You know when you like something so much you can’t stop talking about it and you just want everyone else to like it too? Well that’s pretty much how it is with me and Jane Austen.
If you are reading this blog then you are already aware of me being just a tad bit obsessed about this wonderful authoress and her world, and I do like to “spread the word” of Jane Austen to as many people as I can.
A couple of days ago I had the final test/exam to do in a course I have been doing the last few months, and part of this exam was that I needed to do a short presentation on some subject. I was allowed to chose whatever subject I wanted and (I am sure you have guessed it already) I chose Jane Austen. They DID say whatever subject I wanted! 😛
I began my presentation before the teacher (I only had to do it before one person) by stating that Jane Austen is, as I hoped he was aware, one of literature’s greatest authors through time. As I said this he looked very, well, guilty and apologetic, and my suspicion was confirmed: he didn’t know a thing about Jane Austen! The reason I suspected this was because there are just so many people in Sweden who don’t have a clue of who Jane Austen was or what she wrote! Sadly I am now more surprised if anyone DOES know of her, rather than if they don’t. It is a sad thing. I do think someone who works with education should know about her though! But apparently that doesn’t have to be the case.
I did my presentation however, and by the end of it he (the teacher) was full of questions, which I was more than happy to answer, and we continued talking about Jane Austen for quite some time. And before I left he said that he’s going to have to get hold of some Jane Austen books now and read them!! I walked away from there with a big smile on my face for two reasons. One was because I was finally done with this course that I was more than a little sick of, and the other was that I had introduced yet another person to the wonderful world of Jane Austen! That always makes me happy! Hope he goes ahead and actually reads it now too!
Oh and by the way, I needed to do a written part for the exam as well, and believe it or not I managed to write that about nothing less than Pride & Prejudice! What can I say? I am just a little obsessed. 😛