Posted by Amy on May 16, 1997 at 08:02:07:
In reply to Re: MP tedious? posted by Barbara on May 15, 1997 at 01:09:38
] But my enjoyment in it is not so much in seeing how the heroine will solve her problems as in seeing what horrible thing Auntie will do next, or what inappropriate thing Mary Crawford will say next.
I guess I have to say I must at least care what happens to a heroine, if not identify with her. And I do care about Fanny, though I do wish I could get her to loosen up.
Kathleen put it the link to JA's family and friends reviews. Many of them do mention loving to hate Aunt Norris. Are that jerks so important in these stories? Would it be worth reading the books just to cringe at them? And I wonder if guys who read JA rank liking the jerks as a bigger contributing factor to their overall enjoyment of the stories than we do?
I've always been fascinated by these Barney Fifes and really have to read that book of critisism about them someday -- the one with Mr Collins in the title? Anybody read that one?
Ellen Moody reviewed the book on AUSTEN-L some months ago. I can find her remarks if anybody is interested.
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