Infamy, thy name is Janeite


Alert Janeite Cindy sent us a link to an article in the Newark Star-Ledger about, well, us. đŸ™‚ Janeites, that is, particularly those who obsess over the films and read and write Austen paraliterature.

Dear Friend of AustenBlog TeresaAF’s comment in a thread at this weblog is mentioned, though the weblog is not mentioned by name. (Humph.)

This fall, Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen star in the first major film adaptation of the classic novel since an imperfect 1940 version. Fans writing in online forums have already parsed every second of the trailer (“And the proposal scene, in the rain?!?! Can we say, cliche?”).

We can attest that Teresa is a diehard Janeite and is not above writing a spot of paraliterature herself.

The article mentions the many milieus in which writers and filmmakers have placed her stories, including modern-day Amritsar, Utah, Beverly Hills and Boca Raton. Paula Cohen, the author of Jane Austen in Boca, mentions that her next book will be based upon Persuasion:

Cohen is a little embarrassed to admit she borrowed from Austen’s more melancholy “Persuasion” for her upcoming book, a novel about college admissions.

She originally planned to call it “Love, Death and the SATs.” Her publisher changed it to “Jane Austen in Scarsdale.”

With all this emphasis on P&P and in particular P&P2 and 3, in closing, we feel compelled to add our periodic reminder that Jane Austen Wrote Five Other Books Too, You Know. đŸ˜‰