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I have been rereading Pride and Prejudice lately and that has led me to reread other Jane Austen books. Mansfield Park is not my favorite Austen novel – I still get a little wigged about first cousins marrying, although I know it’s legal in most places, etc., and Fanny Price is not as fun as Elizabeth Bennet.

She’s not as clever or ornery.

She’s small and plain, soft spoken and dare I say it – a bit of a doormat.

And I don’t think that her cousin Edmund appreciates her sufficiently by the end.

So as a romance, it’s not as satisfying as watching the proud Darcy fall in love with Elizabeth Bennet.

But, I will say that Austen’s insight into the way people think and react is amazing. Rereading her books is a joy. I am fascinated by the side characters.
Which makes me think about life and love and characters and my books and why there’s room for all of us.

Fanny Price is good, and although I don’t agree with all her decisions or behaviors, I admire her for keeping her principles. And I will try to give Edmund the benefit of the doubt.

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Teenage boy reading a book in the garden, 1910...

Teenage boy reading a book in the garden, 1910-1920 (Photo credit: State Library of Queensland, Australia)

This week I spoke at a public school district Literacy Night where the theme was “Fight Evil.  Read books.”  I’ve looked at different statistics about what percentage of the people in prisons can’t read — but regardless of which statistics are correct, our society would be improved if more people could read — and would read.

I told a very small crowd about how I loved to read and how reading helped me become a better writer.

I talked about staying up at night to read.  I read so many books in high school that I sometimes hid a “decoy” book under my pillow (so my Mom could confiscate it), while I hid the current book under my mattress.  I convinced my Mom that I needed a nightlight so I was able to read in the middle of the night.   I read Gone With the Wind by nightlight.

To this day, I can’t start a good book after 10 p.m., because if I do, I will read until the wee hours of morning and not function well the next day.

I think helping a person learn to love reading is one of the best things we can do.

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From richardarmitagenet.com

I’ve been reading some fun blogs about the difference between love in fiction and love in real life.

Since I’m working on a novel right now in which the main character (like me) likes Darcy, Thornton and Rochester a little too much, it has been on my mind.

In my not so humble opinion, a good romance is realistic.  There are enough “men are from mars” type insights in Pride and Prejudice, North and South, and Jane Eyre to make those male characters ring true emotionally.  Of course, they may be richer and better looking than the men at the grocery store, at church, or at work but underneath the fictional glitz, they really are men — and that’s why those books are so popular today.

Or am I just deluding myself?

One of the interesting blogs:

http://mgirouxstories.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/writing-past-the-passion-of-true-loves-kiss-a-tale-of-two-edwards/

 

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