Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Advent Heroine - Jane Austen
Jane Austen is a heroine of mine not only for her amazing books but also because she was a writer when gently bred women were expected to remain at home and raise children. People can't understand the fascination she has for Janeites - they often say things like ;"She's been dead for over two hundred years." and "She wrote about upper class idiots looking for husbands -who were also upper class and idiots." It is impossible to explain how reading about her interesting, complex and often irritating characters is a pleasure -and when they eventually sort themselves out and get their happy ending -I share it with them. Her world of balls, house parties, rides in an open carriage, beautiful gowns and handsome young men is perfect escapism. So often when reading, or watching one of the many excellent film adaptations, I think - that person is so real -just like me or someone I know. Good writing lasts for ever.