Characterization & Sense of Humor
Posted by Gayle/mr on August 06, 1998 at 19:30:41:
In response to JA's Characterizations are timeless, written by Roger V/mr on August 06, 1998 at 19:29:28
I absolutely agree with what's been said here about JA's power of characterization. She's such a keen observer and so very good at expressing herself so that we know EXACTLY what she means as she describes a particular character! I agree, most of us find people in her books who are so similar to people we have encountered in our lives. Perhaps this is why her books come to life, even without the videos (although I love the film adaptations so very much). JA is very witty and makes us laugh. Quite frankly, I'll take all the laughs I can get in our fast-paced world! But, although she has us laughing, and often at the foibles of the characters, it isn't mean laughter. She never makes me feel guilty or like I'm making fun of a character or wishing them ill when I laugh. It is so good-natured. That is not to say we feel sympathetic toward every character, of course. But she's just not cruel about it; she (the narrator) always remains lady-like and of course things are never crude or cruel. That's also a relief from the modern world.
I really enjoy the time in which the novels are set. I took like history (now that I'm old enough to have some perspective about it), and it is fun to imagine the way things were. That's an added attraction. Also, I can rest assured of a happy ending. Enough depressing things about real life; give me a good book with a happy ending!
I wish I could have known JA personally. I'll bet she was a stitch!
- that's what I wish too Elizabeth.K 05:17:35 8/09/98 (0)
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