I absolutely love blogging for you, however not only is there a huge (and fantastic) fan base for Pride and Prejudice and Austen related things, but there are a tonne of information-crammed sites out there that are definitely worth taking the time out to view, particularly if you are a devoted fan.
Every blog is different. Everyone has a different opinion, angle, way of presenting pieces and way of going about things. With The Bennet Sisters, I tend to take things fairly steadily and simply, only because Austen is a refuge for a lot of us and being bombarded with pictures and statements isn’t always the most relaxing of things. I get over-exciting writing things. And I, devotedly, only write about Pride and Prejudice (in all its exciting forms). Many others have different outlooks on blogs, and what people look for in a blog, and so I think it’s about time I shared some of my favourites here (bear in mind this list is by no means exhaustative, and there are certainly other fantastic ones out there).
I’m also going to post a new page on this site soon, that will feature a whole load of good Austen-related sites that aren’t featured on this list, as well as blogs of people who have something to do with The Bennet Sisters. So keep an eye out!
1.) Pride and Prejudice (2005) blog– Although the title sounds very specific this fantastic blog talks about everything from Keira Knightley in new movies, to reviewing any Pride and Prejudice related books. It’s really vast, has plenty of posts to sift through and has a cute picture of Matthew Macfadyen and Knightley as the recogniseable feature. It’s a delight to read. You can also read it in other languages (although, as solely an English speaker, I’m not sure how accurate these are) and it features a whole tonne of widgets and features to sink your teeth into. It also has a very amusing “P&P ’05 for Dummies” section that is worth the read- especially if you are a newcomer to Austen adaptations. There is also a forum, which you need to register to use, that I have heard is very good.
2.) My Pride and Prejudice– A website about “The Book, the Movie and the BBC adaptations” that I believe is perhaps run by a married lady. A little clumsily designed, but it has some fantastic content. If you want links to a wealth of reviews, television versions (which I think may be up there without copyright approval…) and general discussions of elements of the book, then this is definitely a site to check out. Their favourite post, and potentially mine as well, is their idea to attempt at writing Pride and Prejudice as a Gangster film. It’s very funny, quirky, and characterises a lot of the tone that the website is in. Unfortunately, there seem to be quite a lot of advertisements, which I find utterly frustrating and ugly to look at.
3.) AustenBlog– is fantastic. It’s a “compendium of news about Jane Austen in popular culture” that was started to fill the perceived gap- namely, a lack of journalism (and balanced, un-overenthused, un-gossip-grabbing) in Austen websites and blogs. They liken themselves to The Leaky Cauldron (which does a similar thing for Harry Potter fans). It is well-designed, very polished and has a great bunch of people running it. There are a few too many categories for my liking, and it gets a little bit all-over-the-place (there could be a better system) but I’m not sure what the limits are to using a website that uses a WordPress base.
4) Austen-tacious– (A Jane Austen Fan Blog) is a lovely relaxed sort of blogging experience. Unfortunately, an announcement in ’08 revealed that ‘JaneFan’ who ran the blog, would no longer be posting. However, what is left is a great archive of material to work through and some interesting insights into Austen and another fans perspective. I really recommend having a good rifle through every now and again (and as it isn’t being updated, there isn’t a continual worry about missing new posts).
5.) Jane Austen Addict– a blog and chat, this is great for original content. It’s elegantly designed, updated regularly and has the most fantastic navigational layout of any of the blogs I have seen (I consider this to be really important- how are people going to find your content if you don’t let them manouvre around your site easily?!). The site is also really quite witty and amusing, featuring little gems like this one: “WARNING: Living in Regency England Can Be Habit Forming. Even If It’s Only Inside Your Head” on their homepage.
I think that Austen blogging is different to any other form. Sure, the same sort of Content Management System (or CMS- that’s WordPress, or Blogspot or whatever sort of thing you are using to blog via) is used, but the way you go about sourcing information is different and the community has a really different feel. It’s about mutual love of the books, and debating fondly and respectfully, which is a great trait I don’t often seen on other blogs and sites.
So what blogs do you often read, Austen/Pride and Prejudice or otherwise? What do you think about blogging? Do you have a blog yourself? Are there too many whingeing online journals and not enough actual blogs which write about topics that matter or are interesting?