i fell in love with the brontes at a very young age. i always held jane austen far beneath them in my esteem because she didn't seem dark enough and was "too fluffy". i read all of her greats, but quickly tossed them aside. well, despite myself, i managed to watch a bit of the newest version, and found myself a little intrigued at some of the nuances and story lines. *a note aside- i am not a kiera knightley fan. why does she have to smile so much?* despite this distraction, i immediately re-read the book...and loved it. i'm now going through all of them and enjoying them immensely (and finding them to be quite well written). my first love will always be the bronte sisters, but it has been nice to rediscover jane austen.
so, thank you kiera. if it weren't for your cheeky smile i might not have given her a second chance.