TUESDAY THREE: The influence of Austen
You might have noticed it’s Austen Week here at Trashionista and so for this week’s Tuesday 3, we’re looking at three very different books all imbued with the essence of Austen.
The first is a hugely popular novel, The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. The story is simple: six people form a book club and read the works of Jane Austen. Split into six sections - each concentrating both on a different character hosting the book club, and a different Austen classic - we learn about the characters' lives and their relationships with Austen’s books.
Subtitled 'Fresh Perspectives on the Original Chick-Lit Masterpiece' and edited by the wonderful Jennifer Crusie, Flirting with Pride & Prejudice features a mix of both essays and short fiction. Contributors include Shanna Swendson and Lani Diane Rich on such subjects as the similarities between P&P and Fiddler on the Roof, Bride & Prejudice (the movie) and the eternal appeal of Colin Firth's Mr Darcy.
Finally, an Austen-esque self-help book of all things! Lauren Henderson is a Cambridge University graduate who wrote her second-year dissertation on courtship rituals in Jane Austen, so she's well placed to bring us Jane Austen's Guide to Dating (or Jane Austen's Guide to Romance if you have the paperback!). A mixture of case studies from Austen's novels and real people from the twenty-first century illustrate the educational and entertaining points that Henderson has to make about dating.