It is not often that we have the opportunity to chat with a literary genius, so we leapt at the chance to interview author Jane Austen. As her reality series, The Jane Games, enters Round 2, she took time from her busy schedule to sit down with us and talk about the show.
LFW: You are the creator and host of The Jane Games. What was your inspiration?
JA: I attended a production of The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged and I thought: What a charming way for Will’s heroes, maidens and knaves to meet each other. I realized my ladies had never been formally introduced to one another, so I sought the most modern and entertaining way to put these women together to see how they fared. A quick flip through the channels and it seemed that a reality show competition was the obvious choice.
LFW: Catherine deBourgh is your executive producer. How closely did you work with her in creating the series?
JA: Ms. de Bourgh has been instrumental in bringing The Jane Games to life. Without her influence and support, I doubt I would have been able to bring my little idea into fruition. However, although we are similar in many ways, it turns out we have very different ideas regarding what constitutes “good TV” and “appropriate behavior.”
LFW: Did you watch any literary web series while developing the game?
JA: Though I enjoy Classic Alice, Shakes and Green Gables Fables, and adored The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, most of the research I did was of reality shows. I’d never before watched The Amazing Race, Top Model or The Bachelor, and, though I much prefer a good book, I am now all too aware of their potent addictive properties.
LFW: Without any spoilers, any hints about future tasks the contestants will face?
JA: I can only say that the girls will find themselves tested physically, mentally, and emotionally by both the tasks and some special guests. There can only be one winner, and she will truly have to earn her victory.
LFW: Any new projects on the horizon?
JA: I have a few ideas spinning about in my brain. There are, after all, plenty of other characters from my novels traipsing about, just waiting for their turn to be tested. I’d also love to be able to impart my knowledge to other ladies (or even gentlemen) out there looking for love and dignity.
LFW: Finally, is there any interest in finding a match of your own? That Frank Wickabee seems nice.
JA: With Frank Wickabee, “nice” is hardly the word; svelte, charismatic and seductive are more like it. Those are qualities I admire in a romping passionate fling; however, I prefer not to share my men. In any case, I don’t see wedding bells ringing for me in the near future. I’ve always had a thing for a certain married poet from Stratford.
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