I wrote a post a couple of months ago called Defending Mansfield Park. You can read it here. This is post is by far the most controversial and the most commented post. It received five comments by other people and two by me. There are conflicting views expressed in the comments and I will post the different comments I received:
You really believe that Fanny Price is mature? I don’t. I find her to be a hypocritical bore. – ladylavinia1932
I can’t decide which between Persuasion and Mansfield Park is Austen’s most mature work. Anne Elliot and Fanny Price are two unlike characters, having been brought up in vastly different environments. One cannot expect Fanny to trust her own mind and be as lively and pretty as Anne…
Mansfield Park is a very interesting novel. Not only did Austen explore to some depths the human mind but also wrote a story that seemingly runs on its own–almost independent of the author’s hand–letting the characters struggle, suffer the consequences of their ambition and ideals, and work themselves through the world they’d been placed in.
(I raise my glass.) To your valiant defense of Mansfield Park! – auxochrome
I remember seeing this post a few days ago and felt glad you were defending MP. It’s rather strange to some, perhaps, that I defend my least favorite Jane Austen book so much; but that just says how much I love all her works, that though it may be my technical ‘least favorite’ I still love it!
The main thing I like about it is Fanny Price. I sympathize with her and love her. I’m not really a fan of Edmund – mainly for going for Mary – but I still like him tolerably well enough. =) He is such a nice fellow. Now if Miss Austen had included a redeeming proposal quote, I might be more disposed to rate him highly. tehe…
It drives me nuts when people say Fanny is judgmental, or boring, or whatever else they say about her. They just don’t understand her if they do! =)
I think the main thing to boost MP’s popularity would be a good miniseries of it. I hope one comes soon! – Melody
Mansfield Park may not reach my top three favorite Austen books, but I found it neither dull nor boring. It was, in fact, interesting. Fanny’s a lovely character with wonderful, strong qualities. Although Edmund doesn’t rank high as my favorite Austen heroes, I agree: he still has many good character traits as well. – Jemimah C.
So as you can see, I received conflicting views and opinions. However, I welcome all your comments, positive or not-so-positive, as long as they are kept polite.