Review: Sense and Sensibility

Title:  Sense and Sensibility

Author:  Jane Austen

Publisher:  Penguin Books

Rating:  3/5

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behavior leaves her open to gossip and innuendo.  Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Though their parallel experience of love— and its threatened loss—the sister learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this book.  It took me ages to read and I was just dragging myself through it.  That being said, I did enjoy the book, but there were parts that were just endless paragraphs and they bored me to death.

The first chapter was really confusing and I’m actually happy I saw the movie first, as it allowed me to somewhat understand what was happening.  Otherwise, I probably would have given up on this book on the spot.  I did love the movie.  Especially Alan Rickman (more on that later).  Maybe that was the problem.  I should have waited until I read the book to see the movie but oh well.

I absolutely loved Pride and Prejudice but this book just didn’t have the same appeal.

SPOILERS:

The thing with Sense and Sensibility is that you have to pay close attention to every word you read because otherwise, you’ll miss something important.  I let my mind wander for five seconds and I missed something about Sir John.  So I spent the rest of the book wondering who the heck Sir John was.

I love how real the character feel to me, and how I have such strong attachments to them, both good and bad.

I love Colonel Brandon.  He’s so cute and sweet in the book but I wouldn’t love him as much as I do had it not been Alan Rickman playing him in the movie.  All I could see was Snape and his unrequited love and it broke me to pieces.  In case you haven’t noticed, I love Snape.  A lot.

I hate Marianne for completely ignoring him throughout most of the book.  He was clearly so much better than Willoughby.

And Edward.

What. A. Doofus.

Honestly, I feel like both Marianne and Elinor made really dumb choices.  Sure, Edward’s better than Willoughby, but not by much.

They both messed around with them even though they knew they shouldn’t.  Edward was engaged the whole time and Willoughby knew he’d never marry Marianne.

I also hate the stepbrother (I forgot his name) who takes over Norland once the dad dies.  If he were truly good and sensible, he wouldn’t have let his wife persuade him not to give the girls any money.  Which lead me to Fanny…I hate her so much.

Anyway, three stars for strong characters, but that’s it.

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