Today is Jane Austen's birthday and I'm celebrating by re-reading Sense and Sensibility, one of my favorite books written by one of my all time favorite writers. Jane Austen was highly successful in her time, despite the fact she was a woman and a spinster, and her work has resonated with people for 200 years. How did she create such timeless characters who still speak to us today? Their circumstances may be different, but the deeper drives and longings are not so different from our own.
Here is an interview with Andrew Davies about adapting Jane Austen's books for the screen.
Happy Birthday, Jane Austen. Thanks for the wonderful stories and the lessons you taught me about writing.