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Aug 15 2017 8:02am

Brontë or Austen?

Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility. These are some of the greatest work of literature for modern fans of fiction—especially if you're a romance reader, which if you've found your way here you likely are! It's a battle that has been raging for a hundred years and dividing readers into two camps: The Brontës or Austen. It says something about a reader when you prefer one of these authors over another, so today we're taking a very important poll to find out which author you prefer!

Let us know down in the comments if you prefer The Brontës (either Charlotte or Emily) or Jane Austen!

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25 comments
Jennifer Proffitt
1. JenniferProffitt
I love Jane Eyre, but Austen has my heart because it's pure swoony romance (rather than angsty melodramatic angst)
Carmen Pinzon
2. bungluna
Austen all the way. I'm not partial to angst or melodrama. I do love comedies of manners and romance, so Austen fulfills all my reading cravings!
Darlene Marshall
3. DarleneMarshall
I adore Jane Eyre, but I couldn't stand Wuthering Heights. Having said that, I have to go with Austen for overall writing quality and reader enjoyment.
Sionna
4. Sionna
I gotta go Austen. I LOVE Jane Eyre, but Villette was a nearly insufferable slog. And Wuthering Heights is crack-tastic in its own way, but also unsatisfying because literally everyone is terrible the whole time. And everyone forgets about Anne.
Sionna
5. Benidorm-babe
Sorry, but neither. I cannot get on with that old fashioned style of writing
Heather Waters
6. HeatherWaters
Ack, tough choice! I've read Jane Eyre more than I've read Pride & Prejudice, actually, but I think if forced to choose I'd still go with Austen.
Sionna
7. BonnetsAtDawn
I have a whole podcast about this! Personally, I'm #TeamBronte, but my co-host is #TeamAusten. So, it's a draw.

@BonnetsatDawn
https://soundcloud.com/bonnetsatdawn
Sionna
8. EC Spurlock
Austen all the way. The Brontes are too dark for me, although I did get through Jane Eyre in one piece. My mom was a Bronte fan, though, so we cancel each other out.
Manda Collins
9. mandacollins
Austen! Love Jane Eyre but that's some pretty dark stuff. And it feels like you have to wait forever for her to get to Thornfield. Plus, Austen wrote possibly THE most affecting love letter in all of English literature. Wentworth beats put Rochester and his "Oh, bee tee dubs, my mentally ill wife is locked in the attic but let's get fake married and bone anyway, m'kay?" every time.
Sionna
10. Professora
Definitely Austen , although I'm rather fond of Villette.
Umayma
11. Safaaa
Austen all the way. Bronte is more angsty whereas Austen is a swoonfest all the way. I'll rather cuddle up ardently to Mr.Darcy anyday.
Sionna
13. Author Penny Reid
Jane Austen.
I can't believe you would even ask this question for realsies.
Jennifer Proffitt
14. JenniferProffitt
@Author Penny Reid, I'm sorry ;) It was both easier and harder to choose than I thought.
Mary L Allen
15. celtpriest
Austen all the way! I am afraid I always found the Bronte's too dark and desperate. I much more enjoy the absurdity of manners and yet triumph of goodness in Austen.
Mary L Allen
16. celtpriest
Austen all the way! I am afraid I always found the Bronte's too dark and desperate. I much more enjoy the absurdity of manners and yet triumph of goodness in Austen.
Sionna
18. Windmade
Bronte for me. The sisters sense of melodrama speaks to me more, and Austen's disdainful writer's voice leaves me cold.
Sionna
19. Karen H near Tampa
Definitely Jane Austen. While I've read both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, I didn't like either and don't consider them romantic at all but instead glorifying very manipulative men. Real life is dark enough and I need the happiness and hopefulness that I get from Jane Austen.
Janga
20. Janga
I love Jane Eyre, although I can no longer read it without echoes of Gilbert and Gubar and Jean Rhys in my head. I admire The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, but I outgrew Wuthering Heights after a period of intense infatuation as an adolescent. On the other hand, I first read Pride and Prejudice more than five decades ago and have reread it countless times since, and I never tire of it. Persuasion is my favorite Austen, an unending delight, and I make it a point to reread Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Mansfield Park often enough to keep them fresh in my memory. If forced to choose, Austen definitely gets my vote.
Sionna
23. Stephanie A. Toohey
I loved Jane Eyre, but although Wuthering Heights is great--horrible people. When I read Pride and Prejudice, I loved it. It was then necessary to read more of Austen's novels. She's my favorite.
Sionna
24. Shadowdpun
Where , I can't make it through a Bronte.
Sionna
25. brontëgirl
Brontë! Or, rather, Brontës :).
Tho' Emma is on my "Desert Island" list, along with Jane Eyre (and works by Lovelace, Wilder, Tolkien, Lewis, Burnett, Rowling, Montgomery, and Benson . . . and some non-fiction).
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