From The Telegraph (thanks to BookSlut):
Jane Austen's novels have been repackaged as chick-lit to reflect our modern conception of her as a romantic novelist.
Have I been reading the same books as these people? One has only to read Sense and Sensibility to see what Jane Austen thinks happens to girls with romantic delusions. Jane Austen writes of women's reality in her time and is quite unflinching in what she portrays. The Telegraph article nails it with this:
Charlotte's subsequent life is a kind of decorous hell, made bearable by the fact that the alternative would have been worse. She is the stony reality at the heart of Pride and Prejudice. She tells a woman's story, but in a way that is utterly remote from feminine convention: with scant emotion, appealing to nothing other than rationality. And, like her creator, she has remarkably little to do with cosy readings of The Jane Austen Book Club and communal swoons over Mr Darcy.
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