The Regency Era, Mansfield Park, and Me

For the next 6 weeks it is going to be all Regency Era, all the time here. Why? Because on 16 December (the birthday of She Who Is Greatness – Jane Austen) my book Mansfield Parsonage will be released by Made Global Publishers

This makes me soooooooo happy!

Happy Squirrel

The book is a retelling of Austen’s Mansfield Park from the point of view of Mary Crawford. For me, Mary was a far better protagonist and heroine than that fearsome drip of a wet hen, Fanny Price. In fact, the reason television and film adaptions of the book tend to deviate so strongly from the novel is because no one in their right mind can root for a milquetoast, self-righteous, sniveling twerp like Fanny Price or her slave-owing yet moralizing relations, the Bertrams. Thus, the film adaptions tend to make Fanny feisty little critter and either elide or criticize the Bertram family’s dependence on slavery for income. Moreover, it is hard for the modern reader to understand why Mary Crawford was setup as the “bad girl” in contrast to Fanny. Mary’s “sins” are a desire to live in the city, to be happy in marriage, and to try to save Maria Bertram from social ruin when Maria has an affair.

Oh, the horror, right?

shocked squirrel

Apparently, to be a Good Girl like Fanny Price you need to become useless when faced with the hellish shock of adultery (which is way more morally repugnant than, say, owning your fellow human beings as chattel) and want the adulterers punished forever for their lapse.  Otherwise you lack delicacy. Or aren’t a sanctimonious prig. Either one, really.

So, anyone have any questions about The Regency Period, Jane Austen, or the forthcoming book? Comment here, email me, ask me on Facebook, or send me a Tweet and I’ll do my best to be obliging.


2 thoughts on “The Regency Era, Mansfield Park, and Me

  1. One of the reasons I like Fanny Price (although she is a bit humourless) is that she specifically speaks out against the slave trade herself in the book, as one of the reasons she cannot approve of the Bertram family. Will that be alluded to in the Mary Crawford perspective book? I’m very much looking forward to it!

    1. Fanny benefits from the slave trade and marries into it and hero-worships her slave owning uncle the Tory. I pooh-pooh her. Mary Crawford, however, in my book is an ardent no-sugar-in-my-tea-thank-you abolitionist Whig 🙂

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