STATUS: I’m getting ready for my workshop on Jane Austen and Chick Lit with Shanna Swendson that will be happening in 45 minutes! Why am I blogging?
What song is playing on the iPod right now? Radio isn’t on! That would require a dash across the room to make it happen.
I’m constantly amazed at synchronicity in the world.
Here we are. Shanna and Kristin in Atlanta getting ready to talk about classic themes in Jane Austen and how you can use these guiding principles to really break into the market of chick lit today—to create a more complex story, timeless in nature, that women would want to read.
And here is Bookseller Chick talking about chick lit books on her blog, at what happened to the readers, and where is the future.
Three smart chicks I’m thinking.
So here’s a little snippet (or preview if you will) of what Shanna and I will be talking about at our workshop.
You can take any Jane Austen movie, pick your favorite, and analyze the main heroine’s place in her society, her expectations, and what she needs to be or do to create independence and by doing so, you’ll start seeing the timeless threads that can then be incorporated to a contemporary story.
For example, in Jane Austen’s stories, her heroines need to get married to find financial safety.
Well, some ladies are still pursuing that route but what is a more contemporary spin on that? Doesn’t that just get the wheels turning!
Jane Austen tackles the dilemma of how to stay happily single (and wedded to one’s principles) when your friend gets married (P&P—Plain friend Charlotte marries the very respectable—on paper anyway—Mr. Collins.)
Jane Austen tackles women meddling in other women’s lives (Emma—Emma and her kindly but interfering ministrations to Harriet).
Jane Austen tackles the craziness and disparate personalities of families (P&P and S&S).
But ultimately, chick lit is the contemporary social observation with satiric wit. Completely timeless if you understand the depth of that voice to really carry out a social critique.
Now I have to go say all these things, albeit more articulately, in front of hopefully a large group of writers.
Happy Friday All!