Alert Janeite Marybeth sent us a link to an interview with J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter novels and Friend of Jane, in which she mentions Jane Austen.
Zoe Brennan for The Sun – If you could choose to be anyone in history, who would you be and why?
JK Rowling: Anyone in history?
JK Rowling: Oh gosh. You see, the people I admire most, people like Jane Austen, I do not think had particularly happy lives, so I would not really want to live their lives. Then you could be selfish and choose to be someone like Henry the 8th who lived for pleasure, but I would not want to do that either.
To be honest with you, I am a very happy person, I can’t think of anyone I would rather be at the moment.
Well, we like to think Jane’s life was not exactly terrible, but she probably would have liked a bit of Ms. Rowling’s dosh. :)
Alert Janeite Sophia J also sent us a link to the following quote by J.K. Rowling.
Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire.
Pretty much, yes.
P.S. For those who have read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Ginny Weasley is Anne Elliot. Discuss. ;-)