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do you like Jane Austen for the wrong reasons?

Fran Lebowitz offers a video commentary on why Jane Austen is popular these days because people don't understand her (thanks for the link, Maud!). Lebowitz says that Americans, who are generally unironic, think of Austen as a romance writer and an archetypal Victorian; they don't realize she wasn't a Victorian writer and furthermore was a moralist, not a romance writer. She wasn't telling fairytales; she was showing us how to behave. I respectfully disagree, Fran, on two fronts. 1: Give us a little credit! Austen may appeal to our romantic side, but she makes us work for our joy. A reader is forced to think about right and wrong, human shortcomings, fiscal and practical realities, and the moral and emotional scopes of human nature. Like I said, a lot of work. And, honestly, a lot more work than most romance novels ask of their readers. If we just wanted romance novels, wouldn't we just read romance novels?I won't get into how actual Victorian novelists make you work even harder ::cough:: George Eliot ::cough::. 2: Austen DID write fairytales--you know for a fact going into an Austen novel that you'll have a meaty, satisfying, happy ending, even if it will be nuanced by hardship and obstacles. And you know what? I think Jane gave them happy endings on purpose. I think she wanted them, well, to be popular. Just my humble little opinion.

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