Re: Leave Jane Austen alone!
I remember seeing this a few weeks back on the news, and the publisher in question gave the old lame excuse that it may appeal to folks who wouln't normally pick up a classic. I think the idea is that they *may* be inspired and pick up the original but as we know, if that's how they feel, it's unlikely.
The cynical spin is always pasted over the real reasons, easy profit. It's a gem, Shakes of G hits the shelves, don't even write anything similar, just put in some juicy scenes in Austen or Bronte or whomever.
Liam, a UCL professor on the same show was quite worried, and he was pretty grounded, so I don't think it's that faddy.
If money is made, it will stay imo.
"Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard"
Myth of Sysyphus ~ by Albert Camus