Posted by Janea on June 10, 1997 at 11:38:34:
In reply to Re: Sequels posted by Haley on June 08, 1997 at 20:28:36
] ] ] This is an excellent explaination for why none of the sequels to Austen's work are any good.
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] ] Which ones have you read? I've only read "Presumption" and "Eliza's Daughter." I thought both of them were pretty bad but I'm probably being unfair to the authors. I think it would be tremendously difficult to duplicate JA's brilliance (although I've always wished I could). I always pick up anything that claims to be a JA wannabe (proving that the marketing ploy is, indeed, an effective one) but I always get disappointed by the sequels. The only two I've read seem to think that using a phrase or two of hers is the same thing as adopting her style. I've not seen it done with any degree of perfection anywhere. Are there sequels out there that are decent?
] I readMansfield Revisited by Joan Aiken, Though not as good as the origanal(small wonder) I enjoyed it =) It's about Fanny's sister Susan, after Fanny's married.
Iīve also read Joan Aikenīs Mansfield revisited and I liked it as well. I think itīs the best one of the sequels Iīve read so far and that because of I think two reasons. 1. She doesnīt try to copy Jane Austenīs way of writing. 2. The main figure is not Fanny from Mansfield Park, but (just like Haley says) her sister Susan which you donīt know so much about from JA`s book. I think that is the biggest mistake with a lot of the other sequels. They are about people you already "know" and love so you just run mad over all the mistakes.