If you're going to borrow, borrow from the best

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Alert Janeite Adrienne wrote to tell us that she received an advance copy of the novel Party Girl by Anna David and noticed a couple of references to Jane Austen:

The book chronicles the adventures of a LA-based celebrity journalist who also happens to be a drug addict. Ostensibly Chick Lit, David’s novel opens with “It is a truth universally acknowledged that crazy things happen at weddings. Or at least that’s what I tell myself as my activities segue from outrageous to risque to downright depraved.”

Just in case readers don’t get the author’s arch allusion in the opening, she uses Austen’s epigram from Emma, “Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way,” as one of TWO epigraphs. The second is the refrain to Eddie Murphy’s song “Party All the Time.” Added, no doubt, to reassure her readers that she’s not that stuffy.

Isn’t that Edmund Bertram’s theme song? šŸ˜‰