I am a Jane Austen fan. I can sit for hours reading her books or watching the movies that were made of her books. As a writer I find it amazing that Jane Austen’s books, written years and years ago, still move us to this day. How did she do it? What did she weave into her books that make them as relevant and as readable today as they were back when she first wrote them? The answer lies within the heart of every story; the heroin and hero.
You can say all you want to about the plots, manners, and what not, but what brings people to each and every one of her stories is the main character. Elizabeth, Emma, Fanny, Anne, and the others each have a unique personality and struggle that appeals to us. Each of us has our favorite, that one we identify with.
Whether you are more like the sweet Fanny, trouble making Emma, outspoken Elizabeth, or heartbroken Anne, Jane Austen somehow makes us feel like we can be them. The stories are timeless and feel like they could happen tomorrow.
This week, join me as I take a look at Jane Austen and the stories that inspire so many of us.