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How Were You... Austen Inspired?

Like many of us, I first read Jane Austen in high school. I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, but I didn’t really appreciate it until I returned to it as an adult. I think what really brought the book to life for me was the BBC mini-series. The acting was phenomenal and it inspired me to revisit the book. 

One of the things that most delighted me to learn is Jane Austen invented the internal thought in first person.  It is such a common narrative device now, and one I use throughout my own writing.  I learned this when I picked up The Great Courses, The English Novel, an excellent course with two sections on the 19th century centering Jane Austen and her work.

Also, who doesn’t love themselves some Mr. Darcy? 

So what first got you…Austen Inspired? 

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6 Replies to “What Made You Fall in Love with Jane Austen and Why?”

  1. I was a little girl when the 1995 miniseries came out and I remember getting to watch it whenever my sisters and I got sick. (To this day it is still my comfort movie if I am unwell.) What struck me about reading Austen’s books as a teen was how readable she made a wide vocabulary. Her books are incredibly descriptive about her characters, no matter what time period they exist in they are so real and human, and her wording is so vivid, but amazingly easy to keep track of at the same time.

    1. (@JoeyT) I love everything you said here! Comfort movies are sooooo important, and it’s wonderful you had the 1995 miniseries for that. I didn’t get to watch it until I was much older and it’s so wonderful to watch again and again! Also, 1000% about Austen’s vivid writing. She has a way of giving you the description and information you need (with humor,) but without overwhelming you with lots of unnecessary details. And again, with humor!

      Thank you so much for sharing this. You’ve made me smile today!

  2. Since I always had my nose in a book growing up, I liked Elizabeth Bennet’s character. And, of course, Darcy was the ultimate bad boy. Smart, reserved, sardonic. I like stories where the poor girl gets the last laugh, and JA does that very well.

  3. I first read P&P in jr. high. I loved the characters and the clever writing of J.A. and have read it just about every year since. I was a book lover just like Elizabeth, if not the wit. I even worked in the library in high school. rted reading

    1. That’s wonderful! It’s so great to write in Jane Austen’s worlds because she gives you so much to work with and leaves room also for your own creativity! Thank you so much for commenting, and I can tell you were an awesome librarian 😀

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