(A review of A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen, which is totally on my Hannukah wishlist)
After all, every fan of Jane Austen fan thinks she is a real fan of Jane Austen – that her understanding of and empathy with Austen surpasses that of other readers, that she and she alone fully appreciates and savors Austen’s merits.
I say this because before I hated Jane Austen spinoffs, I adored them. No—I was addicted to them. But in both phases, I considered myself a Jane Austen snob.
Is it me, or have pop-cultural Austen references just been obliterating even Shakespeare references recently?