You Really Need To Read Jane Austen's Books

You Really Need To Read Jane Austen's Books

It's been 200 years. It's time.
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Whenever I suggest to anyone that they read Jane Austen’s novels, which I admit is quite often, I am usually met with hesitation and reluctance. For those of you who may not know, I am referring to Jane Austen’s six finished books: "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility," "Emma," "Persuasion," "Northanger Abbey" and "Mansfield Park." Although not a series themselves, they still manage to tie with the "Harry Potter" series for my favorite set of books; I have never been able to understand why some people are so decidedly against reading Austen’s works. They seem to be under the impression that these novels are only comprised of tea parties and bonnets, and although tea is occasionally sipped — they're English books, come on — and bonnets are sometimes worn, they are so much more than that.

For one thing, each of these books feature multiple realistic and well-written female characters. Just like any living woman, each of Austen’s characters have their flaws and strengths. This should by no means be an oddity, but even today, it is unfortunately far too rare to see realistically written fictional women. Austen gave her characters real-life circumstances and problems that her heroines were forced to deal with in human ways.

The witty and clever humor that makes up 99.99 percent of these novels is also a huge plus. I will never understand people who dismiss older literature without so much as a glance with the excuse that it is “boring.” The famous opening line of "Pride and Prejudice" — “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” — is so full of wit and social satire that it tells the reader right off the bat that they are in for an entertaining read.

Austen’s work is also sneakily adaptable. After all, who doesn't love a good love story? Even if you aren’t aware of it, you are probably a fan of at least one of Austen’s stories. For example, "Bridget Jones’s Diary" and maybe more obviously "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" are both based off of Jane Austen’s most famous novel, "Pride and Prejudice." Similarly, if you have ever seen the 1995 cult-classic, "Clueless," then you are very familiar with the plot line of Austen’s fifth novel, "Emma," of which it is based. Something about Austen’s writing makes it timeless and adaptable for any age.

As much as you may enjoy "Clueless," if you are at all interested in history and anthropology, you really ought to read the original story. None of Austen’s books are actually non-fiction pieces, nor are they based on any real events. However, being written and set between 1798 and 1816, these novels are not only able to give readers an insight into how people of many different social classes lived and acted 200 odd years ago, but are also full of references to different historical events of the time. Austen’s writing helps you realize that although circumstances of life may change throughout history, people have always been very much the same at any given time. Not only does society seem to always have been obsessed with love, money, class and marriage, but there also seems never to have been a lack of ridiculous people to worry about these things.

All in all, I highly suggest that you give these books a chance. The fact that these stories are still being told and delighted in 200 years after their conception is astounding. There is so much that can be learned and enjoyed by reading classic literature, and it would be a shame to miss out on any bit of it.

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40 Things I'd Believably Rather Do Than Sit In Class These Last 3 Weeks

I'd rather do a lot.
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There are two to three weeks left, the weather is (on occasion) getting warmer, and the absolute last thing that anyone wants to do is sit through class. At this point in the semester, it feels like even the most unpleasant activity is a way better alternative than going to class, and you just know that it's gonna get so much worse as finals week creeps up. When the pool opens up and it's sunny out, but yet here you are spending hours in the library studying for finals and then going, class.

There are hundreds of things that I would rather do than go to class at this point in time so I will share 40 of them.

1. Get punched in the face by John Cena

2. Have someone pour hand sanitizer on a paper cut that was just given to me

3. Run a 5K in 100º heat

4. Go to the dentist and get a filling without novocaine

5. Sit through standstill hour-long traffic

6. Cut 10 onions with my eyes glued open

7. Be forced to watch curling

8. Eat ONLY baby food for a week straight

9. Get so sunburned I can't move

10. Clean a public mall restroom with no gloves

11. Come in contact with a hungry grizzly bear alone

12. Shave not both, but only one eyebrow off

13. Eat a live cicada

14. Have holes on my big toe cut in each one of my socks

15. Crack my iPhone screen and have it cut my finger each time I swipe to unlock

16. Be limited to only watching Teletubbies for the rest of my life

17. Get shampoo in my eye whilst showering

18. Fold endless amounts of laundry

19. Stub my toe five times over

20. Copy the dictionary in cursive writing

21. Slam my hip on the kitchen counter

22. Go through my entire day with wet sleeves

23. Hit my head against the drywall multiple times

24. Read Shakespeare backward aloud

25. Eat a Tide Pod (lol jk)

26. Pay for an uneven haircut

27. Be forced to drink pickle juice

28. Accidentally swallow a spider in my sleep

29. Take a freezing cold shower

30. Be forced to listen to a class of third graders play the recorder

31. Have a dog lick peanut butter off my right foot

32. Get a hug from a sweaty sumo wrestler

33. Step on a Lego

34. Squirt a lemon in my eye

35. Fall asleep with one nostril clogged

36. Order and eat pineapple pizza

37. Memorize The Declaration of Independence word for word

38. Stare at pictures of Tom Cruise's asymmetrical face

39. Write a 10-page paper about why I love glue sticks

40. Be locked in a room and forced to smell dog farts for hours

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10 Things That Have Made Me Cry For No Reason

Sometimes it's the little things that get you feeling emotional.
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Let me start this off by saying: everyone cries!

