This was a reread for me, an unusual happening in general but I thought it was time to remember the book rather than the movies.
I also spent last year reading reading 5 of the Horrid Novels mentioned here, including The Mysteries of Udolpho and thought that would be another good reason to read this one again.
Oddly, at least in my eyes, reading all those classic gothic novels made this book less fun. The very novels this is satirizing are more fun, ridiculous and amusing than this one. It was like reading a moralizing story against the dangers of the novel. Maybe the movies and my memories left me thinking there was more to this book and this is just a bit of disappointment that it wasn't as good as I thought, or maybe I'm older and less inclined to find the heroine endearing, instead finding her an idiot inclined to be a simpleton. It's been too long since I first read it to remember what I really thought then.
It's still a good book and I love Austen's style but it's not a favorite.
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