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The Enduring Inspiration of Miss Jane Austen Now and Forever

Reviewer of Austenesque works

We’re delighted to be able to bring you this fantastic blog post by Claudine Pepe; blogger and devoted Austen fan, in which she asks fellow Austenesque authors why Jane Austen inspires them so much, and why they personally have an enduring love for Jane Austen and all things Austenesque.

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Fans of Jane Austen throughout the world connect with her today in so many different ways.

For me, as well as for thousands of other readers, our love for Jane Austen now continues in the fan fiction stories that we love to read based on the characters she created over 200 years ago. I don’t know how many other authors have such a large amount of fan fiction that is published based on their work, but for me it has been a blessing and a joy to be part of the Jane Austen Fan Fiction community, where we are able to continue to enjoy Jane’s characters and stories in so many new ways.

I am so grateful to Miss Austen for starting all of this with her wonderfully crafted stories and her characters that feel as true-to-life as our very own family and friends. I also would like to thank all of the authors who have been inspired so deeply by their love for Jane Austen’s work that they themselves take on the challenges of creating stories based on her work to entertain readers all over the globe.

In tribute to Jane Austen, today I am sharing some of my quotes from my favorite Jane Austen Fan Fiction writers who have visited Just Jane 1813 over the past few years, as they share with us how they have also been inspired by the brilliant Jane Austen. I can never thank Jane Austen enough for giving us her unforgettable stories, but it is my hope that this post demonstrates our appreciation and love for this talented and witty woman!

 

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“I happened to be at a train station without a book and picked up Longbourn by Jo Baker, which I really enjoyed, though I wasn’t always happy with the depictions of Darcy and Elizabeth, but it started me looking for other books on my Kindle and I was delighted to find that there were hundreds of variations and sequels, and I devoured them. There are some brilliant JAFF writers around and they inspired me. I remember reading Joana Starnes’ book The Falmouth Connection, putting it down and thinking ‘that was bloody great, I want to have a go myself.’ At that time I just used to read books I found on Amazon, and I had no idea there were blogs and places like ‘A Happy Assembly’ or even that Meryton Press existed. Continue reading The Enduring Inspiration of Miss Jane Austen Now and Forever

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Jane Austen News – Issue 28

Jane Austen News reads Persuasion online

What’s the Jane Austen News this week?

 Editing – With Pins!     

News: Pins in Jane Austen Everyone has their own style of editing, and Jane’s style is the perfect example of why Post-It notes are such an amazing invention!

The Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition describes her editing process:

With no calculated blank spaces and no obvious way of incorporating large revision or expansion she had to find other strategies — small pieces of paper, each of which was filled closely and neatly with the new material, attached with straight pins to the precise spot where erased material was to be covered or where an insertion was required to expand the text.

Pinning your corrections to your manuscript is certainly not one we’d come across before. This is why we at the Jane Austen News love the online manuscripts so much; insights like this. Also, the chance to see her first drafts in her own hand is simply amazing.

If you’d like to see them for yourself, Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition can be found here.


Austen’s Emma An Example To Us All     

Mr-Woodhouse-Emma-Woodhouse-George-Knightly-jane-austen-12820609-405-270Emma isn’t exactly renowned as being the best example to follow when given a choice between Austen’s heroines. However, this week The Telegraph has made a very good case for why more of us should be like Emma.

More than a quarter of people aged over 65 who live on their own are lonely, and more and more of those of us who are over 65 do now live on their own. But why is this asked James Bartholomew? In most societies for most of human history the elderly have lived with or near their grown-up children. James doesn’t see why this should change? Why can’t we be more like Emma?

George Knightley finally proposes to Emma Woodhouse. Many people will have forgotten that she initially refuses him. Why? … She believes she has an absolute, unbreakable obligation to stay living with her lone, elderly father.

The problem is overcome when Knightley offers to come to live with her at her father’s home after they marry. So all is resolved to make a lovely Austenesque happy ending.

And some people say that Austen’s books aren’t relevant to our modern lives anymore!


All Austen and None of the Others      

evelinaWho doesn’t love a good Austen adaptation? They have to be some of the most popular TV and films out there.

However…The Spectator has broached the subject – what about those authors not in the classic adaptation canon?

You’ll get Dickens, Tolstoy, Jane Austen and — so garlanded by now in TV adaptation terms that she joins their ranks — Hilary Mantel. You might get the odd better-known Brontë, if you’re lucky, and Hardy always goes down well. Then what? George Eliot — quite wrongly — is usually seen as a bit on the stodgy side and not concerned enough either with love or jokes. In more recent times entire decades seem to be monopolised by Waugh, Wodehouse and Le Carré.

So who does Sam Leith, the author of the article, recommend for adaptation?

I canvassed bookish friends on social media briefly while writing this, and can report as a finger to the wind that there’s considerable enthusiasm for Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Green, Ronald Firbank, George Gissing, Somerset Maugham, Fanny Burney, Naguib Mahfouz, Patrick Hamilton, Honoré de Balzac, Emile Zola, Wilkie Collins, Simon Raven, Arnold Bennett and Joseph Roth.

We think Sam has a point. We still want our Austen adaptations – don’t misunderstand us; we absolutely love them, but there are certainly some other great authors, and some contemporaries of Austen, whose work we’d also love to see getting some recognition on screen.


Coming Soon To The Jane Austen Centre: Mr Darcy

Final-Coming-Soon-300x198Good news for fans of Mr Darcy! Coming soon to the Jane Austen Centre is a life-size model of Mr Darcy himself.

Within the next couple of weeks Mr Darcy in the (almost) flesh will take up his pride of place in the centre, and will be on hand for our guests to take photos with, stage proposals with, and generally marvel at.

Keep your eyes peeled on the centre Facebook page and Twitter feed for updates and sneak previews!


All Roads Lead To Austen
51Gkv0yGSNLThe Jane Austen News came across an interesting read this week while browsing through the many Jane Austen related books that are out there. This one intrigued us because it was a cross between a travel book, a memoir, the book Eat Pray Love, and a book club. All Roads Lead To Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith sees Professor Smith take one year out to travel around six countries and see what Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility mean to readers in those countries. Is Austen universally relevant as well as timeless?

Crossing Austen with a book about exploring South America is a new one on us, and we thought worth a mention as it might be of interest to some of our jet-setting Janeites.


Austen At RidgeCon
21b577346404b837c1d7e37c268e9628Ridgefield Library in Connecticut will be holding their all-ages celebration of popular culture on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th. Last year the title of the event was Comic Con, but this year the rebranded RidgeCon reflects their more diverse line up. The theme is “What are you a fan of?”, and as well as the expected appearances of Frozen, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and a vast selection of superheroes and cartoon characters, there will also be an emphasis on Jane Austen – represented in an adult evening on Friday at 7 p.m. for fans of Downton Abbey, Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes, and other “British fandoms”.

The evening will include a Jane Austen Society of North America card game, signature themed cocktails, Downton Abbey trivia and games, and a drawing for British-themed prizes from UK Gourmet, Harney & Sons and Simpson & Vail.

It sounds like a good evening if you can make it. Tickets and information on the event can be found at  ridgefieldlibrary.org.


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