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31 July 2007 @ 08:58 am
"Why yes, I am reading Jane Austen. And no, I'm not a college student."  
So, I've been reading Pride and Prejudice the last few days and have already been twice approached by strangers wishing to talk about it with me. Once on the subway and once in a bar. Both women freely revealed crucial spoilers to me as though there were no chance that I didn't already know who Lizzy would end up with.

Of course, I did know full well who Lizzy ends up with, but I despair the odds of the unenlightened making it through unspoiled if they dare to read it in public.

Listening to: April March - "La Coeur Hypotheque"
Kegboy: art1kegboy on July 31st, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
So, do youhave som secret stash where you have all these pics stored or do you have an army or elves that scour the intenet for them?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: red cameraassmonkeydiary on July 31st, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
I find a fair amount of them here on LJ. The rest I gather from regular visits to photography websites. I have over 5,000 images dangerously stored on my work computer's harddrive and maybe another 1,000 on my home computer.
lalienlalien on July 31st, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Never read the book, haven't seen the movie. I have a vague notion of what might happen, but nothing definite. I shall endeavor to not read my copy in public this week :)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: turqoise scareassmonkeydiary on July 31st, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Just wrap a dirty magazine around it if you're reading in public!
lilyvalleylilyvalley on July 31st, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Once in a hospital cafeteria (after my sister had a baby), I was reading a book I had picked up at a yard sale. ("The Mind," I don't remember by who, but it was interesting.) A doctor sat beside me (because I was mistakenly at "the doctor's table"--I didn't know!) and said, "Oh, I didn't realize they still made students read that."

Boy did he look at me strange when I said I wasn't a student, I was just reading it because it looked interesting.

At least he didn't give me spoilers. heh.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: meditatingassmonkeydiary on July 31st, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
"Oh, and what did you think when it turned out in the end that the body actually rules the mind?"
doNUT!donutgirl on July 31st, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
You know, it's one thing with Harry Potter or a currently broadcasting tv show or something, but I don't think it's fair to expect the whole world to avoid spoilers for every book or movie *ever*, on the off chance that someone in the room hasn't read it.

I was in a writing group once, and I was trying to explain my word choice in a particular scene by comparing it to the end of Madame Bovary. And this one girl was like, "no, shut up! I haven't read MB yet, you can't spoil the ending for me!" I mean, grow up. The book was published almost 200 years ago -- it's not a fucking spoiler if I talk about the ending.

Oh hey, ever read the bible? Guess what: dude fucking dies at the end. Oh sorry, guess I ruined it for you.

p.s. this animosity is totally not aimed at you. I'm just still mad at the girl in my group who made me shut up on the off chance she'd get around to reading Flaubert someday.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green grassassmonkeydiary on July 31st, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd agree in that situation. But if I saw a stranger reading a book, I wouldn't walk up and start talking about how it ends. No matter how desperate I was to talk about it.
doNUT!donutgirl on July 31st, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Well... they aren't exactly mysteries, though, are they? Full disclosure: I've never actually read an entire Jane Austen novel, but don't they pretty much all go: poor girl hates dude until she finds out he's rich, then she marries him?

But yeah, it's weird to approach strangers like that. There are a lot of lonely women out there obsessed with Jane Austen, apparently.
Pallaspallasathene8 on July 31st, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Jane Austen bores me.

Here's a spoiler for you:

They drink a lot of tea and play a lot of whist. Probably they will do a lot of silly things with love letters.

Of course, I only bothered to read Sense and Sensibility, and that was quite enough Jane Austen for me.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue bottleassmonkeydiary on July 31st, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
So far, there's a bit of tea and lot of whist. No love letters per se, but there have been some excitement-generating invitations exchanged.
The Mud Puppy: Quint vs. Sharkmudpuppy83 on July 31st, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
My favorite version of the story is still Bride & Prejudice. It's amusing how well Jane Austen translates into a Bollywood-inspired comedy.

Although the A&E one with Colin Firth manages to be entertaining, even at 300 minutes in length.

I still have to finish reading Moby Dick one of these days. I was finally going full-steam at it in high school--and then they made us read excerpts of it in my Advanced English class. This included the ending, and while I knew full well how it ended it still bothered me. Haven't been able to get up full steam at it since.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: silly: escapeassmonkeydiary on August 1st, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, Bride and Predjudice was pretty fun.

I still haven't read Moby Dick, but the mini-series they did a few years ago (with Henry Thomas as Ishmael) was pretty damn captivating.
The Mud Puppymudpuppy83 on August 1st, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
One of these days I'll have to check out the various adaptations of Moby Dick. I'm sure they'll be quite entertaining if nothing else.