2012 meant my re-discovery of Jane Austen. At first, I had a really bad experience with Pride and Prejudice, but everything changed when I read Mansfield Park. I really liked that the love story came as secondary in my reading and that a sense of coziness invaded me. While reading it, I longed for long walks in the sun, infinite time for reading, no responsibilities (nothing beyond making my bed every morning) and bread with butter and tea at four. The characters were interesting and the love story was fine, but it was not what made me revise my love for Jane Austen.

Now I am facing my finals, the weather gets more annoying and cold every day and I long for a blanket and some biscuits with a hot glass of milk. I long for Jane Austen too. I think one of her novels would make everything a little bit easier. It is what I would call, escapist literature. Just the illusion of summer and a simpler life.

Gwyneth Paltrow is among my favourite actresses and she is partly responsible for making me read Emma. When I was younger I watched a BBC TV adaptation with the wonderful Kate Beckinsale but I can’t remember almost anything, just the ending. It was a personal favourite of my mom and I and we would watch it together every time it was broadcasted. Now, I can’t wait to read Emma while I watch the Gwyneth Paltrow movie. Just a blending of movie and the book in my scarce free time. I know Gywneth will be great, I am predisposed to like at least, her acting (wasn’t she fabulous in Shakespeare in Love?) so I think that love will be attached to the novel too.

Cuteness overload as Gwyneth Paltrow takes the lead in Emma (1996)

I also love Kate Winslet and Sense and Sensibility is also on my soon-to-read list, but taking into account that I already have the Emma movie, I can’t wait to watch it. I am also very surprised that I find myself longing for this kind of books. I do love 19th century novels, but Jane Austen was never a favourite of mine, and, sincerely, I don’t think I would ever include her in my “favourite authors” list. But, somehow, I find her relaxing and appealing at certain stressful moments. In fact, I read Mansfield Park while studying for my winter finals. Coincidence?