Her Secret Blue Book

Of Books, Writers & Writing

Whenever I think of Jane Austen, the first novel that comes to my mind is Persuasion. I loved it then, when I read it for the first time in school. Or later in college on days, when love and romance in the world seemed fit only for fiction.

In Emma, by using comedy as a tool, Jane Austen highlights the social hierarchy and class divisions prevalent in the Georgian society. Despite being a romantic comedy, Emma emerges as a scathing social commentary, without turning preachy at any point. Through Austen’s thoughtfully implemented sub-plots, it entertains and yet remains realistic and relevant.

Now, I don’t want to know if you have watched You on Netflix. Truth be told, I discovered Caroline Kepnes on Netflix. But trust me on this. It really doesn’t matter if you have watched You and its sequel, please, please do read the book. It’s so much better.