Happy Birthday to Jane Austen!
I am always reminded as I trim my tree with one special ornament flown in all the way from Bath, England ….It’s that time of year again. Once again it is time to celebrate the birth of my favorite and undoubtedly one of the most influential and talented authors in all of history: Ms. Jane Austen herself. I always love talking about Jane especially with other Janeites who love her just as much as I do…mostly because she seems to cross all barriers and holds such a dear place in my own heart. She is beloved around the world and even non-readers know her name and work through various forms of media that now make her even more immortal. She continues to inspire and create for one simple reason: she is truly timeless. Her work is such an exquisite study of human nature that it can fit in any time period or place in history in which one might try and place it. Beyond that she continues to inspire writers today in amazingly large numbers whether their work be connected to her characters, herself or her memory. To help commemorate Ms. Austen’s birthday here at Stiletto Storytime I have invited two of my favorite Austen loving authors to share what Jane has meant to them personally. So fellow Janeites enjoy and do light a candle tonight in celebration while your peruse your favorite Austen masterpiece, giggle along with Bridget Jones or dream of Colin Firth….in any case have a fabulous Austen evening!
Happy birthday, dear Jane! I wish I could give you a gift, for you’ve given me so many over the years, from six of the best novels a girl could ever ask for, to one of the best pieces of writing advice a girl could ever wish for:
“Three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on,” you counseled your niece a long time ago. I hope you don’t mind that I took your words to heart, too. They helped steer my Mother-Daughter Book Club series, which I set in my old hometown of Concord, Massachusetts — a village of which you would have heartily approved. I had such fun writing those stories that I’m diving in all over again with a new book set in another village, the fictional town of Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire.
So thank you, Jane, for blazing a trail for so many of us who have followed you, pen in hand. We may never measure up to your inimitable genius, but we’ll nevertheless delight in every step of the way.
Heather Vogel Frederick
Hmmm…tough question. What Jane Austen means to me is almost indefinable, perhaps because she is so many things that I simply can’t consolidate. She is wit, silliness, and romance—lovely, memorable romance—and certainly, she is comfort. Her own novels bring back a simpler time, even with all the rules and restrictions. And the fictions written by all of her fans offer another connection to that charming setting that was never truly imaginary: The World of Jane Austen. She has infused her novels with such substance that they feel real and relevant even centuries later. That is magic—she is magic, perhaps that’s the best way to describe what she means to me. Jane has a sparkle that I hope will never dim in the eyes of the world’s readers.
Happy Birthday Jane! No candles necessary—you’re glowing! ~Alyssa Goodnight
What would a birthday be without gifts? And thanks to these two truly fabulous ladies two lucky Stiletto Storytime winners will walk away with a little Austen themed literary goodness to help celebrate the occasion. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Pies & Prejudice by Heather Vogel Frederick and another lucky winner will receive a copy Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight.
To enter please share below what Jane Austen has meant to you. When did she first come into your world? How did she make her entrance….do you think she’ll ever leave?
Giveaway will end on December 23, 2012 at midnight EST. This giveaway is open to US/CAN addresses only please. Winners will be chosen by random number generator and notified by e-mail.
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