Recently I read a message from another author in the field of JAFF, and she was asking if we thought the genre was over saturated with all the new authors in the field. My opinion is: no way!
One of the nice things about JAFF is the fact that our characters are timeless. They have been around for 200 years. And they are flexible.
When we write stories, one of the first things is the setting. Is the story in modern times, Regency, or even some fantasy realm we conjure up. Let’s face it, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet can fit in these categories. Whether Darcy is the CEO of some modern day super company, a wealthy gentleman of the early 1800’s, or off on some intergalactic adventure, he can fit in. His brooding and shy personality can fit into any of the storylines. Let’s face it, can you imagine him slaying a dragon to protect his lady love? Can Elizabeth’s love of nature be found in all the scenarios? Can we picture Elizabeth slaying the dragon beside Darcy? So many different storylines, all the better to read with you my dears.
Because there are so many different storylines, we can reach more readers. Maybe you are a contemporary lover, or you are fan of the world of magic. Or perhaps you are a fan of regency period.
Last year, when I was at the AGM, I got my first real look at the many different types of Jane Austen fans there are. There are those who look down on any of the fan fiction, as they love the original stories and do not wish to see any changes to them. Then you have those who are purest. They do not mind a few added details, but they don’t want the storyline to be changed. There are also those who prefer to read continuations after Jane Austen ended her stories. And then there are the ones who want to see Darcy and Elizabeth play around with different situation, being far from the original. Anyone who has read my books is aware of my taking our beloved couple for a spin and see what would happen with a slight deviation or a completely different situation.
With each new author, added to those already established, we can take our dearest characters and love them (or love to hate them) further than the original stories with which Jane Austen blessed us. We have authors who stay faithful to the language of Regency England, while many others use modern words and phrases. And we even have people who write in terms of the future or paranormal. And we have some who write the steamy stories.
This leads to more people becoming interested in JAFF. And if they like one style, they are likely to enjoy another style. I have read some of all the types (I have over 300 JAFF stories on my Kindle, and more from the fan fiction sites. And believe me, JAFF is addicting. Like Lays potato chips, you can’t have just one. Yes, I know that for a fact, I am a JAFF addict. And, if they ever come up with a treatment for it, I refuse treatment. JAFF is an amazing genre and has brought countless hours of joy to my life. The more people to read our stories, the better. Not just for us to sell books, but for the increase in people who love Jane Austen and her stories. Most JAFF is based on the Pride and Prejudice story, but there are other Jane Austen stories. For those who never knew of Jane Austen (yes, there are those sorts of people, HAHAHA), we open a new door for them to enjoy more of her stories.
So am I in favor of more JAFF authors? Oh, yes, absolutely. If I had not taken a huge step to publish my own stories, I wouldn’t be here writing this blog. And I have grown and learned since my first story (at least I hope I have). So, there is always room to improve and grow. I am happy to put my 2 cents in if asked questions, as it can only enhance the genre if we help the new authors to learn and grow as we did. And I need more stories to feed my addiction.
Thank you all for your kindness, and being here on Austen Authors.
And just to let you know, I am hoping to have my next book release within two weeks. I am on the final chapter, then it is off to editing. The book is The Bennet Fury.