19 Things Every Modern Jane Austen Fan Can Relate To

Posted on November 3, 2015 by

Jane Austen’s six novels tell timeless stories that still resonate with readers hundreds of years later: We all know a two-faced Wickham, a meddling Emma, a naive Catherine Morland, and a ridiculous Mrs. Bennet. It’s no wonder Jane Austen has such a passionate modern fan club! If only she could see where her books are today… everywhere! Social media, TV, theater, the movies, and bookstores worldwide love Jane Austen’s novels.

It’s no secret that we, too, love Jane Austen, but what do readers actually take away from her novels these days? Time to find out! We hope you enjoy this collection of 19 modern Jane Austen mashups as much as we did.

 

1. A good love story is not short.

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Sorry, Carly Rae Jepsen. Jane Austen didn’t do love at first sight.

 

2. That’s why all of Jane Austen’s novels are wonderfully long.

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Don’t plan to get anything done for a few years…

 

3. But never long enough 🙁

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Why did she have to go so young… and so long ago?

 

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4. You can’t really consider yourself a lover of books if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice.

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We think not.

 

5. But as true fans know, Pride and Prejudice is not the only book she ever wrote.

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Don’t you wish more people got your Emma and Mansfield Park references?

 

6. You can always tell when you’re reading a Jane Austen novel.

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#4: Bath is mentioned.

 

7. Even though they’re centuries old, Austen’s heroines are great role models.

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OK, and some of her gentlemen too.

 

8. Even Regency women had “moves.”

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Other moves include long stares across crowded rooms and talking about muslin.

 

9. The world would be a better place if more men read Jane Austen novels.

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A Mr. Knightley from Emma will do, too.

 

10. If he shows up in this shirt, you know he’s one of the good ones.

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At least he knows what women really want.

 

11. You definitely don’t ever settle for a Mr. Collins.

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One flower — really?!

 

12. You follow Elizabeth Bennet’s example. She pretty much invented “hard to get.”

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Except she wasn’t playing games; she really was trying to avoid Mr. Darcy.

 

13. Just like Mr. Darcy invented “being a jerk to the girl you like.”

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Well, when you put it that way… no.

 

14. And also “having no idea what you’re actually looking for in a relationship.”

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But is she witty enough?

 

15. Being smooth was just not part of Mr. Darcy’s vast repertoire of great qualities.

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Ouch.

 

16. The important thing is that when the time came, he knew exactly how to redeem himself beyond every possible hope.

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Mr. Darcy: The reason women don’t settle for men like Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham.

 

17. And that he beat the smooth operator by being extra classy.

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That’s a much tamer version of CeeLo Green’s song.

 

18. Unlike other people.

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Telling it like it is.

 

19. But the most important thing every modern Jane Austen reader knows…

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What did you learn from Jane Austen’s novels? Share in the comments!

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