The surprising thing about the other book, Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating by Lauren Henderson, is that it really is a guide to dating. The premise is that the author, while single in America, was given bad advice by American friends who followed strict dating rules. She turned instead to the common sense of Jane Austen and got her man. Now she instructs the rest of us, with examples from the behaviour of Austen’s heroines. I thought it was going to be a funny book, so this is disappointing. You might explain my grump by saying that I am far from being the target audience for such a book but the same is true of Bridget Jones’ Diary which, au contraire, I love and have read several times.
Webster wins but reading the two has made me want to read Pride and Prejudice yet again, which can never be a bad thing.