Jane Austen Superfans

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Deborah Yaffe, journalist, self-proclaimed "Janeite" and the author of Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom (Mariner Books, 2013) discusses the passionate world of Jane Austen fans and what it says about fanaticism in general.

Event: Deborah Yaffe will speak about the book at the Princeton Public Library on September 12 at 7 p.m.

→Jane Austen's books on Project Gutenberg

→Jane Austen fansite, The Republic of Pemberley


Excerpt: Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom

From the book Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom. Copyright (c) 2013 by Deborah Yaffe. Reprinted by permission of Mariner Books, 2013. All rights reserved.


The "Lake Scene" from the 1995 BBC Production of Pride and Prejudice:



Comments [3]

tag from New Jersey

Most people don't understand the fact that the characters in Jane Austen's books are universal. At the time I read the Austen books, I wouldn't even confirm in my mind the character of people, both men and woman. The books gave me license to access and categories people. I just didn't think my observations were correct. After reading her books I realized that the character of different people, arrogance, biased, presumptuous, is universal. I could finally accept it.

Aug. 06 2013 12:26 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

A few years ago, I was recuperating from an accident and during some home therapy had time to watch the BBC televised series of Jane Austen.

I absolutely could not believe how chatty and catty all the women were. It was tantamount to 19th century Danielle Steele. Granted, the books are of historical interest, but I would not have bothered to watch them if I'd known the nature of them (and had I not been sidelined by my injury and subsequent therapy).

Austen had the wherewithal to write, but I wish her subject matter had been more interesting, rather than the day-to-day exploits of a bunch of women who are looking to get married and how they stab one another in the back to get to the richest men. Yecch!

Aug. 06 2013 11:40 AM
Roy from Queens

There's an upcoming film called "Austenland" that focuses on Jane Austen fans in a comical fashion.

Aug. 06 2013 11:39 AM

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