Pride and Prejudice Anniversary Party Blog Hop

*** My Anniversary post is here***

A BIG anniversary is coming up, in the not-so-distant future.  And it’s not mine (although, at the end of December I celebrated 18 awesome years of marriage)!

On January 28th, 2013, it will be the 200th anniversary of the original publication date of Pride and Prejudice!  Hard to believe, isn’t it?  

Certainly there are older classics, but are there older classics that are not only still being read, but still inspiring an insane amount of fan fiction, not to mention screenplays?  Are there older classics that have a Bollywood version or an online diary?  Older classics with the allure of Mr. Darcy and the face of Colin Firth?

I think not.

So I would like to do something special.  To make this anniversary Austentatious, if you will.  Because this anniversary is special to me for a secondary reason as well.  I have a Jane Austen-inspired book coming out the very next day!

If you’ve read Austentatious, you know that it’s not intended as a retelling, or spin-off, but simply an homage.  Having a magical journal that channels the literary darling–the patron saint of happily-ever-afters–nearly two hundred years after her death lets us believe for a few happy moments that she’s not quite finished with match-making.  That makes me very happy indeed.

Austensibly Ordinary (another homage with some bits and pieces of Emma thrown in) will be released on January 29th, 2013, and although it’s only a sequel to Austentatious in the most limited way, the magical journal ties the two books together.  So, in a sense, Jane is back!  Just in time for our little anniversary party!

So let’s get down to details.  I would like–I would very graciously appreciate–your help.  I’ve enlisted the help of Courtney Webb of Stiletto Storytime.  She and I are co-hosting the Pride and Prejudice 200th Anniversary Party Blog Hop!

My intention–my hope–is to get 200 people to join the party and celebrate Pride and Prejudice.  Maybe that’s crazy, but I’m optimistic!!  If you have a blog, post about your first time reading the novel, your first time seeing the 1995 A&E/BBC production, your love of Colin Firth as Fitzwilliam Darcy, your obsession with the spin-offs, or the little birthday party you throw Jane every year.  Let this be your fan letter to Jane.  Enjoy your time remembering…or revisiting.  If you don’t have a blog, post your fan letter in the comments–it’s all good!

If you’d like to participate (and why wouldn’t you??), please sign-up with the Linky below, grab the button above, and plan to post your fan letter on the big day: Monday, January 28th, 2013.  I am going to give away the gorgeous Penguin Drop Caps edition of Pride and Prejudice to one participant.  Your post or comment is your entry.  Feel free to add to the fun with a giveaway of your own!

Please encourage others to join us.  I think this will be a blast! I’ll post the winner of my giveaway on the 29th.

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On a side note, there are three copies of Austensibly Ordinary up for grabs on Goodreads. If you’re interested.

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Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight

Austensibly Ordinary

by Alyssa Goodnight

Giveaway ends February 01, 2013.

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  1. Awesome, I can’t wait to read everyone’s blog entries! I don’t have a blog but I would love to be entered into the contest :) Thank you for doing this!

    Erika Messer

  2. Sophia Rose

    This sounds fun. Thanks for promoting it.

  3. Cassie Grafton

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Look forward to joining in. I am also releasing a book around that date that was inspired by P&P so a giveaway is a great idea! I don’t have a website or blog yet but hope to be up and running by then. Thanks so much for getting this going.

  4. I am IN! So looking forward to going around the web on this Dear Anniversary! And looking forward to the day after when (hopefully) my copy of Austenisbly Ordinary should be in my mailbox! Fabulous idea, Ladies! I will even bake a cake! B)
    Yours truly,

  5. I love this idea. I am making my self some notes already about what to post. I do not have a blog (guess I should consider that) but excited to participate and will share with my local JASA here in the Tampa area. Can’t wait to read the new book. This will be great.

  6. Aw, how fun! I can totally write Jane a fan *cough*love*cough* letter to celebrate the big day 😉

  7. Count me in! This is a great way to remember dear Jane on her anniversary. Also wishing you all the best as your new book hits the book stands, Alyssa. I hope you have a tremendous week with it! Hugs, Deb

  8. Sounds fun. I’ll try to come up with an interesting post for the 28th.

  9. Thanks for hosting this Alyssa! Looking forward to it!

  10. Angie Kroll

    Thanks for the invite!

