Modernizing Classic Characters

Modernizing Classic Characters

One of the struggles with writing Jane Austen fan fiction, in my experience, is balancing the idealized characters created by Austen and realistic characters.  Let’s face it, even when considering their flaws, her characters are still idealized versions of the purpose they serve to the plot.  It’s easy to either love or hate her characters. Read more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Wrap Up and What’s Next

I want to share a conversation I had with a family member recently.  The wonderful thing about having written a modernization of Persuasion is that so many people I know are picking up the original book to understand the source material before they read my book.  While I, in no way, think I accomplished withRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Week 3 Discussion

Here we are in week 3 of our Persuasion Read-a-long.  This week we get a short emotional break from the tension between Anne and Captain Wentworth. It doesn’t last long, but we shift in that time to Mr. Walter Elliot, the heir and distant cousin. So, when I wrote my modernization, two characters generated aRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Week 2 Discussion

Welcome to week 2 of our Persuasion Read-a-Long.  This week we are discussing chapters 7 -13.   SO MUCH happens in these chapters.  We go from 0- 60 in one moment.  How? Why? Well, we finally get to meet our hero: Captain Wentworth. A lot of time is spent with Anne who is trying to prepareRead more

Persuasion Read-a-long

Persuasion Read-a-Long: Week 1 Discussion

Hi!!!  Here we are at our first discussion for the Persuasion Read-a-Long!  I am very excited to do this because Persuasion is my favorite of Austen’s novels.  This week the discussion focuses on chapters 1-6. What is going on?  In relation to our love story, very little.  In relation to Sir Walter’s ego, plenty. SomethingRead more

Issues in Modernizing Classics: Should I?

Clearly the world is, for good or bad, in some type of reboot mania.  At least, Hollywood executives are.  While movie reboots seem to focus on changing the sex of characters or utilizing new technology to tell the same story, I have noticed something connected going on in fiction books.  I have ranted (typically) aboutRead more