Hi readers! It is a significant week in the Jane Austen world – a week where we remember Jane Austen’s death (July 18th, 1817) and acknowledge that her life ended too soon.
And this year the recognition and acknowledgement is even greater as it marks 200 years since Jane Austen’s passing.
That means that it has been 200 years since a new Jane Austen novel came out, but lucky for us her stories and characters have continued to live fruitful and long lives (and it looks like that won’t be changing any time soon!)
I know many of us are so grateful for Jane Austen and all the many ways her works have brought joy, comfort, and happiness to our lives. I thought it would be interesting to wonder what our lives would be like without Jane Austen.
So if you don’t mind, dear friends, take a moment and ask yourself…
Would you be a reader? What would you read?
My answer is yes, I would be a reader still. But perhaps if there were no Jane Austen novels, I’d read a bit less. Maybe mostly from the Christian-Fiction genre or Women’s Fiction genre…perhaps a little from the Brontës. But I don’t know if I would be become as avid a fan of one author or one genre as I am for Jane Austen! 😉
Would your relationships be any different?
I have always believed that if I haven’t encountered Jane Austen than there would be no Mr. Bingley in my life. *shudders* it is such a terrible thought, isn’t it? But it is true. I was not open to marriage or believing in happiness in marriage until I read Jane Austen – I saw too many examples of unhappy marriages in real life.
And while we do see some unhappy marriages in Jane Austen’s novels, there are many great examples of happy couples and harmonious relationships. More so than any other romantic movie or book – Jane Austen’s novels made me want to dream of that type of relationship for myself.
Because of Jane Austen I decided I wanted to find my own Mr. Darcy, or in my case my own Mr. Bingley!
Would any other part of your life, personality, or work be different?
Hmm.. Well, I don’t think I would be a blogger. I might write reviews on amazon, but I don’t think I would have started a blog.
Without Jane Austen and the Jane Austen community I would not have as many online friends or people to connect with. I don’t know many people who read for pleasure in my real life so I’d probably be keeping a lot of my reading and thoughts about reading to myself. In addition, I wouldn’t have any friends to travel and see in other countries and states or exchange emails and gifts with.
Perhaps, if there were no Jane Austen or Jane Austen community, I might have not lasted long in my first job. I discovered the online world of Jane Austen during my first year as a full-time teacher, which as many of you know can be an exhausting and often thankless job. I remember in that first year how I would look forward to my afternoons and evenings so much when I would finish work and can go online and see what my Jane Austen friends have posted and shared. 🙂 If I didn’t have that to look forward to in my days, I think I would have been more unhappy and perhaps would have wanted to switch jobs. Which would have been mistake because teaching is good fit for me, I just prefer to do it outside of schools! 😉
With gratitude we remember and honor you, dear Jane! Thank you so much for changing our lives!
How about you, dear readers?
I’d love to know how your life would be different without Jane Austen.
And if you are doing anything special tomorrow to remember Jane Austen, please do share that too!