30 Day Book Meme – Day 08

Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy                                                                                          Day 06 – A book that makes you sad                                                                                                 Day 07 – Most underrated book                                                                                                        Day 08 – Most overrated book I think Austen’s books are overrated. On the one hand, I recognize Jane Austen’s importance in (feminist) literature but, on the other hand, I think she has become a commercial product. Nowadays reading Austen is in fashion and, without giving it too much thought, I can recall two Hollywood movies related to her. It is obvious she is a literary landmark but, in my opinion, most of her works are overrated and so is the persona that we, in the 21st century, have created for her. For many, Jane Austen looks like Anne Hathaway and for many others, Pride and Prejudice is full of kisses and heart-to-heart talks like those of the 2005 movie adaptation, which I love as an independent story and not as an adaptation of the book since it is not historically accurate.

I wonder why all this fascination and commercialization for Austen and not so much for the Brontë sisters, Wilkie Collins or, returning the feminist writings, Kate Chopin. As it usually happens, we cannot escape society and fashions, but it is clear that Austen has become a product… and it sells.

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