We’ve been trying to get a hold of her publicist for quite some time now–but it’s official: Jane Austen said yes to an exclusive interview for Feedbooks! We’re very excited and very pleased to offer you this one-of-a-kind interview, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!
Jane Austen, thank you for doing this interview for Feedbooks. We are an online digital book retailer, which means that the books we sell are not made of paper. Actually, they’re weightless.
Thanks for inviting me. You sell weightless books? I must admit this is wholly beyond my grasp. How does this work?
It’s a tiny file you put on a dedicated device. It’s actually more convenient since the device weighs less than the actual book, and you can still read the text as you would on a hardcover copy, see? [handing on e-reader]
Oh! [swiping the pages] Well, this surely is fascinating. Modern world seems to be such a thrill.
I imagine it’s quite different from your time. But your legacy lives on, and you are a reference in English-speaking literature.
So you’re saying women did actually make it in the literary canon? This is interesting. I guess I would not have to use an alias now?
Well, we’re unfortunately far from an equal treatment in arts, but I guess you can say “it gets better”.
It gets better if you wait two centuries? Now this is why I knew I should have kept on sleeping this morning.
What did you think of the various adaptations of your novels? Do you know there’s now a giant statue of Darcy appearing in every lake across England?
Is it true? This is peculiar to think that one of my purely fictional inventions could materialize in such a way, let alone in this kind of rock-solid clothing. I did not see any adaptations, although I do recall being told that Darcy was somehow… In a lake? Is this correct?
Yes. Hence the statue.
Well, he seems to have made quite an impression.
There is an ongoing literary project within which several authors re-imagine your novels in a modern, 21th-century setting. For example, on the cover of the re-imagined Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope, the main characters are wearing earphones.
Earphones? What are those?
They’re tiny devices you put in your ears and it allows you to listen to music or any kind of spoken recording without bothering anyone around you.
It does sound promising. I wish it existed in my time, instead of having to bear the dullness of many a conversation with my peers.
You died almost 200 years ago, but your novels are still widely read. Is there any material we wouldn’t know about, a journal, an unfinished novel?
There most certainly is. I wish all these dedicated scholars would have found it by now, I am quite astounded. It is not hidden, it is very well out there, but you shall not find it under the letter “A” at the library.
So you used another alias? Wow, that’s quite a revelation!
Thank you Jane, and thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us.
In the meantime, you can download all of Jane Austen’s works for free in our public domain section.