You're my daughter?
What is that like?
Uh ... very interesting.
Because you are very nuts?
Yes. You're weird, wacky, and wonky, which is a good thing.
Does any of that craziness have anything to do with Jane Austen? Or am I crazy either way?
You're crazy either way.
Have you read Jane Austen?
Jane Austen board books, when I was a baby.
Did you like them?
When I was a baby.
Have you seen any of the film versions?
You've made me watch them my whole life.
Tell me one you remember.
Bride and Prejudice. That was hilarious.
Do you remember any period adaptations?
Does that mean we should sit down and start watching them all again?
NOOOOOOOOO! They're very boring.
You know those words are like daggers in my heart, right?
But they are.
Do you think Jane Austen holds any interest for almost ten year olds?
Maybe try again when I'm 13.
Because ten year olds are busy reading cool stuff, like Harry Potter and stuff.
What does your poem mean to you?
It means I do not understand any of this. You just blab about it, and I do not understand any little bit of it.
Do you think that if you had read the books or watched the movies you would understand?
Not very likely.
Do you think your mother has done a bad job of introducing you to Austen?
Because you like it. Everything is boring if you like it.
|Maggie Smith in Becoming Jane, 2007|
I like Harry Potter.
Thanks a lot. You ruined it for me.
Are you a cantankerous child?
Tell me one thing that you know about Jane Austen.
She wrote in the early 19th century.
Good job. I guess I'm not a total failure. Can you tell me something interesting about the early 19th century?
The clothes were interesting.
Why?The clothes were very different than those from before or afterwards, which were big and look uncomfortable, but Empire dresses look comfortable. It makes me think of the clothing in the 1920s, because they were so different than the times before and after. I think that's cool.
Anything else you want to say to my readers?
I prefer fantasy.
But you love to read, right?
And that's the most important thing, right?
So I'm not a complete a screw up, right?
No. Because you're my mommy.
Aw. Anything else?
It's been an interesting experiment. Until next week, thanks for reading.