  11. I’m in! This is a fabulous idea.

  12. This is such a great idea. The fact that 2013 is P&P’s 200 year anniversary was actually one of the reasons I decided now would be a fun time to start a blog!

  13. Alyssa Goodnight

    I’m so excited you all are excited to participate! Hooray!

  14. Thanks for the opportunity to join your hop! I’m looking forward to it!

  15. Brilliant idea! Letters to Jane, with lots of love. This will be lovely!

  16. Great idea! Looking forward to participating.

  17. Indie Jane is joining in the blog hop! Thanks, Alyssa!

  18. So excited to join in!

  19. What a wonderful idea! Thanks.

  20. What a fun idea! I’m in! I can’t wait!

  21. Thanks for inviting! What fun! :) Looking forward to the celebration.

  22. Sounds like fun! :) Thanks!

  23. Hi, Of course I’ll join the hop!
    I have a P&P inspired book published as well: ‘Friendship of a special kind’ where Mr D and Lizzy are only interested in the fun of it, Brazilian style.
    I’ll be speaking about Fanfics at our National JA Society (JASBRA) next 25th and will talk about this hop! Would you like that?
    Let’s celebrate

  24. This is a wonderful idea! I’d love to take part and remember how it all began…

  25. I will be waiting for the celebration !!
    I am so delighted !!

  26. BUt i would to ask to sigh up as a partipant I must on put an article about Jane austen , isn’t ?

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      If you don’t have a blog, feel free to write your letter in the comments (or via email), and I will post it with my letter on Jan 28th!

  27. Looks like fun. I’ll join in too! “One cannot have too large a party.”

  28. I don’t use my blog very frequently but the 200th anniversary of my favorite book needs to be properly celebrated. Btw, if any of you is interested, I found this celebration particularly fascinating

  29. Putting my name in the hat as well-I’m also doing a P&P challenge at Austenprose this year,so my post will be for both of these events(hope that’s okay!).

  30. Debbie Wilck

    Will we get the necessary link thru an email? Sounds great. Seeing comments from all these fans takes me into the Wayback Machine, to when I was in high school. I asked my English teacher to recommend something to read, as we were still waiting for someone to invent the internet. I believe that is where I got hooked on Jane. Thanks for reminding me of Bollywood; I still need to get myself a copy of Bride and Prejudice. I love that one! This fan club also prompts me to reread everything, and to look at every book with fresh eyes.

    • Alyssa Goodnight

      Not sure which link you mean, Debbie. If you have a blog, simply add your name and url to the Linky so everyone can find you. If not, post your letter in the comments (or email it to me), and I will post it on my blog on the 28th.

      Glad you are revisiting Jane! :)

  31. Cassie Grafton

    Alyssa, I don’t have a blog, but I’d love to participate. I’m also hoping to release my first P&P inspired story soon after 28th Jan; love all things Jane Austen!

  32. I’m in! Can’t wait for the fun!

  33. Marvelous!

  34. Count me, Alyssa! (PS – I hope my name doesn’t show up twice. It disappeared the first time, so I entered it again)

  35. Awww, unfortunately, I don’t have a blog, but count me in the party as a spectator 😀

  36. I’m in. Now need to prepare my post before the day.

  37. I was looking for something like this!!! Thanks for organising!

  38. Happy to join the fun!

  39. What a wonderful idea, Alyssa! Happy Birthday to P&P :)

  40. I’m #52! I’m #52! I’m doing the bicentenary challenge from Austenprose all year, so I’ll probably do a little entry about it, as well as how she’s inspired me. Very fun!

  41. Alyssa:

    I JOINED but didn’t take the time to let you know that this sounds like a great idea! Glad to be a part of it!

  42. I don’t have a blog bug would live to participate. Thanks and if sounds like lots if fun.

  43. Alyssa Goodnight

    Barbara and Janet,
    So glad you’ve joined us! :) Naturally, the more, the merrier!

