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Written by JoAnn
(8/11/2013 8:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane Austen vs the Reluctant Reader. In October, I, penned by AnnetteJ
How about showing them just a few short clips from an adaptation you like, to give them a feel for each of the characters, particularly the comic ones - I find that people expect all of the characters in "classic" novels to be stuffy, so they read them all wrong. If they've had a small chance to witness Mr. Bennet's wry wit in his interactions with his wife, or Mr. Collins' ridiculousness, it can make it easier for them to understand how to approach the characters as they read (but without spoiling the story line, since it's only short clips).
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