As a child, Jane Austen became ill with typhus and nearly died. Thank goodness she didn't or what would the world have done?
What would life be like without Pride and Prejudice or Emma or Persuasion?
What would we do without Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley or Mr. Knightley or Edmund Bertrum?
Has any author inspired the imaginations of so many authors? Bookstores are loaded with spin-offs, copycats or tributes.
And now I'm one of them. I'm smack in the middle of writing a novel that would never have been imagined were it not for Jane Austen. So thank you to Jane and thank you to the movie maker who had Matthew Macfadyen walk across the meadow.
It's so much fun to write when you're forced to watch clips from the movie over and over all in the name of research!