I read this for Joy’s 2nds Challenge because I read Pride and Prejudice years ago…ironically I will be re-reading P&P later this month/next month for Something About Me Challenge. It wasn’t until a co-worker asked for a “fluff” recommendation that I realized that most of the books I’ve been reading lately have been classics, but I’ve been enjoying them in a very strange, almost sadistic way. :)
Northanger Abbey is about Catherine who is not your typical heroine. She leaves her home to stay in Bath with some friends, the Allens, and she becomes entangled with Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor. After befriending Catherine, the Tilneys invite her to stay with them at Northanger Abbey, an old Gothic castle. Can Catherine find love at Northanger Abbey; did her love interest’s father commit a horrible crime at Northanger Abbey; does Catherine come into the type of life that she deserves? These are some of the questions that are answered in the second half of the book.
While I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t as developed as I would have liked. It has been so long since I’ve read Pride and Prejudice that I don’t have much to compare with, but the depth didn’t seem to be there–not only with the characters, but with the plot as well. There were parts, especially near the end, where the connections were never really clear (why was Catherine asked to leave Northanger Abbey?). I thought it was a fun book, and I loved how Catherine has a tendency to overanalyze situations because I do the same thing. I’ll be really interested in reading more of Austen’s books–especially P&P in a few weeks.