If you follow many Janeites and Austen authors on Twitter you may have been wondering what this #A4T thing is that is being thrown onto the end of narrative tweets. It means “Austen for Twitter” and is a fantastic Austen Project where fans write a Jane Austen story using Twitter, and using any of the characters and scenarios. This is social media collaboration at its finest.
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The day is drawing to a close, and I’ve never felt so overwhelmed by the Jane Austen community. Pride and Prejudice has been a part of my life for a long time, and I seek solace in the pages whenever I feel bored, exhausted, miserable or just in need of some form of recognisable beauty. It’s like crying on your best friends shoulder, or asking for advice over coffee. Sometimes the comfort can be hard to see, but it’s in the pages themselves and by the time Darcy and Elizabeth are coming to terms with their issues, you’re coming to terms with your own.
I was asked by a new-found friend and Jane Austen fan over at Upstart (an online magazine for emerging journalists) to write a piece about what it is that makes Pride and Prejudice so popular. Why are we still reading it 200 years later? The formation of this article, Pride and Prejudice still on top, was a lot of fun.
Mr. Bingley always seems to be a bit of a pathetic 2D character, so I thought I’d liven him up a bit. I’ve tried to focus on the day-to-day happenings around the house, the things we never get to hear much about, as far as my imagination will stretch… I’ll admit it was a bit difficult, and I kept jumbling up things. If there are any glaring errors let me know.
This is Mr. Bingley’s monologue, said about the time he has just moved in to Netherfield Park: Continue reading