  44. Sounds like a great excuse for a party! Count me in!

  45. The Los Angeles Review of Books will be featuring three pieces on Jane Austen in honor of the Pride and Prejudice bicentennial, and I co-wrote the lead Pride & Prejudice celebratory piece with Susan Celia Greenfield. Susan and I will also each be posting on the Ms. magazine blog:

    Also be sure to Tweet with the hashtag #PP200 to share posts and Austen devotion.

    I look forward to reading everyone’s posts. Happy birthday, P&P!

  46. I forgot to say that I’m on Twitter both as @audreybilger and @austenwomen (my homage to Cassandra Austen).

    See you there!

  47. I’m having a movie / dinner pairing to celebrate the evening, though I doubt I’ll be drinking tea! See my blog for my post on this.

  48. This sounds like a great idea, I’d love to participate (my first ever bloghop, eep!). I haven’t actually read P&P yet, but I have an interesting post (as an Austen fan) about why I haven’t read it yet in the works. I hope that counts!

  49. Fabulous idea, Alyssa! I’ll be there!!

  50. I’m so glad I came across this! Thanks for organizing this. It should be fun to see what everyone else comes up with.

  51. I already plan on doing a read-a-thon of the book on Monday and then watching the movie. I posted my challenge in the Linky if anyone wants to do it with me! So now I’ll join in here and write a letter to Jane.

  52. Thanks for organizing this, Alyssa!

  53. Wouldn’t miss this date for the world! I can’t wait to see everyone’s homage tomorrow.

  54. Thanks Alyssa & Courtney for putting this together. Looks like a lot of fun. Best, Liza

  55. Excellent idea Alyssa! I am planning on posting a collection of JASNA-Vermont members’ comments on their “first impressions” on first reading Pride and Prejudice…

    And best wishes to you with your new book!

  56. What a worthy cause – I’ll be happy to join in the fun

  57. What fun – thanks for hosting this!

  58. such a great idea! can’t wait!

  59. My post is up! It’s a beautiful day for reading one of my favorite books.

  60. The Los Angeles Review of books is all about Jane Austen and the Pride & Prejudice 200th this week!

    Here’s the home page:
    And here’s a link to the celebratory piece I wrote with Susan Celia Greenfield:

    Happy PP200!

  61. I am having fun looking for the Austen posts! Here is my direct link:

  62. My PP200 blog post is up on the Ms. magazine site:

    Thanks for organizing this blog hop–big fun!

  63. On times like this I wish I had a blog too, this is a wonderful celebration! :) Your prize is beautiful, thank you very much!


  64. My blog-hop post is up. :-) Party time!

  65. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s timelessly precious gift-that-keeps-on-giving will continue to delight and inspire the world for as long as there is a world. The story will soar on, beyond every form of media we humans can devise–which is why author Josie Brown and I were moved to make a musical of it, a humbling experience which demanded of us the best, and then some. While others have tweaked, twisted and revised the tale to make it theirs, we aspired to keep it authentic, as if Jane herself decided to add songs. And the sweet audiences at our Ruislip Operatic Society, UK world premiere in November seemed to approve. Happy Anniversary, Jane, and thank you from the bottom of our millions and millions of hearts.

  66. P&P is my favorite by far! Thanks for throwing my name in the hat for the drawing.

  67. I would love to join this party! Love everything P&P related. Not sure how to do the url thing so I’m commenting here. Yeah 200 yrs of Jane Austen P&P!!

  68. I just added the link to my giveaway– hope I’m not too late. Thanks for hosting the Linky!

    Oh, and P&P of course is my favorite!

  69. I love Pride and Prejudice. It is such a beautiful book and the humor is clever, the romance is suspenseful and the events unfold so tenderly that I am convinced that no book will ever hold my attention like P&P. Thanks for organizing this little celebration!

  70. Audrey Bilger

    I wrote one more P&P 200 piece that went up yesterday on the Bitch magazine blog. Whew! That’s the last one from me.’s-pride-and-prejudice

    I look forward to reading more of yours!

    P&P Forever!

  71. I don’t have a blog, but I love P&P, so please include me in your lovely give-away.

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