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Written by CarrieB
(4/7/2004 2:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The language, penned by Linda
I talked about this a bit in my post about the chapter quotes. Austen had a unique voice, and trying to duplicate it is impossible. I also have a unique voice — every author does — and I think stories ring more true if told in their author's natural style rather than an imitation of someone else's. If the style feels forced, it distracts from the story.
I will add, however, that, while using my own voice in the narrative, I did try to be more formal in the dialogue. (Darcy, for instance, never uses contractions in his speech). How we speak is so much a part of who we are, that to remain true to Austen's characters, they had to sound like themselves.
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