Mighty Red Pen

June 1, 2009

Elizabeth Darcy, all a-Twitter

Filed under: Lit review,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 5:17 pm
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I don’t know what it is about Jane Austen that makes people want to mess around with her works (witness Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), but this is too great not to share. Even if you find Twitter annoying, Pride and Twitterverse by Under the Mad Hat is pretty freaking ingenious:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife.

A Mr Bingley–worth 50,000 followers a year–has joined Twitter! He’s brought a friend, Mr Darcy–worth 100,000 followers a year! Pls RT

@JaneB @LizzyB @MaryBsaphorisms @KittyB @LydiaB I will have one of you girls married into internet fame yet. Just you wait.

@MrsB But mother, I think we can pull ourselves up by our dooce-straps just fine.

Blogcasting: How to find husbands for your daughters: http://tinyurl/momblog Now with free giveaway from our Etsy embroidery shop. Pls RT

Hat tip to Fritinancy. By the way, are you following MRP on Twitter yet?



  1. there really is something about jane austen that makes people go crazy. but those tweets are hilarious

    Comment by priscillagee — June 1, 2009 @ 11:52 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the link and the compliment.

    I don’t know about other people who have adapted Austen b/c I have only limited experience with other adaptations, but I can say that the kind of chatty social satire that Austen perfected is an ideal vehicle for the gentle send-up of social networking applications that I was looking to write. I love Twitter but it demands a healthy dose of mockery. What better way to do it than through the voices of Pride and Prejudice? The context is all there; it’s just the vernacular that needs tweaking. Besides, I am a goofball with what appears to be way too much time on my hands.

    Comment by Mad — June 2, 2009 @ 9:37 am | Reply

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