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(Slate)   That's enough. We're done with Jane Austen   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, Jane Austen, literary merit, Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, D.H. Lawrence, Regency, Sense and Sensibility  
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2013-02-13 02:51:26 PM  
3 votes:
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.
2013-02-13 08:16:59 PM  
1 vote:
Can I love Jane Austen and just not read or watch the spin-off crap?  Oh, I can?  How nice.
2013-02-13 06:26:14 PM  
1 vote:
There's no such thing as highbrow literary fiction. It is itself a fiction dragged out by snobs every time someone proclaims to prefer an author, for no other reason than to feel superior to a stranger. To suggest that someone's literary tastes are inferior to yours is the very lowest of civilized discourse and you might as well simply punch them.

/Stephanie Meyer and Nicolas Sparks, however, should be shot into space.
2013-02-13 02:15:02 PM  
1 vote:
Jane Austen sucks.
2013-02-13 01:47:49 PM  
1 vote:
It has relevance as the proto-"Rom Com", which basically amounts to your standard fairy tale with twist of Prince Charming picking the "quirky girl" instead of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty.

It should not be taken seriously as any satire or critique of classism in 19th Century England.   For that, one of the major characters might have to be portrayed as actually working one day in their entire lives.
2013-02-13 01:30:21 PM  
1 vote:
Jane's getting serious.... Full Size
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