WWJD: What Would Jane Do?


This week, we’re examining what Jane Austen has meant to us–and to say that Austen has informed every aspect of my subsequent reading and writing would not be an overstatement. In fact, Austen’s themes and style is present in my own writing even when I don’t realize it.

My romantic women’s fiction title, Vanity Fare, comes out in less than two weeks (Dec. 26), and some early reviewers are pointing out the similarities to Pride and Prejudice–more similarities than I even realized I had! I knew that I had put in a very Mr. Darcy moment when one of the characters rescues another from a bad financial situation. But there’s more Austen in there, as a review from Book Lovers, Inc. points out:

“In fact, it was clear to see many connections with Pride and Prejudice in the book, from the portrayal of Nick and Simon, to the financial mess Molly’s mother was going through. It was a modern take on the classic, albeit one that could stand on its own merits too.

As much as the story was about Molly finding a way to pay the bills and maybe find love, it was equally about Molly finding herself. Jane Austen’s generation might have tsk’d at the idea of this, but it was very cool to see Molly go from being dependent on her ex-husband to being able to speak for herself and find the strength within to become self-sufficient.”

While this example is both self-serving and timely, my Austen experience covers more than just my latest release. Austen embedded human truths within a deceptively simple read, and each reading, or viewing of the screen interpretations of her work reveals some new facet to the truths.

Thanks, Jane. You rock.



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8 Responses to WWJD: What Would Jane Do?

  1. Myretta says:

    Jane does rock and so do you. As Elena noted in her post, Jane Austen could be charmingly snarky when appropriate, and Vanity Fare carries on the tradition that with style as well.

  2. Kathleen says:

    Well written. I am looking forward to your book release!

  3. I think you hit the nail on the head. Jane’s work is so universally loved because of all of the subtle lessons each of us find in her stories. She speaks to all of us on every level in as many ways as there are readers of the amazing Jane Austen!

  4. Lesley A. says:

    Jane was all about those universal truths that are wholly relate-able down through the ages and up into our everyday life. So it’s no wonder she seeps into our consciousness here and there…or everywhere! (sorry I’m feeling a bit rhymey tonight.) Love, happiness, money, pride, prejudice…all universal truths that we love to read and write about.
    Looking forward to the book release.
    Happy Birthday, Jane, dearest!

  5. Stella says:

    Hi Megan, Congratulations on your new release. I can’t wait to read it! I’m off to Amazon to pre-order.

  6. Nothing wrong with channeling a little Jane now and then. Congratulations on the new book!

  7. Elena Greene says:

    Congratulations on all the good reviews, Megan!

  8. Jo's Daughter says:

    Seems a great book, love Jane so if there’s a “bit of her” in it all the better 😀

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