Has anyone watched, "The Great American Read" on PBS? They have gathered the top 100 books and they're asking America to vote on its favorite. Hearing people talk about their favorite books and what they mean to them sets my heart aflutter. Is there anything better than that connection with a character so that you don't feel so alone in the world?
The full list is here: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books/#/
Does it make you as excited as it does me? I had a tiny, little library by my house when growing up. I would ride my bike there and snuggle into a dark corner with a book. Ah, bliss. I was glad "Ghostbusters" didn't come out until later because that library ghost might have ruined my peaceful summers in the library.
When someone is deeply moved by a book, it makes you want to pick up that book and find out what you're missing. Last night when a reader described why she loved "Pride and Prejudice" I just wanted to hug her and say, "I know, right?"
This girl, a young Janeite at the annual convention of fans showed off her Austen tattoo. I showed my daughter that scene and said at least I didn't get dressed up in Regency clothing and head to annual conventions. She just told me, "No, you're just that geek in 'Austenland' with Mr. Darcy scribbled all over your binder.
Luckily, I don't look good in an Empire waist. This particular Janeite spoke about Elizabeth Bennet being contrary and my ears perked up. "There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.”
That quote is so me. Tell me I can't and I must. My other favorite heroines all have this in common. Bathsheba Everdene from Far from the Madding Crowd; Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind;
Meggie Cleary from The Thorn Birds. Their lives would be so simple if they just took the easy path.
I was talking to friends about publishing this morning and I know the path that publishing is taking. Why can't I just follow it like a normal writer? Because I'm Elizabeth, not Jane.
Yesterday at Costco I saw a stack of the classics in books and it thrills me to see. Check out that list of 100 top books. Which ones speak to you? Do you see a common denominator? The list is daunting. There are so many fantastic books that I love listed.
And because I mention "P&P" I can't leave this post incomplete. You're welcome.