Web 2.0, in which we become the web by means of interactivity and user-generated content, has embraced Jane Austen and her followers (on Twitter and otherwise).
We love this blog post, sent in by Alert Janeite Marilyn Brant: Pride and Publishing. It’s brilliant and completely true!
I was a Jane Bennet writer when I was much younger; perhaps we all were. That brief, golden time in a writer’s life when we discover the magic and the beauty of our art, when we believe everything will be wonderful. How could it not be, when we are turning the stuff of our cherished dreams into a six and a half pound stack of neatly typed pages? Every word we write is sterling; every story we construct is a magnificent mansion. If we hear someone say something awful about Publishing, we tell ourselves that it must be some sort of terrible misunderstanding. Publishing could not possibly be so bad as that.
OH JUST WAIT, JANE. Just wait.
First we had Austenbook, DeeDee’s brilliant retelling of P&P a la Facebook; now we have Pride and Twitterverse from MadHatterMommy, another brilliant parody! Though we suspect it will only be funny to those who, like the Editrix, spend way too much time on Twitter (we’re @mcsullivan, follow us!).
A Mr Bingley–worth 50,000 followers a year–has joined Twitter! He’s brought a friend, Mr Darcy–worth 100,000 followers a year! Pls RT
@JaneB @LizzyB @MaryBsaphorisms @KittyB @LydiaB I will have one of you girls married into internet fame yet. Just you wait.
@MrsB But mother, I think we can pull ourselves up by our dooce-straps just fine.
Blogcasting: How to find husbands for your daughters: http://tinyurl/momblog Now with free giveaway from our Etsy embroidery shop. Pls RT
@JaneB If I could love a man who would love me enough to take me for a mere 50 followers, I should be well pleased…
@JaneB …but such a man wouldn’t be sensible & I could never love a man who was out of his twits. LOL
Oh @LizzyB, it is my ardent wish to marry 4 love. Love, respect AND dual laptops would be most agreeable. #iamdullbutpretty
Does anyone know what #Bingley is and why it’s suddenly the no. 1 trending topic?
It gets better from there. Check it out!
Oooh…we just got a message that Mr. Darcy is following us! We’re all (say it with us) a-Twitter! (we crack ourself up)