Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Jane Austen, Why do I love thee?

Posted by austenfan at 9/29/2009 10:49:00 PM 4 comments

Some of you probably already know why I use the username 'austenfan'. Well, for those who don't... I picked it because... I'm a fan, of Jane Austen.

To know more about Jane Austen and her life story, you can take a look at this article from Wikipedia.

Like so many others, I first fell in love with Austen's work through her book, Pride and Prejudice. Who wouldn't right? What with characters like Mr. Darcy - who, I'm pretty sure, still is the ideal man for a lot of romantic saps out there - and the independent and stubborn Lizzy Bennet. After that, I just knew that I had to read the rest of her books. I was so in love with the characters, and this amazing fictional world that she created that I even recall feeling really sad after I've finished reading all of her published novels. To date, Persuasion still remains as my favorite among her books. :)

I guess what I really love about Jane Austen is how her books always seem to end with happy endings. I know, I know, it's so predictable. But that's me, forever the optimist and a hopeless (or hopeful) romantic. Besides, I know that deep down, we're all really silly romantics at heart. :p

Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm Having A Book Giveaway!

Posted by austenfan at 9/14/2009 05:39:00 PM 1 comments
Hi everyone! I'm currently having a giveaway for a signed hardcover copy of Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran over at my other blog.

Here's what you can win:

The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome, but only two—the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander—survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra’s Daughter. Recounted in Selene’s youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters:

Octavia: the emperor Octavian’s kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra
Livia: Octavian’s bitter and jealous wife
Marcellus: Octavian’s handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir-apparent
Tiberius: Livia’s sardonic son and Marcellus’s great rival for power
Juba: Octavian’s ever-watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals

Selene’s narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place —the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of the time. She dines with the empire’s most illustrious poets and politicians, witnesses the creation of the Pantheon, and navigates the colorful, crowded marketplaces of the city where Roman-style justice is meted out with merciless authority.

Based on meticulous research, Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of Imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of history, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.

Contest is open WORLDWIDE and it ends on September 19. You can enter here. :)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Facebook: The (Not-So) Latest Craze

Posted by austenfan at 9/10/2009 04:43:00 PM 0 comments
A little product of my being a wannabe writer.


You and 4 other people like this.

You are a foodaholic.

Your royal name is the Good.

Your real age is 14 years old.

If you’re a normal and fun-loving student who regularly lurks the World Wide Web looking for anything and everything you could possibly find, then you’ve probably seen these words at least a dozen times. If you’re the type who just looks in from time to time to see what’s new, you should have seen them (or even one of them) at least once! But if you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, then do yourself (and everyone else) a favor and create a Facebook account already!

So what, you may ask, is Facebook? Basically, it’s another social networking site like so many others out there. For me though, it’s by far the coolest and most successful one to date. What exactly separates it from its predecessor, the hugely popular (and highly spammed) Friendster? A lot, actually. For one, you won’t get something like ‘You have 1 new messages’ over at Facebook. Plus, there are all sorts of quizzes to answer and apps to play if you’re bored and trying to pass time. Up to now, I’m still wondering why Facebookers simply love taking those quizzes which just seem like… utter nonsense (e.g. Quiz: How average is your life? Result: Average). But then again, when you’re bombarded with lab reports and plant design proposals, sometimes even nonsense equates to fun. J

By now, I’m probably starting to sound like a Facebook paid ad to you. I don’t know why, but I like it! And guess what? I’m not the only one who feels that way. At any time of the day, you’d see new friend updates all the time. People are getting way too addicted to it. So much so that a friend of mine even made a wall post 5 minutes after class was dismissed! Unbelievable, really.

Over the years, we’ve seen social networking sites spring up then slowly fade away. Undoubtedly, Facebook’s currently the one ruling that scene. I guess the question is: For how long? Sad, but true. Someday, users are gonna decide that Facebook has become too overcrowded for them and then move on to the next new thing. (I know that you know I'm right!) - :p Or maybe not - Mafia Wars has REALLY strong luring powers. LOL.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Um, weird... and creepy.

Posted by austenfan at 9/03/2009 08:53:00 PM 0 comments
I don't like guys who wear black sunglasses. Scratch that. I'm scared of guys who wear black sunglasses, black shirts, and black pants. I'm sorry but... I get it okay. You're bad, you're soooo bad I'd better not talk to you. Or you're saying you're so cool, girls around have nothing better to do than stare at you all day.

Though there are exceptions of course. And this is one of them:

And now for my usual disclaimer on image copyrights and such: the picture is not mine and taken from somewhere around the www. :)

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