"Stranger than fiction . . ."
Posted by Mary Anne on September 12, 1998 at 11:35:17:
In response to Lots of coincidences in Austen works., written by Kathleen Ann on September 12, 1998 at 10:57:34
] I have noticed that there are many coincidences in most JA novels. P&P and S&S have the most, but all of her works seem to have at least one or two convinent coincidences to make the story work better.
Reminds me of Mark Twain: "Of course truth is stranger than fiction: fiction has to make sense!" Let's face it--weird stuff happens in real life that we simply wouldn't accept in a novel; we'd dismiss it as too convenient. But it does happen; we could all give personal examples, or historical ones. No coincidence that I have run across in Austen has been too bothersome to prevent me from enjoying the story, anymore than the occurrence of them in, say, the novels of Dickens or the plays of Shakespeare, both of which make far more outrageous use of coincidence than anything Austen ever wrote. Of course, Austen's style is rather more understated than that of Shakespeare or Dickens--but what she did, she did very well indeed. I think that's the key: quality of style can allow a writer to get away with a great deal! 8-) My two pence.
- A matter of degree Caroline 12:08:26 9/12/98 (0)
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