Sunday, July 15, 2007

more on Austenland

What I found most interesting about Austenland was the way it expressed the ambivalence I suspect many romance readers feel about enjoying romance. Most romance readers who blog proudly proclaim that they have no trouble separating fantasy from reality; perhaps those who do wonder keep quieter about it.

Though I confess that I didn't actually get, in Austenland, why the main character felt that Pride and Prejudice had so negatively affected her. Her choices all seemed perfectly reasonable to me.

I find myself wondering if it was difficult for Hale to decide whether to give the book a romantic happy ending or not. (I'm not going to say which she chose. Assuming she did indeed get to choose.)

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