Jane Austen, Part 1: The Men

the men

I’m back! Not that I’ve been traveling anywhere. I’ve just been lost in the piles of to-do lists and papers that the mixture of school and work has tossed upon me. But all is well. I’m still alive, and I even have some free time, now.

Today I want to talk about something I really really like and that I think you should like, too. You’ve guessed it–Jane Austen, her books and movies. Even with everything going on, and probably partly because of everything going on, I’ve been a bit Austen crazy lately. And here’s some proof:

  • There was a documentary on about planning and recreating the Netherfield Ball from Pride and Prejudice. I loved it–the show itself and the co-host. Who can resist an adorable English man named Alistair who is also a Jane Austen expert? Not me, that’s for sure.
  • I watched the six-hour-long Pride and Prejudice. Not once. Once would’ve have been okay. I watched it twice. TWO TIMES in a row, I say. The first time I was doing homework, with the movie playing just to keep me from insanity. And then I watched it again, a day later, with my sister. And I wasn’t even bored.
  • I discovered the movie Austenland. Though it’s a bit of a Jane Austen parody, it’s hilarious. And Mr. Tilney (JJ Field) is in it, which makes it that much better.
  • Also within the past few months: I’ve watch Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, some of Emma, and Sense and Sensibility.

Is that not enough to prove my Austen insanity? Well, there’s more coming. In all my year’s of enjoying Jane Austen, I’ve always wondered why everyone loves Mr. Darcy more than any other Jane Austen hero. I mean, he’s not even friendly and doesn’t smile much–at least, not until the end. He’s also one of the main reasons for the title of the book. But still, he’s more talked of than any of the other Austen men.

It’s probably because Pride and Prejudice is the most well-known novel that Mr. Darcy is so praised, but I’ve come to the conclusion that he is not my favorite. I’ve put some (probably too much) thought into creating a list of the Jane Austen men in order from least favorite to MOST favorite. The gross characters, like Mr. Collins, don’t count. Since they’re all pretty great, this was a hard list to make. Whether you’re ready or not, here it is:

  • #7: Colonel Brandon, Sense and Sensibility: Sorry, Colonel, but you’re last on the list. You’re great, but I just don’t know you well enough.
  • #6: Captain Wentworth, Persuasion: He’s a great romantic. He loves Anne for several years, even after she’s rejected him. But…I still don’t know him well enough. How does he act when he’s not trying to make Anne jealous?
  • #5: Edward, Sense and Sensibility: He’s friendly and fun to hang out with, but he’s too reserved for my taste. I’m reserved myself, so I like someone more outgoing.
  • #4: Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice: Here’s the famous Mr. Darcy. He’s handsome, smart, and–although he’s a bit of the jerk at the beginning–he’s better at the end.
  • #3: Mr. Knightly, Emma: I was surprised by how high he is on the list, considering his age. But Mr. Knightly is smart, funny, and makes really great conversation.
  • #2: Edmund, Mansfield Park: Though he’s stupid for hanging out with Mary Crawford, Edmund is great. He’s going to be a preacher, he’s moral, he’s funny, and he’s super smart. Yep, I’ll take him.

And…drum roll…

  • #1: Mr. Tilney, Northanger Abbey: Though Northanger Abbey is the least popular book, Mr. Tilney is still my favorite. He’s witty, outgoing, and loves to read. He’s going to be a preacher, and he even accepts disinheritance to be with Catherine. Oh, if only he were real.

And there it is. I hope you’re pleased with the result. Oh, and in case you were wondering, this is only “Jane Austen, Part 1” because there will probably be more posts on this subject.


  1. Yay! I got really, weirdly excited to see Mr. Tilney on this list. I know that Northanger Abbey is the least popular, but it’s one of my favorites! I think Catherine is so endearing, and, like you said–Mr. Tilney.

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