Mighty Red Pen

March 23, 2007

Extreme makeover: Jane Austen

Filed under: Overseen,Pop culture — mighty red pen @ 4:49 pm

Evidently, Jane Austen, author of such little-known texts as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, hasn’t sold enough books. The reason?


She’s not is not enough of a babe.

There’s a new book coming out about Austen, but they’re worried it won’t sell because “She was not much of a looker,” said Helen Trayler, managing director of publisher Wordsworth Editions.

So they gave her hair extensions and took off her night cap. Jane, you wild, naughty girl, you!


That should do it. She should sell loads more books now.

For the record, MRP doesn’t hear anyone clamoring to give the Bard a makeover. Hair plugs, nose job, dental veneers, anyone?



  1. Their concerns are silly considering how popular her books are.
    It makes me said a woman made that remark.
    Who in the world buys books based on the authors looks?

    Comment by The Mole — March 24, 2007 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

  2. This is the worst thing since Billy Collins’ poem about undressing Emily Dickinson.

    Comment by MyBabyLaughsNow — March 26, 2007 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  3. […] if Jane Austen does it, it must be okay, […]

    Pingback by The Dutchess strikes again « The Red Pen — July 10, 2007 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

  4. The Mole: Who in the world buys books based on the authors looks?

    I do! Jane Austen is SLAMMIN’!

    Comment by Z — September 15, 2007 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

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