JANE AUSTEN INSPIRING US STILL

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen is to romance writers, what Shakespear is to play writers. She simply is the best. In Pride and Prejudice Austen brings us this comedy of manners published in 1813.

The first line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” This is one theme throughout the story: every single man in the story is assumed to want a wife or get a wife. Wickham doesn’t want a wife, but gets one none the less.

Elizabeth Bennit struggles to marry for love and not convention. Her own lack of self-awareness when she meets Darcy both must overcome pride to fall in love and marry.

Major themes in this novel include love, gender, reputation, and class.

This hate to love romance ha been a model for writers for hundreds of years. That’s longevity for a writer.

When I wrote Lucy’s Choice I chose to have my characters hate each other until the middle of the story and then work together to overcome social constructs in order to marry. But I used Austen as a model for my main characters pluck and independence.

Both Lucy Bingham and Elizabeth Bennet want to marry for love. And in both stories there is pressure for them to marry for convention. Both overcome their obstacles and are able to marry for love not convention.

Lucy’s Choice comes out May of 2022 I hope you take the time to give it a read.

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