Our Fascination with Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s Tough Love

What explains our enduring fascination with the novels of Jane Austen? It’s her tough-minded take on life and love, says Rachel M. Brownstein.

Jane Austen, it seems, is everywhere. Nobel prizewinning novelist V.S. Naipaul has slammed her for the sin of sentimentality. A film adaptation of bestselling mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is in the works. And if that parody weren’t enough, a pornographic send-up of the same Austen novel (Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts) is slated for July. All of which raises the question of why the writing of this long-dead novelist continues to provoke such a wide range of critical and creative reactions. The answer has in large part to do with the enduring appeal of her complex, tough-minded view of love, life, and human nature.

Read the full analysis by Brownstein @ The Daily Beast

~ by eneryvibes on 1,June 25, 2011.

One Response to “Our Fascination with Jane Austen”

  1. […] Beast gets to the heart of the matter on our enduring fascination with Jane Austen.  Thanks to EneryVibes for bringing it to our […]

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