Diane Joy wrote:
"Jane Austen's books feel like "a break," in a way, partly because the
issues she deals with (marriage and finding one's place in society) are so
different for us. In her terms, social slights and broken engagements
could feel as crushing as graphic violence: for her readers, these events
have economic consequences that they don't have for us. ---djb"
Yes, but she doesn't actually go into exhaustive detail about the
consequences of social slights and broken engagements. They could be
drastic! In fact, her touch is so light that many modern readers have to
have it explained to them: these aren't just the transient disappointment
of not getting a date to the prom; these really can be life-changing events
for Austen's characters.
I have heard that even earlier authors had problems with evil being more
interesting than good. Milton had this problem in Paradise Lost, according
to a long-ago English lit class that I took; don't know if this is still
Heroic fantasy appeals less to me than once it did; I can't help wondering
how they're taking care of all those horses and who gets stuck with the
grubby stuff, or how our heroes are dealing with keeping clean enough to
stay healthy. (I've camped out just enough to know it isn't easy,
especially if water is in short supply.) On the other hand, I can't stnd
books that seem to focus on little else.
Thanks for the v. thoughtful reply.