Saturday, October 30, 2010

Today is Talk Like Jane Austen Day

Did you know that today, October 30, is Talk Like Jane Austen Day?

Neither did I until I read a fabulous interview on Rachel McRae's LifeWay Blog with none other than Julie Klassen who does indeed write like Jane Austen. If you love Regency novels then you must check out Julie's. They're captivating.

I really enjoyed Lady of Milkweed Manor and loved The Silent Governess. Which, incidentally, won the 2010 Christy Award for Best Historical. High praise indeed!

Check out the interview, and start talkin' like Jane! Or should I say begin speaking thusly?

And should you need an example... Oh I love this movie!


  1. Thanks for this info, Tammy. Talk like Jane Austen Day??? - I learn something new everyday, LOL! ;) I plan to read Julie's books--have heard wonderful things about her writing. And at ACFW in '08 she sat behind me on the bus as we rode to the Mall of America, so I had the privilege of meeting/visiting with her then, and she was SO nice! ~ Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Patti Jo :)

  2. Oh joy! I simply dote on Miss Austen and her protege, Miss Klassen. I'll be happy to oblige.

  3. Wonderful, dear ladies! If only your homes were of closer proximity to my own, we could share the day! ;)

  4. Oh, I love Jane Austen. Though she's not as easy to read as Elizabeth Gaskell. But going around talking like you stepped out of one of the books? Um. . .I think not! I get enough trouble from the way I talk normally, thanks.

    Funny you should mention Julie Klassen's books. My mom and I have only just finished them. Well, she finished. Lady of Milkweed Manor is still sitting in my 'to read' pile, but we both blasted through the Silent Governess and The Apothecary's Daughter. Both were highly interesting. I think my only complaint about her writing is that they are published under 'Christian' content. . .and then the God factor of her stories is very faint. Not really enough to sink your teeth into or give you much to think about in that direction.

    Then again, I really can't talk. As a writer myself, I have yet to figure out how to factor God into my stories without sounding like an utter twit and cheapening it all. Pfft. lol So who knows. Maybe Ms. Klassen has the same trouble and is still figuring it out!

  5. LOL at your getting into enough trouble talking normally, Elentarien. I can't imagine! ; ) Glad you and your Mom found Julie's books interesting, and thanks for being such an avid reader!

  6. :) I think it comes from being such readers. We end up absorbing new words. . .and of course, they're going to come out. I've been an avid (avid? voracious? maybe rabid would be a bit more apt. . .lol) all my life and love playing with words and our crazy language. A lot of people don't understand that. I don't mind too much. I will enjoy the taste of those words whatever they say.

  7. I, too, am an "Austenite" and an Elizabeth Gaskell fan. After watching "Pride and Prejudice" a few years ago, I read each of Miss Austen's novels and the insightful biography "Becoming Jane Austen" by Jon Spence. The British period dramas based on Jane Austen's novels completely captivate me as well. I have become an avid fan of the period movies produced by Masterpiece Theater and the BBC. The acting is superb and, in my opinion, unparalleled. Currently, my favorite movie is "North & South," based on the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. I have watched it numerous times over the past year, and I whole-heartedly recommend it to any fellow Austenites!

  8. Thanks B Squared, for that recommendation! I love Masterpiece Theater and BBC too. I routinely watch Sense & Sensibility. A fav! Appreciate your comments, gals!


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