Film Reviews

Becoming Jane – Film Review

As a Jane Austen fan, I went into this film ready for another epic romance. I mean, sure, I know that Jane Austen’s real life was not like the beautiful romance novels she wrote, but I still hoped. And I was so wrong in hoping. This film caused me more pain than anything else.

Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy, follows the life of the legendary author Jane Austen. It is not an entirely accurate depiction of her real life (what is known of it). In the film, Jane struggles to prove her independence in a world where her only aspiration as a woman is to get married in order to stop being a burden to her parents. Jane wants to make a living off of her writing, though no one believes she’s capable of it. Then comes a beautiful boy, Tom Lefroy, to shake up Jane’s world. As it goes.

The story then follows Jane and Tom, in their seductive dance. Literally and figuratively.

Let me tell you. Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy had such strong chemistry, that I expected them to rip off each other’s clothes at any point. I’m not sure why I thought that was plausible, considering the many tight layers of clothes they’re constantly wearing in every shot. Anyway, Jane and Tom? Yeah, I was all over that ship. And of course that’s why they tortured me so much.

I believe the real Tom Lefroy did court the real Jane Austen, but then their financial differences made a marriage union impossible. This is a topic of which Jane has explored greatly in her novels. I was glad to see the variations of that expressed in this film.

Jane Austen is not the type of gal to marry for money, despite her family’s necessity. Although it’s obvious that Jane sympathized with those women who had no other choice. Fortunately, Jane was able to sell six of her novels, and after her death, gained the recognition she deserved for her talent.

And on a final note, I’d just like to show the beauties that were Jane and Tom throughout this beautiful, painful story.

I adored this film, but I would think twice before watching it again. I recommend it to anyone into Jane Austen’s novels, literature in general, or masochists.

My rating: 8.5/10


Women Authors

I got to thinking: How many women authors have I read so far? I’d always figured that most of my favorite books were written by women, but making this list proved to be difficult. And that made me ashamed of myself. I’m a woman. I’m a writer. Why am I not reading more novels by women? I felt it was necessary to spotlight these twelve women authors who have made an impact on my life so far.

  • Rainbow Rowell

Who doesn’t love Rainbow Rowell’s novels? She crafts her stories with beautiful words every time. Her characters feel real. And her poetic narrative always leaves me smiling.

Eleanor & Park

  • Julie Anne Peters

This lovely author writes lgbt novels that I adore. She writes from the heart, and she writes impactful stories. I think everyone needs a little bit of Peters in their lives.

Far From Xanadu
Keeping You A Secret
By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead…
Define “Normal”
Between Mom and Jo

  • J.K. Rowling

I don’t think Rowling needs much of a description. If you haven’t already heard of her then you might be living under a rock.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Casual Vacancy

  • Jane Austen

Although I’ve only read one of her novels, Jane Austen is my queen. She is incredible. And I completely believe that she was a feminist.

Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
Mansfield Park
Northanger Abbey

  • R.J. Palacio

Yes, Wonder is one of my favorite novels. And I am still waiting for this wonderfully talented author to write more! Perhaps a sequel?

365 Days of Wonder
The Julian Chapter

  • Suzanne Collins

The woman who created the memorable Hunger Games. Ah, yes, the cause of my pain and tears. And yet I still love her.

The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

  • Victoria Schwab

AKA the woman who makes me feel terribly guilty for not writing. If you don’t already, I recommend you follow Schwab on Twitter. (@veschwab) She’s amazing and she’s a constant motivation to keep writing. Also, her books are fantastic.

The Archived
The Unbound
The Near Witch

  • Tahereh Mafi

I love her. I love her shoes. I love her books. I love her words. I’m so ready for her new books! And maybe also for another Shatter Me book, if that’s not asking too much.

Shatter Me
Destroy Me
Unravel Me
Fracture Me

Ignite Me

  • Victoria Vantoch

Here is a woman I would love to meet someday. Not only is she a wonderful author, but she is also an incredibly unique individual. She’s bizarre in the most beautiful ways. She’s adventurous. She’s creative. She’s intelligent. She’s a person worth looking up to.

The Jet Sex
The Threesome Handbook

  • Gayle Forman

Ever since I read If I Stay, I’ve been so into this woman’s writing style. I love the way she creates so much with so little words. Those are the best types of books to me. And her characters always leave a trace with me.

If I Stay
Where She Went

Just One Day
Just One Year

  • Lois Lowry

The Giver was incredible. So much that it left me thinking about it for weeks after I finished it. And no, I wasn’t forced to read it while in school. I picked it up on my own, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I can’t wait to finish the rest of the books in the series.

The Giver
Gathering Blue
Number the Stars
The Silent Boy

  • Sylvia Plath

After reading The Bell Jar, I felt different. I can’t really explain how, but I did. That book made me think of so many things I’d been trying to ignore. I think of Plath as an enigma. And I wonder about the type of stuff she must have dealt with in her lifetime.

The Bell Jar

Letters Home
Crossing the Water