Posts Tagged ‘Austen’


I’ll confess, I don’t read much of Other People’s Fiction these days.  I watch some movies, but I rarely sit down and read because if I have the choice between OPF and MOF (My Own Fiction), MOF wins.

Woman Reading (Kuroda Seiki)

Woman Reading (Kuroda Seiki) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

However, I love my Kindle and the ability to download samples.  So when I’m in the doctor’s office or somewhere else where I have ten minutes to sit, I scroll through my list of OPF and skim.  Most samples are entertaining for 5 to 10 pages, but I have no desire to finish the book.

Yesterday I came across What You Wish For by Catherine Winchester.  It was a Lost- in- Austen-esque version of North and South with a modern girl meeting Mr. Thornton.  What’s not to like about that?  As with Lost in Austen, there were a few things that I would have written differently, but that’s the case with most books I read.  I continually edit in my mind.  However, it was a fun escape and I thought she captured the essence of many of the characters in the original novel, but also made them her own creations.   Fun.

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I adore Emma Thompson.  She is one of  those actors that seem like they would make great friends and be ideal guests at any party.

I first noticed her in a miniseries on PBS that I later learned was Fortunes of War.  I hadn’t seen the beginning of that series so I didn’t know what was going on, but I was fascinated, nonetheless.  I liked  her in Remains of the Day, Howard’s End, Much Ado, Wit, and I recently enjoyed her in Last Chance Harvey.   As a writer, I found the movie Stranger Than Fiction also interesting.

Cover of "Sense & Sensibility (Special Ed...

Cover of Sense & Sensibility (Special Edition)

But what I will always appreciate about Emma Thompson is the script she wrote for Sense and Sensibility (1995).  It is wonderful and funny and (I scarcely have the guts to say this) an improvement upon the original.   Although I  adore Jane Austen, I think Sense and Sensibility needs a little more umph and Emma provided that with her insightful screenplay.

I also think that her vision of Jane Austen helped create part of the recent upsurge in Austen popularity, although 17 years may not be considered recent except to Jane Austen herself.  Today I learned that 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, but I will write more on that later.   That’s a novel that deserves a year of celebration.

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