Few authors have been endeared to so many generations of devoted followers. Even centuries after she was first published, Jane Austen still casts a spell over readers.
What is it that ensnares our fascination with her characters? And more importantly how can we
Ahem. Here are ten easy steps to writing the perfect Jane Austen novel.
#1. Your plucky heroine must be known for her determined spirit, however, she's also quite handsome which no one seems to mention.
#2. When the protagonist meets her love interest, they will formally address each other even though one is clearly smitten, but keeps their devotion a secret.
#3. An unsavory family member proves to be a reoccurring source of annoyance and conflict.
#4. Through a happy coincidence the heroine and her love interest will keep bumping into each other in social situations that force them to be civil to each other, slowly the feelings of attraction become mutual.
#5. A walk down the garden path leads to a feisty confrontation with the antagonist or an unexpected pledge of devotion from above mentioned love interest.
#6. At the moment when true love seems unstoppable, a family tragedy occurs preventing the couple from pursuing any future plans.
#7. Time goes by and it rains a lot.
#8. When all seems lost, the heroine finds herself either dripping in mud from a fall in the garden path or soaked from a rain storm when her love interest happens by. Awkwardness ensues and no one proclaims their true affection.
#9. When the family tragedy from #5 is miraculously settled with a three page letter delivered in the night via post by horseback, your heroine remembers her life will still be miserable because her love interest saw her covered in mud or soaked to the skin.
#10. A second confrontation in the garden path with the antagonist reminds your heroine that she is devoted to her happiness, and when the love interest shows up one last time, she seizes the moment to declare her feelings and true love prevails.
Awesome, now go write your own Jane Austen novel and soon Hollywood will come calling.