A trio of reading and viewing challenges are coming up during 2011, and they are all very interesting for Austen fans.
The first is the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011. As many Janeites know, this year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of S&S. This challenge encourages fans to immerse themselves in all things S&S, including both books and films. You may sign up for the level of participation you want, ranging from Neophyte (1-4 selections) up to Aficionada (9-12 selections) To enroll, go to Austenprose and sign up before March 1, 2011. The official kickoff for the challenge is on January 26, when Laurel Ann Nattress, posts a review of The Three Weismanns of Westport. She will continue to post challenge-related reviews on the third Wednesday of each month throughout the year and she has a complete listing of books and films on her website.
After you have read or seen one of the selections, go to Austenprose and click on the S&S Challenge tab, then comment on the selection. If you have a reading or Austenite blog, be sure to post your blog address to connect to your review on your site. There will be prizes awarded and monthly giveaways, so make sure you comment on each of the Challenge reviews!