The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge

Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge

2013 is a celebratory year for the legion of Jane Austen fans. It marks the Pride and Prejudice bicentenary, which was her second published novel.

“Upon the whole… I am well satisfied enough. The work is rather too light, and bright, and sparkling; it wants  shade; it wants to be stretched out here and there with a long chapter of sense, if it could be had; if not, of solemn specious nonsense, about something unconnected with the story: an essay on writing, a critique on Walter Scott, or the history of Buonaparté, or anything that would form a contrast and bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness and general epigrammatism of the general style”.
Jane Austen to Cassandra, reflecting on Pride and Prejudice
Chawton, Thursday, February 4, 1813

Pride and Prejudice bicentenary challenge

There is so much to praise in Jane Austen’s most popular novel which has inspired many movie adaptations, book sequels, and spinoffs. In its honor Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog is pleased to announce another reading and viewing challenge for our readers:

The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013

If you have not read Jane Austen’s masterpiece, (or would like to revisit it in honor of its special anniversary) join the challenge and read, view, or participate in any Pride and Prejudice-inspired entertainment along with other Janeites, historical fiction, Regency romance readers and period drama movie lovers.

Challenge Details
: The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 runs January 1, through December 31, 2013.

Levels of participation: Neophyte: 1 – 4 selections, Disciple: 5 – 8 selections, Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections.

Enrollment: Sign up is open until July 1, 2013 at and everyone is welcome.

Check Back Monthly: The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge 2013 officially began on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 with my review of the Naxos Audiobooks edition of Pride and Prejudice, read by Emilia Fox. Check back on the 2nd Wednesday of each month for my next review in the challenge.

Your Participation: Once the challenge starts, leave a comment including the book, movie, movie, etc. that you finished and a link to your blog review. If you do not have a blog, just leave a comment in our monthly post at stating what your read or viewed with a brief reaction or remark. It’s that easy.

Prizes: Yes, of course there are prizes for participants. Read all the details at

 My Reading & Viewing Schedule:

  • Wed    Jan 09 – Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, read by Emilia Fox, (Naxos Audiobooks, 2005)
  • Wed    Feb 13 – Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece, by Susannah Fullerton
  • Wed    Mar 13 – Pemberley: Or Pride and Prejudice Continued, by Emma Tennant (1993)
  • Wed    Apr 10 – Mr. Darcy’s Diary, by Amanda Grange (2006)
  • Wed    May 08 – Pride and Prejudice BBC/PBS miniseries (1980)
  • Wed    Jun 12 – Presumption: An Entertainment: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice, by Julia Barrett (1995)
  • Wed    Jul 10 – Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma, by Diana Birchall (2004)
  • Wed    Aug 14 – Pride and Prejudice A&E/BBC miniseries (1995)
  • Wed    Sep 11 – Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Linda Berdoll (2004)
  • Wed    Oct 09 – Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World (A Pride and Prejudice Variation), by Abigail Reynolds (2010)
  • Wed    Nov 13 – Pride & Prejudice Universal Studios movie (2005)
  • Wed    Dec 11 – TBA new Pride and Prejudice-inspired novel

Remember, you can select any Pride and Prejudice-inspired book, fiction or nonfiction, or any movie or entertainment for your challenge. It shall be a wonderful year reading Pride and Prejudice, and visiting all of its varied offshoots. I hope you can join us.

Laurel Ann

A life-long acolyte of Jane Austen, Laurel Ann Nattress is the editor of the short story anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It, and, a blog devoted to the oeuvre of her favorite author and the many books and movies that she has inspired. She is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, a regular contributor to the Jane Austen Centre online magazine. An expatriate of southern California, Laurel Ann lives in a country cottage near Snohomish, Washington where it rains a lot. Visit Laurel Ann at her blog Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog, on Twitter as @Austenprose, and on Facebook as Laurel Ann Nattress.

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