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Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom (2013)

by Deborah Yaffe

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Looks at the culture that exists among devoted followers of Jane Austen, detailing the hidden subtext in the author's novels and the varied people they have inspired.
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  naoph | Jan 1, 2021 |
I wanted this book to be more fun than it actually was. There was great variety in the many forms our Austen-mania takes, but too many wink-wink references to Colin Firth in a wet shirt (I mean, multiple times a chapter!) and too much about the romantic histories of the women who write Austen fan fiction. A lot of filler. I appreciated the balance and/or tension between academic and commercialized appreciation of Austen, which isn't (and won't ever be) resolved. But I don't think this really needed to be an entire book. It would have been perfect as a series of 2-3 long-form journalistic essays. ( )
  sansmerci | May 22, 2018 |
Yes, I absolutely love Jane Austen and have read all her books multiple times....but I do not belong to any of the groups described in this book. Deborah Yaffe writes an extremely readable book about official Jane groups, Jane bloggers, Jane Austen rewriters, Austen tour groups, Austen fashion designers, and Yaffe's experiences with all of them. If you like Austen, this will be particularly interesting, but if you don't, this will help you understand the Austen phenomena too. ( )
  Connie-D | Jun 21, 2017 |
A series of vignettes about prominent Janeites and their contributions to JASNA and Jane Austen research.
  LibraryGirl11 | Oct 4, 2016 |
As a Janeite is was fun to read about other people, kind of, like me. This is a fun book with lots going on. Yaffe talks about Austen both in her time and what she has become in ours. It is interesting to read about all the different kinds of people that love Austen from professors to lawyer to housewives and they all get something different out of her. It made me think about one of my favorite authors in a new way and that is always good. I think that some of the people we meet are a little odd even for me but I liked learning about how Austen touched their lives and made them better. It is also interesting to read about the way fanfiction works in this scene. I remember when I saw some of the books talked about, I did not know that they started out as just fanfiction but I do not know why I surprised by this. I guess Austen has always just been so important to me that of course people would want to read more about the characters.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. ( )
  lrainey | May 10, 2016 |
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Looks at the culture that exists among devoted followers of Jane Austen, detailing the hidden subtext in the author's novels and the varied people they have inspired.

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