That's not a shocker, but some people are just better at hiding their emotions than others. Now, I find myself to be someone who is not necessarily afraid of crying but is only comfortable crying in the comfort of his own home with nobody else there.

Recently I was at the movie theater watching "Love Simon" (great movie, by the way), and everyone else was crying! I wanted to cry so badly, but alas, my body refuses to give in even though I do get pretty close to bawling.

That being said, I actually cry a lot in private.

Really trivial and nonsensical things make me tear up and after I'm done having my little moment, I just take a second to try and process why I'm even crying, to begin with. Looking back though, it's actually pretty funny to remember some examples of when I've cried for no reason, so without further ado, here are ten things that have made me cry!

1. "No Promises" by Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato.

I can't even explain why this happened. This is a dance song, but maybe the lyrics (which are kind of sad) got to me on an off day. Who knows, but I was in the car just crying on my way to school with no explanation why.

2. When I found my favorite protein drink at Walmart.

OK, let me explain! So, this drink is by no means healthy for you (at least I think so), but it is oddly delicious and my favorite. Seriously, I can drink the entire four pack in less than 30 minutes. I had spent months trying to find it at my local Walmart until I eventually realized that I was looking in the wrong aisle because they had moved it! When I found it, I actually got teary-eyed. It's not my proudest moment, but I felt great for finally finding them.

3. When I was walking to another point of my job halfway through my shift.

So there I was, a server at the time, walking from one computer station to a table nearby and I get the strongest urge to cry. There was no reason for it. None of the customers were being mean and the day was going alright, but for whatever reason, I just wanted to cry and run out that door. Maybe a fellow server would understand because I really hated that job.

4. Whenever I rewatch "Friends."

I pretty much have a period of time every year in which I rewatch "Friends." I already know what's going to happen and I know the dialogue of the scenes pretty well too, but I still cry every time when Rachel and Ross initially break up. I cry when Monica and Chandler find out they're finally going to be able to adopt a baby. I cry when Phoebe gets married. I cry at the finale! Point is: I cry. Somehow this show is so infectious that even though I know the result, I still cry.

5. When I find out that the leftover food I was looking forward to having has been eaten.

I mean I was looking forward to it! There's nothing better than coming home and enjoying a good meal, but now that it's been eaten I have to find out what to eat! It's nice to not have to worry or think about things when you get home, that's all I'm saying! Also, THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR ME. HOW DARE YOU!

6. When my little brother passed me in height.

I have an immense amount of pride that stems from my Hispanic roots and also being the oldest sibling. When I was growing up, I wanted to at least reach my father's height, but I just barely missed it. Then, my little brother has a growth spurt and somehow passed me and then my father! How dare he!

I didn't necessarily cry my heart out or anything, but boy was I feeling some sort of way at that time. Still not sure why I cried though.

7. "Castle On The Hill" by Ed Sheeran.

Nostalgia hit me hard. I mean, I still think it's a little weird to cry to this song because it's not exactly sad and not exactly a dance bop, but I still found a way to cry. Personally, I think I just pay attention to the lyrics so when he goes off listing everything that's happened to the people he knew (that's where it always gets me), I just cry. Call me emotional, I don't know, but I love this song.

8. Whenever I watch a flash mob marriage proposal.

I kid you not, I have a list of songs on my phone that I will play at my wedding or propose to someone with via flash mob. I'm a romantic so seeing a flashmob dance proposal is both impressive and immensely adorable. If you've seen the video of a man proposing to his girlfriend at Disney to "Marry You" by Bruno Mars, then you understand.

9. When I want to go out with friends but also simultaneously stay inside and do nothing.

Can you tell that I like to stress myself out? This situation is so annoying! I get to the point where I'm crying out of pure frustration and stress because I'm basically trying to make up my mind, but my mind wants to do both things! It's a struggle, guys. It's a struggle.

10. When I watch any episode of "Grey's Anatomy."

This one makes a little more sense because "Grey's Anatomy" is probably one of the most depressing but amazing shows that I watch; however, HOW ARE THEY ALWAYS DOING IT?!

Sometimes, it's not even that sad of a moment, but yet there I go, about to bawl my eyes out and decide to never leave my room. The show is constantly reminding you of how unattractive, lonely, and unsuccessful you are. Fellow Grey's Anatomy fans will definitely understand where I'm coming from.

It's just ridiculous how they do it.

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