Out of the Janeite Bubble


By Jeff Kubina (Maryland Renaissance Festival) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A couple of weeks ago we were having lunch, and had brought the book we were reading, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. A co-worker joined us, and asked what we were reading. 

Editrix: It’s a modern-set retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Co-worker: Pride and Prejudice…which one is that?

Editrix, at a bit of a loss, not knowing how well she knew the novel: Er, well, it’s about Elizabeth, and Mr. Darcy, and, er, he’s proud, and she’s prejudiced…

Co-worker: Keira Knightley or Gwyneth Paltrow?

Editrix: Oh. Keira.

Co-worker: Cool.

It’s good to get out of the Janeite bubble sometimes. Things become so simple.

P.S. Hey Internet! What’s up?

2 thoughts on “Out of the Janeite Bubble

  1. A. Marie

    I don’t mind so much when I encounter folks like this outside the bubble (after all, we can’t all be handsome, clever, and rich in good taste). It’s when I encounter them inside the bubble that I start wanting to throw things.

    And, BTW, it was good to see your comments in another venue yesterday. They inspired me to pull out JA: Cover to Cover last night. Once again, great job!


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