I am always interested to see the patterns in culture that emerge in what we love, like, destroy, worship.

For a long time in film and literature it has been Jane Austen. We have had the books made over and over into films and TV shows. Then the fan fiction that became the sequels to Austen’s books. Then Zombies came to the Austen books, and porn in Austen, Lost in Austen where modern merged into old, Austenland Theme Parks in another book and even a murder mystery in Austen as seen in the recent P.D James book Death Come To Pemberley.

I think it is safe to say, Austen has been done. To death.

So who is next?

Sometimes I think it might be Charles Dickens works, he is getting a lot of heat lately from the new biography on him by Claire Tomalin. The issue with Dickens is that his female characters are not often painted well.  It is clear he hates women but can’t live without them either.

So who else? Edith Wharton? The Brontes? Henry James? E.M Forster? Do any of them have the pure joy of falling in love as Jane Austen managed to evoke? Is this what we love? Love?

Personally, I loved the Nancy Mitford books. Remake these and give me some glamour and pre-war romance.

“If I had a girl I should say to her, ‘Marry for love if you can, it won’t last, but it is a very interesting experience and makes a good beginning in life. Later on, when you marry for money, for heaven’s sake let it be big money. There are no other possible reasons for marrying at all.”

Can’t you just hear Kristen Scott Thomas saying this?

Bliss.

I watched The Talented Mr. Ripley again the other night. It’s an underrated film of the 90’s. Gosh, Jude and Goop are gorgeous in this. The styling is divine. the ending so tragic that I remembered why I have only seen it once before. It’s not a feel good but looks marvellous. More Patricia Highsmith? Maybe. Not sure.

Who knows who is the next Jane Austen but I will be fascinated to see who it will be. I am more inclined towards Dickens, with his humanity of the working class. Maybe this makes up for such poorly drawn women. Maybe Dickens poverty is more reflective of the global mindset right now than Austen. Maybe, maybe , maybe.

Oh heck, I have no idea so Happy Sunday to you all instead and to all a goodnight.

Writer.

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