Posted by Carolyn B on January 20, 1998 at 23:14:11:
In response to on the relationship between literature and real life., written by Kate on January 19, 1998 at 14:05:18
From Kate's post:
] ...she also has an interesting bit on the folly of letting one's literary pursuits take over from real life...
This line and the title of Greg's post "Or maybe it's Jane Austen?" triggered this thought:
Another thing I thought about while typing my rambling post above: To what extent did JA use her writing as a form of escapism? All these heroines having happy endings with marriage to nice guys when she herself never married? (Esp. in a time and culture that so emphasized that.)
Is she doing the same thing by writing romantic endings that readers do by reading them???
I assume that Catherine and others read those Gothic horrors as a form of escapism, just as we perhaps read JA... Also Catherine can enter an unknown world of mystery and yet still be safe because it's only a book. And we can read JA knowing all will turn out OK in the end.
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