Saturday, 3 September 2005

Is Jane the new Black?
Austen's peerless depictions of Regency England still chime with audiences across the globe. But in 2005 she is also a brand, perhaps the most profitable literary brand. Her stock is certain to rise again in the coming weeks as the new Hollywood version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, hits cinemas in the UK.
And yet they say that the traditional Regency is dead.

(Yes, I know that what Jane Austen wrote and what goes by the name of "traditional Regencies" are very different beasts, but you have to allow me the odd attempt at a shaft of wit, don't you?)

2 comments:

Amanda Grange said...

Stephen, as you abominably and infamously resisted the urge to plug my Jane Austen related book, Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange, which will delight all Jane Austen fans (caution: post by the author, who is biased), I'm going to shamelessly use your blog to do it myself.
Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange. "Brilliant!" "Read it!"
(Quotes by author.)
"A treat." Austenblog (not the author.)

Stephen said...

I just don't understand what didn't come over me. Normally I would be delighted to plug any work of quality for as long as the chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum, preferably Green & Black's) keeps coming. There must have been a glitch.

Anyway, do all rush out and buy Miss Grange's latest romance. Austenblog says "Darcy’s Diary is a gift", but it turns out that you still have to pay for it.