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Almost two hundred years later, she has become an international commodity–the ultimate rock-star novelist—a source of endless merchandising, sequels, and spinoffs.There are mystery-solving Jane Austens (some pretty good); a variation on the theme where her main characters solve mysteries; time travel Jane Austens; guides to the perplexed on romance and life based on Jane Austen; even vampire Jane Austens.For my money, the most worthy tweak on Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen in Boca that will give you a new appreciation of the much-maligned Mrs. Austen was often satirical, salty, down-to-earth, and commonsense with her acute awareness of the interconnectedness of love and economics: “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” She has been described as the “first Chick Lit author,” and her novels can be read simply as romance and entertainment. Because Austen is all about love, longing and the illusions that are alive and well—especially women. Illusion #1–He/she will change because of me: In “Pride and Prejudice,” haughty Mr.

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As a mature single of the female persuasion, I read Jane Austen’s books every few years and have seen almost every movie version featuring English male eye candy like Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

What does Jane Austen have to do with us, the single, mature dater navigating the shoals of twenty-first century dating since (a) you may never have read Austen b) Jane does not have a current profile on and/or c) Austen was assigned reading in high school or college that put you to sleep?

Jane Austen in real life was a maiden lady—a mature single-who died in 1817.

She worried about money, never married,and was forced to write in secret and publish under a man’s name.

Darcy first proposes to her “completely against his better judgment” and “what is due to his position.” He next approaches her a changed man after recognizing the value of her unique personality and character, swallowing his pride, and rescuing her most objectionable and cringe-worthy family member from social disaster.

Elizabeth, meanwhile, allows herself to fall in love with a man who she previously saw as a stuck-up stiff.

Illusion #2–If I Wait Forever, It Will All End Happily: In “Persuasion,” the swain who Anne Elliot rejected returns to her, despite years of absence and his relationship with a younger, more nubile and available woman whose bloom has not faded, who can produce a dowry, and whose fertility is not in question.

Loyalty and character trump youth and money, resulting in a thoroughly satisfying happy ending. Illusion #3– There Are Hidden Reasons that Explain Everything: There is a fascinating phenomena that I have experienced and have observed in other very intelligent men and women—the belief that there are deep, hidden, and mysterious reasons why the object of your love doesn’t actively and actually love you back, and only you can decipher and understand them.

One lovelorn separated husband used to describe dreadful behavior to me on the part of his ex-wife-to-be.

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