Jane Austen has been dead for nearly 200 years, but surely she would be dying a slow death today if she could see what has become of her work. Or would she? What would it take to really piss off Jane Austen?
I love Jane Austen. If you are unfamiliar, check her Wikipedia entry for a little background. I love Jane so much that Oldest Daughter's middle name is Austen. I read "Pride and Prejudice" for about the fourth time while pregnant with her, and here I am pregnant with The Son and reading "Sense and Sensibility", again:
Okay, I'm drinking a malt, a pregnancy staple.
But the book is next to me.
I knew what was going to happen in the book,
but that malt wasn't going to wait.
My favorite book on the planet is Pride & Prejudice, my favorite movie is the BBC/A&E version of Pride & Prejudice (Oh Colin Firth, allow me to say how ardently I adore you wet and clothed in a frilly shirt). There have been many books and movies influenced by Jane Austen's work, including Bridget Jones' Diary (P&P), Clueless (Emma), Lost in Austen (which I love) and The Jane Austen Book Club, just to name a VERY few. I have no issue with these works inspired by Austen, and have in fact enjoyed them. BUT.
What is the deal with all of the new Austen craziness? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Prada and Prejudice? Colonel Brandon's Diary? Murder at Longbourne? I swear to you, these are real titles of real books that real authors have been paid to write. Here is a list on Amazon of the top FORTY (they could only list 40! But there are more!) Jane Austen-inspired books on the market. I can't tell you if they are any good - I have steadfastly refused to read them in honor of Jane. I've heard some of them are good. It just feels so...wrong, somehow. WWJD - What Would Jane Do?
Just when I think the Austen Craziness is simmering down, something like this comes up, which I found on cinematical.com:
Here is the original Fight Club trailer, a movie I loved by the way, for reference:
I think the Jane Austen Fight Club is funny, I do, but then I think "When will it end? Is nothing sacred?" How would Jane feel about it all? What's next?
- "Jane Austen's Wheel of Fortune"
- "Jane Austen Celebrity Rehab"
- "Rock of Love 5: Passion at Pemberly"
- "Project Runway: Corset Style"