Which Austen heroine are you?
Posted by metaphorical on 28 January 2007
Jupiter9 scores again when it comes to finding fun quizzes. What’s especially neat about this one is that it looks underneath Austen’s bonnet to show the thematic engines that rev within the pages.
Take for example this question:
4. Your ideal mate is…
- Surprisingly un-dashing, but romantic in a quiet way.
- Unpretentious and loving.
- Proud and a bit standoffish, but kind-hearted and passionate.
- A bit blind to your charms, and sometimes blindsided by a pretty face and sharp wit.
- A good judge of character, with a playful sense of humor.
- Mature, generous, and good-looking.
That’s not meant as any kind of criticism of Austen. Themes, when stripped down to their essentials, always look like clichés; they’re supposed to. Theme is the universalistic part of writing, it represents the way a story speaks to everyone. Stories are then differentiated by unique and engaging characters, well-described adventures, engaging scenes, and so on—the ways the heroine overcomes adversity, finds true love, or matures, works through her pride, and releases herself from her prejudices.
How well does this quiz do? It’s dead-on! I am Elizabeth Bennet (as is Jupiter9!), my favorite character in my favorite book by my favorite author.