Posted by kathleen (elder) on April 29, 1997 at 21:30:32:
In reply to Austen and the anti-heroine? posted by Barbara on April 29, 1997 at 11:47:43
] If this is in any way what Austen was trying to achieve in creating Fanny--that is creating a heroine who we would love despite her lack of traditional heroine qualities--I don't think she succeeded with Fanny.
But she did succeed with some of us. P&P was my first Austen novel -- and it (as well as Lizzy) will always be my favorite. But I have come to regard MP & Emma as the two best written novels. And I appreciate Fanny more and more with every reading.
Austen's heroines are each unique, different from the others (and from other novelists'). I like the challenge in not finding the same story in a different setting. While I know that some readers do not like Fanny, I hope most can appreciate the novel.
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