I've got your back, Jane8:46 AM
Twain’s attacks on Austen are over a hundred years old, but he better watch it.
You guys have probably already heard about Mark Twain bad-mouthing Jane Austen. Even though making author-on-author attacks is every writer’s prerogative, I can’t share Twain’s views.
It just so happens that I was reading Twain’s “The Prince and the Pauper” the other day. I admit it – it has some really funny parts, but I couldn’t manage to finish it. I decided to put it aside for a bit and read a little of “Emma” by Jane Austen.
What a relief! This is where I want to be: with Emma interfering on other people's love lives.
I’m not really sure if there’s anybody out there who enjoys both Twain and Austen – probably there is. But the thing is: they are different.
It seems natural to me that the person who wrote a book revolving around the struggles and adventures of two boys in Henry VIII’s London is not going to enjoy the struggles and adventures of girls who want to get married.
They are different authors writing for different audiences. If one has more literary merit than the other… well, that’s a different story. But so is beating up a dead Jane Austen.
While reading this post I realized I wasn’t really able to grab Twain by the collar and make him take what he said about Pride and Prejudice back. But I can’t help it, I’m an Austen reader.
Images: 1 North of Here., 2 mine! didn't I tell you I was having fun with cameras?
How do you feel about Twain's remarks? Have you read any of his books?