JANE AUSTEN (she's getting her own thread because she's that awesome)
LIST OF BOOKS
Pride and Prejudice-Her most well known book about Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy who dance around each other amist foolish friends, irritating mothers and siblings, and other suitors as well as their own prejudices and pride concerning the other.
Sense and Sensibility-Austen's first book written under a pseudonym about the Dashwood sisters who are reduced to poverty and find love and heartbreak after moving to a distant relative's home.
Northhanger Abbey-Published after Austen died, this is about Catherine who visits Bath and is ensnared in a love triangle and disappointed when her expectations for a full gothic setting aren't realized.
Emma-Follows the exploits of spoiled Emma who delights in matchmaking but her plans soon go awry due to her own shortcomings.
Mansfield Park-Follows the romantic exploits of poor Fanny and rich Edmund.
Persuasion-Anne fell in love with Frederick but because he was poor at the time her family persuaded her not to marry him. Years later she meets him again only to find that he is now rich.
Short Story: Lady Susan
Also has three volumes of short stories and two unfinished works but those are somewhat difficult to find.
Why she's important: Well, why Austen is important is often a matter of opinion. It includes a number of reasons. She was one of the first female authors to be huge. I myself consider her the mother of chick-lit and a big reason that this genre exists (with a little help from the Bronte sisters and other female authors of course). Her themes of romance, friendship, and drama are still used today in media (such as the movie Clueless which is a modern interpetation of Emma). Her novels are also considered some of the best in the english language, but that is again, a matter of opinion. Plus, the fact that her stuff is still popular today over two hundred years later is somewhat amazing when one thinks about it.
MODERN INTERPATATIONS/RELEVANT TO AUSTEN
If Austen lived today, she probably would have been richer then Rowling with all the adaptations of her books that are out there. PandP could almost have it's own genre due to all the books adults have written about it. But here are some YA books dealing with Austen or reinterpetations of her work:
Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (modern teen take on Pride and Prejudice)
Enthusiasm by Polly Shullman (not really a retelling but involves a teen girl obsessed with PandP)
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison (has a girl going back in time and becoming friends with Jane Austen)
Prada and Prejudice by Mary Hubbard (modern teen gets sent back in time and sort of relives PandP)
Scones and Sensibility by Margeret Eland (middle-gradeish book about a Austen fan who plays matchmaker)
Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef (YA biography of the author)
Pride and Popularity by Jenni James
Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
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