[[folder: Fridge Brilliance ]]
* I had an unimpressed reaction to JaneAusten initially. The way that her characters [[SeriousBusiness constantly obsessed]] over romance and marriage seemed irritating and shallow... until I realized that for women in that time and place, marrying well really ''was'' a [[MatterOfLifeAndDeath matter of life and death]], or at least the difference between comfort and abject poverty. --[=JadedLady=]
* As I read more of JaneAusten, it at first slightly annoyed me that, outside of ''PrideAndPrejudice'', she always skips over the OfficialCouple getting together -- confessing their love, the proposal, arranging the engagement... the couple just goes and takes a walk together as she casually mentions to the reader that this is the part where they get together without showing how it happens. Clearly, at least in my humble opinion, she is great at writing plot and romance, so why skip over this scene all the time? ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' finally made it clear to me that this is part of her consistent GenreSavvy narrative persona. She knows she's writing a romance, the reader will know they're reading a romance, so why focus on the foregone conclusion that's been written a million times before? She focuses more on the social commentary and satire and comedic irony of the story because they're what differentiate the story; to Austen, the least important part of a romance novel is the romance!