28 April 2010
Alma Alexander, the author of The Secrets of Jin-Shei, is fed up with all those classic monster/Regency novel mash-ups:
The latest I’ve seen advertised is “Jane Slayre”, Jane Eyre as vampire slayer I am guessing, Jane Eyre as Buffy. When they run out of the Bronte material, what next, Georgette Heyer?
Can’t help agreeing there. I struggled with self-absorbed Austen/Bronte characters through years of set texts and I felt as if contemporary novels about privileged people in big white houses who never went outside were bad enough.
Putting a pointy stick in their hands would probably not help to make them much more bearable.