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Today’s Hardly Plain Jane: Thoroughly Modern Austen

The Muse by Jessica EvansToday we're joined by author Jessica Evans, who has been inspired by Jane Austen's iconic Pride and Prejudice, and written The Muse, updating the characters of Elizabeth and Darcy to modern times, and making her the newest corps de ballet member and him the bad boy dance legend who's battling a case of artist's block—which sparring with Lizzie might help unblock. Jessica is here to talk about modernizing Austen. Thanks, Jessica! 

If there’s one truth that’s universally acknowledged, it’s that Jane Austen’s stories are timeless. Romance readers today still devour Austen’s original novels and their modernized version like Bridget Jones’s Diary and Austenland for the strong, complex heroines, the honorable heroes, the laugh-out-loud wit, and, of course, the love stories.

However, timeless though Austen’s stories are, some essential elements of her novels have become (dare I say it?) irrelevant today. There are challenges to modernizing two-hundred-year-old stories, but many writers of Austenesque figure out clever ways to bring Jane into the 21st century.

[Let's go back to the future, then, shall we?]