Who’s behind the scenes at Just Jane 1813?
Perhaps this blog has been in the making for too many years… After reading “Pride and Prejudice” in 1999 and declaring it my favorite book of all time, I plowed through all of Austen’s completed books and became an Austen admirer.
Last December, I discovered the world of Jane Austen Fan Fiction and I haven’t looked back… Now, after 100+ JAFF reads and the desire to keep on reading many more, I’ve decided to create a blog where I will post my JAFF reviews, share Austen-inspired posts and create my very own JAFF reading lists that will help other JAFF readers navigate this gorgeous world inspired by All-Things-Austen.
As a reader, I savor the experiences I’ve shared with my online, offline, and imaginary friends, along with the ability to make new JAFF reading friends from all around the globe.
As a woman, who may also be deemed an”obstinate, headstrong girl,” I believe I am so utterly attracted to Austen because while I imagine that she was everything “lovely and accomplished,” I also smirk to myself believing that Jane was quite the rebel and a visionary within her own time and sphere. She had the brilliance to write prose that is in a class of its own, while inspiring a world filled with ideas and insights that have led millions of women on their own personal pilgrimages over the past two hundred years.
My own Austen-inspired personal pilgrimage has been an experience that I can only credit to the numerous amounts of JAFF I have had the pleasure to read, the amazing women (and a few good men) that have written these beautiful stories and the new friends I have made along the way.
Being a middle-aged woman is quite a thing!! I’m at a place in my life where I’ve lived long enough to know who I am, but maybe not long enough to understand where it is that I am going… JAFF has afforded me countless opportunities to reflect upon my own future, my fortunate choices, my creative desires and my personal relationships… All within the loveliness that can only be experienced with the dearest of friends, real and “imaginary.”
Please join me on this All-Things-Austen journey and create your own personal pilgrimage… Books, friends and “Just Jane.”
C.A. DiMuzio-Pepe, Ed.D.