Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Cashing in on Jane Austen
And then I began compiling a list.
I stopped somewhere around number 200 (I kid you not) because regardless of whether the books would be quick to read, the project was quickly growing to a size of not funny.
Humor is a funny thing. (Well, of course it's funny—after all that's the point, isn't it?) What is funny to me might not be funny to you. For example, you might think that the cover of the book pictured to the left is not funny, but I think it's hilarious. (Not saying that the story itself should be ridiculed, just that the cover art cracks me up.)
So I dropped the idea of the project (I've got a gazillion other things to do anyhow) but one book stuck in my mind. Another book with a cover that made me giggle. And so I put it on my Paperback Swap wishlist, and before long it came. It's a slim epistolary exchange between two long-time friends, discussing Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and Mansfield Park.
I was hoping to be as entertained throughout the book as I was by the cover, but unfortunately that didn't happen. It was readable and enjoyable, but both of these guys liked Austen way too much for it to be exceedingly amusing. (If it was a book about my dad reading Jane Austen, the action would be non-stop, I assure you.)
So this wasn't a huge success for me, but it's actually made me [slightly] curious regarding Regency Era bodice rippers...I think Jane might have gotten a kick out of that one.
Oh, and just in case you are interested in the list, click here to check it out! Which titles did I miss?