Your fave Jane Austen turn-offs
Was it Valentine's Day or Halloween? Love in Austen is such a chamber of horrors that we really don't know - but just like a haunted house, it's fun to explore.
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It might be the month of love and Valentines, but for February here at the Austen Connection, we’re celebrating all the bad love of Jane Austen - and what Austen might be showing us with all those terrible marriages.
And when we took to Twitter and social media to ask you to weigh in with your favorite bad couples of Jane Austen, a torrent of treachery, duplicity, and terror was unleashed - as you all shared the biggest turn-offs in Jane Austen, from Wickham and Willoughby, to General Tilney and Mr. Elton.
So this week’s post is dedicated 100 percent to your turn-offs and terrible couples from Austen.
The question - your best Bad Love of Austen
Your Answers - a parade of bad marriages
So there we have it, a Valentine’s month parade of horrors: the hapless Hursts, the neurotic John Knightleys, the Rev. and Mrs. Collins, Mr. Robert Ferrars and sinister Lucy Steele, the woeful Willloughbys, the wicked Wickhams, the greedy Rushworths, the ever-awful Eltons, and the very bad Bennets.
And on our Facebook post at the Jane Austen Fan Club, dozens of voters chose Lydia Bennet and Mr. Wickham as the worst couple in all of Austen! Not a bad judgement, and one full of deceit, treachery, tragedy and bad news. Thanks, Facebook friends!
Who are we missing? Feel free to continue this discussion, if we haven’t exhausted it yet, here:
And right after publishing our Bad Love discussion, I discovered the YouTube channel of Dr. Octavia Cox, including this lecture she produced on Austen’s worst marriages, and an entire episode devoted to Mr. Rushworth, most hapless and horrible husband - and why we can but don’t have to pity him. Her top bad-marriage picks were a bit different than mine, but I love it - and we seem to be on the same page when it comes to celebrating the bad love of Austen, and the meaning and even the inspiration behind all the badness. I find Dr. Cox’s lectures brilliant and engaging, and am slowly making my way through them - so expect more dialogue with these topics here, and if you are also watching these, let me know!
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Next week - we’re back with a question: How happy are Jane Austen’s HEAs? Are her endings as happy as we think? Maybe! Maybe not! Let us know any thoughts or questions you have on this - and we’ll drop in next week with thoughts. Then, for the month of March we’re talking Jane Austen TV - Bridgerton, Sanditon, and Regency romance on the screen. We’re looking forward to watching and talking with you all.
Meanwhile, have a wonderful week until next time,
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