Category Archives: Austen Characters

Have You Joined Team Sidlotte?

Have You Joined Team Sidlotte?

For generations, Jane Austen’s devoted fans have loved and cherished her six major novels: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. But today, the Jane Austen novel that’s getting the most attention is a novel our dear author never finished writing: Sanditon. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Jane Austen… more goodness …

Sketching Mr. Collins’ Character

Sketching Mr. Collins’ Character

William Collins is one of the Pride and Prejudice characters that most JAFF readers love to hate. JAFF authors, myself included, have done all manner of things with and to him, some good and some not so good. For example, Leenie Brown made him loveable in Master of Longbourn. In To Save Elizabeth, I made… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “The ReRelease of ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy'” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “The ReRelease of ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy'” Giveaway

      Austen Authors is honored to announce the winners of Regina Jeffers‘s “The ReRelease of ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy’” Giveaway. Sharon Legg, Mary Campbell, and Susanne Barrett will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Jeffers‘s The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy. Congratulations, Ladies. Regina Jeffers has already distributed the prizes to the winners. … more goodness …

Disability – a thorny issue to grasp

Disability – a thorny issue to grasp

I can think of no character in Jane Austen’s completed works who would qualify as what we understand today as being ‘disabled’. And yet it seemed to me that a book set in Brighton in the 1780s would be unrealistic if it did not include at least one character physically incapacitated in some way. Brighton… more goodness …

The ReRelease of “The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy” + a Giveaway

The ReRelease of “The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy” + a Giveaway

I originally released The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy back in 2011. I have recently earned back the rights to this book and have decided to rerelease it with a new cover art.  When writing any mystery, the author cannot just have a murderer and a victim. He/She must also have suspects, red herrings (false clues),… more goodness …

Social Class in Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Social Class in Jane Austen’s “Emma”

On February 21, 2020, we will have the pleasure (at least, I hope it is pleasure) of a new movie version of Jane Austen’s “Emma.” I thought we might look back at the plot structure of Austen’s tale, especially as it has to do with social class. After call, as Cher says in “Clueless,” the… more goodness …

Coincidences Kick Off P&P; Chararacter Carries It

Coincidences Kick Off P&P; Chararacter Carries It

In a recent blog, I wrote about coincidences in Jane Austen’s work. I’m following up again today with a few more examples of how she used them and how this use affected her work. Coincidences were a common contrivance to solve plot problems before and during Austen’s life. (And remain so in too many poor… more goodness …

Who is the Darkest Villain of them all?

Who is the Darkest Villain of them all?

Jane Austen introduces different types of villains in her novels. Some are more annoying than evil. Mr. Collins and Mr. Elton are perfect examples of this group. They are fools with high opinions of themselves. I think Austen has these characters in all her novels because they are very real and we have all known… more goodness …

Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

If a writer made Darcy behave like Bingley, Elizabeth behave like Jane, Mrs. Bennet behave like Mrs. Gardiner, and Lydia simply behave, it wouldn’t really be a good variation of Pride & Prejudice. Jane Austen created well defined characters. Changing one or two characters is fair, but writers can’t credibly change too many characters without… more goodness …