JohnAnnArbor: If there were an Austen convention in Austin, TX, would the world implode?
macadamnut: Americans criticizing English literature is like Ted Bundy faking an orgasm.
mahuika: From the article:"But it's begun to seem like she's now assumed the role of the designated highbrow writer for light readers. It's not that she's overrated. It's that she's in dire jeopardy of being overhyped-and dumbed down in the process.I know that sounds elitist, and I hasten to assert that my admiration for her fiction is deep, sincere, undiminished. But I've begun to feel-in the midst of the tsunami of schlocky, rapturous, over-the-top, wall-to-wall multiplatform celebration of the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice-that it's all a bit too much. Something quiet and true about Austen is being lost in the trumpet blasts and the spin-offs."You're right, it does sound elitist, because it is. Just because a book is literary doesn't mean you need to be part of some academic cult to "get it" or like it. I know tons of people who love Great Gatsby for its plot and beautiful language, but they'd be bored to death if I tried to discuss whether or not Nick was a reliable narrator with them. That really doesn't diminish the book itself.It's fine to think the Austen craze has been going on too long and should end now, but to revise one's opinion of the works themselves based on that is superficial and sounds like the author is whining that his favorite band sold out and now high schoolers are singing that song that only he and other true fans really get, damn it.
karnal: Jane's getting serious....
bborchar: Can I love Jane Austen and just not read or watch the spin-off crap? Oh, I can? How nice.
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