I’ve read a lot of Jane Austen Fan Fiction and I “try” to read as much of the Jane Austen continuation literature that comes out, and I must say (and excuse me if you don’t agree) but most of the continuation literature stuff is Crap! (with a capital “C”)
I’ve said it once and I will say it again until EVERYONE agrees with me: JA fan fiction authors are just better writers!!! I’ve been beat up several times now due to this opinion, but JA fan-fic fans all know it’s true.
I’m currently reading Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange, and although I would not put it in the crap category, I would definitely put it in the “no spirit or passion” category. Compare this book to a fan fic like, oh, I don’t know, say, The Birthright and see what I mean: it has passion, intrigue, spirit, wit… I could go on and on.
I would love to know where this fan-fiction / literary fiction disconnect comes from. Do literary authors feels encumbered with the need to please hard-core Janeites? Do fan-fiction authors relax due to their comparative freedom of expression. Are literary authors afraid of something that fan fiction are not afraid of.
I really want to know how others see this. I know there are plenty of people out there who disagree with me. Can someone back me up? Come stand beside me and we can take the pummeling with rocks together.