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Bronte or Austen ?

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herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Dec-12 12:37:15

Just that really. Just had a debate with my sister regarding them both (all Brontes vs Jane Austen ). I said that although I do love P&P and Persuasion for me it's the Brontes every time. DSis thinks you can't beat Austen for escapism though. Apologies if this has been done on here before but DSis and I have decided to bow down to the mumsnet vote grin

GrimmaTheNome Tue 04-Dec-12 18:32:17

>I would love someone to name their kids Bronte and Austen!

tangentially, that reminds me of when our new neighbours when I was a child introduced their two children - Spencer and Tracy. Mother said, 'oh, he's one of my favourite actors' and the mum said 'who is?'confused

BOFingSanta Tue 04-Dec-12 18:39:22

Austen every time for me. I love them all.

BOFingSanta Tue 04-Dec-12 18:40:58

(except Mansfield Park)

herethereeverywhere Tue 04-Dec-12 18:58:17

It's pretty evenly split then grin I agree with the pp who said it depends on your mood. With the weather being rainy and windy and it getting dark earlier I am definitely more in a Bronte mood.

HoratiaLovesBabyJesus Tue 04-Dec-12 19:38:34

Don't read George Eliot. Trust me, you'll never get those hours back.

elkiedee Tue 04-Dec-12 21:10:50

Why do you have to make an either/or choice? And the Brontes are 3 different people. I loved Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall but was disappointed by Agnes Grey.

GreenandwhitePenguin Wed 05-Dec-12 16:11:38

Another one for Austen here. Love the mickey-taking of the Gothic horror novels in Northanger Abbey. Of all the Bronte works I prefer the ones penned by Anne. What a shame they all died before their genius was appreciated.

standsonshiftingsands Wed 05-Dec-12 16:15:11

Hardy for me. If I'm pushed, I'd go for Brontes.


Forget wittering about on the moors. Give me sparkling conversation and little bits of ivory any day.

Chubfuddler Wed 05-Dec-12 20:22:06

Austen all the way. If wuthering heights was written now it would attract venom on MN a la twilight. Jane eyre is if anything even more fucked up.

hattymattie Wed 05-Dec-12 20:25:21

Bronte for me - Austen is too mannered - I like all that passion.

Love Austen on the telly though - especially with ole Col' (intelligent me) smile

Chubfuddler Wed 05-Dec-12 20:25:42

I also thought this was a baby name thread

Yorky Wed 05-Dec-12 20:49:28

Austen, any time.

I have to be feeling virtuous to attempt a Bronte, although I like Tenant when I get into it - I relate to him better than her though hmm

Hardy? He's the literary equivalent of music to slit your wrists by.

I can cope with Hardy but Geoge E makes me want to shred up the books and THEN slit my wrists - soooooooooo tedious.

PretzelTime Wed 05-Dec-12 20:55:41

I must be immature because I don't get Austen. Haven't managed to finish any book by her other than Northanger Abbey.

Wuthering Heights - A bunch of terribly rude people being unfriendly with each other. Didn't finish it either.

Jane Eyre was a great read though.

SantasComingEarlyHisSackIsFull Wed 05-Dec-12 20:57:28

Austen. I have read them all several times over, but can't be doing with all the wailing and gnashing of teeth with the Brontes. Agree with BOF, Mansfield park is grim: Fanny is such a wet lettuce.

Thackery/Vanity Fair is another good one for me. Would I do ok with Anna Karenina next, d'ya think?

I find myself liking Henry Crawford more and more with each re-read. Fanny would have been much more fun if she'd had at least a quick shag with him. smile
Edmund is such a prig.

KindleMum Wed 05-Dec-12 21:00:03

Austen, definitely.Every time I re-read her books I wish she'd lived longer and written more.

Only Bronte book I'd give shelfroom to is the Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

1605 Wed 05-Dec-12 21:04:15

Austen by a long mile.

If you think she's akin to chick-lit, you're misreading. They're funny, frightening and viciously observant.

Brontes. Angst. Boring. Also, the heroes are so misogynistic. In Austen the women are cleverer than the men, which we all know to be true wink.

PretzelTime Wed 05-Dec-12 21:08:22

Hmmm maybe I should try Austen again since you all love her writing so much.

Which book would you recommend?

MrsJohnDeere Wed 05-Dec-12 21:10:36


StiffyByng Wed 05-Dec-12 21:12:06

Oh, Vanity Fair is superb.

MrsJohnDeere Wed 05-Dec-12 21:12:14

P&P or Emma or S&S

So hard to pick

Beamur Wed 05-Dec-12 21:12:14

Difficult to say - in some ways to go chronologically would make sense, but I would suggest you read Sense and Sensibility first or maybe Pride and Prejudice - but P&P is probably the best one, so I'd leave that for a bit later.
I've recently re-read them all and still love them.

1605 Wed 05-Dec-12 21:16:43

Persuasion makes me cry, every time. I re-read recently and the on-the-shelf heroine is, erm, 26 confused. Then again life expectancy for women was only 42 at the time.

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