beautiful film that first made me a fan of Hathaway. I’m sure my already being an Austen enthusiast and a writer myself helped, but Hathaway is truly wonderful in this role, regardless. And McAvoy, a versatile actor, does a heart-wrenching job as Lefroy. The ending is inevitable, and so excellently done.

Yes, Jane, you can live by your pen.

My corresponding reading: Austen’s six classic novels, of course, and Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin.

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Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Jane Austen A LifeJane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Brava to the biographer–no doubt this was a challenging account to put together, especially in light of so many of Jane Austen’s letters being destroyed. As an Austen fan, I could have read on for a few more chapters. What was it like for her to have to wait so long to see her novels published, let alone the ones that weren’t published until after she died? You really have to believe in your work…

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I found a Signet Classics copy of Pride and Prejudice in my middle school’s library when I was thirteen years old. I’ve been hooked on Austen ever since. I’ve a sneaky suspicion that the 1995 BBC television miniseries of P & P with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth will always be my favorite onscreen version of the novel. Here are the editions of Austen’s novels I’ve read. Click on the images.

Pride and Prejudice Sense and Sensibility Emma Persuasion  Mansfield Park (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Northanger Abbey

Take a look at Becoming Jane, a film on Austen’s writing and romance.