Monday, February 13, 2012

YA Authors on the Power of Austen

YA Authors on the Power of Austen
I love this piece on authors and Austen, as Austen has experienced a huge re-vamping in recent years. What's up with this resurgence? Is she a tortured idealist, or a strong feminist model, or maybe some combination of both? She has really drawn in the YA authors and been revamped--not just with zombies but with all kinds of parallels and re-tellings. And that leads to another question: is using Jane Austen as the basis for your novel really writing? What draws in so many YA readers? I offer the idea that so many of us (myself included) have grown up with Austen (and her contemporaries) as our love of literature grew. I've always been fascinated with the concept of secret languages and the ways that books can be escape portals and ways to enrich our minds. All book lovers know the romance and security of a book that helped form and shape you and was always there for you like your dearest friend. (I know for me through much of my middle school and high school years books were pretty much my ONLY friends). Maybe that's the YA appeal--the fact that Austen was there for us during those formative years and many of her novels set in Regency England perfectly mirror the intricate workings of an equal brutal social system known as adolescence.

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