Anita N   (phorum profile)

Location:Northern California, twixt SF and Sac
Joined DWG:Sometime in 2000, I believe
Favorite Jane Austen novel:Persuasion
Second favorite JA novel:Mansfield Park
Favorite JA adaptation:P&P2 (1995)
ANI Contributer:Yes

I used to be Anita on DWG, but that name was utilized later by another Dwiggie. Decided Anita N would be the best solution, and changed the name of my one remaining story.

Nearly 50 now. Married, no children, two cats, work as a minion for educational system. Rather bland, but tend to follow around and befriend sparkling or startling people who live life as I wish I did: grad studdents, performers, historians, costumers, recreationists and post-hippie hippies.

My co-workers might say I live amongst fruits, nuts and flakes, but I'm very happy amongst the granola.

First encountered Jane when I was 12. Read P&P, dismissed it as standard bland romance after the first page. 12 year olds do not understand satire, or think it was only invented in the 20th century.

I got it later. P&P2 reawakened that world. I love Jane's work not for the romance, but for the very real character flaws and quirks--both in heroes, villians and idiots--that are recognizable today. (NO ONE writes better idiots that Jane!) I can laugh at friends I recognize in her books---or cringe when I find myself on the page.

Mansfield fascinates me: I used to dislike it, but found myself watching similar situations and characters among my friends. The book is so unlike Austen's other books--even the author's voice and outlook seems to have changed. It is a book pulled in two ethical and emotional directions--I love to speculate what caused that book to emerge.

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