News just in!
Following the recent report that Austen's Emma will be re-worked by Alexander McCall Smith, the BBC News website has just reported that all of Jane Austen's published novels will be rewritten by six modern authors and translated into a modern-day setting. Joanna Trollope's version of Sense and Sensibility will be launched imminently.
not sure I approve - how do you rewrite a classic? I think Austen's
novels have stood the test of time - they are still immensely popular in
their own right.
Many authors, including the lovely Jane Odiwe,
have created fresh novels and sequels from Austen's original novels and
characters, and I personally welcome anything which popularizes Austen
and her works.
But will readers think that the Austen Project is a step too far? Should Austen's novels be - do they need to be - updated for modern readers? I'd love to know what do you think?
Update 24 October: You can read views by two experts, Professor Kathryn Sutherland from the University of Oxford, and Professor Emma Clery from the University of Southampton, on the Austen rewrites here.
'Will you do me the honour of reading that letter?' Mr Darcy gives
Elizabeth Bennet a letter in the park. Illustration by C.E. Brock for Pride and Prejudice (Cassell’s Book of Knowledge Vol. VIII, (Waverley Book Co., c.1920)).