I’m quite fortunate that I’ve been asked to sit for an interview with the admin of My Jane Austen’s Book Club on Facebook regarding my book, First Impressions: An Amish Tale of Pride and Prejudice. One of the questions focused on why I think people should still read classics.
That’s a great question and one that I would like to address here on my blog.
Reading in general is very important. Through reading, we learn new things, we explore new worlds, and we expand our creative mindset. A writer cannot be a writer if she or he does not read. That would be like a race car driver trying to race without putting fuel in the tank of the car…you simply won’t get far.
However, the classics are different. For starters, they were penned at a time when there was a different type of respect for the written word (and by penned I mean “penned”…not laptops in those days).
That’s one of the reasons I wanted to retell the Jane Austen stories from an Amish perspective. It doesn’t replace the original but it does get the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy into the hands of people who might not want to read the classic or, perhaps, read it so long ago that they forgot the important lessons that Jane Austen taught us in her wonderful novel. Plus, of course, Mr. Darcy is just so “all that and more!”
If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to pick up a copy of First Impressions at Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million, Sam’s Club, or anywhere else that books are sold. If you prefer the eBook version, please visit Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/First-Impressions-Amish-Prejudice-Classics-ebook/dp/B00IQY2OZQ. I’d love to hear from you to learn what you think of this special story.