Rewriting Jane, an Austen-tatious move
Blog Guy, I read that a handwritten draft of a Jane Austen book that was never published just sold for $1.6 million at auction. The story said it was an unfinished work. She’s my very favorite author!
Be careful with that! What are you going to do with it?
Well, I’ve never read any of her stuff, but I did like “The Six Million Dollar Man” when it was on TV.
Are you stupid? That was Steve Austin. This is JANE AUSTEN.
Oh. Crap. Anyway, I’ve been doing some research, and I figure I can just finish writing her book myself, and then get $400 million or whatever.
She was famous for her romances about women on English country manors looking for suitable men, so I think I’ll update her story and have the heroine meet a rich and handsome country squire by liking his Facebook updates.
I don’t know. Something to do with the Facebook theme. “Like and Likability…”
You’re an utter moron, Blog Guy.
“Poke and Pokability.” “Share and Shareability”?
Blog Guy, I’ve been reading you a long time, and this Facebook thing may be the single worst idea you’ve ever had.
Ah. You think I should upgrade her to Google+?
Top: Cast members (standing L-R:) Gemma Jones, Emilie Francois and Emma Thompson and (seated) Kate Winslet in a scene from the film “Sense and Sensibility,” based on the Jane Austen novel, in a 1996 file photo. REUTERS/Ho New
Right: Cover, “Pride & Prejudice”
Left: The painting “The Rice Portrait of Jane Austen” hangs in a gallery at Christies’ in a 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton